Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards

It has never been more important to put the environment at the heart of what you do..

The Eco Awards are now closed for entries.  Thanks to everyone who applied.

All applications are considered by our expert judging panel and two projects shortlisted for each category.  Four Eco Heroes will also be shortlisted and we will open up voting for the category in February.  Anyone can vote and we encourage everyone to get involved and vote for their favourite.

All winning projects and the overall Eco Hero will be announced at our awards ceremony on 28 March 2019, which will be hosted by local evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod

Now in its eleventh year, 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.

There are six categories:

  • Eco hero - The People’s Vote
  • Eco food producer
  • Eco primary school
  • Eco secondary school
  • Eco community group
  • Eco small/medium business

We will shortlist two entrants for each category, except for the Eco hero award where four shortlisted entries will face a public vote.  Each shortlisted entrant will receive two tickets for the awards ceremony.  For each of the schools categories the entrants will also receive tickets for five children to attend.

Entries closed on Tuesday, December 4.  The shortlist will be announced soon.

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 will shortlist four potential eco heroes in December and the public will be able to vote for a winner throughout January. So the nominees will have plenty time to drum up lots of support and get as many votes as they can.

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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