Search for Scotland’s Greenest Community - Greener Together Community Awards

Press Release   •   Feb 14, 2013 10:40 GMT


Date 14 February 2013

Search for Scotland’s Greenest Community

Scottish Government launches Greener Together Community Awards 

Community groups across Scotland are being invited to show off their green credentials and enter a new national Greener Together Community Award scheme.

The Awards, to mark the Year of Natural Scotland in 2013, will celebrate and reward communities for their environmental action, as part of the Scottish Government’s national campaign, ‘Greener Together’, which is encouraging everyone across the country to play their part in making Scotland a cleaner, greener place to live.

Speaking ahead of Scottish Environment Week, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:  “There’s no better time than the Year of Natural Scotland, to recognise and reward the achievements of our hard working communities who are playing their part in making Scotland a greener, cleaner place to live.  

“Greener living has many benefits for individuals, families and Scotland as a whole. Many Scottish communities are doing fantastic work to conserve, protect and enhance our natural environment.  – that is something we should all be proud of.  The Greener Together Community Awards is the perfect platform to recognise their successes on the national stage.”

Nominations for the Greener Together Community Awards can be submitted online on from 14 February 2013, as part of the first phase of the initiative.  A panel of judges, including representatives from the Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Vegware will decide on the winning five projects, selecting them according to set criteria and how well they bring greener living ‘to life’.

Winners will be presented with a Greener Together Community Award plaque in recognition of their achievement.

The plaques were created by Scottish artist, Kate Ive.  Kate is a multi-award winning artist based at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.  Kate is the current medallist for the British Art Medal Society working with the British Museum, Victoria & Albert and Royal Mint.  Her recent work includes a City of Edinburgh Council commission for Pirniehall Primary School and the Edinburgh Promenade Rubbings Trail


To be eligible for a Greener Together Award, the community project or initiative must be a live project or initiative in Scotland that is directly related to either

  • greener home energy
  • greener travel
  • local in-season food
  • reducing or avoiding food waste
  • reducing consumption or increasing recycling
  • show the positive effects of the project on the community and local environment

There will be a second phase of nominations for the Greener Together Awards later this year.

The national drive is being supported by social media and digital activity, alongside a one-stop website, which provides the support and tools required to help people take positive action, as well as full details of how to enter the Greener Together Community Awards at



Delivered in partnership with a range of public, private and voluntary organisations, the Greener Together campaign seeks to improve Scotland’s natural and built environment and the sustainable use and enjoyment of it.

A variety of organisations are supporting the campaign including WWF Scotland, Energy Saving Trust, Zero Waste Scotland, COSLA, Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre, Consumer Focus Scotland, Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Retail Consortium and Citizens Advice Direct

Year of Natural Scotland 2013 encourages Scots and visitors alike to experience Scotland’s natural heritage and resources.

Scottish Environment week runs from 19– 24 February 2013.


Jonathan Perkins or Nadine Reilly at Stripe Communications on 0131 561 8628 or email

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