• Rebecca


The Green Gown Awards are fast approaching and this year UAL have already succeeded by becoming finalists in 5 of the 12 categories. From individuals to working with massive companies to engaging global audiences, UAL’s finalists cover a broad spectrum of activity.

Here’s a run-down of the projects that have made it this far:

Our new building at Camberwell College of Arts is representing UAL in the ‘Campus of the Future’ category thanks to its energy efficient design.

This includes solar panels on the roof and an Energy Centre which uses ‘combined heat & power’ – a way off heating the building by reusing would-be waste heat when producing electricity. The whole building is also naturally ventilated, saving money and reducing carbon emissions.

Camberwell College of Arts

LCF’s collaboration with ASOS has not only raised the profile of the ‘circular economy’ within the College but has also inspired ASOS with new ideas for co-creation.

The project saw 250 students and staff work together to find a circular business opportunity, sponsored by ASOS. Alongside this, the project involved working with ASOS to design a sustainability knowledge exchange which provides a platform for students’ and tutors’ ideas to be shared. This earned them a spot in the final of the Student Engagement category.

Image courtesy of ASOS

With a place in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category is “Fashion and sustainability: Understanding luxury fashion in a changing world”.

This project saw the creation of the world’s first online course on luxury fashion and sustainability. Participants learn about innovative sustainable fashion research and business practice. The course is available in 144 countries and you can take the course (for free!) here.

‘Rethinking Rehabilitation – Connecting Communities through Craft’ is nominated for ‘Benefiting Society’. Combining environment and social inclusion, Menswear Design students worked with a rehabilitation facility in the UK and Italy.

Weavers in Italy used industrial waste materials to create innovative textiles which inspired the students to design a range of garments and accessories. Winning designs were then manufactured in the UK facility using fabric woven on the handlooms in Italy.

Image courtesy of Eva Broekema

And last but not least, Claudine Henry is a finalist in the ‘Sustainability Champion – Staff’ category for her work in introducing sustainable practices to students and encouraging behavioural changes. She has educated and formed networks across LCF and externally to accelerate students’ sustainable thinking and behaviour.

The winners will be announced on 8th November – good luck to everyone!

Read more:

New building at Camberwell


Fashion and sustainability: Understanding luxury fashion in a changing world

Rethinking Rehabilitation – Connecting Communities through Craft