Applications invited for Eco-City Awards 2015

The hunt is on to find the best green initiatives in Aberdeen.

Entries are now being invited for the 2015 Aberdeen EcoCity Awards.

The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate local people who are doing their bit for the environment in Aberdeen, no matter how big or small the project.

From litter picking to greenspace improvements and from carbon cutting to waste reduction, these awards make sure local people are recognised for their contribution to improving the environment and making a difference to the quality of life in the city.

There are six categories.

Eco Learning Award: This group will be assessed on what they do to protect the environment as an organisation, and on the quality of the environmental education they provide to pupils, students and/or staff.

Community Award: Open to local community groups, charities or the voluntary sector making a difference to the local environment. Council projects are excluded, however projects part-funded by the council are eligible.

Junior In Bloom Award: Recognising schools and groups working with children to design and enhance their green space.

Community 'Growing Smarter' Award: This award is in recognition of an inspired green project. The winner and runner up will receive funding towards the project idea. Council projects are excluded, although projects part-funded by the council are eligible.

Prizes of £1,000 are available for the winner of each category to spend on a green initiative of their choice. The runner up of each category will receive £250. All winners can also use the EcoCity award winner's logo on their stationary and publicity.

Clean Up Aberdeen Champions: Recognising the work of individuals / groups to remove litter and clean up areas of the city.

Community Champion: Recognising the work of an individual who drives and inspires change and improvement to their local space and community.

Prizes for the champion awards are £250.

The awards are easy to enter - simply complete the EcoCity Awards application form and send with a few pictures of your project to the Aberdeen EcoCity Team.

To be eligible for an award, the environmental project needs to have taken place during August 2014 to July 2015 (except for the Community 'Growing Smarter' Award which is for future projects).

Further information and applications forms are available by visiting the Your Environment section of the Aberdeen City Council website http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/planning_environment/environmental/your_environment/cma_ecocityawards.asp.

You can also get in touch by email: ecocity@aberdeencity.gov.uk or telephone 01224 523378.The closing date for entries is 16th October 2015.