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A record number of Scottish colleges and universities were amongst the finalists for the 2019 Green Gown Awards.

Six colleges and six universities represented Scotland’s further and higher education sectors at last night’s awards ceremony which took place at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Green Gown Awards bring together the most inspirational environmental projects from institutions across the UK and Ireland. At the end of the evening Scottish colleges and universities were winners in 6 of the 14 award categories.

As winners of the Student Engagement and the Benefitting Society awards, the University of Strathclyde and Ayrshire College will both go forward to compete in the International Green Gown Awards. In the Campus Health, Food and Drink category Dundee and Angus College and the University of Edinburgh shared the honours as best small and best large institution.

The University of Edinburgh added two further awards to its green trophy cabinet winning the award for Total Reporting and the large institution award in the Money for Good category. Finally, the prestigious Campus of the Future Award went to the University of the West of Scotland for its new Lanarkshire Campus. The campus is powered on 100% renewable energy from a nearby windfarm and features rainwater harvesting technology, making it one of the greenest campuses in the UK.

Iain Patton, CEO of the award organisers EAUC, said:

“The submissions this year were of an incredibly high calibre, tackling a huge array of development areas. It was a hard process to pick the winners, and it involved over 90 national and international judges.”