Get nominating for the Green Awards 2014

The winners celebrate at last year's Green Awards.

The winners celebrate at last year's Green Awards.

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Nominations close 15 January: The PT and Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) are looking for the most environmentally friendly people, groups or businesses in annual Green Awards:

Nominate online now, before (deadline extended) 10am on Thursday, 15 January.

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Organised in conjunction with the PECT, the awards recognise those who do most to protect the environment in the Peterborough area.

We are looking for individuals, groups and businesses who have created ideas, products or initiatives to benefit the environment around them.

Perhaps you know a familywhich gets involved in recycling or environmentally-minded social events, or a building firm which is redefining how green buildings are designed and created. Or do you know anyone who prepares or sources food in a sustainable way, or uses green space to its full capability?

There are eight categories for the awards and nominations should be emailed to linda.pritchard@jpress.co.uk, or posted to: Linda Pritchard, Events Department, 46, High Street, Grantham, NG31 6NE.

Categories and sponsors:

Contribution to the Environmental Capital Award – Sponsored by: Prince Energy

Peterborough’s aspiration to become the UK’s Environment Capital aims to help the city to become a cleaner, greener place to live, renowned for eco innovation, and with a booming local economy.

All of the awards are to recognise achievements that contribute to these principles, but this award invites nominations for local people, communities and businesses that have made the greatest overall contribution against the Environment Capital principles: 1. Zero carbon 2. Zero waste 3. Sustainable transport 4. Local and sustainable materials 5. Local and sustainable food 6. Sustainable water 7. Land use and wildlife 8. Culture and community 9. Equity and local economy 10. Health and happiness.

Green Family Award – Sponsored by: Cross Keys Homes

We’re looking for a family who have made a real difference to the environment by championing sustainable living practices within the household. Maybe the family are expert recyclers, grow their food, or use pedal-power rather than driving. We want to hear about it!

Green Space Award – Sponsored by: Big Web Warehouse

This award will go to the best green space, which can be anything from an allotment, community garden or public park. Nominees will need to show how the space can demonstrate sustainability: for example using natural weed and pest control, composting, levels of biodiversity and creativity of plot.

Best Green Volunteer / Community Group Award – Sponsored by: Queensgate

Open to any group or individual that can demonstrate an approach to sustainability in the community. Perhaps they have been working on an environmental project, or they champion waste recycling, community clean-ups, or have introduced a green strategy to their residential area.

Sustainable Food Provider Award

This award will recognise the achievements of a local hotel, restaurant, café, pub, food retailer, or producer in Peterborough who has made a concerted effort to implement positive strategies to reduce the impact on the environment of the service they provide. Applications will be judged on their use of seasonal ingredients, sustainably sourced food, Fairtrade products and the promotion of health and well-being.

Green Build / Builder Award – Sponsored by: Hunt & Coombs

This award will go to the most sustainable building project completed in the Peterborough area within the last year. Nominees will need to provide information on the Energy Performance of the building, explain how it goes over and above ‘standard’ buildings, and how the project involved using recycled or sustainably sourced materials.

Green Tourism Award

This award is open to any size of tourism enterprise, urban or rural, which is actively engaged in promoting sustainability and reducing the negative environmental or social impacts of their operation. Nominees must explain their environmental strategies, outline achievements and discuss how employees and/or customers are encouraged to act sustainably.

Green Youth Group Award – Sponsored by: McCain

If you know a thriving youth group or after school club with strong eco credentials then this is the award for you. Nominations must demonstrate exceptional awareness of and commitment to environmental work.

Making nominations: In all award categories please comment on how your nomination contributes towards one or more of the Environment Capital principles.

- Nominations for the awards will close at midnight on Sunday, 11 January 2015.

- Get talking about the Green Awards and environmental issues on social media using #ptgreen

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From there, a panel of judges will make their choices, and the winners of the awards will be announced on Monday, February 16 at the town hall in Bridge Street, Peterborough.

Carly Leonard, the Chief Executive of Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) explained: “The Green Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our city’s individuals, businesses and community spaces.

“Peterborough has a lot to be proud of and it’s great to be able to recognise the hard work and innovative practice that goes on within the city.

“We would encourage everyone to get involved with this year’s awards by nominating people and organisations that have inspired you with their forwarding-thinking, sustainable actions.

“PECT aims to support the city in establishing itself as the UK’s Environment Capital – an exemplar of how to deliver truly sustainable growth to improve the overall quality of life of its people, communities and environment.

“With the Green Awards, we will be celebrating those groups and individuals who are passionate about, and committed to, making a difference, and who are already helping achieve the Environment Capital aspirations.”

Peterborough Telegraph editor Mark Edwards said: “These awards are about recognising the fantastic work of families, businesses and groups across the region.

“From community projects to major environmental schemes, we want to hear about them all.

“We want to recognise the families who go the extra mile and the people who give their time to support local projects and schemes.”

Last year’s awards featured some inspirational stories with projects like the Wildlife Haven at Railworld and the Green Backyard and organisations like Froglife, Ken Stimpson School and Clarke’s restaurant all picking up prizes.

We want to hear your nominations for this year’s awards as soon as possible, simply fill in the form in the Peterborough Telegraph or email linda.pritchard@jpress.co.uk.