Entries have opened for the 2023 Cornwall Sustainability Awards — previous winners have gone on to win national and international accolades, and to become leaders in their field.
The annual competition rewards organisations and individuals for their contribution towards sustainability and environmental growth, and promoting nature recovery and the circular economy.
Entries for this year’s awards are open until 31st October. nominations can be made either by an entrant themselves, or on behalf of an organisation or individual, as long as they are based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.
The categories are:
- Most sustainable organisation, sponsored by the University of Exeter, Foot Anstey, and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
- Growing greener: planting trees in Cornwall, sponsored by the Forestry Commission, Cornwall Council’s Forest for Cornwall, and the Woodland Trust
- Circular economy, sponsored by Arca, and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
- Environmental growth, sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Trust, and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
- Carbon neutral, sponsored by Truro and Penwith College, and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
An overall winner, sponsored by Business Cornwall, will be chosen from the category winners.
Judging will take place in November. This year’s judges are: Kim Conchie, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce; Lord Robin Teverson and Clare Parnell, from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership; Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council; Gitty Ankers, Cornwall Community Flood Forum; and Matt Hocking, Leap Design for Change.
Shortlisted entrants will be announced next month, and the awards ceremony will be held on 9th December at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.
“These awards highlight the breadth of tireless work by our community groups, charities, schools, businesses, social enterprises, and individuals in helping combat climate change, restoring nature, improving our environment, and being sustainable,” said Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change.
“As we help Cornwall work towards net zero, we want to celebrate the efforts of our residents and partners in tackling the climate emergency and promoting nature.”
To apply, nominate, or to book your place at the awards ceremony, visit cornwallsustainabilityawards.org/apply/.