Green Gown Awards: UWE Bristol nominated across two categories

Issue date: 27 November 2015

UWE Bristol has been nominated across two categories in the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Green Gown Awards. The 2015 Awards will be held at Brunel's Passenger Shed on 26 November 2015, and are of particular significance in the year that Bristol is designated European Green Capital.

Now in its 11th year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by tertiary education. 85 finalists, from 51 institutions have been nominated across 14 categories for projects and initiatives that benefit both society and the environment, whilst simultaneously helping to achieve high quality student experiences, providing students with new skill requirements, increasing access and improving efficiency.

UWE Bristol has been shortlisted in the Learning and Skills category for its 'Raising the Baseline' project, which was implemented to increase the standard of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) delivery across academic departments, integrating staff development, the student experience and the student voice to ensure consistency across the institution.

Dr Georgina Gough, Senior Lecturer in Education for Sustainable Development, says, “Our ESD work reaches all our disciplines and we have made good progress in increasing staff confidence and capabilities related to delivering ESD. This has resulted in the development of more opportunities for students to engage with sustainability as part of the formal, informal and extra curricula”.

The University is also finalist in the Student Engagement category, in conjunction with University of Bristol, for the 'Student Capital: Unleashing the Power of Bristol Students' project, which saw students across the city deliver 100,000 hours of volunteering and other activity to enhance the sustainability of the Bristol city region.

The Green Gown Awards Ceremony is sponsored by both UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol and will be hosted by Andrew Garrad, Chairman of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. 300 leaders, drivers and thinkers of sustainability initiatives within the tertiary education sector will gather together at the black tie event held at the Passenger Shed.

Professor James Longhurst, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Environment & Sustainability at UWE Bristol, says, “We are delighted to welcome the awards to Bristol, in this, the City's European Green Capital year. It is a reflection of Bristol's standing as a thriving centre of sustainability knowledge, research and practice.”

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