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by 30Sep2011: Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2011

Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2011 is now open for entries.

Companies will be able to compete in seven categories including Best Managed Company, Low Carbon Business, Products and Services, Best Individual, Sustainable Construction and new for 2011 - Sustainable Procurement and Healthy Workplaces.

These awards are in their 9th year and have a phenomenal track record of success in highlighting the best managed businesses operating in the area, with a large number of our winners going on to be highlighted as national exemplars within their sectors.

Businesses who would like to enter this year’s awards should visit www.cornwallsustainabilityawards.org where all guidance can be downloaded.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place on Friday, December 9 at the Royal Cornwall Showground Pavilion Centre.

The closing date for entries is Friday, September 30.

The categories are:

Best Managed Company (Small, Medium and Large).
Organisations that have demonstrated best practice for the benefit of the environment, their employees and the wider community.

Best Small Business
sponsored by Wardell Armstrong International
(less than 10 employees)

Best Medium Business sponsored by University of Exeter
(11 to 75 employees)

Best Large Business sponsored by NISP
(more than 75 employees)

Low Carbon Business sponsored by Oxford Innovation
Organisations that have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their business, for example through energy efficiency, renewable energy, transport, supply chain management, etc.

Sustainable Procurement category is sponsored by Clear about Carbon
For organisations that are greening their supply chain, for example by specifying greener products, working with suppliers to reduce impacts, creating your own market for re-used or recycled materials or components, specifying re-useable and recyclable materials and components, and supporting the local economy.

Healthy Workplaces sponsored by Ginsters
For organisations that are supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of staff, for example encouraging staff to adopt active lifestyles and healthy eating.

Products and Services sponsored by the Manufacturing Advisory Service South West (MAS – SW)
For organisations that have developed innovative or new products or services that are of low environmental impact, for example buildings or components hereof, retail goods, engineering products or components, cleaning services, etc.

Best individual sponsored by Environmental Skills Network
For employees who have made an outstanding contribution towards the company's sustainable work practices, or individuals who have developed new initiatives, businesses or services contributing towards sustainability.

Sustainable Construction sponsored by Cornwall Sustainable Buildings Trust
For applicants who have constructed or retro-fitted a building where they have addressed the following issues: energy, water, materials, waste, pollution, maintenance, ecology, health, access & equalities, communities, and the local economy. There will be separate awards for new-build and retro-fit

Overall Winner Award sponsored by TJ International
Award given to the company that shows the most outstanding achievement in delivering sustainable outcomes. This award will be selected from the winners of the categories above.