IT’S five years since the Sheffield Telegraph launched the region’s first Environment Awards and once again we want YOUR help to uncover the city’s green champions.
Since that first event, we have heard some outstanding stories of people and organisations who have made a difference and we are confident that this year will be even better.
The fifth Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards will be staged at Sheffield’s Mercure St Paul’s hotel on Monday, October 17 and we want you to be part of it.
NOMINATION FORM: You can download a nomination form, to complete and return to us, by clicking on the External Link in the column on the right.
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.
Telegraph editor David Todd said: “The awards are something we look forward to every October. When you read through the nominations and find out more about what sort of things people are doing, you can’t help but be impressed.
“The really great thing is that many of the people and businesses we have featured over the last five years do great work very quietly, with no real aim to be recognised for it.
“That was one of the reasons we launched the Environment Awards back in 2007, because we felt that in many instances their efforts were worthy of recognition.
“One thing we have noticed over the years is that many people are too modest to nominate themselves. So if you know of anyone who is making a difference, please let us know about it.’’
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 Green Flag standard.
The work done by JF Finnegan and Jefferson Sheard Architects on the stunning new Sheffield College complex was enough 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 them.
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:
Building & Design
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.