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Green Gown Award Case Studies

Universities and colleges celebrated sustainability achievements at the Green Gown Awards 2016, which took place earlier this month in Leicester. Three Scottish institutions won awards, with another being Highly Commended.

The institutions recognised were:

University of Aberdeen – Winner: Built Environment – Large Institution

The University of Aberdeen won with its innovative solution to an early- years childcare facility for children of staff and students by building the first fully certified Passive House Nursery in Scotland and Passive House building in a Scottish University. The project has not only created an estimated savings of 9t CO2 per year but also helped to build capacity in the local construction sector, with the majority of contractors involved in their first ever Passive House project.

 

South Lanarkshire College – Winner: Built Environment – Small Institution

South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride won the small institution prize in the same category with its new fully-functional teaching block, which embodies SLC's commitment to 'mainstream sustainability'. The building has been accredited as the UK's first "Outstanding" BREEAM (2014) for design and construction. The new teaching block will save an estimated 770t CO2 over its lifetime of 30 years, and is already inspiring many others to implement sustainable construction projects.

 

Glasgow School of Art – Winner: Student Engagement – Small Institution

Glasgow School of Art won this Student Engagement prize through its unique RADIAL project, which is a collective of creative thinkers from the Glaswegian University community. The project involved working with over 5,000 people in the course of over 150 events, and was focused on working towards a zero waste society with ideas rooted in the circular economy. By focusing on three main areas of food waste prevention, extended product life cycle and increased recycling, an estimated 52t CO2 was saved in two years.

 

Ayrshire College – Highly Commended: Community

"Get Kilmarnock Active" was highly commended for its innovative approach to promoting health, well-being and active travel to the Kilmarnock community through staff and student engagement. The key priority of the project was to address the inequalities in the health of the general public within Ayrshire. The activists involved in the project engaged with over 5000 people from the general public, with a majority of people coming from hard to reach communities.

 

A full list of winners and finalists from across the UK can be accessed via the Sustainability Exchange website, which hosts sustainability case studies and resources for education institutions.

23 November 2016

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