‘Green Oscar’ for environmental campaign
Published: Friday 30th March 12
The town hall’s ‘Our Greener Borough’ campaign has won an award at what has been dubbed the sustainable living sector’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Wandsworth Council won the Public Sector category at this year's People and Environment Achievement (PEA) Awards. The category recognises a local or national public sector organisation whose work has helped advance more sustainable living.
The Our Greener Borough initiative was devised to help reduce Wandsworth's environmental impacts. It is made up of individual schemes focusing on promoting sustainable living to schools, residents, businesses and community groups.
The campaign comprises various strands of activity including a Bi-Annual Green Champions Award and the Wandsworth Eco Fund, which gives grants for community eco-projects.
The council also has staff who are designated Green Champions. They are given time each month to focus on ways to become more sustainable in the workplace, such as reducing waste, improving procurement and delivering green IT.
Michael Singham, the council's waste policy manager, was presented the PEA award on March 21 during a ceremony held in London's South Bank.
He said: "We were surprised to be shortlisted for this award and very pleased indeed to be named the winner.
"Our colleagues and councillors are delighted with this recognition of our efforts with 'Our Greener Borough', a scheme which we have run successfully over the last five years."
Tracey Rawling Church, director of brand and reputation at Kyocera Mita, which sponsored the award category, added: "Wandsworth Council is a truly deserving winner for its Our Greener Borough initiative."
Winners were picked by a panel of judges including Joe Jenkins, director at Friends of the Earth, Josephine Fairley, co-founder of Green & Black's, and Jarvis Smith, CEO of King Lion Media and PEA Awards founder. The panel was chaired by Tony Juniper, editor of Green Magazine.
Residents can play a part in the council's green campaign by registering a series of green pledges.
These might be as simple as committing to turning switches off and never leaving electrical appliances on standby, cycling and walking more or turning off the tap while brushing your teeth.
Alternatively, the council offers small grants to support local projects that cut waste, reduce environmental impacts or improve the local environment.