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The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. This year’s ceremony took place in Liverpool where representatives from across the UK and Ireland gathered to celebrate the achievements of over 100 projects.

The Scottish Funding Council sponsored the ‘Creating Impact’ award, one of 16 categories at this year’s event. It was won by Shipley College for leading a Strategic Development Goal project for colleges in West Yorkshire.

The six Scottish winners were divided equally between projects from colleges and universities. Ayrshire College and Glasgow Caledonian University shared the honours in the Benefitting Society category. Glasgow Kelvin was a winner in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category, and Lisa McGovern from City of Glasgow College was named 2023 Staff Sustainability Champion.

The University of Aberdeen won the Research with Impact award for the second year running while SRUC won the Tomorrow’s Employees category for its approach to embedding sustainability. The University of Edinburgh was highly commended in the digital futures category for its IT Reuse Project.

Charlotte Bonner, Chief Executive of the EAUC, which organises the annual awards, said:

“The projects, initiatives and people showcased through the awards this year are, as ever, inspirational – it’s been a privilege to be part of the judging. I look forward to seeing them flourish in future and to using their examples to springboard further action for sustainability.”

Full details of all this year’s winners, highly commended and finalists are available of the Green Gown Awards website.