Cornwall Sustainability Awards for Business and Communities
Last updated: 23/03/2010
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Cornwall Council set up the Cornwall Sustainability Awards in
2002, in conjunction with district councils, the Environment
Agency, Cornwall Business School, and Groundwork. The awards are
designed to encourage businesses of every size and description to
adopt more sustainable practices.
Interest in the awards has grown rapidly, with entries from a
great variety of sectors, including brewing, printing, hotels,
catering, building developers, holiday accommodation providers,
knowledge providers and even power boat manufacturers.
Many winners and entrants have gone on to win national and
international awards and have become excellent ambassadors for
sustainable development, for example, speaking at national
conferences, developing training packages, forming close links with
schools, colleges and universities, advising other businesses,
taking a prominent role in local affairs (for example, chairing the
local chamber of commerce), and generally inspiring others to
follow their example.
The result has been that success in one sector has inspired
other companies to apply in subsequent years and the standard has
become extremely high.
The awards have reflected well on those involved with setting
them up, as follows:
- The awards are used as a Best Practice Case Study by Brew
(Business Resource Efficiency and Waste - working on behalf of
defra) regarding how local government can develop ways of
influencing business to adopt more sustainable practices.
- In 2005, Cornwall College were presented with a national Beacon
Award for Training, examiners particularly noted the work they had
done to help develop the awards evaluation criteria working with
- The County Council and its partners were presented in the
Houses of Parliament with a national "Green Apple" award in 2003
for setting up the awards.
For more information on Cornwall Sustainability Awards, please
visit the Cornwall Sustainability Awards Website