Sustainability Officer shortlisted for award

07 July 2016

Paulo Cruz has been shortlisted in the Sustainability Professional category

Paulo Cruz has been shortlisted in the Sustainability Professional category

Sustainability Officer at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Paulo Cruz is in the running for a top environmental award.

Paulo is a finalist in the Sustainability Professional category in the Green Gown Awards 2016 which recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK and Ireland.

Having worked in a variety of sustainability-focused roles at GCU since 2001, Paulo took up his current role in 2012. Under his guidance, GCU’s Environmental Management System (EMS) was the first to achieve EcoCampus Platinum and ISO 14001 certification in Scotland and the University’s measures for reducing waste, maximising recycling and saving energy have enabled GCU to reduce our carbon footprint by 33 per cent and continue to send no waste to landfill. Earlier this year, GCU was named Scotland’s first Cycle Friendly Campus, awarded for our role in encouraging and supporting the increase in the number of students, staff and visitors travelling by bike.

Paulo said: “It’s fantastic to reach the finals of the Green Gown Awards 2016 but this recognition isn’t just about me, it’s for everyone at GCU who helps to embed sustainability into our culture and values.”

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC added: “The Green Gown Awards provide our learning institutions and their staff and students a real opportunity to break down the barriers and achieve engagement and change. The Awards bring together leaders, academics, managers, students and wider communities together to recognise the pioneering achievements being made in across education, both in the UK and globally, for a better quality of live and a more sustainable future.” 

The Green Gown Awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and have an international presence, delivered on a regional basis in Australasia, French-speaking Europe and Canada, and the GUPES Green Gown Awards supported by the United Nations Environment Programme.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony held in Leicester on 10 November. The judging panel consists of over 80 representatives from the education sector and experts in the various fields, including Universities UK, Department of Energy and Climate Change, PwC, WWF and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The finalists can be found at