Green awards applications open

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Last year’s winners of the Youth and Education Category – St Dominic’s Priory School. (Left to right) Hugo Caine (8),                     Mrs Joanna Talbot, Former Mayor Ray Sutherland, Miss Karen Davies, Keira Garrod (10)

Organisations from around Stafford Borough are being encouraged to show off their green credentials by entering an annual competition.

The popular ‘Green Awards’ run by the borough council is a chance for local organisations to showcase what they are doing to become more eco-friendly.

The event aims to reward the efforts of local businesses, schools and other community groups that help the environment by contributing to a more sustainable borough. This can include being more energy efficient, setting up wildlife projects or reducing waste.

Stafford Borough Council launched the initiative in 1996 which has seen organisations from factories to churches take part. The competition is open to all groups operating within the borough and has played a key role in the council’s agenda on issues surrounding carbon reduction and sustainable development.

For more details or to download an application form visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/greenawards or contact Karen Davies on 01785 619408 or kdavies@staffordbc.gov.uk. Entries close on Friday 17 July.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, Councillor Frank Finlay, said: “These reward forward thinking businesses and other agencies 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.”

Last year Alstom UK scooped the winning prize in the business category for their range of environmental initiatives which included promoting car sharing, reducing energy consumption and practical conservation work.

St Dominic’s Priory School won the Youth and Education Category for their eco-garden, the Sandon Road Bee Border Project won the Community and Wellbeing Category for their bee conservations efforts and the Public Sector category was won by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Cadets for their work with the borough council on allotment projects.

The 2014 awards also saw the introduction of the new Green Purse Prize, won by Alstom UK, which recognised projects that save money through good green business practice.

A full list of the 2014 winners can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/green-awards-2014-winners