On Wednesday 17th July, Karen Burrowes (Head of Central Services) and Kate Innes (Head of HR) from Vertas attended the Creating the Greenest County Awards, which Vertas proudly sponsored. Held at Snape Maltings, the awards aimed to recognise the businesses, individuals, voluntary organisations, schools and communities that are working hard to combat the climate emergency and are assisting in making their local area more environmentally friendly. Karen attended as an award presenter for the Greenest School category, and Kate as a judge for that category also.
The event saw 15 categories be awarded. The winners are:
- Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape: E. J. Barker & Sons
- Green Hero: Jason Alexander
- Greenest Business: Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa
- Greenest Community: GreenSnape Community Group
- Greenest Product or Service: Where Does It Come From?
- Greenest School: Birchwood Primary School – sponsored
- Greenest Small Business: Amarinth Ltd
- Local Energy: The Schools’ Energy Co-operative
- Local Food and Drink: The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm
- Sustainable Building: John and Sarah Barrett
- Sustainable Travel: EV Driver Ltd
- Valuing Water: OBee CIC
- Waste Reduction and Recycling: Rubbish Walks CIC
- Carbon Charter Outstanding Achievement Award: Suffolk Fresh, Lindsey Lodge Farm
- The Derek Moore Award for outstanding service to Suffolk’s environment: Dr Charles Beardall OBE
Vertas was one of the companies that proudly sponsored the event, specifically the Greenest School Award. The other sponsors were Adnams, BEE Anglia, Barnes Construction, East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board, Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Limited, New Anglia LEP, Suffolk Waste Partnership, and University of Suffolk. The event was held in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk, Snape Maltings, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.