UK winners 2011

Radian, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Rolling out retrofits and eco homes

Winner of the 2011 UK Gold Award, this housing association is leading the way in retrofitting hard-to-treat homes and building eco homes that far exceed the current minimum standards for energy efficiency; nearly 44,000 people are reaping the benefits in lower fuel bills and cosier homes.


Midlands Wood Fuel Ltd, Shrewsbury

Green fuel heats up the Midlands

Winner of the 2011 Sustainable Energy Business Award. This business is quickly expanding the use of wood fuel in the Midlands and beyond; it has created rigorous quality control and tracking systems to ensure the wood supply is high quality and reliable, thereby offering a viable heating alternative to gas or oil.


Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Wales

Inspiring a workforce for the future

Winner of the 2011 Sustainable Energy Skills and Training Award. This world-leading centre for practical learning on sustainable energy is training up to a thousand people a year in renewable energy technologies, green building and low carbon living to spread the skills and knowledge the UK needs to transition to a low carbon economy.


Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA), Gloucestershire

New generation eco advocates

Winner of the 2011 Award for Sustainable Schools Programmes. This agency runs an innovative programme in secondary schools – Young Energy People (YEP!) – that is building young people’s vocational skills, and inspiring them to become dedicated energy-savers through training and practical experience of energy management.


Transition Together, Transition Town Totnes, Devon

Neighbours team up to cut carbon

Winner of the 2011 Behaviour Change Award. This community scheme led by Transition Town Totnes has brought together 56 groups of neighbours in the town – reaching over 1,100 people – inspiring them to green their homes and neighbourhood, build a closer community and save money.


UK runners-up

Big Lemon, Brighton

Buses taking the greener route

This community-focused enterprise runs buses and coaches on biodiesel made from waste oil, with public buses transporting students to and from campus and coaches hired privately to get to music festivals and other events.


Turners Hill School, Crawley, West Sussex

‘Carbon detectives’ make big energy savings

This village primary school is on a serious sustainability ‘mission’ and is proud to have a team approach to energy-saving with well-informed and engaged pupils and staff working in buildings with improved energy efficiency and using renewable energy technologies.


Keep Scotland Beautiful, Stirling, Scotland

Communities step in to save the planet

‘Going Carbon Neutral Stirling’, an initiative of Keep Scotland Beautiful, is galvanising a wide range of groups in the community to reduce their carbon impact through easy no-cost or low-cost steps, inspiring over 8,000 people to act.