College Celebrates Double Green Gown Awards Nomination
21 July 2021
Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards, administered by the Environmental Agency for Universities and Colleges, recognise outstanding sustainability programmes and initiatives created by colleges and universities.
The South of Scotland college received the nominations in both the Benefiting Society category, for its work on marine plastics, and the Campus of the Future category in recognition of its commitment to reimagining the learning environment.
Following a tough judging session, the college emerged with the twin nominations and will go on to compete against its fellow finalists, each of whom have been praised for enabling and empowering young people to help in the fight against climate change.
This is the latest in a string of successes for Dumfries and Galloway College which saw it win Sustainability Institution of the Year in 2020 and go on to compete in the International Green Gown Awards finals earlier this year.
Dumfries and Galloway College, under the leadership of Principal Joanna Campbell and her team, has taken huge steps in green skills and energy across the region in recent years, including building its state-of-the-art Green Energy Hub and creating its extensive range of educational opportunities which have the green agenda at their core.
The college is incredibly proud to have once again been nominated for these eminent awards and thanks the judging panel for their decision, as well as its own staff, students, and wider community for making such an achievement possible.
Principal Joanna Campbell said:
“The Green Gown Awards represent the pinnacle of innovative, dynamic, and forward-thinking achievement in green issues in our sector and so to have once again been nominated, this time in two categories, is a huge achievement for us.
“Our students and staff care deeply about the environment and we are proud to put that passion into practice each and every day.
“I’m sure that our entire college community, alongside everyone in the South of Scotland, will be rooting for us as we go into the finals and they should all be extremely proud of what we’ve achieved together.”
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