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

Celebrating London’s unsung heroes, the awards will recognise individuals and organisations who have thought big and developed imaginative solutions and approaches to help Londoners from all backgrounds live, work and spend their leisure time in ways that are good for health, wealth and the planet. 


This extraordinary and challenging year has provided some silver linings in the form of inspiring stories of sustainable living. We’ve heard about families taking part in activities that have benefited both people and planet in lockdown; cycling together along quieter, cleaner streets, shopping locally and in some city estates, using pollinator-friendly planting kits.    

This year, the Sustainable City Awards will celebrate the hugely diverse and inspirational ways in which schools, local authorities and voluntary organisations in London have turned the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to build back better, adapting to the needs in their communities by creating new tailor-made solutions to deliver impact from sparking collective action. 


Now in their 20th year but coordinated for the first time by Global Action Plan - an environmental charity expert in bringing people and organisations together around a common cause - the Sustainable City Awards will culminate with a virtual learning and award ceremony in Spring 2021.  

Text reads: "Deadline for nominations 10 February 2021". Beneath a colourful London skyline, picking out some famous buildings.

The awards were founded by the City of London corporation and previously managed by London Sustainability Exchange (LSx), which merged with Global Action Plan in 2019. The individual changemaker award in the Community and Voluntary Sector category is named in memory of the former LSx Chief Executive, Samantha Heath

Jenette Arnold standing in front of a brick wall

“I’m delighted that the Sustainable City Awards are back for 2021 and I’m looking forward to meeting the recipient of the very first Changemaker Award, which honours the outstanding contribution made by Samantha Heath to making London a more sustainable city.”  

Jennette Arnold, Trustee & Former Chair of LSx

Working with awards partners the Mayor of London and LEDNet (London Environment Directors' Network, the membership network for London's Environment Directors), the Sustainable City Awards will be especially looking to celebrate and amplify the many great examples of action led or involving culturally diverse and under-privileged communities to advance racial, social and environmental justice.   

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Supported by Mayor of London
London Environment Directors
Global Action Plan: Our Lives. Our Planet.

Pandemic permitting, we also plan to celebrate the winners at an in-person reception in London in 2021. 


In the longer term, the Sustainable City Awards will: 

  • galvanise efforts to drive forward sustainability in London, creating a sense of shared endeavour and reinforcing the idea that the actions of single individuals and organisations do count and can make a difference 
  • inspire London’s local authorities, public services, businesses, and communities to replicate great initiatives and campaigns 
  • connect organisations and individuals who represent disadvantaged communities  
  • Increase the profile and practical support for shortlisted and winning individuals and organisations, helping to propel them to greater success. 

Find out more about previous Sustainable City Awards