Northwest Climate Leaders celebrate

November 24th, 2010

news-imageLocal authorities across England’s Northwest delivering exemplary climate change services to local communities and businesses, have been recognised for their commitment to tackling climate change with a Climate Leaders Award.

The Northwest’s Climate Change Local Area Support Programme’s (CLASP) Climate Leader Award scheme has ten categories for local authorities that can demonstrate how they are taking innovative action to help local areas adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

The winners were chosen by a rigorous selection process to which they had to show high levels of commitment to tackling climate change, leadership qualities, project’s value for money and evidence of robust monitoring of the programme.

Awards and a reinvestment grant of £2000 were presented to Merseyside Travel Partnership, Manchester City Council, Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, North West Fire and Rescue Service, Liverpool City Council, Lake District National Park, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sefton Council and Stockport Council.
There was also an award for special achievement by an individual officer, elected member or small team, which was made to Darren Pegram of Stockport Council for his work encouraging, championing and promoting the issues affecting sustainable living and climate change.

Adam Hebden, Environmental Manager for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, collected the award for leading behavior change, and said:

“The Northwest Fire and Rescue Services are proud to have had our sustainability work recognised by the Climate Leaders Awards. The ceremony was an inspiring event, and it was also a great opportunity to hear about the success of other projects across the region like Incredible Edible in Todmorden.
We are now talking to Eco Champions in the Fire and Rescue Service to see if this is something they would like to do on the stations.”

Mark Atherton, Director of Environment and Energy for the NWDA, said: “The Climate Leader Award scheme provides an excellent opportunity to recognise those organisations and individuals who are proactively working to tackle climate change, and I was pleased to be able to give some of these awards myself. This year’s award winners have demonstrated a real commitment to taking an innovative approach to sustainable living and I hope that their dedication will encourage others to follow suit.”

The CLASP Climate Leaders Awards are funded by the Northwest Improvement and Efficiency Partnership and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), and have been developed to recognise departments, teams and individuals in local authorities who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences. The intention is that award winning projects will help raise standards and performance towards climate change mitigation across the region and become a leading model of inspiration.

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