The EnviroCom Awards are for Excellence, Innovation,
Dedication and Success in Environmental Management
EnviroCom Awards 2014 Finalists Announced
The Finalists for the 2014 EnviroCom environmental awards were announced this week. The Awards recognise the excellence in environmental management by business and agencies of all sizes or sectors operating in the county area of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Speaking at the announcement, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber President Dr Josephine Browne said that “The Awards Committee has selected a group of Finalists that truly shows the range of actions that businesses and agencies can take to minimise their impact on the environment and in many cases save money and lower their costs.”
Judging of the Awards will take place this summer and the winners announced at the gala Awards Dinner on 12th November 2014 at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel. Further details can be found at www.dlrchamber.ie/envirocomawards
Now in their eighth year, the Awards are organised by the Chamber of Commerce with support from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Corporate Sponsorship by Utilitywise Ireland.
The Awards Categories and Finalists are:
St John of God Hospital Ltd
St Michael’s Hospital
St Raphaela’s/ Shannon Homes & Origen Energy Ltd
Green Transport Initiative
Engaging Communities in Environmental Projects <50 Employees/Volunteers
Dalkey Garden School
Engaging Communities in Environmental Projects >50 Employees/Volunteers
An Taiscce/ BMAC
Environmental Performance < 50 Employees/Volunteers
T S O’Connor
Environmental Performance > 50 Employees/Volunteers
Stillorgan Park Hotel
Cloud Nine Graphic Solutions
To Be Decided by Judging Panel
■ Best Example of Waste Prevention
■ Best Example of Water Conservation
These awards will recognise organisations that have made significant steps to reduce waste or conserve water in the management of their day-to-day operations or in redesigning their business processes. To qualify for this award it will be necessary to provide quantifiable achievements in waste prevention and/or water consumption for at least one year.
■ Best Example of Energy Management
This award will recognise achievements in reducing energy use and carbon dioxide emissions through coordinated energy management in the workplace. Entrants should demonstrate what energy efficiency projects were championed and what energy savings were made over a period of at least one year.
were made over a period of at least one year.
■ Best Example of a Green Transport Initiative
This award is open to both public and private organisations which can demonstrate a comprehensive programme of actions, and commitment to the promotion of more sustainable forms of travel, in terms of the movement of goods, employee commuting, business travel and/or operation of fleet vehicles.
ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
■ Best Example of Engaging Communities in Environmental Projects
< 50 employees/volunteers
■ Best Example of Engaging Communities in Environmental Projects
> 50 employees/volunteers
This award recognises businesses and organisations that enrich the environmental and social fabric of their local communities and beyond. Partnerships with local and /or global communities must be represented in any environmental project submitted. Entries for this award are likely to encourage resource reuse, recycling, neighbourhood clean-ups, composting and environmental education with the involvement of outside communities such as neighbouring residents, customers, other firms or students. Submissions are likely to include testimonials, data, reports and photographs.
■ Best Example of Environmental Performance <50 Employees/Full-Time Equivalents
This award is open to any business/organisation operating in any sector that can demonstrate a comprehensive programme to minimise the impact that their business/organisation has on the environment. Entrants should have an Environmental Policy and be able to demonstrate how this is implemented in their work practices and how their staff and customers are made aware of it.
■ Best Example of Environmental Performance >50 Employees/Full-Time Equivalents
This award is open to any large business/organisation in any sector that can demonstrate a ‘ground-up’ green strategy designed to minimise the impact of its business activity on the environment. Entrants should demonstrate their commitment to developing sustainable business practices such as a “green” supply chain, use of environmentally efficient production processes and materials and minimization of environmental impacts over the full life cycle of their products or services.
■ Special Merit Award < 10 employees
Open to micro-enterprises who have developed or provided a new product or service that has made a contribution to the enhancement of the local environment. The judges are looking for a product or service available on the Irish market and providing an eco-friendly solution as effective as its non-environmental equivalent.
■ Best Example of Environmental Innovation
The Environmental Innovation Award is at the judge’s discretion and is open to any entry if any particular aspect or the overall achievement of the entry is deemed to deserve special recognition. Novel and competitively priced goods or services designed with a minimum use of resources to satisfy a need and provide a better quality of life for all will be considered for this award.
Entries will be assessed on the following:
- Clearly identified benefit to the environment.
- Degree of originality and innovation.
- Staff commitment to maintain and develop the environmental programme.
- Social and economic benefit to its communities and the local area.
- Possible adoption by others.
- Participation in National or Global Environmental Programmes
Judging will take place in July / August 2014. The winners will be announced
at the EnviroCom Awards 2014 Dinner on Wednesday 12th November 2014. The adjudicators’ decision will be final and no correspondence regarding results will be entered into.
2014 Awards Dinner Event
This year’s Awards Dinner will be held at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel on Wednesday 12th November 2014. An Cathaoirleach and An Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore have agreed to co-present the awards. All entrants are invited to attend the event and finalists in each category receive two complimentary seats at the Awards Dinner courtesy of the category sponsors.
If you have any questions on the entry process, need further information about the event or would like to reserve a seat or table, please contact:
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber
Tel: 085 157 8941 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dun Laoghaoire Rathdown Chamber
Tel: 01 284 5066 or Email: email@example.com
HOW TO ENTER
The Envirocom Awards are FREE to enter
All you have to do is complete the Entry Form with:
■ Your contact details
■ A description of your entry (max 1,000 words) with supporting information highlighting success in implementing the programme(s) described in your entry.
■ Please supply an electronic copy of your nomination either by CD or email
You will also need to consider the following points when submitting your entry:
■ The EnviroCom 2014 Awards competition is open to businesses, not-for-profits and public organisations that are located within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.
■ You may enter more than one category. The judges reserve the right to re-allocate submissions to a different category if they think it is more appropriate.
Deadline for Entries: Friday, 27th June 2014
(See note at the top of the page re limited extension of deadline)
Postal entries can be sent to: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Chamber, Kilcullen House, 1 Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Email entries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
ONLINE ENTRY FORM