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Education at the Forefront of Creating a Better Future

Universities and colleges from across the UK and Ireland have shown how they are leading the path to efficiency, employability and creating a better future of life for us all.
Now in their 12th year, the UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards powerfully demonstrate that education and sustainability are at the heart of a better future for us all. USHA was part of the judging panel this year

390 sustainability leaders gathered at The Athena, Leicester to hear Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer, announce the winners of the 2016 Green Gown Awards.

Celebrating the inspirational sustainability initiatives of 115 Finalists, representing over 1.5 million students and 243 thousand staff, the Awards Ceremony was the biggest yet with 21 Winners and 26 Highly Commended entries.


EAUC Chief Executive, Iain Patton, describes the importance of the Green Gown Awards, “Every year the excellence recognised by the Green Gown Awards shows the business alignment and value of sustainability. Sustainability makes business sense and this year’s inspiring initiatives prove that sustainability benefits staff, students, the wider community and of course the bottom line. Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists for their hard work. It was wonderful to celebrate their successes in Leicester.”

This year’s Finalists show that initiatives of this kind can be a catalyst to help an institution achieve high quality student experiences, improve efficiency and access and provide students with invaluable employability skills. The value that tertiary education generates is huge and the Green Gown Awards both celebrate that value and drive its replication across the sector.

View the list of 2016 winners and highly commended entries.