Coventry City Council celebrated its success at The Green Apple Awards, collecting an award at the Houses of Parliament for Environmental Best Practice for encouraging sustainable behaviour.
The Council was up against more than 500 other nominations and won the Gold Award due to its Green Champions programme and Think Low Carbon campaigns (TLC).
The Green Champions programme consists of over 110 people who have volunteered to lead by example and persuade colleagues to work differently, helping to reduce energy, water and to reduce waste by recycling as much as possible.
Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment, said:
“The Green Apple Award is a great achievement for Coventry and demonstrates our commitment to environmental awareness. We also recently came top in the UK Low Carbon League and we’ll be taking part in the 2020 Low Carbon Business and Communities Workshop in St Mary’s Guildhall next week to help bring businesses and organisations together to showcase the best practices and encourage them to work towards low carbon efficiency, particularly clean energy technology.”
“Coventry truly is leading the way in low carbon practices in businesses and development.”
On average, each team with a Green Champion within the Council will save £625 per year, by ensuring things like lights and computers are always turned off, and recycling at least 70% of their office waste. Overall, this saves around £25,000 per year across the Council on its waste bill.
The awards ceremony took place on Monday 16th at the Houses of Parliament.
The 2020 Low Carbon Business and Communities workshop is run by Climate Change Solutions and will take place 9-1pm on Wednesday 25 November in St Mary’s Guildhall. Further information can be found at http://www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk/