2020 Call for Nominations

The ISCN is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 12th Annual International Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards.

The ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards promotes landmark projects that demonstrate how the environmental, social and economic issues of our time provide opportunities for university administrations and faculty alike to improve campus infrastructure and university administration and recognize opportunities to integrate them into their research and learning activities.

The ISCN Awards recognize international excellence in the areas of Whole Systems Approach, Partnerships for Progress, and Cultural Change for Sustainability. Through the ISCN Awards, the ISCN is dedicated to showcasing excellence and leadership from around the globe. An additional Honorary Member Award is granted to outstanding projects at non-member institutions.

Winners of the awards will be recognized at the Award Ceremony as part of the ISCN 2020 Conference, Accelerating Climate Action and Sustainability in Education, at EPFL, Lausanne, June 24-26, 2020.

All awardees will be required to present their winning project during the ISCN 2020 Conference Award Ceremony, where they will also be commended for their achievement. Awardees will be featured on the ISCN website where they will serve as case studies to inspire university members on what is possible and how successful projects can be developed. Through the global presence of the ISCN, the visibility of the awards will not only enrich campus development internationally, and will also help continue the momentum for the awardees on their own campuses.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the ISCN Awards 2020 is 4th March 2020

To apply for the ISCN Awards 2020, first download the application form (.doc template) for the corresponding Award Category.

Submit your completed application form via email to: ISCNawards@epfl.ch, before midnight on March 4, 2020.

Before submitting, ensure that you have read, and agreed to, the ISCN Awards Conditions of Entry.

Conditions of Entry

By submitting to the ISCN Awards 2020 you are agreeing to the following conditions:

  • All applications must be completed on the official templates corresponding to the chosen Award Category.
  • All applications must be submitted by email to: ISCNawards@epfl.ch.
  • All applications must be submitted by the official deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • All information contained in the submission is true to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.
  • By submitting an application, the winners of the Awards are committing to give a 10-minute presentation on the winning project/initiative during the ISCN 2020 Conference Awards Ceremony. This presentation can be given either in-person or online.
  • Winners of the Awards grant permission to the ISCN to publicly publish winning projects in order to enable the sharing of ideas, to inspire other campuses, and to stimulate new partnerships and collaborations, including featuring it on the ISCN website.
  • Projects/initiatives which won an ISCN Award in the previous ISCN Award cycle will not be considered for any category of ISCN Award in the next ISCN Awards cycle. For example, recipients of any 2019 ISCN Award are not permitted to resubmit the same project/initiative in 2020, and must wait until 2021 to resubmit the same initiative.
  • Projects that have been awarded a similar award at the national or regional level are still eligible for nomination for an ISCN award.
  • If an institution is granted the Honorary Membership Award (and associated 1-year free membership), that same institution will not be considered for an Honorary Membership Award for a period of 5 years.
  • The organizers of the Awards reserve the right to verify the information included in applications.
  • The organizers of the Awards have the right to exclude any submission if the above conditions of entry are not met.

Application Timeline

The ISCN Awards Jury will screen entries and will score the completed applications based on standardized criteria. The ISCN Award Jury is comprised of an international panel which will determine the winner in each category. The Awards organizers will inform the winning candidates via email on the 23rd March 2020, and will coordinate the winners for their presentation and commendation during the Awards Ceremony.

The Award Ceremony is part of the ISCN 2020 Conference hosted by EPFL, Lausanne June 24-26, 2020.

Awards Jury

The ISCN Award Jury is comprised of 2019 ISCN Award winners and select ISCN members to ensure representation of the ISCN’s global membership. An international expert will also serve as an external juror.


  • To be announced