Wanted: Environment Awards nominations

If you’re an environmental enthusiast in your business, on your farm or working on a special project, then the Southland Community Environment Awards are your opportunity to shine.

Nominations are now open for the annual awards which recognise achievements of special significance that benefit Southland’s environment.

Judges are looking for people and projects that enhance, protect and showcase Southland’s environment, says first-time judge, Jonathan Streat, director of operations at Environment Southland.

The award categories are:

  1. Individual
  2. Farming
  3. School
  4. Community group
  5. Commercial
  6. Innovator
  7. Achiever

The same project can be nominated in up to two categories. Projects entered must be either located in Southland, have been developed in Southland or be of demonstrated benefit to the region. People can nominate their own project or another project that makes a positive contribution to the environment.

Winning entries receive sponsored prizes that include cash, travel, native plants or financial services.

This is the 22nd year the awards have been held and the 2017 winners will be announced at a function in Invercargill on 1 November.

Award nominations close on 18 August 2017. More information can be found on the Environment Southland website; videos featuring the 2016 winners are available here.