ISCN 2019 Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Winners Announced!

Friday, 21 June 2019

São Paulo, Brazil 

Higher education is an exciting and growing area for sustainability, with many opportunities to reduce impact through innovation and leadership.  For this reason, top-tier universities from across the world have joined forces through the ), to incorporate sustainability in their teaching, research, and campus operations.

Every year the ISCN conference brings together thought leaders, practitioners and change agents for a unique opportunity to exchange perspectives and form global partnerships in pursuit of sustainability. This year, the University of São Paulo hosted the ISCN 2019 Conference, Partnerships for Progress and welcomed registrants from universities and higher-education organizations across the world.

The aim of the 2019 ISCN Conference was to emphasize the power that collaborative partnerships can have in the role HEIs play in progressing sustainable development. This included discussions around education, research, collaboration and operations and facilities for sustainable development.

One of the most anticipated events at ISCN 2019 was the eleventh annual ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Ceremony on 13 June 2019 in São Paulo. These awards recognize 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 infrastructures and university administration and recognize opportunities to integrate them into their research and learning activities.

The awards for this year included the Whole Systems Approach Award, the Partnerships for Progress Award, the Cultural Change for Sustainability Award, and the Honorary Member Award.

The winners of the 2019 ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards are:

  • Whole Systems Approach Award:  University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Partnerships for Progress Award: University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Cultural Change for Sustainability Award: Yale University, United States
  • Honorary Member Award: CETYS University, Mexico

“Recognizing that we changed our award categories this year to better reflect our updated ISCN Charter, it was so affirming and inspiring to see the quality of submissions that we received. The award winners demonstrate outstanding leadership for sustainability in higher education and we are thrilled to showcase their work and highlight the global importance of their contributions” said Victoria Smith, interim Executive Director of the ISCN.


About the ISCN:

The ISCN provides a global forum for universities pursuing sustainability across their educational and research missions, and operations. ISCN Members commit to sustainability principles according to the ISCN Sustainable Campus Charter. Founded in 2007, the ISCN features international awards, conferences, and working groups to promote best practice exchange. More information on the ISCN and its Members can be found at

ISCN Contact:

Heather Vickery
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