Australian accolades at the International Green Gown Awards

November 20, 2013

The International Green Gown Awards have highlighted the world-class efforts of the Australian tertiary education sector in becoming more sustainable, with the University of Wollongong and Sunshine Coast TAFE taking two of the three top honours.

Now in its fourth year in Australasia, the 2013 Green Gown Awards Australasia recognises sustainability excellence and draws winners in nine categories, with over 40 institutions involved. Each of the winning entries showcases the innovative and diverse sustainability initiatives being developed and implemented upon our campuses.

Founded in the UK almost 10 years ago, the awards have now gone global, with the International Green Gown Awards in its second year. Australasian winners compete with the UK winners to claim the ‘international’ title in three categories.

Representing Australasia in the Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change category was Sunshine Coast TAFE with ‘reTHINK for sustainability @ Sunshine Coast TAFE’. The University of Wollongong and its ‘Illawarra Flame – Sustainable Home’ represented Australia in the Student Initiatives category and TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute and its ‘Building sustainable communities through the wellbeing of individuals and families’ represented Australia within the Social Responsibility category.

The International titles were awarded to three inspiring institutions, two of those from Australasia. Sunshine Coast TAFE  took out the Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change category, while University of Wollongong won ‘gold’ again in the student initiatives category for its ‘Illawarra Flame – Sustainable Home’ project, which saw them win the 2013 Solar Decathlon in China earlier this year (the first and only Australian competing team). This is the second time that the Australasian contender has won in the student category. The University of Manchester, UK was awarded the international title in the social responsibility category for its ‘School Governor Initiative’.

As a commitment to showcase the inspiring efforts of institutions the 2013 Green Gown winners and highly commended entries from Australasia and the UK will be producing their own short video’s on their initiatives, which will be available online in early 2014.

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