Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, with the aim to inspire a new wave of action to create a sustainable future, and this year Lymm is joining in.
Climate Week is backed by every part of society – from the Prime Minister to Paul McCartney, the NHS to the Met Office, the TUC to the CBI, Girlguiding UK to the National Association of Head Teachers. During the last Climate Week, over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK for the second successive year.
The Climate Week Awards recognise the most inspirational and impressive actions taking place in every sector of society. This year Low Carbon Lymm is pleased to announce the opportunity for Lymm residents, businesses and schools to join in and put forward nominations for the 2013 Local Awards. The winners will be notified during Climate Week, and a presentation will take place later in the month. The Climate Week Awards showcase projects and initiatives all across Britain – from government departments to community allotments, from large businesses to local faith groups and we want to showcase how Lymm is becoming a more sustainable community.
Nominations are now invited across a range of award categories*:
- Best Initiative by a Small Business
- Best Community Contribution
- Best Educational Contribution
- Most Inspirational Young Person (two Awards; Under 12 and Under 17)
- Resident of the Year
- Local Food Supplier of the Year
* You must be a resident, attend a school in Lymm or own a business based in Lymm to enter for an Award.
Deadline for Nominations –
Wednesday 20th February 2013. Now extended to Monday 25th February! Download a Nomination Form here.
See below for some examples of the kinds of things your nominees might have done;
Best Initiative by a Small Business
Initiatives, products and services by small businesses that are making workplaces more sustainable, reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint, or using their influence to help combat climate change.
- The business has introduced new working practices and can demonstrate how they have saved energy.
- The business has trained staff to minimise its impact and that of its customers’.
- The business has minimised packaging and printed material, and recycles products if returned.
- The business supports local green initiatives by donating funding or expertise.
- The business has introduced monthly swap days (books, music and household goods) for staff.
Best Community Contribution
Recognising effective projects bringing about change or mobilising people to act at a local level to build sustainable communities.
- A local group has demonstrably influenced other residents to minimise their carbon footprint.
- A local school and students’ parents have worked together to create new initiatives reducing the number of students travelling to school by car.
- A local faith group has established itself as a green congregation, receiving Energy Saving Trust recognition for its achievements.
- A local action group persuaded the council to buy a number of bikes, which the group now rents to local residents.
- A local group has created a community allotment, with an outdoor classroom in which students can learn cultivation skills.
Best Educational Contribution
Innovative schemes engaging pupils and students on climate change and ways to combat it.
- The school ran an awareness campaign and implemented changes in its everyday activities, encouraging pupils to engage their parents.
- The school has introduced an innovative course of study so that students can investigate the link between everyday actions at their school, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
- The school created a solar powered mobile cinema to show a film raising awareness of climate change.
- The school has created its own allotment, holding open days to share the experience with and sell its produce to the local community.
Most Inspirational Young Person (two Awards, Under 12 and Under 17)
Recognising the next generation of leaders taking action on climate change.
- The young person identified a climate damaging practice and influenced people who could change this, personally leading the change.
- The young person has introduced and runs monthly book swaps at school.
- The young person created an eco-doll’s house for display to young people at community events.
- The young person instigated a “lights off” campaign and influenced others in the process.
Resident of the Year
Recognising the outstanding contribution of an individual to sustainability
- The resident influenced their neighbourhood to take action, e.g. insulate their properties, drive less, walk, cycle or use public transport more.
- The resident ran a ‘Big Switch’ campaign which resulted in a number of households switching to green suppliers.
- The resident persuaded local farmers and the council to make available enough land for an additional 50 allotments.
Local Food Supplier of the Year
Recognising the contribution of a local food supplier to sustainability.
- The supplier produces weekly ‘eat green’ recipes, based on seasonal produce.
- The supplier has supported local sustainability initiatives by donating produce.
- The supplier can demonstrate their contribution to reducing food miles.