Best Green Educational and Sustainability Awareness Award


This award aims to recognise initiatives that improve public knowledge, understanding and empower individuals and organisations in society. This award sets out to empower people, recognise grassroots mutualism and civil society involvement in promoting sustainability. The United Nation’s  ‘Agenda 21’ was the first international document that identified education as an essential tool for achieving sustainable development and highlighted areas of action for education.  Education for Sustainable Development should include:

  • Envisioning – being able to imagine a better future
  • Critical thinking, reflection and building partnerships – promoting dialogue and negotiation, learning to work together
  • Participation in decision-making – empowering people


The concept of ‘Big Society’ is “to create a climate that empowers local people and communities, building a big society that will ‘take power away from politicians and give it to people with a focus on sustainable development’.


Specific Criteria to Consider

- The use of innovative and creative methods to impart education, thus engaging with the audience at every level.

- Promotion of a ‘learning culture’, where knowledge can cascade through different levels.-  Practical ideas enabling people to live more sustainably, through conscious choices.- Encouraging transformative learning.

- The capacity to construct knowledge, to challenge current practices, to critique and debate sustainability issues.

- Integrating sustainability learning opportunities across all subject areas, so that students will be better equipped to deal with sustainability issues in all aspects of life and question social thinking and practices which influence global-local futures.


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Best Sustainability & Educational Awareness Award – Entry Questions