Winners from last year’s The National Environmental Awards have thrown their weight behind this summer’s event.

Salix Finance and Coleg Gwent picked up the best policy and practice within the public sector and education/school or college prizes respectively during November’s online ceremony.

Western Power Distribution and GPT Environmental Management Services are the co-headline sponsors for the 2022 awards, which will take place on Thursday, July 14.

Salix and Coleg Gwent will also be backing this year’s ceremony, with the latter sponsoring the Environmental Entrepreneur Award sponsor.

Monmouthshire Building Society (Environmental Community Group), Knauf (Sustainability through Innovation) and Newport City Council (Outstanding Organisation) are also category sponsors.

Salix provides funding opportunities to the public sector in England, Scotland and Wales to carry out energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects.

In 2021, they got the nod from the judges ahead of fellow category finalists Newport City Council and Ceri Williams of Torfaen County Borough Council.

The National Wales:

“It was great to be involved in The National Environmental Awards 2021 and celebrate the initiatives, individuals and organisations making a difference in Wales,” said Salix Finance programme manager Liam Gillard, pictured above.

“Winning the award for Best Policy and Practice within the Public Sector was fantastic and provides recognition of the ongoing success of the Wales Funding Programme in supporting public sector bodies to deliver energy efficiency projects.

“In 2021-22, despite disruptions to supply chains and the workforce following the Covid-19 pandemic, Salix Finance has been committed to tackling the climate emergency and continue to work in partnership with the Welsh Government on innovative public sector projects.

“These decarbonisation projects range from LED lighting upgrades to heat pumps, solar PVs and sophisticated heating and ventilation systems which increase energy efficiency, improve energy security, and reduce carbon emissions.”

The National Wales:

Coleg Gwent has a long-standing commitment to act in a sustainable manner, embedding sustainability as a core principle and making significant year-on-year improvements to ensure long-term benefits for the college and community.

The college won their award last autumn ahead of teacher David Lawson, his pupils and their school in Rhyl, Ysgol Llywelyn, and The Welsh School of Architecture.

The National Wales:

“As winners of The National Environmental Awards School/Education or College Award, Coleg Gwent – one of Wales’ top-performing colleges – is proud to sponsor the 2022 Environmental Entrepreneur Award,” said Coleg Gwent principal and CEO Guy Lacey, above.

“With consistently high A-level pass rates and ranked as the joint top-performing college for vocational learning in Wales, the college is central to the communities surrounding its five campuses in south-east Wales – Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, Torfaen Learning Zone, City of Newport Campus, Crosskeys Campus and Usk Campus.

The National Wales:

“With over 20,000 students studying full-time, part-time and higher education courses across a range of academic and vocational subjects and apprenticeships, the college has the unique opportunity to embed the principles of sustainability in our future generations.

“Through innovations in the curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and student engagement projects, the college is committed to managing resources effectively and efficiently, while raising awareness of sustainability as a wider issue.

“With a five-year plan to integrate health, culture, wellbeing, environment and social responsibility into the daily management of the college, Coleg Gwent drives the sustainability agenda while delivering high-quality teaching, expert tuition, industry-standard facilities and close links with local employers, upskilling the workforce of the future.”

For more information on Salix Finance visit salixfinance.co.uk, and for more information on Coleg Gwent go to coleggwent.ac.uk.

To sponsor an award category, get in touch with head of events Cathy Parsons  via catherine.parsons@localiq.co.uk.

You can also submit a nomination for the awards by clicking here.