ISCN 2018 Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Winners Announced!

Stockholm, Sweden, June 13, 2018.  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 International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), 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, KTH Royal Institute of Technology hosted the ISCN 2018 Conference, Sustainable Development: Acting with Purpose and welcomed registrants from 120 different universities and higher-education organizations.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have a unique role and responsibility for the future and for driving the development of a sustainable society. HEIs are charged with the task of fostering sustainability in the leaders of tomorrow, developing solutions and methods to address a sustainable future and ensuring that we contribute knowledge to society. HEIs must also ensure that our everyday operations and practices are consistent with a sustainable future and we work to holistically integrate sustainability into mission of the university and our daily tasks.

The aim of the 2018 ISCN Conference was to emphasize the current and future role of HEIs for sustainable development. This included discussions around education, research, collaboration and operations and facilities for sustainable development.

One of the most anticipated events at ISCN 2018 was the tenth annual ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Ceremony on June 13th, 2018 at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. These awards recognize universities for exceptional sustainability efforts in campus planning, integration with academics, student leadership, and exemplary building projects. 

Matthew Gardner, 2018 ISCN Jury Chair, claimed: “Once again, our Campus Excellence Award entries were exceptional, therefore making it a challenge to pick the winning candidates. Each project portrayed passion and creativity; this was an excellent group to judge.” 

The awards for this year included the Building and Innovative Infrastructure AwardCampus Planning and Management Systems AwardInnovative Collaboration Award, and Student Leadership Award. A brief description of each is listed below:

The winners of the 2018 ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards are:

  • Building and Innovative Infrastructure Award: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Campus Planning and Management Systems Award: Stanford University, United States
  • Innovative Collaboration Award: Freie Universität of Berlin, Germany
  • Student Leadership Award: University of Cyprus, Cyprus

“It was an honor for us to award these great efforts and provide global recognition that show leadership in sustainability. The projects submitted this year were innovative, creative, and provided numerous examples of how we can further sustainability in higher education institutions.” said Zena Harris, the 2018 ISCN Executive Director.

The awards are open to any college or university worldwide that has developed outstanding planning, construction, or educational projects that promote sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community. Each year, an international panel of experts serves on the jury to review award applications and select the ISCN Award winners.

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 and report their performance according to the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter which was jointly developed with the World Economic Forum's Global University Leaders Forum. 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

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ISCN Members and Conference Registrants: Free Webinar Opportunity!

KTH and Harvard Pre-Conference Webinar on Tuesday, May 15, 11am EST 

The ISCN and KTH conference planning team is excited to announce a unique offering to ISCN members and conference registrants: A free webinar with KTH and Harvard University!


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Join Heather Henriksen, Managing Director of Sustainability at Harvard and Göran Finnveden, Vice-President of Sustainability at KTH as we explore the interconnections between higher education research, climate change, health and society.

In a conversation with Heather, we'll learn about Harvard's recently released Climate Action Goals and the connections between climate change, health impacts, and multi-disciplinary climate research. To make tackling climate change more collaborative, tangible, and inclusive, Harvard is hoping to reframe how we address the issues of climate change by addressing the role it plays on human health and prosperity.

Echoing this sentiment will be Göran, who will discuss how fully integrating sustainability in the core activities and in the day to day operations and campus development is a priority at KTH. He will also discuss how KTH’s sustainability objectives and targets are used to monitor and follow the progression of the integration of sustainability at KTH. In addition, KTH contributes to a number of research areas addressing challenges and solutions concerning climate change and emissions, circular and bio-based economics, sustainable urban development, digitalization for a sustainable society, public health, and transport. As one of Europe’s leading technical universities, KTH works for the development of society by taking a holistic view and systematic approach to sustainability within our education and research.

If you are an ISCN member and/or you have registered for ISCN 2018, you will receive an email invitation inviting you to join this exciting webinar. ISCN members, you will receive this invitation as well.

Please check your inbox for registration details.


About Heather Henriksen


Heather has served as Harvard University’s chief sustainability officer since 2008, advising the President and senior leadership on strategy and building an organizational change initiative that resulted in the University achieving its initial science-based climate goal of a 30% net reduction in emissions.  Heather’s office oversees the implementation of Harvard’s comprehensive Sustainability Plan  and Harvard’s new Climate Action Plan setting fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026 targets.  She and her team has expanded a multi-disciplinary living laboratory research program that partners with faculty and students to use the campus as a test bed for piloting and sharing innovative solutions to real-world sustainability challenges. Heather is also leading an effort internally and externally to address health in the built environment.

Heather manages external sustainability partnerships with higher education, businesses and government. She is an acting Advisory Committee Co-Chair of ISCN. Heather holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.



FinnvedenAbout Göran Finnveden

Göran Finnveden is Professor of Environmental Strategic Analysis and Vice-President for sustainable development at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden. His main research interest is the use and development of life cycle assessment and other sustainability assessment tools. His contributions include both methodology development and case studies. He also works with environmental policy. Application areas include buildings, energy, ICT, transportation, urban development and waste management. He is a member of the editorial boards of six scientific journals, the board of the International Sustainable Campus Network and on the Swedish Government’s scientific council on sustainable development. Finnveden has published extensively and is frequently cited. As Vice-President he is responsible for the integration of sustainable development in education, research and collaboration across the whole university. He is also a member of KTH's strategic management council.




University of Bristol joins the ISCN!

We are thrilled to formally welcome the University of Bristol into the ISCN!

Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK and was ranked within the top 50 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2018.

The University has a long history of sustainability action, winning numerous awards for its work. Bristol was the first UK city with European Green Capital status in 2015 and the community played a large role in helping the city deliver this. Sustainability remains one of the central strands shaping the University's vision of the future.

For more information on Sustainability at the University of Bristol, please visit:

“We are delighted to welcome the University of Bristol into the ISCN and look forward to providing a platform for international value exchange and partnership on campus sustainability” says Bernd Kasemir, Secretary of the ISCN Board.

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University of Leeds joins the ISCN!

We are thrilled to formally welcome the University of Leeds into the ISCN!

The University, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK and is renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research. 

"Sustainability at the University of Leeds isn’t about half-promises; it’s at the core of who we are and what we do. It shapes and drives everything that happens here – what we teach, what we learn, what we buy, what we use, what we share, how we travel. It’s about ambition and belief in ourselves. It’s about working collaboratively within the University, with our partners, and with wider society.

Sustainability is at the heart of the University of Leeds. It’s not a ‘buzzword’, or something we just talk about. It’s something that influences every decision we make and every action we take, each and every day. And it’s not just because it’s the ‘right thing to do’ – embedding sustainability across our institution makes the university a better, more supportive, place to work." For more information on Sustainability at the University of Leeds, please visit:

“We are delighted to welcome the University of Leeds into the ISCN and look forward to providing a platform for international value exchange and partnership on campus sustainability” says Bernd Kasemir, Secretary of the ISCN Board.

For more information on the ISCN, please visit:

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