Projects which have made an impact in cutting carbon emissions, restoring nature, improving the environment or promoting sustainable practices are being invited to enter the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2023.
The annual competition rewards organisations and individuals for their contribution towards sustainability, environmental growth, promoting nature recovery and the circular economy.
Many winners have gone on to win national and international accolades and become leaders in their field.
There is also a new category this year to celebrate tree-planting across the region.
Entries for this year’s awards are open until October 31 and nominations can be made either by an entrant themselves or on behalf of an organisation or individual as long as they are based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.
Categories for the Cornwall Council awards are:
- Most Sustainable Organisation, sponsored by University of Exeter, Foot Anstey and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
- Growing Greener: Planting trees in Cornwall, sponsored by Forestry Commission, Cornwall Council’s Forest for Cornwall and the Woodland Trust
- Circular Economy, sponsored by Arca and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
- Environmental Growth, sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Trust and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
- Carbon Neutral, sponsored by Truro & Penwith College and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
- Overall winner (chosen from the winners of all the categories), sponsored by Business Cornwall.
Judging will take place in November and this year’s judges are Kim Conchie, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce; Lord Robin Teverson and Clare Parnell from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership; Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council; Gitty Ankers, Cornwall Community Flood Forum; and Matt Hocking, Leap Design for Change.
Shortlisted entrants will be announced next month, and the awards ceremony will be held on December 8 at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.
Cllr Alvey, Cornwall’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said:
“These awards highlight the breadth of tireless work by our community groups, charities, schools, businesses, social enterprises and individuals in helping combat climate change, restoring nature, improving our environment and being sustainable.
“As we help Cornwall work towards net zero, we want to celebrate the efforts of our residents and partners in tackling the climate emergency and promoting nature.”
To apply, nominate or to book your place at the awards ceremony, click here.