Sunday, 15 July 2012

Deadline looming for eco awards


Time is running out for organisations across Stafford Borough to show off their green credentials in a popular annual eco-challenge. 

Schemes which demonstrate good environmental practice will be showcased at the ‘Green Awards’ run by the Borough Council. 

The awards are now in their 16th year after being set up to reward the efforts of local businesses, schools and other community groups in helping the environment and contributing to a more sustainable borough.

Judges will be looking for good environmental work in a range of areas from recycling and energy saving to growing your own food.   

But the closing date for people to get their entries in is only days away now – Friday 20 July.

The initiative was launched in 1996 and has had interest from organisations as diverse as factories to churches. The competition is open to all groups operating in the borough, and has played a key role in the Council’s agenda on issues surrounding carbon reduction and sustainable development.

Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said: “These awards reward forward-thinking businesses and other agencies and organisations for their initiatives.

“Many of the projects are not just about being environmentally friendly they also save money, something that every smart business or organisation will want to be involved in.”

The winners will receive their awards from the mayor of Stafford Borough at a ceremony later this year.

Last year top prizes went to St John’s Primary School, HMP Drake Hall, Homestead Caravan Park and the ‘Derrington - Way Ahead’ initiative. 

As well as the overall prizes there are a number of special awards up for grabs and for more details or to apply go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/green-awards. Alternatively email janarnold@staffordbc.gov.uk or ring 01785 619595 for a form.

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