Green Gown Awards 2019 Ceremony

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The Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland Awards Ceremony will take place at Glasgow Science Centre on Tuesday 26 November 2019.


We are excited to hold the Awards Ceremony in Scotland, in particular in Glasgow, which has committed to being the first UK net-zero city in alignment with Scotland’s 2045 target.

Green Gown Awards 2019 Finalists' Brochure 


Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

Timings: (approximate - tbc)
1800 - Drink's reception/exhibition
1900 - Guests seated - live presentations/voting
1950 - Awards Dinner, Awards Ceremony followed by dancing and cash bar
0030 - Last orders / carriages at 0100

We are holding the EAUC's Scotland Conference on the same day (26 November). Make the most of your visit to Glasgow and book on for a whole or a half day. (More info below.) 

Dress code for the event is suggested as black tie/evening dress, however we are not strict on the dress code and welcome any attire you feel comfortable in. We welcome regional dress such as kilts. We also encourage attendees to be inventive with their choice of attire and recommend re-using such as through charity shops, friends or family or making your own out of re-usable materials.


We are delighted that Elizabeth Passey will be co-hosting the Awards Ceremony along with Iain Patton.

Elizabeth Passey, MA Hons
Co-opted Member, Convener of Court, University of Glasgow

Elizabeth is Convener (Chairman) of the University of Glasgow, a Member of the Board of the National Lottery Community Fund, Chairman of the Rural Payments Agency, a Non-Executive Director of VPC Specialty Lending Investments PLC, and trustee of The Black Mountains College Project. She is a Board Member of the Wye and Usk Foundation. She is also a Senior Adviser to J Stern & Company Private Bank.

Elizabeth is an ambassador for The 30% Club and Co-Chair of The 30% Club Higher Education Initiative.

She is a past Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, past Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley International Foundation and a past Managing Director of Investec Asset Management.

Elizabeth is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree from The University of Glasgow, and in 2015 she was named one of The 100 Women to Watch in Cranfield Business School’s Female FTSE Board Report.

Iain Patton, CEO, EAUC

Commended by his Headmaster for being able to spell the word 'environment', it seemed Iain's destiny at an early age that he would develop a passion for sustainability. This destiny was later fulfilled when Iain moved from Ireland to England to became the first dedicated Environmental Officer in a UK college. Iain soon became the EAUC trailblazer leading the writing and realisation of a business plan for the newly formed charity. As the organisation grew and gained momentum, Iain became the EAUC's first Chief Executive and is the face of the EAUC. Today he is leading it through a significant new strategic vision and rebrand to reposition sustainability for university and college leaders as ‘just good business’, the ‘new norm’ in how we all will work in the future.

After a period working with an agricultural community development in Kenya, a love of Africa is in Iain's blood. With his family he runs a small sheep farm in the Teme Valley and supports a community food storage and enterprise scheme in eastern Uganda. 



As a sustainability event, we encourage all guests to travel where possible by public transport or car share. The closest railway station is the Exhibition Centre train station which is located on the Argyle Line with regular services running from Glasgow Central and Partick Stations. There is a covered walkway from the station to SECC, from where you walk past the Crowne Plaza Hotel and over the river to Glasgow Science Centre (5-10 mins).

Stagecoach X19 (Govan Road / Pacific Quay)
First Bus No 90 (Paisley Road West)
McGill's Bus 23 and 26 (Pacific Drive)

The nearest station is Cessnock. Exit the station and turn left, then turn right onto Brand Street and then left onto Lorne Street. Turn left onto Pacific Drive and the entrance to Glasgow Science Centre is at the roundabout. (20-25 mins.)

Car sharing details can be found at

Parking at Glasgow Science Centre costs £3 a day for GSC visitors. A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available in our car park. Parking for Blue Badge holders is free of charge. When you arrive at the main ticket desk, please present your parking ticket and our operator will be happy to discount your parking.

Further information about parking can be found here.

The venue:

Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions - presenting concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways. The venue enthuses people of all ages to explore and understand the world around them, to discover and enjoy science and understand its relevance to their own lives.

With over 300 interactive exhibits it is the perfect venue to add a little fun to dinners, drinks receptions, conference, teambuilding and product launches. On floor 1 there is the Question of Perception exhibits. Explore a world where nothing is quite as it seems. Intriguing illusions and strange experiences will delight and tease young and old alike. There are visual illusions, physical challenges and mind-bending puzzles to engage your brain. Every exhibit will make you rethink how you experience the world.  

Floor 2 is Powering the Future. Energy underpins our modern lives but there are difficult choices to be made about how we will supply and use energy in the future. Is our energy affordable, secure and environmentally sustainable? Together these issues form an ‘energy trilemma’, a seemingly impossible triangle where tackling one issue may affect the other two. As you journey through this exhibition, you can explore the energy options – from how we can produce electricity and fuels to how we can be smarter with our use of energy. Keep in mind the three issues of the energy trilemma while you compare the options and make choices. What would you do?

BodyWorks is the 'hands-on' exhibition located on floor 3. Take a new look at the science behind health and well-being – you’ll never look at your body in quite the same way or become the star subject of your own experiment – measure your physical and physiological characteristics, compare them with other people and save them to your own personal passport.

Glasgow Science Centre commits to achieving continuous environmental improvement, seek to operate in a manner based on best environmental practice and will, through time, seek to influence the development of accepted environmental best practice towards achieving the goal of sustainable development. Glasgow Science Centre is committed to integrating high standards of environmental responsibility into all of its operations and minimise the environmental impact of its own activities and demonstrate its commitment to sustainable development.

Steve Owens, Glasgow Science Centre’s On Tour manager, says: “Glasgow Science Centre’s Powering the Future programme aims to inspire and challenge people, young and old across Scotland, engaging them with the critical role that energy plays in all our lives. From schools to conferences, festivals to community groups, Powering the Future’s professional science communicators will make sure that the science underpinning Scotland’s energy debate is clear and accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities”.

"We at Glasgow Science Centre are absolutely delighted to host The Green Gown Awards in November 2019. We think this event is a perfect fit for our venue." 

We will be working closely with our local partners, Glasgow University and South Lanarkshire College, to showcase the very best of Glasgow.

The Green Gown Awards black-tie ceremony brings together the leaders, drivers and thinkers of sustainability initiatives within the tertiary education sector. Show your support for and get inspiration from the finalists by being a part of the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the education sector.

Enjoy the evening with your peers and fellow finalists and be present when all the winners and highly commended entries are announced. It could be you and your chance to shine!

EAUC Scotland Conference 2019: The Elephants in the Room - 26 November

Everyone is welcome to join the EAUC-Scotland Conference at The Lighthouse in central Glasgow in the afternoon before the Green Gown Awards ceremony to discuss some of the elephants in the room when it comes to embedding sustainability in universities and colleges. With sessions planned including setting meaningful carbon reduction targets, addressing academic travel, getting a handle on procurement emissions, making plastic-free pledges, carbon offsetting and supporting those with climate anxiety, the Conference will be tackling some of the thorniest issues facing our sector. The afternoon session will run from 1.15-4.45pm, with afternoon-only delegates welcome to join for lunch anytime from 12.15.

Add the ‘Scotland Conference 2019 – Elephants in the Room afternoon’ package when booking your Green Gown Award place to join the afternoon EAUC-Scotland Conference session.

The morning EAUC-Scotland Conference session will consider the purpose of universities and colleges during a climate emergency and in the pursuit of a more sustainable world, and consider some of the key activities you can do internally to map and engage with others about how your institution is doing so far and where you need to go next. For more information about the morning or afternoon Conference sessions, or to book to attend for the full day, please visit

Our sustainability ethos

Over the coming months, we will be working closely with our local partners, the venue,and the Soil Association to deliver an event in line with the EAUC’s Sustainability Policy.

We encourage delegates to take public transport to/from the venue wherever possible and will do taxi sharing from the venue back to local hotels. If delegates must travel by car we recommend to use the EAUC Car Share scheme. Details can be found at

We only print the Finalists’ Brochure with Guest Directory and menu – with recognised environmentally-friendly printing techniques and 100% recycled paper. All other elements are communicated electronically.

We are working with our suppliers to re-use and recycle materials where possible.

We are working with the venue to use local suppliers.

Accommodation options

The venue has provided a list of possible hotel options here. We have not vetted any of these and therefore unable to vouch for them. We suggest that as well as contacting the hotels directly to enquire about availability and rates, that you use various online search portals to find the best deals. Since Glasgow is a popular destination, we encourage you to book a hotel as soon as possible.