Community and Environment Awards 2011: Make your nominations now

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The annual Halifax Courier Community and Environment Awards is a chance for individuals, charities, voluntary organisations and businesses who work to make life better for the people of Calderdale to enjoy their own place in the spotlight, their own night of recognition and reward.

The awards are open to everyone from high profile organisations to individual unsung heroes who have made a difference to life in Calderdale. The awards will be a night to remember and a much-deserved showcase for the people who make Calderdale the caring, creative and conscientious place we all know and love.

Categories

The Good Neighbour Award

For this new award we will be looking for an individual who has been agreat asset to his/her local community.

It could be simply areally good neighbour, afriend who is always on hand to help and support people. It may also be someone who has helped the wider community as a whole

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The Public Servant Award

This new award will recognise the work of an individual in the fields of Nursing and Care, The Fire Service, the Police Force and PCSO, or any other public servant who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help an individual or the community.

For these two new awards we are asking our readers and the general public to nominate someone who they feel would be adeserving winner. All submitted entries will appear in the Halifax Courier and our readers will decide the winners

To sponsor this category call Caroline Presgrave on 01422 260255

Environmental design

An organisation, business, designer or individual demonstrating use of original and innovative design to improve the environment, promote ecology or reduce carbon footprint. The judges will be looking for building or project where modern design is the key to reduced energy consumption, better carbon-efficiency, harnessing renewable resources and promoting wildlife.

To sponsor this category call Caroline Presgrave on 01422 260255

Green school

A school or college doing the most to promote environmental issues among staff and students, as well as implementing measures to reduce its own environmental impact. The judges will be looking for an educational establishment, however large or small, that can demonstrate not only that ecological issues are high on its educational agenda, but also that it has put practical measures in place to minimise its carbon footprint through recycling, re-using materials and reducing consumption.

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Best recycling initiative

Open to applicants from business, local authority, third sector or public sector. This is the award for the factory, office, operation or workplace where a single initiative has achieved a recycling reakthrough. We are looking for the big idea that has done most to promote and deliver a recycling strategy; the single scheme that did most to banish wastefulness and reduce landfill.

To sponsor this category call Caroline Presgrave on 01422 260255

Green champion

This is our search for an individual doing most to promote environmental measures, promote conservation and champion the green agenda. It may be a volunteer or someone who has driven the green agenda through their work. It may be someone who has worked to promote energy-efficiency, use of renewables or biodiversity. It may be someone who has transformed the culture of their workplace and persuaded their colleagues to think and work green.

Sponsored by BCA

Business in the environment

This award will go to a business that can demonstrate a world-class track record on environmental and carbon-reduction policy.

It may be a company that has transformed its own carbon performance, or it may be a company that is helping others go green. The winner will be able to point to a clear commitment to reducing environmental

impact as part of its statement of corporate social responsibility. It will also be able to demonstrate delivery on its green promises.

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Charity of the Year

Awarded to the organisation that the judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy, and demonstrated excellence all round.

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Outstanding Individual Achievement

Awarded to a person who has demonstrated dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout their career, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect in the Voluntary Sector through their work and/or management.

To sponsor this category call Caroline Presgrave on 01422 260255

Best New Charity

Awarded to an organisation that has made a demonstrable impact since its inception, achieved both awareness of itself and its cause, and set the foundations of excellent management and accountability in place. Open to any charity registered since 1/1/2009.

Sponsored by Harveys

Charity & Business Partnership of the Year

Awarded to a voluntary and private sector partnership that has made a demonstrable improvement to the quality of life of their local community, through the creative use of volunteer and financial resources.

Sponsored by Provident

Investment in Community Activity

Awarded to a business or social enterprise that has invested significantly in their local community in which they operate and helped those in greatest need, achieving a sustainable impact on key social issues in Calderdale.

To sponsor this category call Caroline Presgrave on 01422 260255

How to nominate:

The Community Awards are open to all organisations from the voluntary and community sectors in Calderdale. Namely: Charities, voluntary organisations, community & faith organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit or unincorporated bodies. To make anomination, write to Community and Environment Awards, Halifax Courier, PO Box 19, King Cross Street, Halifax. HX1 2SF or email community.awards@halifaxcourier.co.uk.

State clearly in your email or letter which company, organisation or person you are nominating and for which category, their full name and contact details, your full name and contact details and state clearly in as much detail as possible why you think they deserve the award. All entries must be received by Friday, June 10.

The annual Community and Environment Awards night takes place this year on Thursday, July 7, at Berties Function Roms, Elland.

To find out more about the event - including how to make your nominations - click on the external link on the right to open our Community and Environment Awards digital supplement.