Projects which have made an impact in cutting carbon emissions, improving the environment or promoting sustainable practices are being invited to enter the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2021.

The competition is Cornwall’s leading initiative for rewarding and celebrating organisations and individuals for their contribution towards sustainability, environmental growth, circular economy and carbon neutrality.

Many winners have gone on to win national and international accolades and become leaders in their field.

Entries for this year’s awards are open until October 31 and nominations can be made either by an entrant themselves or on behalf of an organisation or individual as long as they are based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

Categories for the Cornwall Council awards are:

  • Growing greener: sustainable food and farming, sponsored by Cornwall Area of Outstanding Nature Beauty
  • Circular economy: sponsored by Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions
  • Environmental growth: sponsored by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub
  • Carbon neutral: sponsored by Cornwall Council
  • Overall Winner trophy: (chosen from the winners of all the categories), sponsored by Business Cornwall

The Cornwall Sustainability Awards are run by Cornwall Council in association with Tevi (Cornish for ‘grow’), an EU-funded venture to promote economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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Judging will take place in November and this year’s judges are Kim Conchie, Chamber of Commerce, Lord Robin Teverson, CIoS Local Nature Partnership, Mark Duddridge, CIoS Local Enterprise Partnership, Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment, Ann VanDerMeulen, Federation of Small Businesses and Helen Dobby, Environment Agency.

Shortlisted entrants will be announced in November, and the awards ceremony will be held on December 3.

Cllr Alvey said: "These awards turn the spotlight on innovative work by our community groups, charities, schools, businesses and individuals in cutting carbon emissions, improving our environment and being sustainable.

"As we help Cornwall strive toward reaching net zero emissions we want to celebrate the efforts of our residents and partners in tackling the climate emergency and promoting nature."

Jon Cummins, Chair of the Board of Directors at Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions, said: "We’re working with our members to make positive steps to improve sustainability within the visitor attraction industry in Cornwall, one of the core goals at the heart of our organisation.

"We’re delighted to sponsor the Circular Economy category in 2021 and look forward to hearing about the exciting collaborations and innovative techniques and practices Cornish businesses are using to ensure sustainability within their company."

Visit the Cornwall Sustainability Awards website for more information, to apply or to nominate an organisation.