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Sustainability awards scheme launched

A new initiative has launched to recognise the efforts to go green and be more sustainable from businesses in the South Downs.

Businesses of all sizes across the region are being invited to apply for Green South Downs – a new programme that awards enterprises for taking steps towards helping the environment and local community.

It comes after a successful pilot scheme saw 19 businesses win certificates for taking simple measures to help the planet, such as reducing carbon consumption, reducing water usage, volunteering and creating space for wildlife. Businesses that have so far received awards include a brewery, farm shop, museums, and holiday firms.

The scheme is being launched by the South Downs National Park Authority in partnership with Green Tourism.

Businesses which sign up will receive a step-by-step bespoke package to help them on their journey and will receive training on sustainability and carbon literacy, as well as strategic support around waste management, climate action, nature, and energy.

Ben Ward, CEO of Wonderseekers, the charity behind Winchester Science Centre, said: “It’s great to see the National Park Authority demonstrating leadership in setting up the Green South Downs Awards. I’m really proud of the work our charity, particularly through the Science Centre, is doing to improve our environmental position. Taking part in the awards pilot actually helped us realise just how much we are already doing. We’re thrilled to be awarded Gold!”

To apply and find out more visit www.green-tourism.com/green-south-downs.

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