Now in their sixth year, The Green Gown Awards were established to find the UK’s most sustainable universities and colleges and recognise the exceptional initiatives being taken by higher and further education institutions to become more sustainable.
The winning entries were drawn from 191 applications, representing nearly 110 colleges and universities from across the UK. Each had to undergo a rigorous assessment process involving 44 expert judges from a range of relevant organisations including the Carbon Trust, The Association of College & University Business Officers (CUBO) and The Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Commenting on the 2010 Green Gown Awards, Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC, who are the administrators of the awards said:
“The number and diversity of applications and Awards this year demonstrates that the demands of sustainable development are relevant to everyone and to every aspect of further and higher education… We hope that the awards will provide inspiration and shared learning for the sector and will encourage all institutions to continue along the road to greater sustainability and improved environmental management.”
The awards were presented at an awards gala dinner that took place at the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, in the presence of VIP guests including comedian and amateur Environmental Crusader Mark Watson.
In attendance to accept the award on behalf of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion was Head of London College of Fashion, Professor Frances Corner who said: “I am delighted that the work of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion has been recognised for this prestigious Green Gown award. It is all the more exciting that after just 3 years the centre has achieved so much is such a short space of time and is making enormous progress in connecting research, education and business to support, inspire and create innovative approaches to fashion.”