The search is on for Britain's best environmental manager

Time is running out for entries for the only nationwide competition which recognises the efforts of environmental management professionals.

The ES Environmental Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by IEMA, will be presented at a Gala Dinner, to be held on Tuesday 1st May 2007.

This award is now in its second year, with Brian Lewis of Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast winning the 2006 award.

The award will recognise an individual's effort in promoting best environmental practice, enhancing the environmental performance of an organisation or developing an innovative solution to an environmental problem.

The award is open to all individuals that have an environmental responsibility as part of their job title, and who are based in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Both IEMA members and non members are welcome to submit an entry.

The winning candidate will be able to demonstrate how they have enhanced the environmental performance of an organisation, for example by:

  • Quantifiable environmental performance improvements;
  • Promoting best practice to achieve a positive environmental impact;
  • Introducing an innovative solution to an environmental problem; or
  • Delivering environmental improvement in a challenging environment

    The closing date for applications has been extended to allow entrants more time to prepare their applications and is now March 31.

    The IEMA, (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment), is working with Faversham House and SustainabilityLive! on the Environmental Technology (ET) Innovation and Environmental Services (ES) Environmental Manager of The Year awards.

    The judges, chaired by IEMA Chief Executive Russell Foster, and including Tome Idle, editor of Environment Business magazine, are also keen to receive applications from colleagues of outstanding, but modest, environmental managers who would like to submit an entry on their behalf as this method proved successful last year.

    Mr Foster also announced that, as he did last year, he will be offering one year's free membership to the winner of each category.

    Applicants can apply for either award by downloading an application form from the SustainabilityLive! Website.

    "With individuals and organisations becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmental performance, there's no better time to show commitment and intentions to this cause," said Mr Foster.

    "This award is a unique opportunity for individuals to showcase their organisation's activities in their quest to improve environmental performance and to protect the environment as a whole.

    "It's a great opportunity to tell the story of how you've made a difference, or how you have influenced the environmental management policy of an organisation.

    "The award is prestigious and there is nothing else of its kind in existence in the UK at this time and so winning, or even being placed in the top three, is a brilliant opportunity to promote an individual or an organisation.

    "The award will help to push environmental management to the forefront of people's minds - not only of those directly involved in environmental management but to others that work within the environmental sector as a whole."

    Tom Idle, editor of Environment Business magazine, said: "In its inaugural year, the ET Environmental Manager of the Year Awards were a roaring success. The quality of the entries made it a tough job for the judges, but in the end, Brian Lewis from Bombardier Aerospace deservedly scooped the prize.

    "As the environment edges its way up the economic, social and political agendas in the UK, the spotlight remains firmly on the environmental impact of business. And although this shift has allowed for an increase in resources and buy-in from the boardrooms, there is now a greater scrutiny and pressure on environmental practitioners charged with delivering the goods.

    "And so, it is no longer considered enough to change the controls on the office boiler, or make sure that all waste is sorted and recycled - the so-called low-hanging fruit of environmental management.

    "We are asking entrants to prove that they have taken their role to the next level, influenced others, continuously improved performance (as most environmental management systems now require) and shown a significant commitment to the environmental cause.

    "The success of last year's Environmental Manager of the Year awards proved that there is some great work being done in this challenging arena. The awards provide a great platform for environmental managers to tell their story of how they are making a difference, what improvements they have instigated, how they have influenced the business practice of their employer and, above all, how they have shown innovation in their profession."

  • The IEMA, based in Lincoln, is the UK's largest membership body dedicated to the promotion of sustainable development and to the development of environmental professionals with over 10,750 members worldwide.

  • These awards are assessed and presented in partnership with Faversham House and Sustainabilitylive!, the UK's largest forum for excellence and innovation in environment, water, land and energy. This year's forum is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 1st to 3rd May 2007. Both awards will be presented at a gala dinner to be held on Tuesday 1st May 2007.

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