Creating the Greenest County

Find out more about our aim to make Suffolk the greenest county, including details of environmental issues such as energy, green travel, water and recycling.

Making Suffolk the UK's greenest county is an aspiration that involves all of us. We all want to enhance Suffolk’s natural and historic environment, and respond to climate change.

The partnership behind Creating the Greenest County provides an umbrella for many existing projects. It also encourages further recognition and resourcing of them, and seeks to inspire further actions in communities, businesses and schools.

We can provide you with advice and help at home, work or within your community to help us achieve this aim. Read more about Creating the Greenest County using the tabs below. 

Advice and support


Confused by green issues? Unsure what you could do to cut costs and save energy? You can:


All across the county people are doing their bit to help Suffolk become the greenest county. 

At home

Creating the Greenest County starts at home – find out what you can do and then go on to inspire others.

Working in partnership

How we work in partnership

The Creating the Greenest partnership has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2007. It was launched by John Gummer MP (now Lord Deben). He worked with local communities and businesses to help them realise the economic benefits of:

  • reducing their energy consumption
  • adapting to climate change
  • enhancing their natural environment

The partnership's 3 key themes:

  1. Climate Mitigation
  2. Climate Adaptation
  3. Protect and enhancing the natural environment

We want to achieve this through:

  • Tackling climate change and its effects
  • Engaging with communities and businesses in Suffolk
  • Enhancing Suffolk’s landscape, biodiversity and historic environment
  • Promoting and supporting local food and drink production

There are 4 delivery partnerships working to deliver these key themes, all involving a broad cross-section of organisations across the county:

  1. Suffolk Biodiversity Partnership
  2. Suffolk Climate Change Partnership
  3. Suffolk Flood Risk Management Partnership / The Suffolk Coast Forum
  4. Suffolk Waste Partnership

Creating the Greenest County Awards

Celebrating environmental achievement

Suffolk Greenest County 2023 awards logoThe Creating the Greenest County Awards return for a 12th time to celebrate the achievements of Suffolk’s residents, businesses, schools, communities and organisations who are protecting our environment and reducing their carbon emissions.

Nominations are open online from Monday 21 November 2022 and close on 1 February 2023, with an environmentally-friendly ceremony to be held in March.

As Suffolk continues to work together in pursuit of being net zero by 2030, the Awards recognise those who are connecting with people, sharing best practice and collaborating to help make Suffolk the greenest county.

To go alongside awards such as Greenest Business, Greenest School and Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape, this year a new category has been introduced - The Greenest Tourism Award.

This Award recognises the good work being done across the county by the numerous organisations in this vital sector, from visitor attractions to accommodation providers.

For more information on the awards and to enter, please visit

Find out more

Visit Green Suffolk

You can find out more on Green Suffolk about:

  • greener travel
  • recycling
  • water management
  • Suffolk’s Green Buildings Network

You can also follow us on Twitter @greensuffolk.