Sustainability champions named at green carpet event in Brighton


Around 400 people attended this year’s P.E.A. Awards, in association with Mongoose Energy. This year marked the fifth anniversary of the green carpet awards ceremony that recognises sustainability champions from around the world.

Individuals and teams from up and down the UK – from Aberdeenshire to Cornwall – were honoured for setting new standards for sustainability, in sectors ranging from business and shopping to re-wilding and education.


Commenting on the event, Jan-Willem Bode, MD of Mongoose Energy, said ‘The PEA Awards ceremony in Brighton was that rare combination of inspiring, exciting and great fun. It made me proud to be a part of this movement, and I am looking forward to working with even more of the fantastic people who are doing great things.’


The Great British Oceans Coalition swept up, bagging the International P.E.A. Award for Nature, The P.E.A. Award for Team and the Global P.E.A. Award for NGO. The team was also named the 2015’s Overall P.E.A. Champion 2015 for a tireless campaign that has resulted in the UK government agreeing to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands.


Clare Brook, CEO of the Blue Marine Foundation (part of the Great British Oceans Coalition), said, ‘The whole GB Oceans team was beyond thrilled to win four PEA Awards, including Overall Champion 2015.  We have already achieved so much this year in getting the world's largest marine reserve designated around Pitcairn and a manifesto commitment to create a 'blue belt' around the 14 UK Overseas Territories. But there is still so much to be done, and these awards have given us all the strength and determination to ensure that Britain leads the world in ocean protection.’


Two new awards were added to this year’s roster: Britain’s Greenest Family, sponsored by Yeo Valley family farm, and a Nature award, sponsored by Big Nature, to recognise the anniversary of Brighton & Lewes Downs’ UNESCO-designated Biosphere status.


Jarvis Smith, founder of the P.E.A. Awards, said, ‘The theme of this year’s P.E.A. Awards ceremony was Revolution. For me, that means people – from the ground up – taking responsibility and actioning the changes that this world so badly needs. I am thrilled that we’re able to recognise and honour tonight’s award winners, who are leading the charge in the shift to a more conscious existence.’


The event pulled together all arms of Brighton’s community; Douglas McMaster from Silo – Brighton’s zero-waste restaurant – put the three-course vegan menu together, and the food was delivered by Cashew Catering, Lewes. Food was sourced by the ethical supermarket, hiSbe, with Brighton’s Bison Beer Crafthouse, Boho Gelato and Miss Muffin Top providing drinks and desserts.


BRITAIN’S GREENEST FAMILY
Winner: Jacqueline Saggers (Royston, Hertfordshire)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR BUILDING
Winner: Fiona Byrne, teacher, St Luke’s Solar School (Brighton)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR BUSINESS
Winner: Lorna Milton, Élan Hair Design (Inverurie, Aberdeenshire)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR COMMUNITY (NATIONAL)
Winner: Emma Whitlock, Fylde Beach Care Officer, LOVEmyBEACH (Wigan)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR COMMUNITY (LOCAL)
Winner: Lin Swords & Lydia Keys, project leaders, Blooming Marvels (Stanford Le Hope)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR EDUCATION (PROJECT)
Winner: Warren Carter, Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project, project manager,Queensdown Woods (Brighton)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR EDUCATION (SCHOOL)
Winner: Rob Sandercock and Dr Dan Danahar, Dorothy Stringer School (Brighton)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR ENERGY
Winner: Will Cottrell, chairman, Brighton Energy Co-op (Brighton)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR INDIVIDUAL
Winner: Nina Emett, founding director of FotoDocument, One Planet City (Brighton)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR MONEY
Winner: Bruce Davis, Louise Wilson, Karl Harder, co-founders and directors, Abundance (London)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR NATURE (LOCAL)
Winner: Philip Thompson, The Living Garden (Brighton)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR NATURE (REGIONAL)
Winner: Charlie Burrell, Knepp Castle (Shipley, West Sussex)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR NATURE (NATIONAL)
Winner: Dr Martin Warren, chief executive, Butterfly Conservation (Dorset)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR NATURE (INTERNATIONAL)
Winner: Great British Oceans Coalition team (London)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR NGO (DOMESTIC)
Winner: 10:10 team (London)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR NGO (INTERNATIONAL)
Winner: Cool Earth team (Cornwall)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR NGO (GLOBAL)
Winner: Great British Oceans Coalition team (London)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR PRODUCT
Winner: Keith Harrison, managing director, Newlife Paints (Rustington, West Sussex)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR SHOPPING
Winner: Miss Roshni Assomull, co-founder, Bella Kinesis (London)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR TEAM
Winner: Great British Oceans Coalition team (London)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR TOWN/CITY
Winner: Lewis Knight, Bioregional, project manager, Bicester Eco-Town (Bicester, Oxfordshire)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR TRANSPORT
Winner: Bio-Bus team (Bristol)

P.E.A. AWARD FOR TRAVEL/TOURISM
Winner: Señor Andres Hammerman, co-owner, Black Sheep Inn (Ecuador)

P.E.A. CHAMPION 2015
Winner: Great British Oceans Coalition

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06 Oct 2015


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