Sustainable Academy Awards

Winners of Wales Sustainability Academy Awards announced

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The winners of the Wales Sustainable Academy Awards were announced today at an Awards Ceremony in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  They included a University project that has used by-product from a popular food that can be used as a low salt flavour enhancer, a solar powered bench manufacturer, and a community company that put solar installations on nine Welsh sites.

Organised by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru, with Wales & West Utilities as its headline sponsor, the Sustainable Academy Awards celebrates sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales; and recognises work being done by individuals, community groups and the public sector, as well as small and large businesses.

 

The nine category winners were:

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION sponsored by Innogy

Meleri Davies from Gwynedd

 

SUSTAINABLE VENUE OR SPACE sponsored by CECA Wales

Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds – Wales’ first solar powered bench

The bench is in the grounds of St Catherine’s Church in Pontypridd

 

SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT OR SUPPLY CHAIN sponsored by Arup

Aberystwyth University – BEACON

More taste, less salt, healthier lives

 

OUTSTANDING RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT sponsored by Welsh Government

Egni Co-op – Community owned solar

 

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Oseng-Rees Reflection, Swansea

 

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY sponsored by EDF Renewables

Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters – Milford Haven

 

OUTSTANDING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Greenstream Flooring, Porth

 

SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION OR TRAINING sponsored by Dŵr Cymru

Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People – Powys

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Paul Allen, Machynlleth

 

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Sustainable Academy Awards ceremony is the highlight of my year, to be surrounded by so many people and organisations working practically to build a sustainable Wales is such an honour. It is important we have this public platform to celebrate their successes, to make sure they get the recognition they deserve, and for the public to see some important advancements in sustainable products and projects around Wales.
I congratulate the winners, the finalists and every one working towards building a better world for future generations”.

Rhys Wyn Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“This is my first experience of the Sustainable Academy Awards and it has been a privilege to be involved with them.  It is so fascinating to see the diverse range of projects that are happening.  Every entry is a fantastic demonstration of the sheer drive, enthusiasm and commitment that is helping to make Wales a world leader in working sustainability across a range of areas.  Special thanks must also go to our sponsors, without whom none of this would have been possible.”

Steven Edwards, Director of Wales & West Utilities, said:

“We are pleased to sponsor the Sustainable Academy Awards again this year. As an orgainsation working towards being zero carbon ready by 2035 we are keen to support and partner with other organisations working towards challenging sustainability goals. Only by working together can we achieve true sustainability.”

 

For more information on the Winners and Finalists, visit the www.sustainableacademy.wales website.[:]

Sustainable Academy Awards 2019 shortlist announced

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We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Sustainable Academy Awards – celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership from across Wales. 24 finalists across eight categories have been chosen by our expert judging panel to go through to the public vote.

The Awards recognise the amazing people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.

Our judging panel included Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru; Rhys Jones, Renewable UK; Angharad Davies on behalf of EDF Energy; Nia Lloyd, Keep Wales Tidy; Ruth Marks, WCVA; David Brown ARUP and Petranka Maleva, Future Generations Commissioners Office.

The judges were particularly looking for projects and initiatives that clearly delivered on the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as well as looking for examples that captured the imagination by going above and beyond.

Public Vote is now open!

Now it is over to you the public to help decide who will be this years winners. The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 28 November.

We hope you will be inspired by by our 24 finalists and please take the time to vote for your favourites in each category.

You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 06 November.

 

Outstanding Renewable Energy – Sponsored by Welsh Government

  • BCB International Ltd – FIREDRAGON as a sustainable Ethanol based solid fuel
  • Innogy – Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm
  • Egni Coop – Community owned solar

Outstanding Social Enterprise

  • Credu Charity Ltd – SeaQuest Coastal Science and Education Programme
  • Greenstream Flooring
  • RCMA Social Enterprise – Real Food! Real Life!

Sustainable Business

  • The Digital Pattern Library – accessible, sustainable fashion for all
  • Dyfi Distillery – Bringing gin production close to home
  • Oseng-Rees reflection – artisan interiors and architectural installations

Sustainable Community – Sponsored EDF

  • Sustainable Community at Cardiff Met University
  • Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters
  • Recycle4charity – Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give

Sustainable Education or Training

  • Black Mountains Land Use Partnership – Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People
  • Size of Wales & WCIA – MockCOP

Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain – Sponsored ARUP

  • ARIA Bridal – Designing in sustainability from the start
  • Aberystwyth University – BEACON More taste, less salt, healthier lives
  • WRAP Cymru – Public Sector Sustainable Procurement Project

Sustainable Venue or Space – Sponsored by CECA Wales

  • Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds -The Solar Powered Bench
  • LINC Cymru – Growing Green Spaces
  • SPECIFIC, Swansea University / BIPVco – Active Buildings

Sustainability Champion

  • Rachel Roberts
  • Meleri Davies
  • Paul Allen

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Departing Chair Derek Osborn Wins Prestigious Award

[:en]At the Cynnal Cymru Board Meeting on 20th November 2018, Derek Osborn, stepped down from his role as Chair after supporting the charity for five years during which he steered the organisation through a period of change to their current position as a financially independent charity. Gary Brace was nominated as his successor and Mr Osborn was pleased that the role was passed on to someone with the experience and passion to lead Cynnal Cymru through their new and exciting chapter.

Derek Osborn was given the Special Recognition Award at this years’ Sustainable Academy Awards, which was presented to him by his successor. The Award is given to individuals who have dedicated their professional life to furthering the agenda and the embedding of Sustainable Development. The award was to recognise more than his unfailing commitment to Cynnal Cymru; it was also in recognition of decades of tireless work towards making sustainable development part of every nation.  It was an honour for Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to celebrate Mr Osborn’s far reaching achievements which were well illustrated by Gary Brace in his speech: ‘His footprint in the sand of sustainability is that of a giant’.

In the early 1990s, Derek Osborn was the top civil servant in the Department of the Environment, where he was responsible for Sustainable Development (SD) policy, for the negotiations that led to the adoption of Agenda 21 and the Climate Change Convention at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and for the creation of the UK’s Sustainable Development Strategy which was a global first. He was co-Chairman of the negotiations for the UN General Assembly Special Session held five years after the Rio Earth Summit.

A decade ago, he was spending part of his week in Brussels as the UK’s appointed member to the European Economic and Social Committee and was the first Chairman of their newly created European SD Observatory. He was an expert adviser to that Committee on Sustainable Development issues including the preparation of the Rio Plus 20 Earth Summit in 2012 and its follow-up.

In the business sector, he has been a Non-Executive Director of Severn Trent plc and a member of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’ Glas Cymru board and has been a member of Tarmac PLC’s Environment Advisory Panel.

In the voluntary sector he has been President of the Stakeholder Forum; an NGO which is the liaison point between international bodies in the environment and development fields. He was one time President of the National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection, and has been an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, a visiting fellow at Green College Oxford and visiting Professor at University College London.

Gary Brace, the new Chair of Cynnal Cymru said:

“It was a brilliant occasion to pay a public tribute to Derek Osborn who has chaired Cynnal Cymru for the last five years, guiding us to become the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales. It is no exaggeration to say that Derek’s footprint in the sand of sustainability is that of a giant. His contribution to sustainable development at the highest level both internationally and nationally stretches back many decades. It was huge honour for me to present Derek with the Special Recognition Award.”

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru said:

“We have been fortunate at Cynnal to have a Chair of such calibre, experience and passion. Derek has believed in us where many wouldn’t and has seen Cynnal through a difficult time of transition from a wholly funded charity, to one that generates its own income and then through a new partnership with WCVA.

That Cynnal Cymru is still here and contributing to sustainable development projects throughout Wales is largely due to Derek’s leadership. I would like to personally thank our whole Board and Derek’s stewardship in particular, without which our small charity would not now be having such a big impact on making Wales a sustainable nation.

Derek has been an inclusive Chair and has become a good friend of the whole team.”[:]

Sustainable Academy Awards Finalist Announced

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The shortlist of finalists has been announced for the inaugural Sustainable Academy Awards.  You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 31 October.  Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 29 November.  Click here to cast your vote or on the category name to find out more details about the finalists.

 

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 Well-being of the Future Generations and Environment Acts.”

David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru and one of the judges, said: “We are delighted with the standard of entries for the first year of these awards.  It is clear there is a lot going on in the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales and it is fitting that these awards have been created to celebrate and recognise the achievements of so many.  It was a hard job choosing the final three in each category and I hope people will get behind their local projects and show their support in the public vote.”

 

The Finalists

The eight categories in the Sustainable Academy Awards are:

Sustainability Champion sponsored by Natural Resources Wales

Grant Peisley

Neil Lewis

Kiri Howell

 

Outstanding Renewable Energy Project sponsored by Welsh Government

Brechfa Forest West Windfarm

YnNi Teg Community Wind Turbine

Garwnant Visitor Centre – Green Energy Sources

 

Sustainable Space or Venue

Achieving Sustainability and Excellence by Putting the Learners First

Menai Science Park

Wye Valley Sculpture park

 

Sustainable Business

Natural Weigh – Wales’ First Zero Waste Shop

Aria Bridal UK

Jaspels Anglesey Craft Cider and the Anglesey Cider Project

 

Sustainable Community sponsored by EDF

recycle4charity ( Pembrokeshire Care Share & Give)

Welcome to our Woods A Natural Future Upper Rhondda

Wild Tots, Growing Communities Outdoors

 

Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain sponsored by Arup

Bodloni – A Satisfying ‘Cwtsh’ of Soup

Cardiff Met – Plastic Free

Social Value Wales Policy

 

Outstanding Social Enterprise

Refurbs Flintshire – Creating Homes, Creating Opportunities

Community Energy Facilitation

Play It Again Sport

 

Sustainable Education or Training

Coastal Curriculum

Cash 4 Change projects

Mock COP – United Nations Style Climate Change debate for young people

 

Public Vote

The Public Vote opens on the Sustainable Academy Awards website from today Wednesday 10 October and closes Wednesday 31st October.


 

About the Awards

The Sustainable Academy Awards are organised by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru and recognise the work being done by individuals, community groups and the public sector, as well as small and large businesses.  The headline sponsor of the Awards is Wales & West Utilities with Arup, EDF, Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government sponsoring some of the categories. Civil engineering company, Knights Brown is sponsoring the pre-lunch drinks reception and Enterprise is the sponsor of the celebratory drinks reception. [:]

Top Tips for creating an Award-winning entry for the new Sustainable Academy Awards

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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.

You can also find the Awards on twitter @wales_academy and at @academi_cymru[:]

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

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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 – www.sustainableacademy.wales – 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 awards@cynnalcymru.com[:]

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