Time is ticking for County’s greenest to step forward

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The deadline is looming for innovative entries to the prestigious 2012 ‘Creating the Greenest County’ awards.

Sunday 29 January is the latest date that Suffolk schools, businesses and communities can register their entry by visiting the Greenest County website. With 18 different categories, the awards offer the opportunity to showcase a fantastic variety of green actions being undertaken in Suffolk. 

Now in their fifth year, the awards will also highlight the Suffolk Carbon Charter developed by the European funded ‘Answer’ project in partnership with Suffolk County Council, the Environment Agency, the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership. 

Councillor Judy Terry, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Greenest County said;

“Suffolk has some fantastic people doing amazing things, whether they are cutting carbon, growing local foods or caring for Suffolk’s wildlife.

“These awards are about publicising the lessons learnt. The awards are key to delivering the Creating the Greenest County element of Suffolk's Community Strategy, 'Transforming Suffolk.”

David Barker, Chairman of the Creating the Greenest County Delivery Partnership, said;

"The strength of winners we have had over the last five years are a testament to Suffolk’s commitment to reducing their carbon emissions, taking pride in their community and helping Suffolk to become the Greenest County. I look forward to seeing what innovative projects there are this year.”

The awards are sponsored by Carillion, Adnams, Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels, the Environment Agency, the Port of Felixstowe, the East of England Cooperative Society, University Campus Suffolk and Suffolk County Council.

Sarah Sharlott of Whitehouse Enterprises, a progressive social enterprise based in Suffolk, said;

“We were delighted to become an award winner for our recycled furniture in 2010.

“Winning the award not only gave us a sense of recognition for our accomplishments, it also helped us to promote the brand and the product more widely. The income generated from the increased sales has enabled us to buy a new website, where we can sell our products nationwide and allowed us to employ two additional members of staff.” 

Creating the Greenest County is one of Suffolk County Council’s top priorities. The ambition of the Greenest County partnership is to reduce Suffolk’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025 and to protect and enhance Suffolk’s natural historic and built environment. The partnership consists of organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors from across the county.