Many solutions to global environmental challenges start with behaviour change at the local level.

About the Best Community Group Contribution to Environmental Sustainability Award

Think global, act local is the mantra of many community groups and, with the impact of climate change beginning to be felt in many areas, more people are getting organised to tackle unsustainable lifestyles or to make their neighbourhoods greener and more resilient.

These groups might be working to reduce carbon emissions or waste, to promote renewable energy or sustainable transport, to improve biodiversity in a local green space or to educate others about living or working in a greener way.  We particularly want to recognise those groups who can demonstrate their work has had a lasting impact on people’s behaviours.

Featured Project: Community Furniture Aid

2019 Shortlisted Projects

I’m back caring – Clean the River (Winner)

I’m Back Caring – Clean the River is a campaign to end sewage pollution entering the River Esk in Midlothian and to clean up Midlothian’s worst polluted area.

St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School

St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School ‘Eco Warriors’ are a group of highly passionate primary school children who are working to create a greener Northenden.

Surrey Wildlife Trust

For 60 years Surrey Wildlife Trust’s mission has been to restore nature across Surrey and to inspire people to value and take action for wildlife.

2018 Shortlisted Projects

Environment Plymouth (Winner)

Environment Plymouth are a strategic community network who have only been going for a year but have achieved a great deal in that time.  EP coordinate a network of 80 local groups and 300 individual members in Plymouth representing ‘green and sustainability’ issues. 

Fix the Fells

Fix the Fells Volunteer Lengthsmen are a group of 120 trained volunteers who support full-time National Trust upland path teams to undertake routine path maintenance and repairs to protect the spectacular Lakeland fells from erosion and damage.

Plastic Free Felixstowe

The group’s objective is to reduce the use of plastics in and around the town in response to the damage it causes to oceans and marine life through events, education and business engagement.