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BLC Wins National 2020 Green Gown Award for Student Engagement

Buxton & Leek College is delighted to announce that it has won a prestigious “Student Engagement” Green Gown Award. The accolade was in recognition for BLC’s “College-wide approach to improve green credentials in 2019/20.”

Buxton & Leek College beat off stiff national competition to be placed joint 1st (with Queen’s University Belfast) including University of Sheffield, Edinburgh Napier University and London School of Economics & Politics.

Judges commenting about why BLC’s application shone above others, said, “even up against big institutions BLC is a small organisation with a big output.

“This application sets the standard for the whole HFE sector, embedding and mainstreaming sustainability thoroughly with local and global reach. This is a really unique approach that is worth showing off.”

Childcare’s ‘Curiosity Approach’ was part of a College-wide sustainability effort.

Rachel Limbert, Enrichment Officer at Buxton & Leek College, who led on the Green Gown entry said, “we’re really pleased and proud to have won the Student Engagement Award.

It’s great that we have been recognised for the impact our students have made with the “Keen to Go Green” projects, especially in such a competitive category.

I’m really excited to see where our sustainability journey will take us in the future.”

Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards celebrates exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. With sustainability moving up the agenda, GGA is recognised as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the further and higher education sector.

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At the virtual ceremony held on 25th March 2021, the College, was praised for embarking on a number of successful initiatives which saw students taking ownership for the ways in which they wanted to improve the sustainability of the College campuses and wider communities.




After winning the UK Award, the College went through to the International Green Gown Awards in July 2021, achieving Highly Commended. Established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the education sector globally, the International Green Gown Awards provide benchmarks for excellence and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is a fantastic achievement for the College to have competed against educational institutions from around the World!