Established in 2004, 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 represent the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the higher and further education sector.
The Benefitting Society category recognises the education institutions working to benefit the lives of individuals, communities and wider society. Nominated in the category is Project SCENe (Sustainable Community Energy Networks), which seeks to accelerate the adoption of community energy schemes – a different way of generating and supplying locally generated heat and electricity to homes and commercial buildings. The Trent Basin housing development includes an urban solar farm, Europe’s largest community energy battery and local thermal energy production, distribution and storage.
The Liter of Light project has been recognised also in the Enterprise category, which seeks to recognise sustainable enterprise as a key ingredient of contemporary education. Part funded by Cascade, the project presents an innovative solution that utilises solar panels and recycled plastic bottles to create clean, long-lasting solar bottle lights.
The key objective is to use locally sourced and recycled materials to assemble, install and teach people how to make solar bottle bulbs which offer an alternative to kerosene lamps. The project has also expanded from domestic lights to providing on street lighting, making public space usable in hours of darkness.
Find out more about the awards and nominees in the 2018 Green Gown Awards Finalists’ Brochure.
Posted on Wednesday 31st October 2018