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Sheridan is Canada’s only finalist in the International Green Gown Awards

Jun 2, 2021

Sheridan has been named the sole Canadian International Green Gown Award finalist in the Benefitting Society category for its Sustainable Development Innovation Ecosystem Project. Established in 2004, the Green Gown Awards recognize the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges around the world. 

The honour recognizes Sheridan’s ongoing activities that led to it becoming the first Ontario postsecondary institution to sign the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord as well as the significant contributions that Sheridan has made to community development through the work of its leaders in community implementation of the SDGs. This work includes Mission Zero, the framework for institution-wide sustainability initiatives; and EDGE, Sheridan’s social enterprise and impact entrepreneurship hub. Green Gown Awards International logo

Sheridan’s implementation of the SDGs has been accelerated by the vision established by its strategic plan -  Sheridan 2024: Galvanizing Education for a Complex World. Recognizing the key role postsecondary institutions need to play in achieving the SDGs, Sheridan is taking an integrated approach to its implementation across all areas of the college. Its community impact initiatives address the interlinked social, economic, and environmental goals as represented by the work of EDGE and Mission Zero. 

“It’s a tremendous honour to have Sheridan recognized on this international stage for our Sustainable Development Goals work,” says John Helliker, Dean of Innovation at Sheridan. “This recognition helps reinforce that our work to position Sheridan as a leader in this domain is making a meaningful impact.” 

The Green Gown Awards are supported by UN Environment and are open to any university or college. They are endorsed by United Nations Environment and are supported by The Association of Commonwealth Universities, L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie and International Association of Universities.   

Sheridan is part of a pool of 51 finalists from 23 countries. Winners will be announced on July 7 as part of the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum.  
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