You can now apply for the 2022 International Green Gown Awards

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Application is now open to universities and colleges around the world for the 2022 International Green Gown Awards.

The International Green Gown Awards in partnership with Allianz Global Investors and endorsed by the UN Environment Programme, are open to universities and colleges across the world.

The International Green Gown Awards are looking for inspirational sustainability leaders, recognizing the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world’s universities and colleges with the aim to place every learning institution at the heart of delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The ethos of the International Green Gown Awards is to ensure the lessons and examples of good practice are shared and will put universities and colleges as leaders in sustainability while they continue their learning from global leaders.

The International Green Gown Awards are administered by EAUC, in partnership with The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), International Association of Universities (IAU), L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), and the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative.


To be eligible, your institution must be practicing sustainability, benefitting society, empowering students, creating positive impacts, and providing next-generation learning and skills.

Award categories

Award categories include:

Stage 1 of the 2022 International Green Gown Awards is open to all institutions globally while Stage 2 of the 2022 International Green Gown Awards will comprise the Stage 1 Finalists along with the Winners from the Regional Green Gown Awards.

Selection criteria

To make a strong application please provide facts and figures to support your application and meet all the criteria within your chosen category. You should also include the following generic criteria:

  • Demonstrate the impact of any measures taken
  • Provide industry norm versus over and above requirements
  • Provide quantitative clear data to support claims being made and include overall tonnes of CO2e saved
  • If your initiative is a joint partnership or includes 3rd parties, provide details on the roles of all parties and state who is the main driver – and state if selected, the name of the partners as they should appear on the certificate/trophy – if appropriate
  • Applications need to go above and beyond standard practice
  • Demonstrate the impact of your initiative and show documented outcomes
  • Explain clearly how the project includes academic staff and/or professional sector staff/support staff and include numbers of others involved including students. Where students and staff are involved, include the actual numbers, how they were involved and what impact/influence they have had.
  • Small institution criteria are measured against an annual turnover of US$50 million or below.
  • Explain any targets or KPI’s that are relevant to your application and any relevant costs/resources, inputs/outputs. For example, before the initiative: 10% of students were engaged. After the initiative: 70% of students were engaged

How to apply

For more information and how to apply, visit https://www.greengownawards.org/international-green-gown-awards

Application is free and there is no limit on the number of applications or categories each institution can enter.

However, institutions can support the 2022 International Green Gown Awards with a suggested fee of $150 USD if they are able to do so. This donation helps them to continue delivering the Awards.

Please make your donation here. If you are unable to use the donation site, please contact the International Green Gown Awards for an invoice.

Application deadline is March 31, 2022.