Last night, the tertiary education’s sustainability peak body – Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability – held its Green Gown Awards Night as part of its 2014 conference in Hobart. The following article is a summary of its press release. As a judge I was very proud to be a part of the process, so I am excited to congratulate the award-winning universities.

Logo for the 2014 Green Gown Awards Australasia (from the ACTS website)
Logo for the 2014 Green Gown Awards Australasia (from the ACTS website)

 

The world was watching as the winners of the 2014 Green Gown Awards Australasia and the International awards were announced live last night from the Hotel Grand Chancellor in the  breath-taking city of Hobart.

 42 finalists were on the edge of their seats as ACTS president  – Leanne Denby and Vice President  – Jonathan Pheasant announced 24 winners from 26 institutions from Australasia and internationally.

 Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens, attended the event  to present a number of Awards. “I am delighted to know that the universities around Australia have their own awards – the Australasian Green Gowns – Europe’s got them, the UKs got them, it really is an example of the thought leadership of the sector and I congratulate everyone involved”.

 Every year the Awards bring together the most inspirational projects from across the sector. Senator Milne presented RMIT University with a hat trick of Awards including the national and international Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change Award for ‘Shaping Sustainable Cities’, a holistic approach to sustainability capturing RMIT’s goals to be global, urban and connected.

More information can be found on the ACTS Media Release.  

Winners photo for the 2014 Green Gown Awards Australasia (from the ACTS website)
Winners photo for the 2014 Green Gown Awards Australasia (from the ACTS website)

The award winners:

2014 Green Gown Awards Australasia Winners

Best Newcomer
Winner: University of Canberra
Highly Commended: Durack Institute of Technology

Carbon Reduction
Winner: University of the Sunshine Coast
Highly Commended: Western Sydney Institute of TAFE

Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change
Winner: RMIT University

Facilities & Services
Winner: University of Tasmania
Highly Commended: Griffith University

Learning & Teaching
Winner: Swinburne University of Technology
Highly Commended: James Cook University
Highly Commended: TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute

Skills for Sustainability
Winner: Monash University
Highly Commended: RMIT University

Social Responsibility
Winner: University of Western Sydney
Highly Commended: James Cook University
Highly Commended: TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute

Student Engagement
Winner: Macquarie University
Highly Commended: University of Tasmania
Highly Commended: James Cook University

2014 ACTS Awards of Excellence

ACTS Award of Excellence – Institutional
RMIT University

ACTS Award of Excellence – Staff                                    
Corey Peterson, University of Tasmania                                     

ACTS Award of Excellence – Student
Oliver Lovell, University of Tasmania

2014 International Green Gown Awards

Continuous Improvement – Institutional Change
Winner: RMIT University, Australasia

Social Responsibility
Winner: Hull College, UK

Student Engagement
Winner: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

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