Nottinghamshire businesses urged to show Green credentials

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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is continuing the search for the county’s environmental champions as part of its annual Green Guardians Awards, backed by environmentalist David Bellamy who has once again agreed to act as the Awards’ head judge.

The Environmental Business Award, one of the seven Awards on offer, aims to recognise and reward those companies committed to improving their local and global environment.

With applications now open for this year’s Environmental Business Award, environmental champions are being urged to step forward for a chance at winning a prestigious title of Environmental Business of the Year, but also the opportunity to receive a tailor made ‘greening’ package.

As always the judging panel is hoping to see an array of innovative and inspiring projects from all sizes of business and all sectors. The past few years have seen some outstanding entries by both private businesses and partnerships which have demonstrated a commendable level of determination to lower their environmental impact. Within this group includes the 2011 winners of the Environmental Business Award, Hanson Aggregates.

Hanson Aggregates won the Environmental Business of the Year Award, sponsored by EMEC Ecology, for its commitment to restoring their South Newington quarry. The company have taken a proactive approach to nature conservation, funding comprehensive bird surveys and investigating ways of establishing wet grasslands.

Speaking about their efforts, Prof Bellamy said: “Almost 40 years ago I was asked to give a lecture to Hanson Aggregates. I did and it was titled “A hole among friends”. It is great to see them still working wonders alongside the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, putting the countryside and biodiversity back into order’’.

Speaking on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Marketing & Communications Manager Erin McDaid explained: “Each year the Green Guardians Awards recognises and rewards the efforts of Nottinghamshire’s business community to help protect the environment.”

Mr McDaid added: “As always, we are looking forward to receiving and reading through the 2012 applications because they are full of exciting ideas and inspiring stories. This year we have tried to make it easier for everyone to apply, with applications now being accepted online, new for 2012!

If your business is helping to safeguard the environment in any way, whether through new products, new technologies, waste reduction or other efficiency methods then we want to hear from you. We just need to know what you’re doing and we will take care of the rest”.

The closing date for business applications in the Environmental Business Category is Monday 1st October. To nominate or be entered for an award, visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org or call 0115 958 8242. All shortlisted projects will be invited to the Gala Awards Evening at Nottingham’s Albert Hall during week commencing 19th November.