2021 Call for Nominations

The ISCN is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 13th 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 online in May 2021 in the lead up to the ISCN 2021 Conference, Accelerating Climate Action and Sustainability in Education.

All awardees will be required to create a short video of their winning project that will be played during the ISCN 2021 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, it will also help continue the momentum for the awardees on their own campuses.

How to Apply

Submissions close on 8th March 2021

To apply for the ISCN Awards 2021

  • Identify the appropriate Award Category for your application.
  • Ensure you comply with the  Conditions of Entry.
  • Complete the online submission form, available here.
  • Submit your completed application before midnight March 8, 2021.


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Conditions of Entry

By submitting to the ISCN Awards 2021 you are agreeing to the following conditions:

  • All applications must be completed via the online submission form.
  • Applicants must be current ISCN Members to apply for the following categories: Whole Systems Approach, Partnerships for Progress, and Cultural Change for Sustainability. Non-member applicants to these categories will be invited to reapply for the Honorary Member Award.
  • Non-member institutions are only eligible to apply for the Honorary Member Award category.
  • All applications must be submitted by the official deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Applications must be from higher education institutions, applications from individuals will not be accepted.
  • All information contained in the submission is true to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.
  • Applications exceeding word limits indicated in the application form will be returned to applicants for revision.
  • Hyperlinks should only be included in the application form where explicitly requested.
  • By submitting an application, the winners of the Awards are committing to providing a short video (1 to 3 minutes) of the winning project and be available online during the ISCN Awards 2021 Awards Ceremony.
  • 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 2020 ISCN Award are not permitted to resubmit the same project/initiative in 2021, and must wait until 2022 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 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 after the judging process has concluded, and will coordinate the winners for their presentation and commendation during the Awards Ceremony.

The Award Ceremony will be held online in May 2021 in the lead the ISCN 2021 Conference.


ISCN Awards Jury

The ISCN Award Jury is comprised of 2020 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.

Jury members will be announced shortly.