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Surrey County Council supports inaugural business sustainability awards

Surrey County Council is headline sponsor for the new Surrey CREST21 Business Awards, which have been founded by the Woking News & Mail, in association with the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

The awards aim to recognise the positive work by businesses, based in and around Woking, to protect the environment and promote more sustainable working and lifestyles. There are six categories including Transforming Food, Going Circular, Efficiency Champion, Sustainability Impact, Sustainability Hero and Resilience in Crisis.

Companies can enter the awards for free via the website crestawardssurrey.co.uk. The closing date for entries is 5 March and the event will be live streamed from the WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking in May 2021.

“Surrey County Council is delighted to be headline sponsor as it demonstrates our commitment to working with businesses in the county to tackle climate change,” said Cllr Natalie Bramhall, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change. “The CREST21 awards highlight the importance of the business sector in reducing carbon emissions in Surrey to achieve our overall aim of being net zero carbon by 2050.”

Terry Tidbury, Managing Director of the News & Mail, said, “No effort is too small, no aspiration too big in our aims to protect our planet from climate change and to create a sustainable living and working environment. We are very proud to have initiated this rallying call to Surrey businesses, in association with the University of Surrey, and are delighted to have Surrey County Council and our other sponsors on board to help us launch the inaugural CREST21 awards.”

Prof Angela Druckman, Director of the University of Surrey Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), said, “We are delighted to be part of the inaugural CREST21 awards with Woking News & Mail. This is especially timely with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) being hosted in the UK. 

“CES strives to produce professionals who understand the diverse and challenging nature of sustainability and who are well placed to move the agenda forward in their respective industries.  Helping to increase awareness and create opportunities to change business strategy and practices to deliver economic and environmental benefits to industry underpins the ethos of our centre and the reason we place such value on this initiative”.

More information on how to enter can be found on the awards website https://crestawardssurrey.co.uk.

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