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New awards put Welsh sustainability on a world-class stage – Sustainable Academy Awards launched


A new awards ceremony aimed at the sustainability and green energy sectors has been announced today.  The Sustainable Academy Awards will take place on 29 November in the iconic and low-carbon Principality Stadium in Cardiff and are a collaboration between Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru.

The event builds on the success of the Wales Green Energy Awards and the Sustain Wales Awards and will celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales.  The Awards recognise work being done by individuals, community groups and the public sector, as well as small and large businesses.

Wales & West Utilities has already been confirmed as the headline sponsor of the event with Welsh Government sponsoring the Outstanding Renewable Energy Project, and Natural Resources Wales sponsoring the Sustainability Champion.

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales.  The Awards are my favourite event each year as we recognise the contribution being made by different sectors to make Wales a sustainable nation, working as one to deliver on the Wellbeing of the Future Generations and Environment Acts.”


David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“It’s no coincidence that the stadium, host for world-leading acts, superb entertainment and moments of high drama over the years, has been selected as the venue for these new awards. We anticipate a huge level of interest, and a fabulous event on the day.”


Steven Edwards, Director of Regulation and Commercial at Wales & West Utilities, said:

“We’re working hard to deliver a future energy system that is affordable, reliable and sustainable for the communities we serve.  So we’re delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Sustainable Academy awards – a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work being done by so many individuals and organisations, and it is an honour to be part of that.”


The nine categories are:

●     Sustainability Champion sponsored by Natural Resources Wales

●     Outstanding Renewable Energy Project sponsored by Welsh Government

●     Sustainable Space

●     Sustainable Business

●     Sustainable Innovation in the Public Sector

●     Sustainable Community

●     Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain

●     Outstanding Social Enterprise

●     Sustainable Education or Training


Sustainable Academy Wales – Applications

Further information about entry criteria is on the Sustainable Academy Awards web site – – together with details of how to enter.

Entries should be submitted by midnight on Monday 10 September.  Three entries per category will be shortlisted to be put to the public vote.

These votes will be added to the results from a panel of independent judges to decide the winners.  The judges’ decision is final.  Shortlisted entries will be informed shortly after the closing date and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in the Principality Stadium.

There are still opportunities to sponsor categories and various aspects of the event.  To find out more details about what is available, please get in contact with[:]

The Sustainable Studio – Sponsorship Opportunity Supporting Local Art

[:en]Cynnal Cymru member, The Sustainable Studio is hosting ‘Labyrinth’,a selection of large and small scale works by Aidan Myers from 18th – 25th May.

Aidan is a contemporary painter, living and working in Cardiff.  He graduated in 2014 with a BA Hons Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Since graduating, he has been represented by an Art Consultancy in London where his large scale paintings have proved successful within the art rental markets. Currently he has around 15 paintings on loan and in collections of a variety of businesses and spaces across London.

TSS are committed to supporting emerging and established artists and make their work accessible to the local community in an environment that is creative and engaging.

“We are very proud and excited to host Aidan’s show, bringing together many of his large scale paintings for the first time.”

Sponsorship Opportunities

In order to support Aidan further TSS have worked with him to create a sponsorship package that will help them to promote the exhibition.

Funding is needed to widely promote the event, reach new audiences and increase footfall, in order to attract art collectors and curators and to increase investment and commission opportunities. Sponsorship will therefore support an early career artist in creating a sustainable career, here in Wales. Sponsorship packages include the opportunity to purchase / rent prints and paintings – ideal for workspaces and the home.

For more information visit Aidan’s website,  follow him @aidan_myers (Instagram or Twitter),  email him or please contact Lydia at TSS via[:]

Coworking, Collaboration and Community


Cynnal Cymru works with a wide range of organisations from across Wales to help support and promote their sustainable initiatives. This month we feature two of our members who have developed innovative business models providing flexible coworking spaces for a growing community of freelancers and self employed.


The Sustainable Studio – Cardiff

The sustainable studio, Cardiff

The Sustainable Studio is a coworking space with community and collaboration at the heart.

Founded in 2016 by two sisters, Julia Harris and Sarah Valentin, the studio rapidly took shape breathing new life in to an old industrial warehouse to create an open plan co-working community in the heart of Cardiff for makers and creative folk. The building has provided the catalyst to do more collaborative and community projects and build relationships with other creatives. This has included working with fashion students at local Cardiff and The Vale College on live briefs and having students use the space for exhibitions and fashion shoots. Also hosting Creative Mornings Cardiff space encouraging creatives to network and share their stories. They have been part of a hub crawl for Creative Cardiff and hosted meetings for the coworking collective – a partnership between coworking space in South Wales.

All of the studios are made from reclaimed wood and the furniture, fixtures and fittings have had a previous life somewhere else. Providing an inspiring space to work, relax and do something amazing with a group of like-minded individuals.

As well as housing a variety of creative businesses, the studio hosts creative workshops, fitness classes, exhibitions and business events.

To find out more about the Studio visit | twitter: @TSSWales | insta @thesustainablestudio | FB @TSSCommunity


Indycube in Swansea

Launched in 2010 by founder Mark Hooper with just a single coworking space in Culverhouse Cross, the Indycube Community has recently shifted from a Community Interest Company to a type of cooperative called a Community Benefit Society. They are a not for profit organisation with the express aim of “changing the way we all do business” for the better! Indycube offer a membership scheme that supports freelancers, the self-employed, and small business owners with a range of benefits and services, including free legal support and access to invoice factoring. They also run a network of coworking and shared work spaces, rapidly expanding across the Wales and the UK, with the aim to effectively kill the commute and get people working from within their local communities as much as possible.

From Penarth to Porth to Pembroke Dock, Indycube offer a variety of different spaces (many with scenic views) across Wales with the aim of providing high level working environments that give people the freedom and choice to live and work within their local community – a vital ingredient for many of communities across Wales. Here are just a few of the most idyllic places to work: 6 of Wales’ most scenic coworking spots.

As an organisation they are proud to be paperless and utilising the latest technology they have successfully digitised anything unnecessary including invoices, documents,letter and cheques.

Until April 1st, Indycube are offering independent workers (or anyone who’d like to be involved) chance to become Founding Members with full access to their benefits pack, including a free desk day every month, for only £1 a month until June. You can register to become a member here.

For more information visit Indycube | Insta @indycube_coworking | Twitter @indycube | Facebook @indycubecommunity[:]

Size of Wales launch ‘A Tree for Christmas’ Campaign

[:en]Climate Change Charity, Size of Wales launches this years ‘A tree for Christmas’ campaign, helping to prevent deforestation and give the gift of a tree to a family in Uganda:

Christmas is fast approaching and we are all getting ready to put up our Christmas tree and adorn it with twinkling lights and baubles. It’s got to be one of the best moments of Christmas!

While you’re getting in the festive mood, we ask you to embrace the season of giving and goodwill and donate to plant trees in Uganda.

We’re asking for a small donation of £3 which will plant 10 trees in Uganda. It isn’t much but for a family in Mbale, a tree can mean fruit providing vital nutrition, better health and increased income. It can mean shelter and better harvests for a farmer. It can mean better soil stability and fewer devastating land-slides. It can mean tackling climate change.

To find our more or to make a donation, please visit the Size of Wales website.

#TreeforXmas Campaign[:]

Sustain Wales Awards 2017 Winners Announced!

[:en]Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales announce the winners of the national Sustain Wales Awards 2017.

Last night (30th November) Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales celebrated some of the leading organisations and individuals in Wales championing sustainability. The awards ceremony, sponsored by AM Llyr Gruffydd, took place in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay to an audience of national and international organisations working to create a more sustainable Wales.

The Awards, hosted by Actor and Cynnal Cymru’s, Rhodri Thomas highlighted the 27 finalists from around Wales, organisations and individuals who have undertaken outstanding work to help achieve Cynnal Cymru’s mission of making Wales a sustainable nation.

The Senedd was alive with the leading activists, thinkers and businesses that are driving forward change to make Wales a better place, from the BBC’s sustainable productions; Dr. Who (with its LED Tardis), Pobol y Cwm and Casualty to Xcel Bowl in Carmarthen and their Foodbank, Furniture recycling and Community Shop; and everything in between.

Cynnal Cymru were inspired by the number of applications received from organisations across Wales. It was the role of an expert judging panel consisting of Chair of Cynnal Cymru, Derek Osborn, Chief Executive of WCVA, Ruth Marks, Co-director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Professor Susan Baker and Innovation Lead at Innovate UK, Nick Cliffe, to score all of the amazing applications and narrow down the highly commended finalists. Since September, over 10,000 individual votes were cast by the public which selected the winners of each of the categories of the awards.

Wales and West Utilities, as the main sponsor of the awards, presented a Special Recognition Award to Joyce and Nigel Gervis, the founders and directors of Ty-Mawr Lime. The couple created an innovative enterprise in a rural community, providing much needed jobs, developing techniques to preserve the rural built heritage of Wales and the rest of the UK, finding low carbon, resource efficient responses to the challenges of making old and new buildings energy efficient and water tight. They have created entirely new products and systems and created accredited training courses for architects, building trades and householders, training in excess of 10,000 people. Joyce and Nigel also support many local charities and community initiatives, giving their time as individuals to the civic life of their county and to Wales.

Yesterday afternoon, before the awards Cynnal Cymru, as the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales also hosted a roundtable to encourage the finalists and sponsors to come together to continue the collaboration which could lead to tomorrow’s innovative and sustainable solutions.


Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru said:

The Sustain Wales Awards evening is my favourite night of the year. We are able to showcase the amazing work and projects that these inspirational people are doing around Wales to make Wales a more sustainable nation. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all our sponsors – Wales and West Utilities, Enterprise rent a car, Acuity Legal, University of Wales Trinity St Davids, The Open University, Principality Stadium, the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI), Social Business Wales, Gwyrdd Creative Communications, Severn Wye Energy Agency and Interserve.

And a big thank you to AM Llyr Gruffydd who is a longstanding supporter of Cynnal Cymru and these awards. He works tirelessly to move the sustainability agenda forward in Wales on many cross-party groups, in his national remit and at a local level in his own community.”

The winners in the ten categories are:

  • Sustainability Champion – Phil Williams
  • Sustainable School – Eco Icans Challenge / Thornhill Primary School
  • Sustainable Further Education/Higher Education Institution – Pharmabees / Cardiff University
  • Sustainable Building – Building Community / Down to Earth
  • Sustainable Innovation in Public Services – ‘Our Space’ / Public Health Wales with Greenstream Flooring, Rype Office furniture and Orangebox
  • Sustainable Business of the Year – The Sustainability Challenge 2016-17 / Griffiths
  • Sustainable Community Group – Recycle4Charity / Pembrokeshire Care, Share & Give
  • Sustainable Social Enterprise – YnNi Teg
  • Sustainable Practice in Arts, Culture and Sport – It Doesn’t Have To be That Way’, Breaking the Cycles of Abuse, Violence and Control / Glyndwr University
  • Special Recognition Award – Nigel and Joyce Gervis, Ty-Mawr Lime


There were a number of finalists awarded a highly commended certificate for their outstanding work. These are:

  • Frankie Hobro
  • Chris Blake
  • Ysgol Bae Baglan – Stride Treglown
  • Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel & CISP Multimedia
  • Swansea University and Amber Energy
  • Bridgend College
  • St David’s Partnership
  • Xcel Bowl
  • Snowdonia National Park
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Robert Owen Community Banking
  • Pentrebane Zone
  • Pontyberem Community Park Association
  • Awel Co-op
  • Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG)
  • BBC Roath Lock Studios
  • Theatre Clwyd / Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Find out more about all the finalists in the Sustain Wales Awards Brochure. [:]

Wales’ Young People Have Their Say About Climate Change In MockCOP Conference

[:en]On Friday 10th November, Welsh students took part in MockCOP, the mock United Nations climate change conference held in Ty Hywel. The conference, jointly organised by climate change charity Size of Wales and Welsh Centre for International Affairs and sponsored by Jenny Rathbone AM, gives Wales’ young people a voice and an opportunity to discuss the issue of climate change.

Small teams of students were assigned a country to represent such as USA, Philippines or Norway. In the build up to the event, teams researched their assigned country’s position on climate change, from their contribution to the Green Climate Fund to the risks they face from the effects of climate change such as droughts or rising sea levels.

The aim of MockCOP is for delegates to agree an international resolution on the issue of climate change, similar to the UN climate change COP23 talks hosted by Fiji and currently taking place in Bonn, Germany. Topics discussed ranged from clean energy, protecting tropical forests, disaster management and how to finance the issues.

Tanya Steele, CEO of WWF-UK and the acting Secretary General, presiding over the nations and organisations represented on the day said “There is no doubt that these young people have done incredible research and articulated it really well. It’s been hugely impressive to hear so many young people both understand the issues and most importantly put forward proposals for the future.

Tanya continued “Many of the proposals will be taken by Size of Wales’s Director, Rita Singh and WWF to the COP23 conference in Bonn next week. We think it’s essential that young voices are heard on this question. This is their world and they have every right to ask us to ensure that we do our very best to protect it for them.“

Janie Pridham, Size of Wales’ Education Programme Coordinator said

“The conference encourages young people to be more engaged with climate change and political issues and it helps to develop an understanding of other nations and cultures. Furthermore, it encourages them to consider the responsibility of Wales, both locally and globally.”

One pupil said

“The conference has widened my views concerning climate change and the need to take action. It has also given me a chance to appreciate the complexity of agreeing on ways to combat climate change and allowed me to develop my debating skills”[:]

Recycle Week 2017. Recycling – It’s Worth It!

[:en]Now in its 14th year Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, with this year’s theme being,’ Recycling – It’s Worth It!’ and is taking place this year from September 25 to 01 October,

Recycle Week is organised by WRAP with the aim to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home. This year’s theme will give partners the opportunity to bust some myths and really show that recycling really is worth it!

Keep Wales Tidy will be running activities throughout the week and promoting their initiatives such as their RecycleIT scheme which helps organisations and schools across Wales dispose of their unwanted IT and electrical equipment responsibly. Working with a Welsh social enterprise, Keep Wales Tidy make sure that items, where possible, are recycled and don’t end up in landfill. Find out more here. 

Keep Wales Tidy are also launching their exciting new marine litter plastic recycling initiative in partnership with Terracycle. All volunteers who are taking part in their Be Tidy month and undertaking clean-ups of the marine environment will be separating rigid marine plastics for recycling into new shampoo bottles.

Rachael who works for one of our new members Capital Law is very passionate about reducing the amount of plastic in the ocean and has written a blog piece about how the #JoinTheResistance for Plastic Free Coastlines campaign applies to Wales. You can read the blog post here. 

Please let us know if any of our other members are involved in any other recycling initiatives.[:]

Public Health Wales – Our Space Team Scoop International Environmental Best Practice Award 2017

[:en]Public Health Wales’, Our Space team has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the International campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

They competed against more than 500 other nominations from across the World in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and they will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on November 6.

As a result of this Green Apple Award success, they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.

They could also progress to represent their country in the Green World Awards 2018 and have 100 trees planted in their name as part of the United Nations Billion Trees initiative.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Green Apple Environment Awardd[:]

Job Opportunities with Keep Wales Tidy

[:en]Keep Wales Tidy are currently advertising for 2 vacancies:


Marketing and Communications Officer:

The Officer will work with the Marketing and Communications Manager to organise events and campaigns and be involved in the planning, production and delivery of Keep Wales Tidy’s effective internal and external communications.

The Officer will be an organised, confident, innovative and hands-on member of the Keep Wales Tidy team who will have good attention to detail and who will be competent in their role. They will need to be able to work independently to a high standard but also work collaboratively across the organisation.

This is a full time post that will report to Amy Lloyd and will based at the Cardiff office, with excellent written and spoken welsh language as an essential requirement.

Salary point 12 – 19 of the Officer salary scale £23,624 – £27,994. The successful candidate will be appointed at a point within the range to reflect the skills and experience required for the role.

Finance Officer

We are seeking a well organised and methodical individual who enjoys working within a small team and who has a flexible approach to prioritising and executing their duties.

This role suits someone who is very comfortable with numbers and a book-keeping role but also eager to contribute to broader financial and administrative work. The ability to work and communicate effectively with others to provide and receive required information and data is a must as well as having a methodical and proactive approach to work. The preferred candidate will have some experience in providing finance or administrative support duties in the past.

This is a part time post at 14 hours per week reporting to Jude Aldridge, and is based at the Cardiff office.

Salary point 12 of the Officer salary scale – pro rata at £9,465.60.


The closing date for both vacancies is midday 31st July, with completed application forms to

For the Finance Officer interviews will take place on 7th August.

For the Marketing and Communications Officer an initial welsh speaking telephone interview will take place on Thursday 3rd August. Candidates successful at this stage will be invited to attend a face to face interview on 8th August.

Download the application forms on the Keep Wales Tidy website.


Size Of Wales are now Protecting an Area of Tropical Rainforest Across Africa and South America Twice the Size Of Wales – Double Their Initial Target!

[:en]Thanks to their newest project, a collaboration with The South Pole Group based in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe in southern Africa, Size of Wales are protecting an area of rainforest twice the Size of Wales.

Marco Magini of the South Pole Group said: “By working with the Size of Wales we are able to protect an area of around 780,000 hectares, about one third of the size of Wales. These forests are vital in our battle against climate change and by working with the local communities we are able to create sustainable business opportunities such as beekeeping and offer conservation farming practices for smallholders making their living in the forest areas.

“Work is also underway to develop Moringa leaf production and to maintain ecotourism in the area to generate jobs and income and to protect the wildlife by operating up anti-poaching teams.”

This exciting milestone coincides with the appointment of new Director, Rita Singh. She brings with her a breadth of experience from her former roles with Cynnal Cymru, the Climate Change Commission and most recently. the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner.

Rita said: “I’m delighted to be joining Size of Wales, created as a national response to climate change, at a time when it is even more important than ever to show what can be achieved by nations big and small to tackle this global challenge. The pressures on our natural world are ever increasing, and now more than ever we need to collaborate with organisations from across the world to protect and enhance the forests that provide us with so many of the essential things we need, and to ensure sustainable livelihoods for communities that depend on them.

She continued, “I am excited to be leading the team that is committed to delivering on what a nation the size of Wales can do to address climate change. Finally I would like to thank Claire Raisin for leaving a great legacy to take forward”.

If you would like to learn more about Size of Wales and their projects, make a donation or get involved with their fundraising campaigns, visit[:]

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