County Council wins Green award
WICKLOW COUNTY Council scooped the Green County Council Award last week.
The council won the award in recognition of its efforts to provide an array of sustainable services and actively encourage businesses and consumers to become greener in outlook and practice. The awards which accolade organisations and individuals for their outstanding achievements in tackling climate change and addressing environmental issues took place at a ceremony in the RDS last week.
Commenting on the win the judges said, ‘The Wicklow County Council team has been really inspirational, delivering a huge reduction in waste to landfill, a massive programme of environmental improvements and a significant drop in energy use in the council’s own buildings – a commitment to excellence and environmental sustainability that we share in Airtricity Utility Solutions. Just as the judges were, we were also really impressed as sponsors with the rigour of their work, the comprehensive benchmarking they undertook, and – not least – by the real results they delivered.’
Other notable winners on the night include Diageo Ireland who scooped the Overall Green Business Award, sponsored by Greenstar. The remaining winners of the Green Awards include some of the country’s most prominent retailers, financial institutions and manufacturers as well as not-for-profit community groups, schools and green business start-ups in the energy and new technology sectors.
In a special address at the ceremony the Minister for the Environment John Gormley congratulated the winners. ’As you know politicians have a huge role and responsibility in relation to the environment, but individuals can make a difference too. What you’re doing tonight is important because without environmental activists and those in the business community we couldn’t have the sort of momentum in the relation to the green movement that we currently have. I think what’s most important is that this evening you’re acknowledging people in the business community who recognise that green technology and the environment are the way of the future. What we need now is hope in relation to the economy and I believe that hope is there when we’re talking about the environment and the opportunities that are there in relation to green technology.’
Judging each submission was a panel of experts including Duncan Stewart, Ireland’s leading environmental architect and a presenter on RTE, and Louise Dunne, the representative of the Dublin branch of the Urban Forum on Sustainable Development who has a PhD in Environmental Policy. Tomas Sercovitch from Business in the Community, Gerard O’Neill Chairman and CEO of Amarach Research, Heidi Bedell FAS CE Supervisor with Target, Michael Sanfey Marketing Director, Green Star.