Green Gown Awards Australasia

The 2017 Awards ceremony is coming to Melbourne! The Green Gown Awards are the most prestigious recognition of sustainability best practice within the tertiary education sector in Australasia. The Awards provide the opportunity to recognise institutions, both large and small and reward their sustainability actions and initiatives!


ACTS will proudly host the eighth annual Green Gown Awards Australasia ceremony on Thursday 2 November 2017 at Storey Hall, in the heart of Melbourne’s city centre.

RMIT University’s Storey hall is an iconic piece of Melbourne architecture and will set a spectacular scene for the gala dinner – the “green tie” highlight of the annual sustainability calendar!

Delivered in conjunction with the 17th International ACTS Conference dinner this is a night to embrace all things sustainable, recognising and rewarding those delivering sustainability excellence.

The highly anticipated Awards ceremony brings together the leaders and drivers of sustainability initiatives within the tertiary education sector. It highlights the sector’s achievements and allows delegates the opportunity to network and be inspired by the sector’s finalists. 

2017 Green Gown Finalists and brochure

Show your support by being a part of the most highly anticipated and fun night of the year!


The event will commence at 6:15pm with drinks in the reception, followed by dinner at 7:00pm including a 3 course specially prepared chef’s menu featuring local, ethical produce. The Awards ceremony takes place during and after the dinner service from 7:00 – 11pm. Live entertainment (to be announced soon) will finish at 12:00am.



With a rich and diverse history, Storey Hall is an iconic piece of Melbourne architecture. At the heart of RMIT’s city campus, it is used for ceremonies, concerts, conferences, performances, exhibitions and examinations, and will set a spectacular scene for the eighth Green Gown Awards Australasia gala dinner and award ceremony – the “green tie” highlight of the annual sustainability calendar!

Originally built by the Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society as a meeting hall in 1887, the building was an important symbol of social and political protest. It has been the venue of suffrage rallies, St Patrick’s Day marches, classical and rock concerts. Today’s powerful purple and green colours recall the hall’s earlier life as a place for feminist debate and Catholic activism.


Storey Hall (Building 16) is located on Swanston Street, near the corner of La Trobe Street, catch a City Loop train to nearby Melbourne Central train station or to Flinders Street. From Flinders Street, you can take a connecting City Loop train or Yarra Tram along Swanston Street.

Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72. Tram routes 24, 30 and 35 run along La Trobe Street.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.

No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.

Accomodation options are also available and are found here.



We take sustainability seriously in everything we do. We work closely with the venue and all our partners to ensure this event is as sustainable as possible.

All communications are electronic and the finalist brochure produced will be on 100% recycled paper. The trophies are made by talented Victorian glass artist Kirsten LakenSpirit of Glass – using 100% recycled glass, whilst the Highly Commended award frames are hand made from upcycled timber and glass by the creative makers at Custom Industrial.



Once the Australasian winners have been announced – those in the following three categories: Community, Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change and Student Engagement will then compete for the International title against UK & Ireland, French–Speaking Europe and Canada and GUPES – representing the 6 UNEP regions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia). The International Green Gown Awards will be announced in the spring of 2018. Watch this space for more details.


There is still time to align yourselves with the most prestigious sustainability Awards scheme in Australasia. The Green Gown Awards Australasia offers unique brand recognition within the tertiary education sector in Australasia and internationally. Allow yourself to make that connection…


For information please check out the Awards website

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