Commitment to the environment and our carbon footprint is something that Young Academic takes very seriously. As such, we have found a great competition in Scotland that awards people for their green efforts. If you live in the area, why not get involved?

Scotland’s Green heroes take many forms; they are in our classrooms and campuses, cities and villages, sports halls and glens, leading the way in sustainability. On 29 September 2011 there will be a fantastic chance to recognise the difference Green heroes make to our environment and communities, and promote the example Scotland sets as a global leader in sustainable innovation.

Do you know any Green heroes? It could be that special grass roots group in your town that improved the local gardens that could win the Best Green Community Initiative. Or it could be a fellow student who goes the extra mile campaigning for the environment that could win Best Young Campaigner. We are searching Scotland for the Green heroes of 2011 and now is your chance to nominate them. Categories are listed below.

The Scottish Green Awards 2011 celebrates actions and initiatives that benefit the environment and those that inspire others to follow in their footsteps.  We are calling Scotttsh entrants in every category this year; deadline for entry is the 29 July 2011, to enter or find out more simply visit www.scottishgreenawards.co.uk

Last year’s winners included Allied Electric, who designed the zero-emission Peugeot eBipper car (picture attached), and Hillside Tenant & Resident Association, who established a community garden with a conservation project to save bees.

If you know someone who deserves a nomination, do not hesitate to enter them into one of the categories below. It costs nothing and will celebrate the work Green heroes do, and hopefully encourage others to follow their example.

Best Green Community Initiative – Sponsored by SEPA

This award will go to a community initiative that improves the environment and has been led and developed by a neighborhood group which involved community wide support and participation

Best Young Person Campaigner or Activist

This award category is open to Scottish entrants aged up to 18, we are looking for a young person who is a determined campaigner who has shown innovation and inspired others.

Best Green School – Sponsored by ScottishPower

The Best Green School Award is designed for a school which has shown initiative running an environmentally friendly project

Best Green Campaigner of Activist

The Best Green Campaigner Award is open to all entrants over 18 years of age

Best Green SME – Sponsored by SEPA

This award recognises the efforts of small to medium sized businesses – with turnover between £5m and £20m – in helping to improve the environment. Entrants must have been trading for over 18 months and should be located in Scotland.

Best Green Large Company

This category is open to companies with turnover greater than £20m that help the environment. Entrants must have been trading for over 18 months and should be located in Scotland.

Outstanding Contribution to the Scottish Environment – Sponsored by ScottishPower

This award will go to an individual, group of individuals, company or organization that has made a key contribution to improving the environment is Scotland

Best Green Public Service or Public Sector Provision

This category is open to service providers including local authorities, transport providers, non-government organizations, community councils and other community initiatives. It recognises the provider’s success in delivering a service and, in doing so, improving the environment for the Scottish public’s benefit.

Best Green PR Campaign

The award for best campaign that most effectively uses public relations to generate publicity in order to build awareness of, or support corporate values on, community, social, ethical or reputational issues.

The awards will be announced at a ceremony held in association with ScottishPower at Glasgow Science Centre on the 29 September. The winners will be selected by independent research conducted by the David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability at the University of Strathclyde.

Peter Booth, director of knowledge exchange at the David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability commented: “In Scotland there are extensive sustainable practices which these awards recognise. They provide the university with an opportunity to engage with a wide range of sustainability endeavors and organisations which enhance our understandings and research insights.”

The guest speaker for the evening will be Leo Johnson (pictured), a partner in pwc’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, and Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, now a part of the pwc. Leo’s specialisation is making business sense of sustainability, identifying environmental and social megatrends and the risks and opportunities for business leaders.

For more information on entries, tickets, sponsorship and media requests please contact: Gillian Ferguson, event manager, 0141 309 3423, [email protected]

About the David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability

The David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability was formally launched in 2007 as an academic unit superseding the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, and the David Livingstone Institute of International Development Studies.

The Centre is a product of the merger between the Graduate School of Environmental Studies (GSES) and the postgraduate and research components of the Department of Civil Engineering, including the David Livingstone Institute.

It takes its name from one of the celebrated alumni of the University of Strathclyde, Dr David Livingstone (1813-1873), whose pioneering and internationally acclaimed work in Africa as a missionary, traveler, philanthropist and medical doctor involved sharing of knowledge through the dissemination of appropriate technologies, which demonstrated in practice the principle of “useful learning” on which his alma mater was built.

More information is available at www.strath.ac.uk/dlcs/

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