2021 Ceremony

Awards Ceremony Our Co-Host Serena Bashal Our Co-Host Xan Northcott

UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards Ceremony

The Winners of the UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards will be announced on Thursday 18th November 2021 in a Virtual Ceremony at 4pm.


We continue to tackle unprecedented times and, whilst we are saddened not to be able to host a face-to-face Ceremony, we hope that you will join us to recognise and celebrate the outstanding projects that have been undertaken by our sector in recent months.  

A strong ethos of the Green Gown Awards is that they are free for institutions to enter. We are making the Awards Ceremony free to attend but we do ask for a suggested donation of £150 (covers 1-3 guests, then £50 extra per additional guest, or £500 for unlimited guest access) if able to do so, to help us continue running the Green Gown Awards - you can make this donation here. If you are unable to use the donation site, or prefer to donate via an invoice, please contact us for an invoice here

The main source of income we receive to run the Green Gown Awards programme comes from the Awards Ceremony. Whilst we will not incur costs from a venue, we still have costs to run the Awards programme and host a virtual Awards Ceremony. We truly appreciate any donation you can make, no matter how small.

All donations will go towards the Green Gown Awards programme. We thank you for your support so we can continue to celebrate sustainability excellence in higher and further education.

An Awards Ceremony link will be sent out closer to the event. You need to register for the event to receive the link. See the link above.

We are delighted to announce that our Hosts will be Serena Bashal, COP Working Group, UK Youth Climate Coalition and Xan Northcott, Coordinator of the Generation Global education programme at the Institute for Global Change.

Serena is 23 years old, from London, and has just graduated from a mathematics and biology undergraduate degree. She has been engaging with United Nations Climate Change for five years, working on thematics such as climate education and empowerment. She was elected as the 2019 Global Focal Point to the UN Climate Change youth constituency and currently sits as the youth representative on a UNFCCC technology task force. She is a Programme Coordinator for the 16th UN Climate Change Conference of Youth, as well as the UK youth delegate to the Pre-COP Milan youth event. She also volunteers with the UK Youth Climate Coalition and works on several other climate projects in her spare time.

Xan is 26 years old and is Coordinator of the Generation Global education programme at the Institute for Global Change, which aims to bring 21st Century skills and topics such as climate change into education systems around the world. As a member of YOUNGO, the youth constituency to UNFCCC, he also currently serves as Programme Coordinator for the 16th UN Climate Change Conference of Youth, the official youth precursor summit to COP26. Xan is passionate about young people receiving the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to thrive in the modern world, and previously has worked to support youth political engagement, social entrepreneurship, and climate action at non-profits such as Generation Citizen and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, as well as at the United Nations Development Programme where he supported the roll-out of the landmark Youth 2030 Strategy. Xan graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Politics Honours from New York University. In his spare time, he also gives talks on climate action to schools, businesses, and local community groups as a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

To get inspired ahead of the Awards Ceremony find out more about our 2021 Finalists.