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Bristol Post and Bristol 2015 Green Capital Award winners revealed

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 13 November 2015 16:32

Bristol Post and Bristol 2015 Green Capital Award winners revealed
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Some of Bristol’s greenest businesses have been rewarded for their achievements.

The Bristol Post Green Capital Awards 2015 in association with Velopost saw prizes given out to schools, communities and companies too.

Over a three-course dinner, the awards were given out by BBC presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff.

Bristol Post Green Capital Awards

The University of Bristol won the Green Public sector award. After setting itself some high targets for reducing its impact on the environment back in 2006, the university has made huge strides in becoming a greener place to study.

The Eco Green Building Awards went to the new Filwood Green Business Park, built on the site of a disused aircraft hanger.

A third of Bristolians live in the south of the city, and the park is an integral part of a programme of improvements to the area. The park was designed and built by local people and companies. Sustainable travel to and from the building is encouraged, and it was constructed with energy efficiency very much in mind.

Another South Bristol success came in the Green Organisation Award, which went to Computershare.

Chief executive Naz Sarkar said: “We’re delighted to receive this award in recognition of Computershare’s commitment to making Bristol, the West of England and our planet become greener, safer and cleaner.

“We passionately believe that environmental responsibility is part of doing business successfully, and we actively seek to behave in a manner that positively contributes to the local and global environment throughout our business operations and activities.”

The Green Leisure and Tourism Award was given to the Create Centre.

The Create Centre is a hub of sustainability, featuring its own purpose-built ecohome and being the base for 27 environmental organisations. Including solar panel installers, sustainable travel consultants, recycling consultants and a bike recycling charity.

Michelle Scoplin, from CREATE, said: “We are delighted, it has been a massive team effort. The whole whole team has contributed to the whole year, and promoted sustainable living and education.”

Bristol Post editor Mike Norton said: “This is a proud year for our city. Being the European Green Capital is a great honour.

“But with the honour of being the European Green Capital comes accountability.

“If we are going to set an environmental standard in Europe, we need to prove and celebrate Bristol's green credentials – as well as show how the legacy of this year is going to live on in our city.

“That's what these green awards are all about. We are here tonight to celebrate the people and the projects which have made a difference to Bristol in this historic year – particularly those which will have a lasting effect on the city.”

The winners:

Green Public Sector Award sponsored by Skanska: University of Bristol

Green School or College Award sponsored by Halsall Construction: Parson Street and Ashton Vale Primary School

Green Leisure and Tourism Award jointly sponsored by First Bus in the West of England and Great Western Railway: The Create Centre

Eco Green Building Awards sponsored by Your Group: Filwood Green Business Park

Filwood Green Business Park

Green Community Group Award sponsored by Viridor: FoodCycle Bristol

Green Capital Awards Foodcycle

Green Hero Award sponsored by Bristol 2015 and the Bristol Post: Alastair Sawday

Green Entrepreneur Award sponsored by the University of Bristol: Melanie Shufflebotham from Next Green Car

Green Product Award sponsored by Ecosurety: GDS

Innovation Award sponsored by KPMG: Cameron Balloons

Don Cameron collects the Green Capital Award

Green Organisation Award sponsored by ETM Recycling Ltd: Computershare

Computershare wins Green Capital Award

Green Leader Award sponsored by Velopost: Darren Hall

Darren Hall wins Green Award

Bristol Green Capital Awards sponsors

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