The deadline for all applications and nominations is Sunday 15 September 2019.
Judging takes place in September with three entries per category selected for the shortlist.
27 finalist will go forward to the public vote which takes place in October.
The winners will be announced on 28 November at the Principality Stadium.
The Sustainable Academy Awards are open to any business, organisation or individual that can demonstrate a positive impact and approach to sustainable development within your business or community.
Applications must be based on projects or initiatives completed between April 2018 and March 2019.
How does it work?
There are eight Award categories and you are allowed to enter multiple entries for each category as appropriate. With the exception of the Sustainability Champion category, all applicants will be required to fill in the standard application form.
- Please fill in the form to the best of your ability.
- Tell us the story of your project or activity: give us the overall picture. Please fill in as many of the relevant sections as possible.
- We will be scoring your applications against the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act Essentials Guide.
- We will be looking for evidence that your application is delivering substantially on at least one goal and ideally be delivering multiple benefits across all seven goals.
- This form alone will be used to shortlist you to the final three in your category. Incomplete forms will not be considered.
- Entry is free and applications close on Sunday 15 September 2019
Who is eligible to apply?
The Sustainable Academy Awards celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales and are open to any business, organisation or individual.
- Nominees and applicants in all categories must be at least 16 years old.
- Groups of people, teams or companies are encouraged to apply and where necessary please ensure you list the lead contact and all key project partners.
- You may submit more than one application in each category.
- You may submit a previous project or initiative as long as you can demonstrate significant development or progress since your last application.
- You may submit a project or initiative that forms part of a larger ongoing project as long as you can demonstrate significant development or progress in the last year.
- Nominations for Sustainability Champion – you may nominate more than one person including yourself
This year we are inviting you to share your sustainability story against one of the eight categories or to nominate your Sustainability Champion. There are two separate forms, so please make sure you select the correct one.
Sustainability Champion (nominations only)
This category recognises individuals who have inspired real change in your organisation and have contributed positively to the awareness of Sustainable Development in Wales.
Open to all venues, places and spaces this category recognises innovative approaches to creating low carbon, resilient, safe and attractive communities.
This category is open to leading businesses and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated that adopting sustainability principles leads to business success.
Sustainable Innovation in Public Sector
Open to public sector bodies, or those who have worked closely with them, this award recognises a team, project, institution or partnership that has demonstrated exceptional performance in sustainability.
The winner will be an inspirational group or project that has achieved transformational change within their community.
Innovation in Procurement or Supply Chain
This award highlights the organisation that has most clearly supported the growth of a sustainable supply chain – as a supplier, developer or with sustainable procurement.
Outstanding Social Enterprise
We’re looking for an exemplar social enterprise which can demonstrate a big and inclusive impact in delivering its products or activities.
Outstanding Renewable Energy Project
This award recognises a renewable energy project or installation that is of an exceptionally high standard. Entries must be able to demonstrate exceptional practice (design, construction, performance, health & safety.)
Sustainable Education or Training
Celebrates the individual, company or organisation that has made the greatest contribution to developing the workforce in a sustainable sector for Wales, now or for the future.
Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015)
When we talk about sustainability we refer to the definition contained in the ‘Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015). In the act, “sustainable development” means the process of improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of wales by taking action, in accordance with the sustainable development principle. We strongly advise you to download and read the ‘Essentials Guide’ before completing you application.
We will be scoring your applications against the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act Essentials Guide. We will be looking for evidence that your application is delivering substantially on at least one goal and ideally be delivering multiple benefits across all seven goals. We will examine the way you operate and look for evidence of;
Long-Term Thinking – recognition that every decision today has an impact tomorrow and on future generations. This links to preventative action.
Preventative Action – thinking long-term should ensure that you spot problems before they arrive and take action to avoid them.
Integration – taking a whole system approach that aims to deliver integrated benefits across environmental, social/cultural and economic priorities, blending the skills of different collaborators and specialisms.
Collaboration – working well with each other and with partners in an open, fair and accountable way, using the strengths of each partner to enhance the whole.
Involvement – seeking the views of the people who will live with the consequences of your actions (clients, members, service users, students, customers, the wider community) to co-design the best approach.
Submit your application online
Please ensure you have the following items to upload to your entry:
- Your story or nomination details
- In the case of joint applications please list the key groups, teams or organisations that would share the Award if you won. Make sure you notify them of your intention to apply.
Please email any supporting photos and short videos that help tell the story of your project or initiative. This could include photos of the people involved or the project site. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately we will not be accepting brochures or any other marketing materials as your application will be judged on your form submission.
Guidance for nominations – Sustainability Champion
Do you know somebody extraordinary that deserves an Award?
In no more than 500 words tell us about an individual who has inspired real change in your organisation or community and who has contributed positively to the awareness of Sustainable Development in Wales.
Please ensure you include details on:
- Who they are, where they work and what their role is within the organisation.
- What have they specifically achieved that makes this person special? Was it a one-off initiative or action or are they continuously doing great work?
- Evidence – Please provide any fact-based examples of what they have achieved or initiated in your organisation that has made a positive difference.
This can include a list of links to press articles, videos, webpages etc.
Guidance for applications – All other categories
Tell us the story of your project or activity: give us the overall picture. Please fill in as many of the relevant sections as possible.
- What is the title of your project or initiative?
- Please provide a brief summary description of no more than 200 words that describes your project or initiative. If short-listed, this information may be used as part of the promotional marketing in the public vote. (200 words maximum)
- What need or issue was the project described in this application seeking to address?
- What progress have you made in the last 12 months of your project? The activity described must have been completed between April 2018 and March 2019, however it can also form part of a larger ongoing project if you can demonstrate significant development or progress in the last year. (200 words maximum)
- Which organisations have been involved in the project and how have the partners collaborated? Who has provided the leadership?
- How did you involve others outside of the collaborating partners? This might include people in your local community as well as other organisations (200 words maximum)
- What specific things have been achieved since April 2017 and how have the outcomes of this activity been measured? How do you know that your activity has made a difference? Please provide key facts and figures to back this up (500 words maximum)
- If your activity has had multiple benefits, can you identify these – how has addressing one issue helped with others? This might also include any unexpected benefits. (200 words maximum)
- Have you learned anything from this activity? Is there a specific learning point that you would like to share with others?
- What is the long-term plan or legacy for your project?
- Any other information you would like include.