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Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards

Entries for the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards 2019-20 will close at midnight on 15 December.

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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.

Last year's winners 

Eco community group

Winner: Norwich FoodHub

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”.

Eco small/medium business

Winner: Zero Taxis

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.”

Eco food producer

Winner: Mindful Mondays Project

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.

Eco primary school

Winner: Ellingham VC Primary School

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.

Eco secondary school

Winner: The Allotment Project at Reepham High School & College

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.

Eco Hero

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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