Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales’ inaugural Sustain Wales Awards were held at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff last week to an audience of national and international businesses and champions of sustainability in Wales.
Hallam Amos, a Wales international rugby union and Newport Gwent Dragons player, opened the awards. With his strong interest in sustainability and the benefits that sport can bring to society, Hallam was a fitting guest to open the ceremony. Hallam believes that culture is an important part of sustainability and in Wales sport plays a huge part in our culture – rugby in particular.
Welsh Water – Dwr Cymru, as the main sponsor, was joined by a host of category and ceremony sponsors including; Melin Homes, The Open University, Pick Everard, Interserve, LivEco, IntroBiz, The Welsh Rugby Union/Wales Millennium Stadium, The University of Wales Trinity St David, the Wales Millennium Centre and Yoke Creative.
The awards were a chance to reward and highlight the great things people and organisations are doing on sustainable development. Cynnal Cymru aimed to seek out and praise the best examples of their kind, cross-sector, across Wales. Cynnal Cymru is the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales, with over 12 years’ experience of supporting change for a sustainable future.
The inaugural Awards ceremony, promises to become a great event in the Welsh calendar. Derek Osborn, Cynnal Cymru Chair said “It is an exciting time for Cynnal Cymru with the successful awards supported by great organisations from Wales and internationally. It was an evening of celebration which we hope will be followed by a year of collaboration, and we are all excited about what may come from these great organisations and individuals working together.”
Following an impressive number of applications and 5000 online public votes, the expert panel of judges selected a number of highly commended finalists. Our judges included Derek Osborn CB (Cynnal Cymru Chair), Jane Davidson (Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor UWTSD, Director of INSPIRE) Barbara Chidgey (Executive Chair at Leading Wales Awards) and Cynnal Cymru’s Helen Nelson and Rhodri Thomas.
A list of all finalists and winners are below. More information on each can be found here:
Young Sustainability Champion
Sustainable School of the Year
Millbank Primary School
Sustainable Venue of the Year
St David’s Dewi Sant
WRU / Millennium Stadium
Wales Millennium Centre
Public Sector Award
Conwy County Borough Council/ Coed Cymru
City and County of Swansea Sustainable Development Unit
Cardiff and Vale UHB and City of Cardiff Council
Sustainable Business of the Year
Costain Group plc.
RCMA Social Enterprise
Community Group of the Year
Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG)
Pembroke 21C Community Association
Swiss Valley C.P. School / Groundforce Swiss Valley
Social Enterprise of the year
Down to Earth
Sustainable Project of the Year
Centre for Alternative Technology Charity
Safer Swansea Partnership
Snowdonia National Park Authority
Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University