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International Green Gown Awards

The International Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world’s higher education institutions. The awards set the bar and put every learning institution at the heart of delivering the UN Global Goals.

The International awards are open to any university, higher or further education institution across the world and are supported by the UN Environment. Institutions can enter directly if they are not located in a region with a dedicated awards scheme (applications close March 31, 2022).

The Green Gown Awards are delivered on a regionally in Australasia, the UK & Ireland, France and French Speaking Canada. In these regions, the regional winners are automatically entered into the International scheme to compete in the following categories:

  • 2030 Climate Action
  • Benefitting Society
  • Creating Impact*
  • Next Generation Learning & Skills
  • Student Engagement
  • Sustainability Institution of the Year

*Australasian regional category only

The International Green Gown Awards are administered by EAUC and supported by ACTS.

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Regional Delivery Partners


The Green Gown Awards were brought to Australasia in 2010 and are open to all tertiary education institutions in Australia and New Zealand. The Awards are managed by ACTS and governed by a cross-sector steering group.

Green Gown Awards Australasia winners 2019

United Kingdom & Ireland

The Green Gown Awards were founded in the UK in 2004 and have gone from strength to strength. They now have an unprecedented agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which will put the prestigious Green Gown Awards on a truly global audience.

The ethos of the Green Gown Awards is to ensure the lessons and example of good practice are shared and this exciting partnership will put UK universities and colleges as leaders in sustainability as well as being able to continue their learning from global leaders. The UK Green Gown Awards are administered by the EAUC and are governed by a cross-agency steering group. The International Green Gown Awards are also administered by the EAUC.

Les trophees des campus responsables _ Green Gown logo

Les trophées des campus responsables

Les trophées des campus responsables are the French-speaking edition of the Green Gown Awards. The Awards are open to all French-speaking universities and colleges, schools and specialised institutes in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Canada.

The French-speaking Green Gown Awards are being delivered by our partners, Campus Responsables. The Campus Responsables ‘initiative’ was created in 2006 to encourage and assist integration of sustainable development into educational institutions programs and the management of their infrastructure.

Campus Responsables is the first network of universities and colleges focussing on sustainable development, with 40 member initiative institutions throughout France and Belgium. Campus Responsables are also working with our partners at UNICA as part of their UGAF (UNICA Green Academic Footprint) initiative. UNICA is a network of 46 universities from 35 capital cities of Europe, with a combined strength of over 150,000 staff and 1,800,000 students.