Top eco-friendly organisations from around Aberdeen ranging from schools to community groups have been presented with awards for their achievements.
The 2018 Ecocity Awards, which are organised by Aberdeen City Council, attracted nearly 52 submissions in 12 categories. New categories were added to the award this year to celebrate the activities of local people supporting business waste reduction and energy efficiency.
The winner of the overall EcoCity Awards was Kittybrewster Primary School, and the winner of the judges’ Best Newcomer Award was Aberdeen Multicultural Centre, and the judges’ Innovative Entry award went to Aberdeen Inspired.
Aberdeen City Council operational delivery convener councillor John Wheeler said: “Our community groups, schools and individuals around the city do a fantastic job of spreading the eco-friendly message and deserve to be congratulated for their hard work.
“Many congratulations to the winners and our thanks go to everyone who took part in the 2018 Eco-Awards with the encouragement to keep up the good work and keep spreading the eco-friendly message.”
Entrants were judged by eight judges representing different teams across the City Council, other external organisations, and previous winners. Participants all received a certificate to mark their diverse achievements towards making Aberdeen a more sustainable city.
Winners received framed certificates and either cash or voucher prizes, which were donated by Nestrans/GetAbout, Granite City Food/CFINE, One Stop Waste Solution Ltd, The Beach Ballroom, and Suez UK Ltd.
The EcoCity Award Winners 2018 are:
Energy Efficiency EcoCity Award – Scarf, for Braw to Bide project
For the individual, organisation or school which has most successfully demonstrated a commitment to promoting or facilitating energy efficiency measures within a domestic or non-domestic building.
Waste and Recycling Champion EcoCity Award - Hanover Street School, for HSS Flying Eco Pigs Change the World!
For the individual, organisation or school in Aberdeen which has most successfully demonstrated a commitment to promoting or facilitating sustainable waste management including waste reduction, reuse or recycling.
Waste and Recycling Business EcoCity Award – Woodrecyclability, for Woodwaste 18.
For a commercial organisation that can demonstrate that it has taken significant steps to either reduce, reuse and recycle its own waste and/or has taken steps to encourage its customers and/or suppliers to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Clean-up Champion Individual EcoCity Award – joint winners Rosalind Walker (for Collection and dispose of rubbish from the river Don in the Woodside & Tillydrone area) and Thomas Truby (The Rubbish Club)
Recognising the efforts of individuals making Aberdeen a more beautiful place by picking-up litter.
Clean-up Champion Organisation Eco-City Award - Friends of Seaton Park, for Pro-actively dealing with litter in Seaton Park
Recognising the efforts of organisations making Aberdeen a more beautiful place by picking-up litter.
Sustainable Travel EcoCity Award- beCycle, a community project.
For the individual, organisation or school which has most successfully demonstrated a commitment to promoting and facilitating sustainable travel (walking, cycling, car-share, public-transport etc.) in Aberdeen.
Growing Smarter Junior EcoCity Award, Kittybrewster Primary School
For the school (or group of school-aged children) that has most successfully promoted, or contributed to, enhancing the environment and improving the quality of life in Aberdeen.
Growing Smarter Individual EcoCity Award - Mike Duncan, for leading a team of volunteers from Cove in Bloom.
For the individual who has most successfully promoted, or contributed to, enhancing the environment and improving the quality of life in Aberdeen.
Growing Smarter Organisation EcoCity Award - Alcohol and Drugs Action, for Recovery Garden Project.
For the organisation which has most successfully promoted, or contributed to, enhancing the environment and improving the quality of life in Aberdeen.
Sustainable Food EcoCity Award - One Seed Forward, for School Gardens and Seed Potatoes
For the organisation which has most successfully demonstrated a commitment to promoting and facilitating sustainable Food (ethical, locally sourced or equivalent.) in Aberdeen.
Judges’ Award, Best Newcomer - Aberdeen Multicultural Centre, for Aberdeen Green Future Project
For the best new-comer or innovative entry as awarded at the discretion of the judges.
Judges’ Award, Innovative Entry - Aberdeen Inspired, for the Urban Bee Project
For the best new-comer or innovative entry as awarded at the discretion of the judges
Overall EcoCity Award - Kittybrewster Primary School
For the most inspiring entry helping Aberdeen to become a more sustainable city.