Green community award scheme

COMMUNITY groups across Scotland are being invited to show off their green credentials and enter a new national Greener Together Community Award scheme.

The awards, to mark the Year of Natural Scotland in 2013, will celebrate and reward communities for their environmental action, as part of the Scottish Government’s national campaign, ‘Greener Together’, which is encouraging everyone across the country to play their part in making Scotland a cleaner, greener place to live.

Speaking ahead of Scottish Environment Week, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “There’s no better time than the Year of Natural Scotland, to recognise and reward the achievements of our hard working communities who are playing their part in making Scotland a greener, cleaner place to live.

Greener living has many benefits for individuals, families and Scotland as a whole. Many Scottish communities are doing fantastic work to conserve, protect and enhance our natural environment – that is something we should all be proud of.

“The Greener Together Community Awards is the perfect platform to recognise their successes on the national stage.”

Nominations for the Greener Together Community Awards can be submitted online on greenerscotland.org and opened on February 14, as part of the first phase of the initiative.

A panel of judges, including representatives from the Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Vegware will decide on the winning five projects, selecting them according to set criteria and how well they bring greener living ‘to life’.

Winners will be presented with a Greener Together Community Award plaque in recognition of their achievement.

The plaques were created by Scottish artist, Kate Ive. Kate is a multi-award winning artist based at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

She is the current medallist for the British Art Medal Society working with the British Museum, Victoria & Albert and Royal Mint.

Her recent work includes a City of Edinburgh Council commission for Pirniehall Primary School and the Edinburgh Promenade Rubbings Trail.