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.
Judges said: "This project shows that we can’t separate out environmental and social sustainability – the way in which things like food circulate around society has implications for both the environment and for social inequality; this initiative shows how we can begin addressing those two challenges together”.
Judges said, “This initiative marks a big leap forward in sustainable transport in the city. The move towards hybrid taxis has been really encouraging, but running an all-electric fleet brings unique challenges, and Zero Taxis have done a great job showing what’s possible.”
Judges thought this entry was “an amazing example of commitment to urban sustainability” and hoped other communities would be inspired to create similar projects. The project has 100 registered volunteers and plans for the future include community cooking sessions.
Judges were really impressed with the variety of initiatives going on at Ellingham Primary, and particularly the walking bus, which directly tackles a big issue around sustainable and safe ways of getting children to and from school.
Judges were delighted that last year’s win had spurred The Allotment Project to achieve even more this year. They were impressed by the innovation shown and in particular the allotment’s sustainable irrigation system, outdoor eco classroom and rope pump to collect rainwater.
Winner: Matt Willer
Judges said: “Matt is inspiring commitment and energy to both sustainability and to teaching. We were really inspired by the humility he brings to the project – the best sustainability leaders are those who give others space to innovate and do things themselves.”