Entries for 2023 are now open

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  • Deadline for nominations is midnight 31st October 2023.
  • Must be based in Cornwall or Isles of Scilly.
  • Open to businesses, community organisations, schools, social enterprises and charities.
  • You can apply yourself or be nominated. An organisation can only apply or be nominated for one category.
  • All applicants will be checked for environmental breaches, please let us know if you are aware of any in advance.
  • Please fill in all sections, including section 1 (even if you are not nominating an organisation). If you are applying then just repeat your contact details in Section 1 & 2.

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  • Nominator Details (if nominating an organisation)

    Question 1 of 15
  • 1. Name of nominator and contact details

  • Nominee / Applicant Details

    Question 2 of 15
  • 2. Name and contact details of organisation being nominated / applying

  • Question 3 of 15
  • 3. Tell us in no more than 100 words what the organisation does?

  • Question 4 of 15
  • 4. How long has the organisation been established?

  • Question 5 of 15
  • 5. Would you class the organisation as:

  • Question 6 of 15
  • What type of organisation is it? e.g. regular, sole trader, charity, Community Interest Company, school etc.

  • Categories

    Question 7 of 15
  • 7. Which category are you nominating / applying the organisation for?

  • Most sustainable organisation

    Entrants for this category will demonstrate best practice for the benefit of the environment, their employees and the wider community. Entrants will show how they have addressed some or all of the following:

    • Energy: Do you reduce energy consumption, maximise energy efficiency and/ or generate energy from renewable sources? (Note applications will be enhanced by figures showing the carbon footprint or energy consumption of the organisation or some of its aspects, and how measures have led to reductions, also any measures taken that help to influence the carbon emissions of others (customers / suppliers etc)
    • Pollution: Do you take measures to minimise air, water, land, noise and/ or light pollution? (Note please differentiate between measures required by legislation and measures taken above and beyond that)
    • Waste & resource management: Do you take measures to reduce excessive consumption of resources and reduce waste? (Note measures you may want to describe include the following: Re-use and/ or repair of materials or equipment; waste reduction through re-use and recycling (give percentages if available)
    • Water: Do you take measures to reduce water consumption? (Note you may want to include water monitoring information, any arrangements for collection and re-use of water on site, and efforts made to encourage staff and/ or customers to reduce consumption (as appropriate)
    • Transport: Do you take measures to minimise the transport impacts associated with your business & those of your staff & any visitors you may have? (Note include any information you may have regarding the following (as appropriate): Efforts taken to encourage staff walk, cycle, use public transport or car share in order to travel to work or for work journeys; Vehicle purchasing policy (e.g. company cars, vans & lorries) and alternative fuels; Efforts taken to reduce business miles or ‘dead’ (i.e. empty lorry) miles
    • Purchasing and the local economy: Do you purchase in a sustainable way, e.g. buying locally to help the local economy, buying re-used and / or recycled products, buying products that have minimal energy or water consumption, buying from companies that have ethical or environmental policies, and/ or buying fair-trade products, etc?
    • Buildings and land use: Are your buildings constructed in a sustainable manner and are they, and any land you have, managed sustainably? (Note include any information regarding construction and / or maintenance using materials with low environmental impact and appropriate measures to maximise natural habitat which protects, conserves and encourages biodiversity; also any measures regarding disabled access, as appropriate)
    • Community participation: Do you support the local community in any way (e.g. do you make efforts to increase employment opportunities for local people through recruitment practices, are you involved in any local or community partnerships, or do you support any charities or wildlife projects, etc.)?
    • Employment practices & governance (including equalities and diversity): Do you increase the skills & education of your workforce and raise staff awareness of sustainability issues? Do you offer or allow any arrangements for flexible working (e.g. for working parents of young children) or provide crèche facilities. Do you encourage healthy workplaces initiatives such as healthy food or active travel (walking & cycling)? (Note for organisation’s that are supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of staff, for example, encouraging staff to adopt active lifestyles and healthy eating)
    • Environmental management: Do you have an environmental policy or policies? Are you working towards or have you achieved accreditation of a formal environmental management system? If ‘yes’, give details and date adopted. What would you identify as your businesses most significant environmental impacts? Have you any objectives and targets to address these impacts?

  • Growing greener – Planting Trees in Cornwall Criteria: Entrants for this category will have demonstrated one or more of the following: • New tree planting – this includes community or private projects such as orchards, hedgerows, and planting on all scales. • Additional planting and improvement to existing woodland to include the restoration of natural habitats, natural regeneration, improving connectivity, biodiversity and wildlife benefits. • Tree planting to protect and improve water courses to increase buffering, support flood prevention, increase amenity and wildlife benefit. • Creation of a new tree nursery – and supporting local enterprise (either commercial or community based). • Tree planting projects in urban areas – this includes street trees, parks and green open spaces. Evidence criteria (for assessment) to include one or more of the following: • A project management plan to include the beneficial aims of the planting. • Photographic evidence. • The number of volunteers engaged and/or community involved in the planting and long-term management of the trees. • Benefiting local communities – which could include public access to trees, cleaner air, provision of shade and shelter, and the protection of cultural and landscape heritage. • Evidence to show how the planting will be sustainable and transformative to the local area. Please note: even if only one of these criteria is applicable for your project the scoring will be fairly weighted across all applications.

  • Circular economy

    Entrants for this category will have demonstrated one or more of the following:

    • Circular product design and innovation
    • Repair, re-manufacturing, re-purposing or re-use of products
    • Innovative business management models
    • Efficient supply chain and/or cross-sector collaboration
    • The re-use of material waste, heat or energy
    • Impact reporting if available.

  • Environmental Growth

    Entrants for this category will have demonstrated one or more of the following:

    • Creation or restoration to wildlife habitat- e.g. orchards, ponds, wildflower meadows/verges, native hedges, street trees or woodlands
    • Environmental improvements to buildings or ground- e.g. installation of bee bricks, bug hotels, swift boxes, nest boxes, tree planting etc. If applicable, please show anything you are doing for biodiversity net gain, particularly going above the legal requirement of 10% BNG
    • Coastal and marine projects- e.g. no anchor zones, initiatives to reduce single use plastics
    • Schemes to reduce invasive species, litter, noise or light pollution in the environment, including coastal areas and on the water
    • Initiatives to help people connect with their environment, encouraging them to grow nature and increase public understanding and enjoyment of wildlife- e.g. Forest schools, ecotourism, training programmes
    • New environmental products and services

  • Carbon Neutral

    Entrants for this category will have demonstrated one or more of the following:

    • Reducing carbon emissions from households, businesses or organisations
    • Promoting sustainable choices and behaviour change Reducing emissions from transportation including people and goods
    • Creating new opportunities for renewable energy
    • Supporting climate resilient communities and spaces
    • Promoting the removal of carbon from the atmosphere through nature-based solutions and particularly supporting localised schemes

  • Question 8 of 15
  • 8. Why are you entering this organistion?

  • Please tell us in no more than 800 words, why you are entering this organisation for the Cornwall Sustainability Awards? What have they / you done, that justifies their consideration for an award?

  • Evidence

    Question 9 of 15
  • 9. Please attach or provide details of any supporting evidence of relevance for your nomination e.g. data (spreadsheet / graphs), case studies, press releases, articles, social media statistics, testimonials from customers or partners

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    • Conflict of interests

      Question 10 of 15
    • 10. Please declare any potential conflict of interests with the organisation you are entering:

    • Question 11 of 15
    • 11. Are you or a member of your immediate family an officer, director, trustee, partner (general or limited), employee or regularly retained consultant of the organisation you are entering?

    • Question 12 of 15
    • 12. Do you or does any member of your immediate family have a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the organisation you are entering?

    • Question 13 of 15
    • 13. Have you or an immediate family member accepted gifts, gratuities, lodging, dining, or other entertainment that might reasonably appear to influence your entry?

    • Question 14 of 15
    • 14. Do you have any other interest or role in the organisation, where that interest or relationship might reasonably be expected to create an impression or suspicion among the public having knowledge of your entry?

    • Question 15 of 15
    • 15. Do you have the permission of the organisation you are entering to share their contact information with CSA