ISCN Awards 2021

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 2021 Conference, Accelerating Climate Action and Sustainability in Education, June 2 – 4, 2021.

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

The applications for the ISCN Awards 2021 will open in January 2021
The call for nominations will open in early 2021. Applications will be accepted via an application form that will be made available on this website once the call for applications is open.

Conditions of Entry

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

  • Applicants must be current ISCN Members, except for applications to the Honorary Member Award.
  • All applications must be completed on the official template (available on the website once the call for nominations has opened) corresponding to the chosen Award Category.
  • All applications must be submitted by email to: [email protected]
  • 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 create a short video that will be presented during the ISCN 2021 Awards Ceremony. Winning applicants will also be required to attend the Awards Ceremony to receive their commendation.
  • 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 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 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 part of the ISCN 2021 Conference on June 2 – 4, 2021.

ISCN 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.

Jury members will be announced once the call for nominations is open.