Local groups urged to join green awards

The deadline for community groups across Aberdeenshire to enter the Scottish Government’s Greener Together Awards 2015 has been extended to Thursday, April 2.

The Awards, which celebrate and reward communities for environmental action, are now in their third year.

The deadline extension allows extra time for projects to get their entries in and show off their green credentials. They are part of the national ‘Greener Together’ campaign, which encourages everyone across Aberdeenshire to play their part in making Scotland greener and more sustainable.

Projects are invited to submit 500 words on why they should win.

To be eligible for a Greener Together Award, the community project or initiative must be a live project or initiative in Scotland that is directly related to either: greener home energy; greener travel; local in-season food; reducing or avoiding food waste; reducing consumption or increasing recycling.

Projects should also show the positive effects of the project on the community and local environment.

The award winners are chosen by a panel of judges who decide on the winning three projects in accordance with set criteria and how well they bring greener living ‘to life’. The judging panel includes representatives from the Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Energy Saving Trust and one of last year’s winners, Stirling Cycle Hub.

Winners will be presented with a Greener Together Award plaque as well as an additional gift, tailored to their own project.

Full details of the awards and how to nominate a project are available at www.greenerscotland.org/why-live-greener/greener-communities