NEWS: Green Gown Highly Commended Award

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Southend Adult Community College is celebrating its Highly Commended award for Best Newcomer at The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) prestigious 11th annual Green Gown Awards 2015, for its efforts to tackle social and environmental issues.

The Green Gown Awards saw over 320 sustainability leaders join in the celebration of awarding sustainability excellence within tertiary education announcing 16 Winners and 22 Highly Commended and three 3 further International Winners. The prestigious ceremony hosted at Bristol’s Brunel’s Old Station, was attended by university and college representatives from across the UK, and institutions such as the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE), Association of Colleges (AoC), Higher Education Academy (HEA) and The Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) to commend visionary projects which are pushing the sustainable good practice boundaries. Southend Adult Community College’s “Southend-on-Seen to be Green” initiative, champions a Living Curriculum that is delivered in and beyond the classroom, using gallery, outdoor space and the café.

Through different approaches to teaching and learning and cross college activities, Seen to be Green has inspired a real change in staff and students awareness and encouraged individual behaviour changes towards sustainability.

Rick Olver Vice Principal said “To be recognised at these national awards for the quality of our approach to sustainability is outstanding. It is a reflection of the work staff and students have done and we see our major carbon reduction initiative as the next stage in the college’s journey.”

The Green Gown Awards 2015 Winners’ Brochure and International Winners’ Brochure incorporating all this year’s Winning, Highly Commended and Finalists’ entries can be found on the Green Gown Awards website www.greengownawards.org.uk.