Built environment champions sought for green YP awards

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THE built environment may not be the first place one thinks of when championing green credentials but Yorkshire has plenty of examples of groundbreaking work.

DEVELOPERS, architects and other building professionals are invited to showcase their green credentials at this year’s Yorkshire Post Environment Awards.

The event, which promotes the businesses, schools, organisations and individuals building a more eco-friendly Britain, is looking for entries.

For the past five years, The Yorkshire Post Environment Awards have honoured the unsung heroes making a difference across the region – marrying innovation with ethics and doing their bit to preserve the planet.

The Built Environment award category recognises building professionals who break new ground in integrating environmental considerations.

Last year, Banks Renewables won the award for its Penny Hill wind farm created near Rotherham, which will provide electricity equivalent to that needed by 12,000 homes.

As part of its “development with care” philosophy, jobs were created locally and thousands of pounds will be invested in a community fund to help local projects.

There are a number of categories for the Environment Awards including Innovation, Climate Change, Countryside, Best Environmental Start-up, and Manufacturer.

Green Champion recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution where they live.

The Young People’s award, sponsored by Asda, will be awarded to the school or college that does most to promote environmental issues and the Community award, backed by Banks Property, honours the areas putting back in to their local environment.

The Environmental Business of the Year award is sponsored by Northern Gas Networks.

Winners are due to be announced at a lavish awards ceremony in Leeds on June 16.

The deadline for entries is May 18. To enter, visit http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/EnvironmentAwards and complete the online entry form.