2021 Finalists

Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland 2021 Finalists' Brochure

The winners will be announced at the virtual Awards Ceremony taking place on 18 November @ 4PM. Ticket sales are now OPEN

We are proud to announce this year's Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Finalists. After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to 90 Finalists across 15 categories, representing 51 institutions. Our Finalists emphasise an institution’s role in enabling and empowering young people to tackle pressing global issues to ensure they have a better tomorrow.

Reflecting on this year's submission, Iain Patton, CEO, EAUC says "It is clear from the number and quality of applications, that sustainability and the now irreversible sustainability movement is not only resilient but profoundly energised, opportunistic and dynamic!  UK and Irish universities and colleges have turned Covid 19 challenges into opportunities and ensured that every change is a change for sustainability. A reset of our economic and social foundations is happening and the Green Gown Awards are all the more important to inspire and scale change for sustainability. Congratulations to all our Finalists."

Case studies and short videos/infographics will be collected from all the Finalists and, where supplied, will be soon be available on the Sustainability Exchange.

The Finalists’ Brochure gives you a unique snap shot of all the great sustainability projects being undertaken by the education sector as well as helpful top tips of lessons learnt along the way. It’s such a good read, you won’t want to put it down!

Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland 2021 Finalists' Brochure from HelenExton

Downloads: The 2021 Finalists' Brochure and Finalists' Flyer can be downloaded from the foot of this page.

Congratulations to all our 2021 Finalists 

2030 Climate Action    Category Supporter: TEC

Bridgend College - The ‘spider’s web’ - an extraordinary vision for zero emissions

Newcastle University - Climate Action at Newcastle University: Our roadmap to change

The University of Edinburgh - Positive Futures: Addressing the climate crisis through a whole institution approach

University of Cambridge - Following the science to go beyond net zero

University of Exeter - Environment and climate emergency journey to net zero and beyond

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol - Tending the conditions for climate action to flourish

University of Warwick - Carbon emissions removal: The Warwick way to sustainable. Aligning engineering decarbonisation with science based targets

University of Winchester - The University for Sustainability and Social Justice - our journey to net zero

Benefitting Society

Aston University - Low carbon SMEs

Cardiff Metropolitan University - Hero’s Haven student society project

Dumfries and Galloway College - Making the most of the coast - marine plastics

Newcastle University and Cap-a-Pie - Climate Change Catastrophe! - a new show about climate change, made by kids, for grown-ups

The University of Edinburgh - Supporting local action for a better Edinburgh

The University of Greenwich - Circular Textiles Greenwich

University of Exeter - Impact tool: Community Carbon Calculator

University of Hertfordshire - Wild Connections - Windowsill Series

University of Warwick - End of term enters the circular economy. Closing the loop of circular economy during pandemic to support local community

University of Worcester - Sustainable Young Minds - University joins forces with school and housing association to increase community recycling


Build Back Better

Cardiff Metropolitan University - Down to zero: Cynon Taff Community Housing Decarbonisation Project

De Montfort University - Community Solutions Programme

University of Cambridge and RE-USE - A "return and reuse" logistics system for takeaway food and drink containers

University of Oxford - University of Oxford new ways of working


Campus Health, Food and Drink

Nottingham Trent University - A DINEamic sustainable journey

University of Nottingham - Enactus Nottingham - Foodprint

University of Plymouth - From local sourcing to agricultural robotics


Campus of the Future

Aston University - Agile workspaces, leading the way

Dumfries and Galloway College - Reimaging the learning environment

University of Warwick - Construction of the futures


Category Supporter: CUBO

Durham University and Earth Minutes - Project RENU (Research Expedition for Net zero and Universal learning) 

The University of Edinburgh - Making ideas work for a better world: Student-led social enterprise

University of Leicester - Toast of the Town by Enactus Leicester

University of Southampton - Enactus Southampton - Future Brew

Next Generation Learning and Skills#

Anglia Ruskin University - Ruskin Modules: Working together on ‘wicked’ problems

Birmingham City University - Inspiring sustainable curriculum initiatives

Cardiff Metropolitan University - If you go down to the woods today you’ll see what the buzz is about

De Montfort University - Future-fit fashion and textiles: A whole school approach towards transforming the industry

King’s College London - Using Quality Improvement to build sustainable value in healthcare

The University of Edinburgh - Students as Change Agents

The University of Liverpool - Sustainability in Action: A short interactive online course designed by students for students introducing the UN’s SDGs

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol - The UWE Zero Carbon Framework: Enhancement short courses for built environment students and professionals


Research with Impact – Institution

Aston University - An agricultural bio-economy: From green dream to sustainable reality

Lancaster University - Thinking globally, working locally: Co-developing net zero solutions at scale

London College of Fashion, UAL - Sustainable Fashion Glossary

Loughborough University - Out of the fire and into the electric pressure cooker - sparking a clean cooking revolution on a global scale

South West College - Renewable Engine

University of Derby - A new relationship with nature - for human and nature’s wellbeing

University of Portsmouth and Clean Growth UK - Clean Growth UK (three regional hubs, the University of Brighton, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Portsmouth)


Student Engagement#

Dundee and Angus College - Period Positive

Glasgow Kelvin College - East End Community Garden Project

Nottingham Trent University - Gamifying climate action for mass engagement

The Students’ Union at UWE - Greener Futures!

The University of Northampton - Up For The Cup

University of Gloucestershire - Live Smart

University of Leeds - Urban Biodiversity Monitoring Programme

University of Oxford - Oxford Climate Society

University of St Andrews - The Third Generation Project


Sustainability Institution of the Year Award#
Category Supporter: EAUC

Anglia Ruskin University - “The earth [is lent to us] for our life; it is a great entail” Ruskin

Forth Valley College - Sustainability Institution of the Year

The University of Edinburgh - Social and civic responsibility: Addressing the climate crisis and supporting society

University of Cambridge - Instituting change - embedding sustainability at an 800 year old organisation!

University of St Andrews - Net Zero 2035: Towards a climate positive future in partnership with our students

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol - Sustainability Plan 2.1 - 4 years of comprehensive whole institution sustainability engagement

Reporting with Influence

University of Cambridge

University of Gloucestershire

Tomorrow's Employees

University of Exeter - Challenges Online - developing employability by solving wicked problems

University of Gloucestershire - Radical Sustainability

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol - Graduates responsible for a sustainable future

York St John University - YSJgoesgreen



Research with Impact – Student

University of Chichester, Ellie Summer Reynolds

University of Derby, Lea Barbett

University of Southampton, Francesca Topp

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol, Leah Bromley

University of Wales Trinity St David, Daniel Algie


Sustainability Champion: Student
Category Supporter: Salix

Goldsmiths, University of London, Margaret Jennings

Keele University, Serena Bashal

University of Cambridge, Luisa Deragon

University of Nottingham - Enactus Nottingham, Ecologeco Team

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol, Callum Jones

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol, Catarina Costa

Sustainability Champion: Staff
Category Supporter: Salix

Birmingham City University, Dr Jemma Browne, Dr Sandra Costa, Dr Matthew Jones, and Dawn Parke

Edinburgh Napier University, Ankit Duggal

Harrogate College, Holly Hansen-Maughan

Staffordshire University, Dr Eleanor Atkins

University of Cambridge, Dr Ellen Quigley

University of Exeter, Daniela Farina

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol, Richard Green

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol, Pilar Garcia

University of the West of England, UWE Bristol, Helen Baker

York St John University, The Grounds and Maintenance Team