Griffith Projects Nominated for Green Gown Awards in Sustainable Business

Tara Young and Claire Tracey
Green Gown Awards Nomination: Tara Young (FCTG Environmental & Communications Manager) and Claire Tracey (QCA doctoral candidate

Two Griffith University projects have been nominated for the prestigious Green Gown Awards (Australasia). The finalists for these 2019 sustainability awards include an art project created by students from the Queensland College of Art and the Global Goals Masters Programs run by the Griffith Business School. The winners will be revealed on November 14 during a ceremony held in Dunedin, New Zealand. 


About the Green Gown Awards

This year marks the 10th Green Gown Awards. This is the first (and currently only) awards program in Australasia focused on rewarding individuals, groups and organisations that excel in the field of sustainability within the tertiary education sector. 

Supported by sustainability-driven brands like KeepCup, Envizi, and Biniris, the awards provide the perfect platform for recognising institutions that go above and beyond with their efforts to promote and achieve sustainability. 

Past winners have included: 

  • Extra-Curricular volunteering and civic engagement program for students
  • An internships program covering disciplines such as biodiversity and waste management
  • A Sustainability Week featuring environmental events and activities. 

Griffith is delighted to have two finalists among the high-calibre nominees for these sustainability awards.


Griffith Finalist: Queensland College of the Arts

When 17 students from the Queensland College of the Arts (QCA) teamed up with Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), a sensational sustainable art exhibit was born. The aptly named Morphosis project was nominated in the Student Engagement category. 

Claire Tracey, a QCA doctoral candidate, curated the collection of artworks – all of which are themed around the environment. Her doctorate looks at arts-led engagement, which is why it made sense for her to approach Flight Centre to see how they could collaborate on a project. 

“They are based right across the road from the QCA at South Bank, and they share the university’s commitment to sustainability, so it made sense to team up,” Claire explains. 

The artists designed their pieces by recycling and repurposing various materials including:

  • Data cables
  • CDs
  • Plastic bottles
  • Bubble wrap
  • Bed linens.

The paintings, video installations, photographs, and sculptures were displayed in Flight Centre’s foyer and the Queensland College of the Arts’ Grey Street Gallery.

Derrick Cherrie, QCA Director Professor, called the exhibition a prime example of a big business collaborating with up-and-coming artists.

“It’s a fabulous example of a large organisation with a keen interest in environmental issues working with creative young people who want to express their desire to improve the environment,” Derrick said.


Griffith Finalist: Griffith Business School

Students studying online together

The Griffith Business School’s forward-thinking Global Goals Masters Programs earned a nomination in the Learning, Teaching and Skills category. 

The courses included in this initiative all revolve around one central goal: motivating tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and business leaders to pave the way for a sustainable future. The programs cover topics such as: 

  • Socially responsible strategy

  • Sustainable development goals

  • Ethics education

  • Social business. 

This gives Griffith graduates the skills and knowledge to run businesses in a way that is financially profitable while also being eco-conscious and socially responsible. 

Did you know? The Corporate Knights 2018 Better World MBA Ranking recently recognised our focus on sustainable and socially responsible practices by ranking our MBA #4 globally. 


Sustainable Practices at Griffith

It’s an honour to receive two nominations for sustainability awards, but these are far from the only green initiatives at Griffith.

Martin Betts, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor, reminds us Griffith is globally known for having effective and innovative sustainable practices.

“Griffith is proudly committed to sustainability and has worked since its founding to embed sustainable practices into all that we do,” he says.

You can learn more about our related initiatives, programs and goals on our sustainability page.

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