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Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards 2010 'The awards were hosted by BBC weatherman Paul Hudson
Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards 2010 'The awards were hosted by BBC weatherman Paul Hudson

THERE is now just a month to go in the search for Sheffield’s green champions.

The fifth Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards will be held at the Mercure St Paul’s Hotel on Monday, October 17 and the closing date for entries is Friday, September 16.

We are looking for individuals, schools, community groups and businesses who have made a real contribution to protecting the environment over the last 12 months.

The level of response and the quality of entries has increased each year and the event, which will again be hosted by BBC Look North weatherman and environment correspondent Paul Hudson, is now firmly established on Sheffield’s environmental calendar.

Our awards will honour outstanding efforts and achievements, good building and design, sustainability innovations and improvements.

Small or large-scale projects will be judged equally.

We hope the awards will again raise awareness of the need for better environmental performance by business and industry and promote the environmental efforts of those involved in sustainable consumption and production, resource efficiency, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water.

The winners will feature in a special supplement in the Telegraph, as well as on our website.

Last year’s big winner was Mike Wild, who took the overall award in recognition of a lifetime of protecting the world around us.

He was one of the founding members of the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham and was a key figure in developing the Five Weirs Walk.

Mike also shared the Lifetime Achievement Award with the Wildlife Trust, while other winners were Dobcroft Infant School in the Primary School section, two years after being runners-up in the same category.

Senior School honours went to Wisewood School and Community Sports College, which had recently became the fourth senior school in the city to reach that standard.

The work done by JF Finnegan and Jefferson Sheard Architects on the stunning new Sheffield College complex was anough to win them the Design & Build prize.

And the South Yorkshire Energy Centre, based at Heeley City Farm, took the Innovation honours for the pioneering work they do in spreading their message to the whole community.

Lauren Dixon won the Individual award for all the voluntary work she has done with Sheffield Is My Planet’s Community Champion scheme, while Sheffield Freegle were named Recycling winners for how they match unwanted items with someone who can make good use of it.

There were joint winners in the Community category, with the judges unable to separate the top two of Friends of Dronfield Station, who have done remarkable work over the last four years, and South Yorkshire-based volunteering charity BTCV.

And there was another double celebration in the Business section, with the honours shared between Sheffield Forgemasters, who have turned part of their industrial site into a green oasis in the heart of Sheffield’s East End, and First South Yorkshire, who have invested heavily in a greener, more fuel-efficient fleet.

Once again there are nine categories to choose from this year. The overall award will then be selected from the nine winners. The categories are:

Individual

Business

Community

Innovation

Building & Design

Recycling

Primary School

Senior School

Lifetime Achievement

Overall

Category sponsors already on board are AESSEAL, Wilbourn Associates, Sheffield High School, First South Yorkshire and Homeco.

Any business interested in sponsoring one of the remaining categories should contact Carolyn Rawlings on 0114 2767676 (ext 3288) or email carolyn.rawlings@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk.

The entry form is printed alongside this article and will appear in the Telegraph each week. Applications can also be made by downloading the form at www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk.

Whether you want to nominate yourself, your organisation or school, or anyone else you think is worthy of an award, select your category, fill in the form and send it, along with as much supporting evidence as possible, to Environment Awards, Sheffield Telegraph, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU. The closing date for entries is Friday, September 16.

HOMECO

Homeco Energy is proud to be part of the Sheffield Environment Awards. Our Homeco Energy for Schools Program ties in perfectly with the Primary School Award and helps to rewards those schools who are promoting the idea of a greener, more sustainable future for everyone.

Homeco Energy recognises that children have a large part to play in helping the UK to reduce its carbon emissions. By looking to teach children the benefits of recycling, energy consumption and looking after our environment we are looking to encourage a change in mentality that will be of benefit to ourselves, our children and all future generations.

AESSEAL

AESSEAL pursues excellence in everything it does. A key element of our excellence programme is the protection of the environment.

A mechanical seal stops leakage of potentially harmful liquids and gases from rotating equipment such as pumps into the environment and also reduces the usage of water which is rapidly becoming one of the world’s scarcest resources.

In the Business in the Community Yorkshire and Humber Environmental Index AESSEAL is accredited as a Climate Change Champion. Due to our commitment to the environment we are delighted to continue to sponsor the Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards.

WILBOURN ASSOCIATES

Wilbourn Associates are very pleased to be associated with the 2011 Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards. As the UK’s leading practice of Chartered Environmental Surveyors we understand the importance of the environment and how it impacts on property, communities, business and individuals. While we work in the field of environmental risk assessment, particularly in relation to contaminated land, as an organisation, we are increasingly seeing the role and need for supporting sustainable practices and protecting the environment through green initiatives, legislation shifts, lifestyle changes and technical advances. In Sheffield, we see a lot of good work by many talented, dedicated people from all sectors and walks of life. It is for this reason why we are proud support the Environment Awards 2011.

SHEFFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Sheffield High School is delighted to continue to support the Community Award within the Sheffield Telegraph’s annual Environmental Awards competition.

As a school community, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. In recent years, we have worked hard to achieve recognition within the Government’s ‘Eco Schools Project’, gaining first the bronze, then the silver and finally the top notch Green Flag status for our environmental awareness and responsible attitude towards sustainability.

Our own efforts to become more environmentally-friendly were rewarded in 2009 when, jointly with Westfield School, we won the Senior School at the Sheffield Telegraph Environmental Awards.

We already undertake many valuable collaborative projects with schools and other organisations in the local community and to become the sponsor of the Sheffield Telegraph’s Community Award was the natural next step for us.

We wish all contestants the very best of luck in this year’s competition.

FIRST SOUTH YORKSHIRE

First is delighted to once again support the Sheffield Telegraph Awards. As the 2010 joint winner of the Business Award, First take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. Business has a vital role to play in reducing energy usage and is often at the forefront of new technology such as the DriveGreen technology that targets driver and vehicle performance in reducing emissions and fuel use.

First continues to build on strong environmental foundations with an ISO

14001 accreditation since 2004 helping continuous improvement in recycling and energy reduction techniques. Vehicle investment is also key in reducing emissions and First has led the way in South Yorkshire being the first operator to introduce EuroV engine emission buses as well as signing up to the Eco Stars fleet management initiative.

As part of all our efforts to introduce continuous environmental improvement, First wishes all companies success in submitting entries for the Business Award.