Search launched for Birmingham’s ‘Greenest’ Restaurant

By on 21/03/2011 in News

As activity to promote national Climate Week continues across Birmingham the search to find the city's 'greenest' restaurants of 2011 has been launched.

 Building on the success of a similar competition last year, the 2011 Birmingham Green Restaurant Awards are designed to acknowledge those businesses who go the extra mile in promoting green practices and helping save the planet.

 To be launched on Wednesday (23rd March) at the Moor Hall Hotel, overall winner of the 2010 Green Restaurant Award, the awards are organised by the Birmingham Environmental Partnership and sponsored by Veolia PLC supported by Birmingham City Council, Marketing Birmingham and the Birmingham Evening Mail.

 Announcing entries for this years' competition open, Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Chairman of Birmingham Environmental Partnership, said:

 “I am delighted that Birmingham is leading the way with the UK's first Green Restaurant Awards.  We all enjoy going to a Restaurant for a good meal and it is great to know that the Restaurants of Birmingham are stepping up to the mark too by reducing carbon pollution, cutting waste and also supporting our local producers and communities.“

 Judges are hoping for a repeat of last year's keenly fought competition which included impressive entries from:

 Moor Hall Hotel - which installed an innovative food waste dryer and use biofuels in their vehicles

 Eastside Cafe - which excelled in using local, ethical and environmentally sustainable suppliers

 The Warehouse in Digbeth - which only uses green energy and demonstrated high levels of energy efficiency

 The Wing Wah – who installed fat traps to prevent fat getting into waste water

 Mint in Yardley - which raised over £5,000 for local and international charities

 Kitchen Garden in Kings Heath - provided work experience in partnership with Rathbone and MENCAP

 Awards will be available in four categories; Waste, Energy, Purchasing and Community, with the closing date for entries the 20th May, and awards to be presented by the Lord Mayor on 6th June as part of the celebrations to mark World Environment Day.

 Application forms are available from The Environmental Partnership at www.bebirmingham.org.uk/environmental.

 ENDS

About Climate Week (March 21-27):

Climate Week is an exciting new national occasion taking place on 21-27 March 2011. It will showcase the many positive steps being taken to combat climate change, and inspire many more.

Birmingham's line-up of activities for this week include:

Tuesday (March 22) -Martineau Centre - 9am-12.45pm -Teachers' Carbon Conference: Many headteachers took part in carbon reduction workshops led by the Carbon Trust in November 2010. They have since developed projects and action plans in their schools, significantly reducing their energy consumption with behaviour change. This conference takes the work forward and will give feedback from participating schools.

Tuesday (March 22) Local Food Fair - Midland Co-operative at the Birmingham Midland Institute - 3pm-5pm: The Midland Co-op will be giving free samples of their new locally-sourced food range including locally-sourced beer.

Tuesday (March 22) - Council House - 5.15pm-7.30pm - A night with Rob Hopkins (author of the Transition Handbook and leader of the 'Transition Towns' movement): This will be followed by the Making Birmingham Green Community Awards where community and voluntary organisations will be presented with certificates in recognition of their work on low carbon community projects funded through the Birmingham Environmental Partnership. Open to all.

Wednesday (March 23) - Launch of Birmingham Green Restaurant Awards - Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield: Cllr Timothy Huxtable is launching Birmingham's Green Restaurant Awards at the venue of the winners of the 2010 award. Entrants will be judged on what actions they have taken to improve the environment and sustainability in the categories of: waste management, energy reduction, staff and community and purchasing. Attendance by Invitation only.

Thursday (March 24) -Thomas Vale Construction and Urban Design Sustainability Day at Woodcock Street: A number of schools are attending the construction site of Birmingham City Council's soon-to-open administrative building to interact with a number of exhibits designed to help improve their knowledge of the construction industry.

Friday (March 25) CABE/MADE Schools 'Green Day' teacher training day at the new MAC in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston: More than 40 teachers and practitioners from across the West Midlands will be trained on how to run a Green Day in their schools. Green Days will then take place the week commencing June 5 of this year. Green Day is in its fourth year in Birmingham. Everything on the curriculum has a sustainable theme and an alternative timetable in the afternoon allows for fun, informative activities and everyone wears something green on the day.

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