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Sustainable Academy Awards Finalist Announced

The shortlist of finalists has been announced for the inaugural Sustainable Academy Awards.  You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 31 October.  Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 29 November.  Click here to cast your vote or on the category name to find out more details about the finalists.

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said: “The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales.  The Awards are my favourite event each year as we recognise the contribution being made by different sectors to make Wales a sustainable nation, working as one to deliver on the Well-being of the Future Generations and Environment Acts.â€�

David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru and one of the judges, said: “We are delighted with the standard of entries for the first year of these awards.  It is clear there is a lot going on in the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales and it is fitting that these awards have been created to celebrate and recognise the achievements of so many.  It was a hard job choosing the final three in each category and I hope people will get behind their local projects and show their support in the public vote.â€�

The Finalists

The eight categories in the Sustainable Academy Awards are:

Sustainability Champion sponsored by Natural Resources Wales

Grant Peisley

Neil Lewis

Kiri Howell

Outstanding Renewable Energy Project sponsored by Welsh Government

Brechfa Forest West Windfarm

YnNi Teg Community Wind Turbine

Garwnant Visitor Centre – Green Energy Sources

Sustainable Space or Venue

Achieving Sustainability and Excellence by Putting the Learners First

Menai Science Park

Wye Valley Sculpture park

Sustainable Business

Natural Weigh – Wales’ First Zero Waste Shop

Aria Bridal UK

Jaspels Anglesey Craft Cider and the Anglesey Cider Project

Sustainable Community sponsored by EDF

recycle4charity ( Pembrokeshire Care Share & Give)

Welcome to our Woods A Natural Future Upper Rhondda

Wild Tots, Growing Communities Outdoors

Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain sponsored by Arup

Bodloni – A Satisfying ‘Cwtsh’ of Soup

Cardiff Met – Plastic Free

Social Value Wales Policy

Outstanding Social Enterprise

Refurbs Flintshire – Creating Homes, Creating Opportunities

Community Energy Facilitation

Play It Again Sport

Sustainable Education or Training

Coastal Curriculum

Cash 4 Change projects

Mock COP – United Nations Style Climate Change debate for young people

Public Vote

The Public Vote opens on the Sustainable Academy Awards website from today Wednesday 10 October and closes Wednesday 31st October.


About the Awards

The Sustainable Academy Awards are organised by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru and recognise the work being done by individuals, community groups and the public sector, as well as small and large businesses.  The headline sponsor of the Awards is Wales & West Utilities with Arup, EDF, Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government sponsoring some of the categories. Civil engineering company, Knights Brown is sponsoring the pre-lunch drinks reception and Enterprise is the sponsor of the celebratory drinks reception.