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Deadline: 31 March 2021

Apply now - the application form is at the bottom of this page

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Why enter the International Green Gown Awards?

Endorsed by UN Environment, we are looking for inspirational sustainability leaders. Recognising exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world's universities and colleges, the International Green Gown Awards set the bar and put every learning institution at the heart of delivering the UN Global Goals.

The International Green Gown Awards are in partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and International Association of Universities (IAU). 

The International Green Gown Awards are supported by UN Environment and are open to any university or college across the world*.

The ethos of the Green Gown Awards is to ensure the lessons and example of good practice are shared and will put universities and colleges as leaders in sustainability as well as being able to continue their learning from global leaders. The International Green Gown Awards are administered by EAUC.

There is no limit on the number of applications or categories each institution can enter. Entry is free of charge but we do ask for a suggested fee of $150 USD if your institution is able to do so. This donation helps us to continue delivering the Awards. Please make your donation here. If you are unable to use the donation site then please contact us for an invoice.

The categories are:

Stage 1 of the International Green Gown Awards are open to all institutions globally*. The Stage 2 of the International Green Gown Awards will see the Stage 1 Finalists along with the Winners from the Regional Green Gown Awards.

*See Exceptions below.

Important Dates

31 March 2021 - Application Deadline
27 May 2021 - Finalists announced 
July 2021* – International Green Gown Awards Ceremony at a United Nations endorsed event - Winners announced

* Date and location to be confirmed

Get Inspiration for your Green Gown Awards Entry

Learn from previous winning and highly commended projects from our last International Green Gown Awards to get inspiration for your application.

The following events are available: 

You can find out more about all of these masterclasses and book your place here
You can also get inspiration from our previous Green Gown Award applicants by reading their entries here

Reward your sustainability journey

Applying for an International Green Gown Award will not only motivate your team, management and students but it will inspire others in the sector to do more and opens the doors to new opportunities:

Winning an International Green Gown Award will bring huge awareness and positive press to not only your institution as a whole but also to the profile of sustainability within it.


If your region already has an existing Green Gown Awards programme then you can only apply once to your regional Green Gown Award programme and are NOT eligible to apply for the International Green Gown Awards. With the exception for the Creating Impact category. If your institution has a campus outside of these regions then the regional campus initiatives are eligible for entry. The following Green Gown Award Programmes exist:

UK & Ireland Green Gown Awards
Green Gown Awards Australasia
Les Trophées des campus responsables (French speaking worldwide)