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 The Sustainable City Awards 2021 celebrated the “power of the people” in creating sustainable ways of living for Londoners. 

The Sustainable City Awards happened online for the first time in its 20-year history in May 2021, honouring Londoners who are making life in the capital more sustainable.


From a chest physician on London’s frontline looking after Londoner's lungs, to school garden initiatives, councils increasing their School Streets and cycling clubs, the 2021 awards showcased how Londoners have worked hard during the pandemic, bringing together culturally diverse and under-privileged communities to advance racial, social and environmental justice.


A cross-sector panel of 35 judges worked through over 70 nominations to decide on the awards winners and Highly Commended entries. Congratulations to all our nominees, the judges were really impressed with all the entries that were submitted, showing a huge range of work happening across London to make the capital more sustainable.

Jenette Arnold standing in front of a brick wall

“As a judge of the Sustainable City Awards, I’ve been impressed by the wide range of projects nominated, showcasing the commitment of Londoners to improving life for others during such a difficult year. I was particularly proud to present the first Samantha Heath Award for Individual Voluntary and Community Sector "Changemaker" of the year, in memory of Samantha Heath, former Chief Executive of London Sustainability Exchange, who oversaw these awards for several years."  

Jennette Arnold, Trustee & Former Chair of LSx

“It’s an inspiration to hear about the hard work of Londoners to make our capital more sustainable during such a tough year. The Sustainable City Awards highlight how the city’s schools and communities in both the public and voluntary sectors are working inclusively towards a more sustainable London. As the Mayor focuses his efforts on delivering a green recovery for London, it’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of Londoners supporting his vision.”  

Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues

Headshot photo of Shirley Rodrigues



Watch the Sustainable City Awards ceremony here, or scroll down for the winners

Sustainable School of the Year 2021

Winner: Hammersmith Academy


Hammersmith Academy won this year's award for their far-reaching horticulture programme involving the whole school.

Highly Commended:


  • St Paul's Whitechapel CE Primary School
  • Chestnuts Primary School
  • University College School Foundation

Thank you to our judges for the Sustainable School of the Year category:


  • Rachel Musson, Director, ThoughtBox Education
  • Edd Moore, Teacher, Damers First School
  • Olly Offord, Policy and Project Officer, Team London
  • Clover Hogan, Founder & Executive Director, Force of Nature
  • Ajay Sharman, Regional network lead for STEM learning (London & South East).
  • Aardash (Student Judge), GAP Youth Ambassador

School Changemaker of the Year 2021

Winner: Dr Jess Tipton


Dr Jess Tipton won this year's award for creating sustainable schools networks of engaged students, across London and beyond.

Highly Commended:


  • Martin Crabbe: Glebe School
    Dr Patrick Kirwan: Hammersmith Academy Trust
    Alex Wrigglesworth: South Hampstead High School

Thank you to our judges


Advait (Student Judge), Schools Eco Network member
Maezie (Student Judge), GAP Youth Ambassador
Amy (Student Judge), Founder, Another Way
Dr Emily Grossman, Science Communicator
Henry Greenwood, Managing Director, Green Schools Project
Lorraine Larman, Managing Director, Safety Solutions and member of Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners Education committee

Trailblazing London Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation/Group of the year 2021

Winner: May Project Gardens


May Project Gardens  won the 2021 award for working with marginalised urban communities in Morden to address poverty, disempowerment and access to resources and influence.

Highly Commended:


    Sustainable Merton
    The Restart Project
    MindFood Project

Thank you to our judges:


  • Katharine Langford, Programme Director - Health Effects of Air Pollution at Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
  • Bindi Patel, Head of Customer Experience, Vattenfall Heat UK
  • Elizabeth Balgobin, Interim Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Institute of Fundraising Consultancy
  • Syed Ahmed, Director, Energy for London
  • Mark Varney, Sustainability and Charity Leader, formerly of Fareshare UK

The Samantha Heath Award for Individual Voluntary and Community Sector "Changemaker" of the year 2021

Winner: Carolyn Axtell


Carolyn Axtell, Grassroots Community Organiser and founder of a flagship social enterprise that empowered hundreds of women from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities through cycling.

Highly Commended:


  • Parisa Wright: Greener and Cleaner - Bromley and Beyond
    Livia LaCamera: Greenwich Co-Operative Development Trust
    Leyla Laksari: Living Under One Sun

Thank you to our judges


  • Mittal Kothari, Head of Global Strategy, envoPAP
  • Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Assembly Member, Greater London Authority
  • Elizabeth Littlewood, Head of Brand and Communications, Phillips
  • Nick Gardner, Head of Climate Action, National Lottery Community Fund
  • Christopher Hook, Head of Vehicles and Clean Air Lead, Uber
  • Colin Crooks, CEO, Tree Shepherd
  • Scott Butler, Executive Director, Material Focus

Trailblazing public sector organisation of the year 2021

Winner: Islington Council


Islington Council for their People Friendly Streets Initiative - during 2020, Islington nearly tripled its number of School Streets from 13 to 36, benefitting thousands of children, parents and carers.

Highly Commended:


  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
    Cross River Partnership

Thank you to our judges:


  • Victoria Lawson, Executive Director of Environment, Culture and Customer Services at LB Hounslow &Chair London Environment Directors Network
  • Caroline Russell AM, Assembly Member, Greater London Authority*
  • Tony Leach, CEO, Parks for London
  • Jeremy Leach, Chair, London Living Streets
  • Dr Afsheen Rashid MBE, CoCEO, Repowering London
  • David Weatherall, Director, Future Climate


*recused from voting


London public sector "Changemaker" of the year 2021

Winner: Dr Anant Patel


Dr Anant Patel – Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, who became a vocal Clean Air Champion for tackling air pollution across his Trust and sharing information with other health professionals on air pollution.

Highly Commended:


  • Cllr Adam Harrison: Camden Council
    Cllr Claire Holland: Lambeth Council
    Mayor Phillip Glanville: Hackney Council
    David Lawson: Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Trust

Thank you to our judges


  • Professor Sarah Bell, City of Melbourne Chair in Urban Resilience and Innovation, University of Melbourne
  • Simon Gilby, Principal Policy & Projects Officer, London Councils
  • Ruth Calderwood, Air Quality Manager, City of London Corporation
  • Nick Martin, Head of Sustainability and Environmental Management, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust

2021 Special award for Outstanding Achievement

Winner: Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah


Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, WHO advocate for air quality and figurehead of the clean air movement. Rosamund founded the Ella Roberta Foundation in memory of her daughter Ella and has tirelessly fought for justice for her.

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