Honour for 'environmental pioneers' 06.12.10
An ambitious scheme to make Sutton the UK's greenest borough has been honoured with a top environmental award.
Sutton Council won in the Best Public Sector category at the Environment Agency's inaugural Environmental Pioneer Awards.
Energy Secretary Chris Huhne MP, who presented the prizes, said: "I'm thrilled to be able to present these awards to such worthy winners who are tackling climate change and improving the environment on the front line.
"All the finalists have shown real innovation in cutting carbon and improving sustainability. These sort of efforts deserve celebration."
Sutton was honoured after becoming the first council in Britain to adopt a vision of One Planet Living – a major initiative that will enable local people, businesses and council services within the borough to live and work within their fair share of the earth's resources.
Judges said they were impressed with the borough for consistently achieving outstanding results on carbon emissions, energy use, waste and environmental impact and encouraging staff and customers to take similar steps.
Cllr Colin Hall, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: "There are many people doing great things in Sutton and it is wonderful that they are now being recognised as environmental pioneers.
"Sutton has a 20-year track record of success in environmental endeavours but we have a long way to go and we are determined to continue making a difference."
Ed Mitchell , the Environment Agency's Director of Environment and Business, said: "Hundreds of organisations from both the public and private sector responded to our call to submit entries and the standard was very impressive. The judging panel had some tough decisions to make but I am confident our winners showcase the best in sustainability.
"These pioneers prove that reducing carbon footprints and environmental impacts makes good business sense and we hope that they will inspire others to follow their example."
Pic – from left to right
1) Ed Mitchell, Director of Environment and Business at the Environment Agency
2) Sue Riddlestone – Bioregional's Executive Director and Co-Founder
3) Katherine Hudson – Sutton Council's Environmental Sustainability Manager
4) Philippa Ward – Head of One Planet Regions at Bioregional
5) Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder, Futerra Sustainability Communications
Last updated: Tuesday, 04 January 2011