Nominations open for Greener Together Awards

It’s time for community groups across the Western Isles to show off their green credentials, with the announcement today that the Scottish Government’s ‘Greener Together’ Awards 2015 are open for nominations.

The Awards, which celebrate and reward communities for environmental action, are now in their third year. They are part of the national ‘Greener Together’ campaign, which encourages everyone across the Western Isles to play their part in making Scotland a greener and more sustainable nation.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, Richard Lochhead said: “It’s that time of year again when we go on the hunt for Scotland’s hard-working organisations and communities who are working towards making Scotland a greener, cleaner place to live.

“Greener groups and initiatives are invited to submit their nominations from today and showcase their green activities. We had many great entries last year and we look forward to seeing what great work is being done in the 2015 tranche of nominations.”

Nominations for the Greener Together Community Awards can be submitted online on www.greenerscotland.org/why-live-greener/greener-communities from today, 3 February 2015.

To be eligible for a Greener Together Award, the community project or initiative must be a live project or initiative in Scotland that is directly related to either:

· greener home energy

· greener travel

· local in-season food

· reducing or avoiding food waste

· reducing consumption or increasing recycling

Projects should also show the positive effects of the project on the community and the local environment.

The award winners are chosen by a specially selected panel of judges who decide on the winning three projects in accordance with set criteria and how well they bring greener living ‘to life’. The judging panel includes representatives from the Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Energy Saving Trust and one of last year’s winners, Stirling Cycle Hub. The closing date for entries is 20 March 2015.

Winners will be presented with a Greener Together Award plaque in recognition of their achievement, designed and produced by award-winning Edinburgh-based artist Kate Ive. The 2014 entries saw Awards going to Remade in Edinburgh, Stirling Cycle Hub, The Children’s Wood, Gorbals Recycles Project and South Seeds. The winners will also receive an additional gift, tailored to their own project.

One of last year’s winners, Edinburgh-based business and workshop, Remade in Edinburgh, is an organisation that helps the public reuse their old materials to upcycle and repair old items and garments. Cherry Ledlie, public workshop co-ordinator at Remade in Edinburgh said: “We were thrilled to win a Greener Together Community Award. Remade in Edinburgh has always had helping the environment and the public at its heart. Why throw something away when you can reuse, recycle and upcycle! It’s great to be recognised for our work and would encourage other organisations to enter.”

Full details of the awards and how to nominate a project of your choice, as well as full terms and conditions are available online at www.greenerscotland.org/why-live-greener/greener-communities. Alternatively, please email your entry directly to greener@stripecommunications.com.