Making Birmingham Green Community Awards

Twelve community and two individual recognition awards were presented last night at the Making Birmingham Green Community Awards.

The awards jointly devised by Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Environmental Partnership were given out as part of the city’s efforts to honour Climate Week, running from March 21-27.

They are designed to serve as a thank you and a mark of respect for the huge effort community groups and the voluntary sector have provided in helping make Birmingham a leading Green city.

An independent evaluation by Alison Millward Associates has shown both exceptional value for money and impact in helping 20,000 people and 100 community organisations save energy and money.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Everyone can play a part in the city’s aim to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2026, when compared to 1990 levels.

“Those recognised by these awards have all done something inspirational at a grass roots level, and if everyone followed their lead I am sure we would reach our goal with ease.

“I offer my warmest congratulations to all of those that have been honoured and hope they continue their leading roles on all things green.”

Those to be honoured included (FULL LIST DOWNLOADABLE HERE):

- SusMo, which has helped people in Moseley install renewable energy systems
- Housing association Family Housing
- Environmental charity Groundwork
- Moseley Community Development Trust, which has delivered the innovative Green Doctor programme which offers households tips on sustainability.
- Friends of the Earth, which developed the national award-winning faith and climate change programme (working on green issues by targeting those who visit places of worship)
- Northfield eco-centre, which has been established as a local hub of green expertise.

Two individuals were also recognised:

- Phil Beardmore, for his work in supporting and developing community
organisations across the city.
- Chris Vaughan, who has served for three years as the unpaid community
champion on the BEP board.

ENDS

Notes to editors

The Birmingham Environmental Partnership (BEP) is one of the seven thematic partnerships of Be Birmingham, the city’s local strategic partnership, which brings together partners from the business, community, voluntary and faith sectors to deliver a better Birmingham. There are currently 45 organisations from the private, public, community and voluntary sectors working with BEP to make Birmingham a more sustainable city. Its four key priorities are: reducing levels of litter and graffiti; cutting waste; helping the city prepare for the impact of climate change and also reducing the city’s carbon emissions.

For more information please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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