Green Gown Awards 2011

Green Gown Awards 2011 celebrated exceptional sustainability initiatives of UK universities and colleges at its annual Awards Night at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London on 3 November 2011. The awards spanned 13 categories, ranging from carbon reduction to social responsibility.

Organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), this annual celebration is in its seventh year since its launch by the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement (HEEPI) project in 2004. Green Gown Awards, now in its seventh year, recognise annually the exceptional sustainability initiatives of universities and colleges in the UK.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of EAUC, says, ‘This year’s winning and commended entries demonstrate not only that innovative institutions are taking successful action to minimise their environmental footprints and enhance their social contribution, but also that this is often accompanied by other organisational benefits. The financial savings from many sustainability actions are certainly compatible with the belt tightening that seems inevitable in future years. It is therefore all the more important the whole sector learns from the successes of the Green Gown Awards’ winning and commended entries.’

Green Gown Awards 2011 – winners:

Carbon Reduction: Coventry University

Colleges & Smaller Institutions: South Lanarkshire College

Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change: Plymouth University

Courses: University of Exeter Business School

Green ICT: University of Hertfordshire

Promoting Positive Behaviour: Loughborough University

Research and Development: University of Salford

Skills: South Eastern Regional College

Social Responsibility: London College of Fashion

Space Efficiency: Nottingham Trent University

Student Initiatives and Campaigns: Lancaster University Students’ Union [LUSU]

Sustainable Construction and Refurbishment: Queen Mary University of London – Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects

Sustainable Procurement: Durham University

List of winners and highly commended entries

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Nottingham Trent tops People and Planet Green League 2011

Nottingham Trent University topped the 2011 People and Planet Green League. It assessed the environmental and ethical performance of 142 universities in the UK. 

Gloucestershire, Worcester and Plymouth secured the next three places with Bournemouth and Greenwich tied at the fifth place. Last year, Bournemouth and Greenwich were 20th and 61st, respectively.

The top 20 universities are:

1 Nottingham Trent University

2 University of Gloucestershire

3 University of Worcester

4 University of Plymouth

5=Bournemouth University

5=University of Greenwich

7 Bath Spa University

8=University of East Anglia

8=University of Hertfordshire

8=Leeds Metropolitan University

8=University of Central Lancashire

12 Aston University

13 Edinburgh Napier University

14=University of Bradford

14=De Montfort University

14=University of Huddersfield

17 Manchester Metropolitan University

18 Kingston University

19 University of Ulster

20 University of Wales Institute, Cardiff