Peterborough wins a flurry of National Green Apple Awards

by | Dec 3, 2015 | Smart cit­ies

Peter­bor­ough was placed firmly on the envir­on­ment­al map with four awards won in total by a range of organ­isa­tions all work­ing towards the city’s Envir­on­ment Cap­it­al aspir­a­tions.

Coun­cil­lor Nigel North, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil cab­in­et mem­ber for com­munit­ies and envir­on­ment cap­it­al, said: “This is excel­lent news and truly demon­strates Peterborough’s com­mit­ment to envir­on­ment­al aware­ness and cre­at­ing the UK’s Envir­on­ment Cap­it­al.”

The suc­cesses of these organ­isa­tions show the city is lead­ing the way in low car­bon prac­tices in busi­ness and devel­op­ment. Con­grat­u­la­tions to every­one involved.”

The inde­pend­ent char­ity Peter­bor­ough Envir­on­ment City Trust (PECT) won a Gold Award for Eco Tour­ism, which was awar­ded for its annu­al Green Fest­ival. The Peter­bor­ough Green Fest­ival is one of the biggest and longest run­ning envir­on­ment­al fest­ivals in the UK.

The 2015 event attrac­ted more than 10,000 par­ti­cipants and worked togeth­er with 38 part­ner organ­isa­tions across the city and sur­round­ing areas. Fun­ded by Travelchoice and the Arts Coun­cil, the festival’s theme this year was sus­tain­able trans­port.

Second up was Peter­bor­ough DNA’s Smart Sup­per pro­gram­me organ­ised by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, which also won a Gold Award. Work­ing with stu­dents from sec­ond­ary schools across Peter­bor­ough, the aim of the pro­ject is to inspire and enable young people to develop innov­at­ive solu­tions to city chal­lenges around sus­tain­ab­il­ity.

Smart Sup­per is not just about cre­at­ing entre­pren­eurs of the future, it is about allow­ing young people to stand up and have their ideas heard.  It is a pro­ject that inspires the city’s young people through real life oppor­tun­it­ies.

Cross Keys Homes achieved Gold in Improv­ing Envir­on­ment­al Sus­tain­ab­il­ity. The hous­ing asso­ci­ation won this highly coveted award for achieve­ments in redu­cing its car­bon foot­print, and that of the homes it man­ages.

The award in par­tic­u­lar recog­nises the sol­ar pan­el pro­ject rolled out by Cross Keys Homes that has enabled 5,200 house­holds to bene­fit from free elec­tri­city. It has led to a sav­ing of 9,500 ton­nes of CO2emis­sions, as well as help­ing those ten­ants in fuel pover­ty to make real sav­ings.

Finally, Peter­bor­ough High­ways Ser­vices, a part­ner­ship between Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and Skanska won a Sil­ver Award. As one of the industry’s lead­ing green con­tract­ors, Skanska is using its Peter­bor­ough High­way Ser­vices part­ner­ship with the coun­cil as an exem­plar of green tech­no­lo­gies and sus­tain­able tech­niques.

In the first year alone, Skanska exceeded its tar­get of divert­ing 95% of waste from land­fill. In addi­tion the organ­isa­tion is work­ing towards achiev­ing a zero car­bon eco­nomy with an annu­al reduc­tion tar­get of 5% of dir­ect emis­sions. Skanska are also now using a GPS sys­tem in all of its fleet to encour­age effi­cient fuel con­sump­tion and bet­ter green driv­ing tech­niques.

These awards show that, togeth­er, organ­isa­tions across Peter­bor­ough are achiev­ing great steps towards devel­op­ing and high­light­ing the city’s green cre­den­tials. It is fant­ast­ic to see this recog­nised nation­ally.

For more inform­a­tion, vis­it www.pect.org.uk and www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/campaigns/environment-capital/