Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards

Voting is now closed for this year’s Eco Hero award.

The Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards recognises unsung environmental individuals, projects and schemes with a strong ecological or environmentally-friendly ethos, and groups and organisations which can show they adopt a sound eco approach to their business.

By shining a spotlight on local positive environmental action we hope we can inspire others to act too.

The awards

The awards are hosted jointly by Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council. We work hard to ensure the awards give local environmental initiatives the recognition they deserve.

The shortlisted applications across our six categories are:

  • Eco primary school - sponsored by Updata   
    Colby Primary School
    Ellingham Primary VC, Woodton
  • Eco secondary school - sponsored by Veolia  
    Northgate High School, Dereham
    Reepham High School, Reepham

  • Eco Hero - sponsored by Vattenfall
    Matt Willer
    Nadia Sparkes
    Amy Shaw

We'll announce the winning projects and the Eco Hero at our awards ceremony on 28 March 2019. This year the ceremony will be hosted by local evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod.

The prizes

Winners receive a Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards trophy and certificate and are invited to use our logo. This shows they have been recognised as an eco-friendly company, group or individual.

The winner of the eco primary school category will receive three brand new tablet devices for their school, and the runner up will receive two.

The winners of the eco community group category and eco secondary school categories will each receive £500 prizes.

More about the award categories

Anyone can apply or nominate someone else for this category.

An eco hero is someone who:

  • Values the environment so much that they go the extra mile in everything they do to reduce their negative environmental impact and/or create positive solutions
  • Is passionate, enthusiastic and committed to reducing their own, and/or wider society's negative environmental impact
  • Tries to be, or already is, a source of inspiration to others to choose sustainable lifestyle choices and more pro-environmental behaviours

Judges shortlist the potential eco heroes and the public can then vote for their winner.

With thanks to Vattenfall for sponsoring this category.

Food products entered into this category should be:

  • A food product (ie not a cafe/restaurant meal)
  • Produced using sustainable practices (eg limited water use, use local/seasonal ingredients)
  • Produced in Norfolk
  • A celebration of Norfolk-grown or made produce

Schools should have undertaken eco projects over the past five years and should be able to demonstrate their eco-credentials. Projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy efficiency awareness and measures
  • Sustainable use of school grounds for wildlife/food production
  • A school eco-council, forest school programme, eco school accreditation
  • Any other innovative projects that they feel are appropriate

Successful schools will be to demonstrate that concern for the environment and sustainable living is at the heart of all they do.

With thanks to category sponsor Updata for donating new tablet devices to the primary school category winner.

Schools should have undertaken eco projects over the past five years and should be able to demonstrate their eco-credentials. Projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy efficiency awareness and measures
  • Sustainable use of school grounds for wildlife/food production
  • A school eco-council, forest school programme, eco school accreditation
  • Any other innovative projects that they feel are appropriate

Successful schools will be to demonstrate that concern for the environment and sustainable living is at the heart of all they do.

With thanks to Veolia for sponsoring this category.

Community groups should be able to demonstrate their involvement in a project, or projects, which aim to:

  • Improve Norfolk’s natural environment by making it a more species-rich place to live, work and play
  • Sensitively improve access to a range of Norfolk habitats and raise awareness of their value to a range of species
  • Raise awareness of sustainable living, for example by reducing the amount of resources we use to live day-to-day by reducing, reusing or recycling

Groups could include any other innovative projects that they feel are appropriate.

With thanks to Pixie energy for sponsoring this category.

A small/medium Norfolk-based business (max 50 employees) which:

  • Reduces the use of the earth’s resources by the nature of its business
  • Has eco-values and sustainability principles at the core of its business model and ethos eg through energy reduction, ethical banking, sustainable transport methods, reducing packaging etc.

     

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