As we’ve previously blogged, many of the most effective green initiatives start locally. Whether it’s using certification schemes and grants to support individuals in making more energy efficient choices, finding innovative ways of incentivising recycling or managing local flood risks, local authorities are at the forefront of these changes – proactively doing their bit to tackle climate change. We therefore believe these local efforts deserve some cheer and recognition.
As one of the local government endorsers of Climate Week, the LGiU has been invited to publicise the Climate Week Awards and encourage councils to throw in their initiatives for consideration.
The categories most relevant to local government are –
Climate Week Hero
Most Inspirational Leader
Best Community Initiative
Best Educational Initiative
Best Local Initiative
Best Initiative by a Governmental or Statutory Body
Best Initiative by a Public or Uniformed Service
Entries to the competition will be judged by quite an impressive line-up including Lord Nicholas Stern (author of the Stern Report), Mary Robinson (the former President of Ireland), best-selling author Ian McEwan, environmental campaigner Tony Juniper, eco adventurer David de Rothschild, Eden Project founder Tim Smit, and Terry Tamminen, advisor on climate change to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Please see www.climateweek.com/awards for more info.
With so much focus on the current financial challenges, LGIU are keen to keep the discussion around Climate Change active and on the national agenda. Our Local Energy unit is currently working with both public and private sector organisations, providing information, high-level policy and strategy workshops and board/councillor awareness training. If you are running Climate Change initiative that you would us to highlight then please get in touch.