Energy Award winners
Energy Award winners

Cranfield University has, once again, been short listed in the prestigious EAUC (The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges) Green Gown Awards.

This year the University has been short listed as finalists in two categories - Courses and Learning and in the Research and Development category. The winners will be announced in November.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC said: “It is fantastic to see more institutions than ever being finalists – the strength and quality of applications is truly inspiring. The breadth of activity within the sector shows that sustainability really does bring positive impacts, both on the institution, their staff and students and the wider community. These finalists are proof that where institutions take sustainability seriously they are reaping the benefits.”

Cranfield is one of 11 Universities finalists in the Courses and Learning category for its submission ‘Framework for a sustainable future: integrating technology, environment and management in policy-making’. Its MSc, The Environment and Public Policy, prepares high quality policy specialists literate in environmental technology, management and engineering, to lead the sustainable policy agenda.

In the Research and Development category Cranfield’s submission ‘Nano Membrane Toilet: a toilet for everyone without water or energy’ was selected along with 6 other universities’ submissions. In response to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge’ the Nano Membrane Toilet is being developed to provide a sanitation solution for the 2 billion people who currently don’t have a toilet. It converts waste, producing safe reusable water, without external water, energy or a sewer connection.

Now in their 10th year, the Green Gown Awards, recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence within the tertiary education sector, as well as the environmental sector.

In 2013 Cranfield received a Highly Commended in the ‘Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change’ category.

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Courses and Learning Finalists
Aston University - The Aston MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability – developing responsible leaders of tomorrow
Cranfield University - Framework for a sustainable future: integrating technology, environment and management in policy-making
Dumfries and Galloway College - Linking environmental issues to the care curriculum
Nottingham Trent University - Food for thought - sustainability in practice
Plymouth University - Nursing sustainability by design: embedding healthcare sustainability in curricula through interdisciplinary learning
South Devon College - South West Energy Centre, training for a bright future in the Low Carbon Sector
The University of Nottingham - Driving for change with an Open Online Course: Sustainability, society and you
University of Edinburgh - Geoscience Outreach: A sustainable course for sustainable learning and enterprise
University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion: Weaving sustainability through flexible learning fashion courses
University of the West of Scotland - Using Green Impact as a learning tool to embed sustainability into teaching
University of Worcester - Tree huggers, liars and economic collapse? The challenge of sustainability

Research and Development Finalists
Cranfield University - The Nano Membrane Toilet: a toilet for everyone without water or energy
Queen’s University Belfast - Saving millions of lives by enhancing the solar disinfection of water (SODIS)
University of Cambridge - A platform for research and action: The Living Laboratory for Sustainability
University of Huddersfield - Saving the Forest - community enterprise development in SW Ethiopia
University of the Arts London - Centre for Sustainable Fashion: Local Wisdom and Craft of Use Project
University of The West of England - Developing the CIPS Sustainability Index (CSI)

About the EAUC
With a Membership of over 220 universities and colleges, the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) is the sustainability champion for the UK tertiary education sector. Run by members, for its members, the EAUC seeks to work with members and partners to drive sustainability to the heart of tertiary education.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.