GUPES Green Gown Awards 2016

The GUPES Green Gown Awards is a joint initiative supported by the UN Environment and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) that expands the Green Gown Awards further across the globe through the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) network of over 800 universities and colleges. This exciting partnership with GUPES recognises universities and colleges as leaders in sustainability as well as being able to continue their learning from global leaders.

The GUPES Green Gown Awards are open to GUPES Members across 6 regions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia). The GUPES Green Gown Award Winner from each of the 6 regions will automatically be entered into the International Green Gown Awards contest.

Membership to GUPES is free of charge. Apply for membership. Applications are equally welcomed from institutions. Each GUPES region has pre-selected category that is most appropriate for their region taking into consideration of initiatives that are taking place within institutions within their region:

  1. Africa: Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change;
  2. Asia and the Pacific: Community Engagement;
  3. Europe: Student Engagement;
  4. Latin America and the Caribbean: Community Engagement;
  5. North America: Student Engagement; and
  6. West Asia: Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change.

Important dates

*31 May 2016 - Applications are now closed;
*6 July 2016 - Case study and video deadline are now closed; and
*13 September 2016 – GUPES Green Gown Awards Ceremony, Boston, USA.
*Please note: All applications are to be in English.

Reward your sustainability journey

Applying for a GUPES Green Gown Award will not only motivate your team, management and students but it will inspire others in the sector to do more and opens the doors to new opportunities:

  1. Acknowledging your team's efforts – engage your staff and students;
  2. Raising your profile and showcase your sustainability excellence via events, case studies and videos;
  3. Helping to gain recognitionfrom senior management;
  4. Obtaining regional and international recognition; and
  5. Joining a network of exceptional institutions with year-long promotion for your institution.


If your region already has an existing Green Gown Awards programme then you can only apply once to your regional Green Gown Award programme and are NOT eligible to apply for the GUPES Green Gown Awards, regardless of whether you are a GUPES member or not. The following Green Gown Award Programmes exist:

The GUPES Green Gown Awards and the International Green Gown Awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).