Green firms re­warded for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

MORE than 120 peo­ple watched as over 30 Peter­bor­ough busi­nesses gath­ered re­cently at the In­vestors in the En­vi­ron­ment (IIE) Awards Cer­e­mony to re­ceive their ac­co­lades.

Leader of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Cllr Marco Cer­este, who helped launch the scheme in 2010, joined in to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of lo­cal busi­nesses, along with re­new­able spe­cial­ist Jonathan Sel­wyn, of Lark En­ergy, and other VIP guests.

The cel­e­bra­tion high­lighted IIE mem­bers’ achieve­ments and how IIE has helped busi­nesses re­duce their en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and

bd save money.

The IIE scheme is in its third year and has worked hard to help busi­nesses be­come more sus­tain­able.

There are now more than 700 busi­nesses pledg­ing to be greener on this scheme and over 100 of them are work­ing to­wards, if not al­ready achiev­ing, the en­vi­ron­men­tal green ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

The awards cer­e­mony high­lighted the suc­cess of an­other year and lo­cal busi­nesses were awarded ei- ther the Bronze, Sil­ver, Green and Great Green Star awards.

Bronze and Sil­ver award win­ners in­cluded Olsen Part­ner­ship, Athene Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Hunt & Coombs So­lic­i­tors.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful year of in­creas­ing their green achieve­ments, In­spired to Change, Change Agents UK, Coca-cola, Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice, Smiths Nis­san & Re­nault and the Peter­bor­ough Evening Tele­graph were amongst the 23 Green Award win­ners.

Nine busi­nesses which have made ex­cep­tional re­duc­tions to their en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact were awarded the Great Green Star Award.

These busi­nesses in­cluded Anne Corder Re­cruit­ment, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, IKEA and Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege re­ceived the Over­all Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award af­ter re­duc­ing its water by 17.5 per cent and cut­ting waste by 23 per cent since 2009.

The col­lege has also re­duced its car­bon foot­print by plant­ing trees and installing 60sq m of So­lar PV.

For a full list of award win­ners, see Kilm Co­ley’s col­umn on this page.

WIN­NERS ALL: Busi­nesses cel­e­brate their achieve­ments at the IIE Awards.

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