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Green Gown Awards Australasia

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About the Awards

The Green Gown Awards Australasia is the first and only Award Scheme dedicated to recognising excellence in sustainability within the tertiary education sector in Australasia. Now in their seventh year, the Awards are quickly being established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the tertiary education sector. As sustainability continues to move up the global agenda, the Green Gown Awards Australasia are providing the opportunity to recognise institutions, large and small and reward their sustainability actions and initiatives.
The Australasian Awards are managed by ACTS and governed by a cross sector steering group.
Founded in the UK in 2004, the UK Awards are now celebrating their 13th year. Following their huge success the Awards were brought to Australasia in 2010 by a partnership between ACTS and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) UK. Founded by HEEPI and now managed by the EAUC, participation in the UK scheme has grown exponentially with success being measured on an international scale.
In 2012 a formal international Awards scheme was born with UK and Australasian winners competing for the international title in three categories.
In 2014 French-speaking Europe and Canada joined the Awards scheme, to compete with UK and Australasia. In 2016 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) also joined the international Awards.
Since their launch, the Awards have continued to grow in size, reputation and prestige both nationally and internationally. For the first time the international Awards were hosted in Australia, in Hobart, on 6 November 2014.

2016 Awards

The 2016 Awards will be launching on the 17 May.  If you have a project that embraces and showcases sustainability then make sure you apply! Find out more…

Sharing Success

Part of the ethos of the Green Gown Awards, globally, is to ensure the lessons and examples of good practice are shared across the tertiary education sector. Winners have worked hard to provide inspiring case studies to ensure the sustainability message and best practice examples are disseminate as far and wide as possible. We are delighted to share the case studies from 2011 onwards for both Australasia and the UK. Please click on the links below.


For any information on the Awards scheme please contact:
Sue Hopkins
Partnerships & Events Manager
E: sue.hopkins@acts.asn.au Tel: 0405 564755

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