Making Birmingham Greener & Healthier Awards launched!

Birmingham City Council, in partnership with environmental company Veolia, are looking for Birmingham's next "green" champions.

Bigger and better this year – we have a new, extra category to expand the appeal of the awards. The Best Naturally Green (Biophilic) Scheme award is aimed at attracting entries that demonstrate the efforts people and organisations have made to connect to the natural environment by protecting wildlife, creating wildlife habitats and increasing biodiversity; improving access to green living spaces; taking part in local growing projects and carrying out schemes that help adapt to climate change.

Entries are welcome from businesses, community groups and education establishments in all, or a selection, of the following five categories:

  1. Best Energy Efficiency Scheme – will recognise efforts made to reduce energy consumption and install renewables
  2. Best Waste & Recycling Scheme – will recognise efforts made to reduce, reuse and recycle waste
  3. Best Greener & Healthier Lifestyles (Food) Scheme – will recognise efforts made to increase food skills, food access, awareness of healthy eating, food sustainability and reduce food waste
  4. Birmingham Connected Sustainable Travel Award – will recognise efforts made to achieve a shift towards sustainable travel
  5. Best Naturally Green (Biophilic) Scheme – will recognise efforts made to make space for nature, protect wildlife and connect people with the natural environment

The 15 winners (and runners-up) and one overall winner, who is judged to have fully embraced the ethos of the awards, will be announced during a ceremony in the Banqueting Suite at the Council House on Tuesday 5 July.

Application forms, criteria and more information about the categories can be downloaded from: http://www.makingbirminghamgreener.com/2016/making...

The closing date for entries is: Tuesday 31 May

Completed application forms can be sent to me at the postal address below or email: sustainabilityteam@birmingham.gov.uk (10Mb limit per email)

Even if you feel our awards are not for you – please circulate this information around your networks or to any groups, organisations or individuals you think might wish to apply.

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