Dumfries and Galloway College Named Sustainability Institution of the Year

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Dumfries and Galloway College (DGC) has been named Sustainability Institution of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony to celebrate sustainability in Higher Education across the UK and Ireland.

DGC took home the top prize of Sustainability Institution of the Year (Small Institution) at this year’s Green Gown awards which saw us compete on a national stage.

The Green Gown awards celebrate the efforts of Higher Education institutions to promote and embed sustainability across all of their operations. DGC was shortlisted for two categories in total, with us winning the Sustainability Institution of the Year (Small Institution) award.

This success reflects Dumfries and Galloway College’s dedication and commitment to underpin all that we do with a climate-focused approach to ensure we deliver first-rate education and training to build careers, change careers and help our region secure a more sustainable future.

Find out more about our winning entry below.

Dumfries and Galloway College has been working to reduce its carbon emissions since 2015 in line with the Scottish College sector, including it as a strategic priority in our Ambition 2025 strategy framework.

In addition to working towards a state of energy efficiency at our campus locations, and building first-class renewable energy training facilities at our Dumfries Campus to enable us to upskill and reskill the workforce of the region in WHAT, we’ve also sought to drive change on a wider scale by collaborating with our peers and engaging those in our community in these important issues.

We found the best way to do this was through practical means, traditional and innovative, working with our education sector peers and adopting collaborative approaches to take us all forward.

We’ve taken our learnings out to community partners to help them understand the impact they have on the environment and understand the change they can drive by taking action to temper and prevent climate change.

We worked with community partners and business partners on a wide range of initiatives all geared at making Dumfries and Galloway a truly green region to:

  • Selling the vision of a greener, cleaner future
  • Get people on board to commit to tackling the climate crisis
  • Educate and train and foster the skills they need to turn transformation into a reality.

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