Yesterday evening, Sustain had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Go Green awards ceremony. After getting suited and booted, we headed over to the Bristol Hotel to join the celebrations! The atmosphere was electric as we arrived, with a whole host of Bristol-based businesses from small to large gathering to celebrate their ‘green’ achievements from the past year. A number of local dignitaries were also in attendance including the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.
The event ties in with the end of Bristol’s tenure as Green Capital and aims to capitalise on the successes of the past year.
Kicking off the event, Go Green’s Amy Nicholas said ‘Go Green is all about helping businesses make better choices, reduce their environmental impact and improve the quality of their supply chains’. The awards reflected this and aimed to reward the businesses that had made the biggest steps to make improvements.
There were 13 awards up for grabs throughout the evening, each split into the five Go Green themes of; energy & efficiency, travel & transport, planning & resilience, sustainable sourcing and happy & healthy. There were awards for ‘best newcomer’ and ‘most improved’ in each category.
There were also two special awards – The ‘Driving Force Award’, recognising an individual for driving change within their organisation, and the ‘Best Green Small Business Award’ – which Sustain were in the running for!
Peaches Golding, the former High Sheriff of Bristol, brushed off the IT gremlins and took the lead, presenting each award with a Bristol based sponsor. The sponsors ranged from organic tampon producer Natracare and local facilities managers Almeda to Nissan and RBS – who have a strong presence throughout Bristol. This willingness to support Go Green’s cause in itself is a huge testament to Bristol’s commitment to sustainability!
A massive pat on the back goes out to the lucky winners of each category including Alder king, in the travel & transport category, Stride Treglown, for their continuous work ensuring that their staff are happy and healthy, and Oxford Instruments for cutting their energy costs by a staggering £44,000 per year!
While we were unfortunately pipped to the post for ‘Best Green Small Business’ by Alec French Architects – we had a great evening and will be hoping to beat them to it next year!
In all, the evening was a great success! We continue to be amazed by our city’s commitment to ‘going green’ and look forward to a cleaner, greener future for all of Bristol. Thanks to Go Green, Bristol 2015 and all the sponsors for making the event happen – it looks like 2016 is going to be a big year!