With only a few weeks left to apply for the Sustainable Academy Awards, we’ve put together a few words of encouragement and advice from one of our judges, to help you create that Award-winning entry.
As always we are looking for outstanding individuals, projects or initiatives that are helping to deliver at least one of the seven national goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, contributing to the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of life in Wales.
Our 2017 winners had some truly inspirational stories to tell with applications coming in lots of different shapes and sizes. From Down To Earth’s focus on integrating eco-building and natural materials to boost mental wellbeing to the resource efficient Our Space project where social enterprise Green Stream Flooring and large private company Orangebox collaborated with Public Health Wales to furnish a new large office space using upcycled and recycled materials and to the Griffiths’ Sustainability Challenge where one of our leading, home-grown private sector companies massively reduce carbon emissions, improved staff well-being and involved the community in their efforts to leave a lasting positive legacy each time they complete a project.
This year, the awards have expanded: in partnership with Renewable UK Cymru we now present the Sustainable Academy Awards. The new partnership will ensure that award winners not only receive due recognition for their efforts but that they join a growing community of organisations and people who are building a more resilient, wiser, kinder, prosperous and healthier Wales.
Top tips on Writing a Winning Application
Cynnal Cymru Sustainability Consultant and judge, Rhodri Thomas, shares some of his top tops when writing your application:
– Tell us what you have you changed as a result of your actions. What has made a real difference to your organisation, environment or your community.
– Provide facts and figures to back up your application. This can include financial savings or carbon cutting. If it’s a visual change, consider including before and after photos that help demonstrate how something has improved. Graphs are welcome.
– Remember to include the big and the little things. As well as the high impact achievements make sure you capture the smaller things that have had a positive effect. Also try to include the surprising or unintended results that have made a difference.
– Keep your answers concise and to the point – The judges have hundreds of entries to read so keep it simple and focus on the highlighting the key achievements of the project to really grab the judges’ attention. Try to use plain English, avoiding specialist jargon or over technical descriptions.
– Sustainability is all about long-term thinking, so your submission can be part of a much bigger project. The key criteria is that your project has reached a significant milestone in the last year which has already created change.
– Always keep in mind the Five Ways of Working outlined in the Application Guidance pack.
Sustainable Academy Awards
All the information on the Awards and how to apply can be found on our new www.sustainableacademy.wales website.
Applications need to be submitted by the deadline of Friday 08 September 2017.