Established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the education sector globally, the International Green Gown Awards provide benchmarks for excellence and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and are supported by the UN, national governments and education bodies.
The International Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by tertiary education institutions around the world. The Awards cover all aspects of campus life – from their teaching and research, leadership, facilities & service, to how students can benefit from the quality of life in the communities around them.
The Green Gown Awards are delivered on a regional basis in many countries: UK & Ireland, Australasia, French speaking-Europe and Canada and in 2016 the United Nations Environment Program (GUPES) delivered in six countries: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; North America and West Asia. Launched in 2012 between Australasia and UK, French-speaking Europe joined in 2014 and GUPES in 2016. The winners from each country compete for the coveted international title in three categories:
- Benefitting Society (previously “Community”)
* No separate application is needed for the international Awards, entry is automatic via the regional scheme. Applications will be judged as a whole but the deciding factor will be on their engagement and dissemination activities and thus their scale of impact. A panel of international independent judges is convened for this task.
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