Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards
Applications for the 2017 Eco Awards are now closed and the winners will be announced early in 2018.
The Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards celebrate projects and schemes with a strong ecological or environmentally-friendly ethos, or groups and organisations which can show they adopt a sound eco approach to their business.
The awards recognise local unsung environmental heroes, who put the environment at the heart of their work.
All category winners will receive a trophy and certificate, as well as permission to use Eco Awards branding for marketing purposes.
The winner of the primary school category will also receive brand new tablet devices for their school.
The awards are hosted jointly by Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council. The lead sponsor is Vattenfall.
Vote for your eco hero
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the awards, we gave you the chance to nominate someone (or yourself) for a new Eco Hero category.
Our judges will shortlist four potential eco heroes in December, and there will be a public vote in January and February to choose the winner, so the nominees will have plenty time to drum up lots of support and get as many votes as they can.
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 in January and February, so the nominees will have plenty time to drum up lots of support and get as many votes as they can.
A successful eco home should either have been built to be fundamentally environmentally friendly or have been fitted with energy efficiency measures to ensure it has minimal impact on the environment.
As a result, the home should be a healthy place to live and should have lower energy requirements.
Homes entered into this category should be:
- Able to demonstrate their eco-credentials either from design to build stage of new build properties, or by the fitting of energy efficiency measures in older properties
- A real home, so someone should be living there for the majority of the year
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.
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.
Category sponsor: Recycle for Norfolk
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.