Winners of the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.)
Awards Announced

A New Type of Environmental Inspiration

Risen from the ashes and the decay of the West Pier, the BAi360 on Brighton and Hove Seafront was the backdrop for new wave of environmental inspiration. Last night, inspiration of a different kind – powered by character, ingenuity, spirit and raw determination to do something better, make something better, to leave something better for our planet – happened. The 2016 P.E.A. Awards.

Jarvis Smith, founder of the P.E.A. Awards commented yesterday, “Our award categories represent the pillars required by a functional society. When they’re done well, we won’t just survive – we’ll thrive. We used four criteria: Innovation, Inspiration, Success and Scalability.”

The first Arts, Fashion, Film, Music Award went to performance artist and political ecologist Nessie Reid who, supported by environmental arts organisation Cape Farewell, lived with two cows for five days in a temporary ‘Milking Parlour’ in Bristol, to explore the current state of farming and its environmental impact. The second winner was Jo Godden’s RubyMoon swim and activewear, which is certified to produce 42% fewer carbon emissions per piece than high-street equivalents; a real game-changing product.

Chris Hardy’s Upcycle and Eco Rangers team, shows that it is possible ‘to build a more sustainable society by creating behavioural change, one person at a time.’ The team’s use of festivals to influence thousands of people’s behaviour, and encourage individuals to contribute to a more sustainable society won the Best of the South West Award, recognising the amazing number of great sustainable businesses in the region.

Britain’s Greenest Family recognises families that have truly embraced green living. Justin and Chanel Cornelius, 918 Coffee Company, ‘have addressed the coffee eco-system as a family business, and come up with the complete ‘end-of-life’ coffee solution!’ The family business designed and built a roaster powered by the energy in used coffee grounds, turning a waste product into an asset.

In the Business category, the returnloads.net team cut the number of empty miles travelled by UK hauliers last year by over 251 million, by matching loads to hauliers on return journeys, ‘providing proof you can tweak a traditional business model and make it a success.’

The Big Church Switch campaign is calling on churches and individual Christians to switch their electricity supply from fossil fuels to renewables. ‘The Energy award-winner for obvious reasons: the more people start buying 100% renewable energy, the quicker we can create more demand for the supply. Simple.’

The Food Award had 2 winners. Snact buy fruit that’s too big, small, ugly or too abundant directly from British farmers at fair prices and make it into a delicious and healthy snack. The Suma Wholefoods team promotes the benefits of a healthy vegetarian lifestyle and gives short-dated and damaged stock to local food banks or pay-as-you-feel kitchens.

Last year ClientEarth won a major case against the UK government over its failure to comply with EU limits for nitrogen dioxide in the air. Now they have won the P.E.A. Health Award for ‘fighting for our right to breathe clean air at a time when more people are dying from air pollution – per year – than smoking and heart disease.’

MCB Seafoods won the Pioneers Award for their ‘Retrawl’ scheme, which collects and recycles old fishing gear – free of charge – into swimming costumes, sunglasses, nylon socks and skateboards. Winners, Enviromate is where tradesmen list and search for surplus material that can be reused, reducing the depletion of natural resources and waste to landfill.

An eco-renovation from Bright Green Homes won the Homes Award for reducing the energy consumption in domestic and small business properties by as much as 90%. ‘This is a great example of local tradesmen taking on the remit of making it easier for homeowners to go green.’

The Money Award went to the Shared Interest Society team. The investments of its 11,000 members are loaned to farmers and handcraft producers who buy seeds, fertilisers and raw materials. ‘This inclusive and engaging business model shares both risk and reward around a large number of people.’

In the Regional category, the award went to a business offering super-sustainable services in its own region. Green Mop is a professional green cleaning service for businesses of all sizes across Brighton and Hove, helping to minimise their impact on the environment.

The Resources Award went to Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project team, the UK’s first wood recycling initiative. This not-for-profit social enterprise saves around 600 tonnes of timber from the waste stream each year.

Circuitree Energy Independence won the Technology Award for the manufacture and installation of solar and battery storage solutions, specialising in ‘saltwater batteries’ – the only batteries to achieve ‘cradle to cradle’ certification. ‘Quite simply, battery storage is the future.’

The Transport Award went to Big Lemon’s buses and coaches, which run on biodiesel made from waste cooking oil collected from local restaurants, chip shops and hotels. ‘This community bus travel company shows others how to get from A to B environmentally.’

And finally, the Travel Award went to Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant in Wark, for showing you can enjoy sustainable tourism without sacrificing luxury, comfort or good food. ‘It’s sustainably operated to the level that they even know the carbon footprint of each of its rooms!.’

Photographs from this year’s awards ceremony can be found here from 8am on Saturday 8th October


Notes to editors

The awards ceremony
The winners will be announced at a glamorous green carpet event on 07 October, where guests will get a chance to network with high-flying sustainability pioneers at Brighton’s brand new BAi360 tower.

There will be mouthwatering vegan food, outstanding entertainment, first-class speakers – including Caroline Lucas – and signature drinks from Juniper Green organic gin and Bison Beer.

About the P.E.A. Awards
Now in its sixth year, the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement) Awards, in association with Mongoose Energy, celebrates the green heroes who are taking matters into their own hands and providing inspiring alternatives to business as usual. These sustainability pioneers are recognised and rewarded at a glamorous green carpet event with music, entertainment and ethical food and drink.

The categories for 2016’s P.E.A. Awards are: Arts, Fashion, Film, Music; Best of the South West; Britain’s Greenest Family; Business; Energy; Food; Health; Homes; Money; Pioneers; Regional; Resources; Technology; Transport; Travel.

For more information, a list of previous winners and a gallery of last year’s event, click here.

Further Information
If you require any further information, please contact:
Ian and Jenny Liddle, Excellart
01761 413022 info@excellart.co.uk www.facebook.com/Excellart www.twitter.com/excellart


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P.E.A. Awards 2016 shortlist announced

Government inertia on climate change is breeding ‘a new wave of revolutionaries’

By giving the green light to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station – public support for which is at ‘rock bottom’* – Theresa May’s government has shown it’s completely out of touch with public opinion on the UK’s energy future.

The news follows a blunt warning that the government’s climate change and environment policies aren’t fit for purpose. MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee called for ‘urgent action’, warning that, without major policy improvements, the UK will miss its 2020 renewable energy targets**.

But while the politicians stand back, individuals up and down the UK – across all sectors – are stepping up and going to extraordinary lengths to help set us on a path to a low-carbon future.

A record number of entries to this year’s P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards confirms a surge in UK residents taking to the streets, the forests and the oceans – the offices and the schools – to demonstrate sustainable, workable alternatives to failing government policies.

‘Can there be any hope left of leadership from Westminster? Cameron’s promise to lead ‘the greenest government ever’ is in tatters following a pro-fracking premiership that prioritised fossil fuels over renewables, and within hours of becoming Prime Minister Theresa May set the wheels in motion to close DECC – the very department charged with tackling climate change. It’s becoming increasingly clear that action on climate change will have to come from the bottom up – from a new wave of revolutionaries who understand we need to move now.’

JARVIS SMITH
P.E.A. Awards founder

Last year the Great British Oceans Coalition was crowned overall P.E.A. Champion for leading a tireless campaign following which the UK government agreed to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands. The team was applauded by the judges for getting the government to act.

However, this year’s P.E.A. Award entries and nominations reveal a growing number of individuals are bypassing government departments and taking matters into their own hands.

The awards ceremony

The winners will be announced at a glamorous green carpet event on 07 October, where guests will get a chance to network with high-flying sustainability pioneers at Brighton’s brand new i360 tower.

There will be mouthwatering vegan food, outstanding entertainment, first-class speakers – including Caroline Lucas – and signature drinks from Juniper Green organic gin and Bison Beer.

Click here to book your ticket to the 2016 ceremony.

P.E.A. Awards 2016 shortlist

ARTS, FASHION, FILM, MUSIC

  • Alice Wilby, Novel Beings
  • Jo Godden, RubyMoon
  • Kate Holbrook, Turtle Doves
  • Thomas Petit, Gossypium
  • Vanessa Reid and Cape Farewell, ‘The Milking Parlour’

BEST OF THE SOUTH WEST

  • Chris Hardy, Upcycle and Eco Rangers
  • Vanessa Reid and Cape Farewell, ‘The Milking Parlour’

BRITAIN’S GREENEST FAMILY

  • Justin and Chanel Cornelius, 918 Coffee Company
  • Roxy Lepron, Marvellous Superfood

BUSINESS

  • Good Rubbish Company team
  • ReturnLoads.net team
  • Kate Holbrook, Turtle Doves

ENERGY

  • The Big Church Switch team
  • Circuitree Energy Independence team

FOOD

  • Ilana Taub, Snact
  • Suma Wholefoods team

HEALTH

  • ClientEarth team
  • Flaviano Bianchini, Source International

PIONEERS

  • Bristol Natural History Consortium’s Festival of Nature team
  • Friends of the Earth team
  • Harry Owen, MCB Seafoods
  • Reiss Salustro, Enviromate

HOMES

  • Alex Hunt, Bright Green Homes
  • Mukti Mitchell, CosyHome

MONEY

  • Ecology Building Society
  • Shared Interest Society team

REGIONAL

  • Chris Hardy, Upcycle and Eco Rangers
  • Rachael Hughes, Green Mop

RESOURCES

  • Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project team
  • Circuitree Energy Independence team
  • Hannah Jarratt, Do the Green Thing

TECHNOLOGY

  • Circuitree Energy Independence team
  • FuturEnergy team
  • Winch Energy team

TRANSPORT

  • The Big Lemon team
  • Liftshare team

TRAVEL

  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant team
  • Forest Holidays team
  • Lady Isabella Burrell, Knepp Wildland Safaris

Notes to editors

*John Sauven, Executive director of Greenpeace.
**Energy and Climate Change Committee report, 2020 renewable heat and transport targets.

Now in its sixth year, the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement) Awards, in association with Mongoose Energy, celebrates the green heroes who are taking matters into their own hands and providing inspiring alternatives to business as usual. These sustainability pioneers are recognised and rewarded at a glamorous green carpet event with music, entertainment and ethical food and drink.

The categories for 2016’s P.E.A. Awards are: Arts, Fashion, Film, Music; Best of the South West; Britain’s Greenest Family; Business; Energy; Food; Health; Homes; Money; Pioneers; Regional; Resources; Technology; Transport; Travel.

For more information, a list of previous winners and a gallery of last year’s event, click here.

For images, case studies and further information, please contact Melissa Kidd, 07855 105 865 or mkiddpr@gmail.com.