Awards date: 23rd October 2015 at Weston Homes Community Stadium
Greenest Business - Small
We were particularly impressed with the practices diverse and dedicated approach to its sustainability. The Greenspace Project and wildlife garden is a breath of fresh air, and the approach to encouraging less car usage is great. We were also impressed with the ongoing developments, such as exploring solar as an alternative source of energy.
Greenest Business - Medium
We are particularly impressed with Maypole Press's innovations, some of which are hugely difficult to achieve. So in spite of this, the company's dedication to environmental improvements has seen the introduction of chemical free print platemakers, and redundant plates recycled as car dashboards. We were also encouraged by the use of local suppliers and partners to reduce the impact of fuel miles.
Greenest Business - Large
Larger organisations have an obligation to deliver many of the environmental requirements, but we felt the University Hospitals went that bit further with their work. Particular areas worthy of mention include the significant carbon reductions and savings, increase in waste recycling and staff awareness of environmental improvement.
Greenest Community Project
A difficult category to choose a winner, however Trust Links shone through as a very worthy winner as its demonstrable growth has impacted on the environment and people considerably. Its collaboration and partnerships have also stood out, including the Department of Energy and Climate Change and links with other local organisations.
E-waste from redundant computer and electronic equipment is one of the world's biggest polluters. When we saw the great work being done by the winner, which has grown significantly over the last decade, we felt they were a worthy winner which is also reflected in the plethora od awards the company has already achieved. We're pleased they can add a Green Essex Award to the collection.
A difficult category to choose a winner, but a clear front runner emerged in Aponic, with its ingenious system designed to use less water, land and harmful pesticides to grow healthy food. The global benefits of the growing system are truly breathtaking, and the international expansion of the product is already underway.
Designs Online's approach to being green is built around green transport with the use of an electric vehicle, not just for transport but also for its marketing! This is bolstered by a paperless office amongst other green initiatives.
St. Mary's have been at the forefront of green ethics in education for many years and they are a hugely worthy winner. From recycling, to audience engagement and their tireless work with Eco schools, each year that goes by demonstrates innovation and continuous improvement of the environmental position of the school.
The diocese has long held a belief that the improvement of the environment is a core part of its being. It constantly strives to improve its carbon footprint and the Vicarage eco build is testament to this with its environmental footprint leading the design and build have as little an impact on the environment as possible. This includes the use of Solar energy, along with numerous energy saving measures implemented on an ongoing basis.
Lubron pioneered the first reverse osmosis equipment a decade ago and they have been harnessing intelligent water technology ever since. Working closely with the estate managers of nearly every hospital in the UK, their unique approach avoiding the use of chemicals reduces the treatment required for water recycling.
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