Meet the 2017 Sustainable City Award winners

The Sustainable City Awards 2017 are a national “green business” awards scheme administered by the City of London Corporation. They aim to recognise and reward best practice in environmental management and sustainable leadership. The awards were established in 2001 and attract applications from SMEs and charities to multi-national banks and corporations. The awards are free to enter and no charge is made for attending the awards ceremony.

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Health and Wellbeing

For best practice in promoting working environments and cultures which benefit the wellbeing of workers or citizens.

Supported By: City of London Health and Wellbeing Board, The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers and Voice 4 Change.

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Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses (BPCG) is a much loved, well-used large community garden in the centre of Brockwell Park, helping people to grow through learning and to learn through growing.

BPCG’s inclusive approach means they achieve a real diversity of visitors and volunteers and high participation levels, offering weekly drop in gardening sessions and school visits, as well as regular holiday and weekend events, courses and workshops.

“The tranquillity of our green space within a green space; the inclusivity and community spirit of the project; the ability to get out the house and be in nature and with other people; the chance to nurture plants, learn about them and to harvest and eat fresh produce straight from the ground – all these things deliver increased health and wellbeing to local people.” – Kate Sebag, Director of BPCG

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GroundWork London’s project WARMTH aimed to reduce fuel poverty, improve health and wellbeing, and reduce excess winter deaths and hospital admissions – benefiting some of London’s most vulnerable households.

At the core of their service are in-home visits to vulnerable residents by  Groundwork London’s Green Doctors as well as the introduction of a new new single-point-of-contact health/housing database referral service where none previously existed. This joined up one-stop referral service enabled residents to access a range of services with one referral, working in partnership with multiple local referring agencies in eleven  local authorities in London that participated in WARMTH. 

Innovative Spaces

Mitigating the effects of activities on climate change, or adapting operations to reflect the impact of climate change. Best practice to conserve resources in buildings and businesses.

Supported By: Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, Clean City Awards Scheme, London First, Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.

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Groundwork London delivered the Climate-Proofing Social Housing Landscape project in partnership with the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF). The project was co-financed by the European Commission’s LIFE+ Programme and centred on three social housing estates in LBHF.

Groundwork London worked with the local authority, residents and other key stakeholders to design and implement climate adaptation measures to ensure that these estates are better placed to withstand the impact of extreme weather events and other effects of a changing climate.

Some of the key activities of the project included retrofitting cost-effective, light-engineering solutions in green spaces to help ease environmental impacts such as flooding and heat waves, as well as working alongside residents to give them the opportunity to shape the open space improvements on their estates to make their neighbourhoods more resilient.

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Cundall’s One Carter Lane office became the first consultancy in the world to be endorsed as a One Planet company, adopting the initiative’s ten sustainable principles. With architects Studio Ben Allen, Cundall embarked on a first class (CAT-A) fit out for its 15,400ft2 One Carter Lane office, creating a healthy, efficient and future-proof space that is kind to the environment whilst putting the wellbeing of the occupants at its heart

The result is an office that is BCO compliant, BREEAM Excellent, SKA Gold and the first building in Europe to achieve the WELL Building Standard™ Gold Certification.

By using sustainability standards and tools, an integrated approach to a healthy, efficient, and future-proof space was delivered.

Sustainable Transport

Innovative schemes encouraging sustainable forms of travel, reducing the impact of traffic and transport on the environment or tackling air pollution.

Supported By: Campaign for Better Transport and London Cycling Campaign.

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Launched in Germany and expanding to London in 2014, DriveNow is a joint venture car-sharing project between BMW and SIXT which operates in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Islington, and Waltham Forest, with users able to pick up and drop off a car at the majority of on-street parking bays and drive pay-as-you-go by the minute, hour or day.

The aim of the project is to get people to forgo the ownership of private vehicles and move them to a mix of urban transport whilst increasing the prevalence of electro-mobility in cities. The DriveNow fleet includes 260 low-emission EURO 6 Petrol Vehicles and 50 Battery Electric BMW i3s – the UK’s largest fleet of shared fully electric vehicles. Both BMW and SIXT plan to extend the project across London, to reach more than 500,000 people by 2025, utilising a fleet of vehicles which will be 80% electric.

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The London Fire Brigade are first blue light service to switch all of their fleet cars to low-emission and one of the first organisations to replace their fleet cars with electric vehicles.

Results of the switch indicate a 93% saving on fuel consumption and expectations to save 92.5% of CO2 or 84 tonnes of Carbon and reduce  NOx emissions by 96%.

Innovative Technology

The application of technology for a smarter, more sustainable city life.

Supported By: British BIDS, Siemens and the London Chamber of Commerce.

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AirLabs developed the first clean air zone in London – a bench which cleans the air around it of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. It was first shown at an air quality exhibition at Somerset House in January 2017 and since spent some time in Kings College and Kings Road with plans to be moved to a more permanent home on Bird Street off Oxford Street.

The AirLabs clean air bench is the first presentation of this technology to provide clean air for hotspots in a low energy way and their next project aims to install this technology in bus shelters in central London.

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Twipes have worked hard to bring an eco-friendly solution to the ‘flush-able’ and ‘disposable’ toilet paper market, which is saturated with products that take 4-12 months to break down in water, leading to sewage blockages and pollution.

Twipes are antibacterial, moist toilet wipes that come on a roll. They are free from harsh chemicals, being alcohol free and paraben free and are eco-friendly because they are fully water dispersible within just 3 hours.

Being made from wood pulp, rather than cotton or rayon fibres – which most wet wipes are formed from, the production of Twipes is also a much less energy intensive manufacturing process with lower CO2 emissions.

The Farsight Award

Rewarding the best individual piece of analysis done by an investment research institution that integrates traditional financial analysis with longer-term environmental, social & governance issues.

Supported By: Aldermann Professor Michael Mainelli, Z/Yen, and Long Finance.

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Sustainalytics took the Farsight Award for their report “Water Scarcity: Will Investors Be Left High And Dry”

“The Sustainalytics report addresses a well known theme in a balanced way, pointing at challenges and opportunities, as well as sectors and companies impacted. As the problems are local but the solutions global, the report is very timely in the current geopolitical environment”- Simon Mills, Z/Yen.

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Standard & Poor took the runner up spot for their report “Storage: The Final Piece In The Global Energy Transition Puzzle”.

“This report was a detailed and accessible analysis of the opportunities for investors in energy storage technology. Examining in detail the performance of the key companies developing the solutions which will unlock the promise of renewable technologies, this report is a must read for anyone with an interest in this field.” Simon Mills, Z/Yen

Sir Peter Parker Award

In 1975, Sir Peter Parker founded The Business Commitment to the Environment, Environmental Leadership Awards scheme. Until their recent merger with the Sustainable City Awards, the BCE awards were the longest running environmental award scheme in the UK.

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Our Shortlisted Candidates