Dave Hampton, Carbon Coach wins ‘Sustainability Leader’ at Sustainability Leaders Awards
The great and the good of the sustainability sector descended upon the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on 19 November for the eighth year of edie's Awards which celebrate the very best in sustainable business.
A glittering ceremony, hosted by TV comedian and environmentalist Alistair McGowan, saw 74 shortlisted finalists whittled down to winners in 14 categories ranging from Carbon Management, Sustainability Leader and Stakeholder Engagement and Sustainability Reporting, Energry Efficiency and Sustainability Product Innovation.
My Green Directory is delighted that this year’s ‘Sustainability Leader’ is our dear friend Dave Hampton, the Carbon Coach. He’s a passionate sustainability strategist and communicator, whose clients have included Heston Blumenthal, Olympian Greg Searle and Jonathon Porritt. It’s not just celebrities he reaches out to, but businesses and the wider community too – on his own, he has engaged and inspired a large number of corporate clients: Microsoft, L’Oreal Garnier, Deutsche Bank, Royal Institute of British Architects and Global Cool to name just a few.
An engineering graduate from Cambridge, Dave has been a leading advocate of the business case for radical sustainability since the mid 1990s when he was head of the BREEAM team at BRE. In 2005 he set up Carbon Coach to make the case for climate leadership personal. Through his consultancy work, he teaches individuals and families as well as celebrities and opinion formers about how to lead lower-carbon lives.
He undertakes strategic and project-based environmental consultancy for businesses, recently working with the Society for the Environment to raise awareness of the Chartered Environmentalist professional qualification. He’s behind the introduction of the highly successful Chartered Environmentalist of the Year Award which has been won by various high profile candidates.
In his local community, he founded Transition Town Marlow, and has helped organise successful community events such as a parent and child bike ride on ‘350 day’ and a concert to raise funds for a solar school roof. Hampton also champions early stage causes and has won funding for initiatives like Ecocide, 10:10, Age of Stupid, and the Just Do It movie. He estimates he has helped raised almost £50,000 of funding for others over the past 10 years.
In terms of engagement, Dave is frequently published in national and local newspapers, articles and letters columns, from the Telegraph and FT through to Metro and Sun, where he likes to gently challenge the status quo and.
In addition, he is a radio show host on Marlow FM, where he produces a two-hour show every week called ‘The Watt Next Show’ on environmental issues. Guests have included Lucy Siegle, Michael Mansfield QC, Polly Higgins and Dr. Who (Colin Baker). Last year he received two broadcasting awards for his efforts. Hampton prides himself on studying carbon from every angle – political, economic, social, technical; also emotional, spiritual, humorous and practical – enabling him to reach out and engage with a wide variety of stakeholders."
The full list of winners can be viewed here: www.edie.net
In our opinion (MDG Ed) he is an extremely deserving winner, big congratulations Dave!