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Global Action Plan’s Sustainable City Awards 2022 open for nominations

London, 18 January 2022: Global Action Plan’s Sustainable City Awards open for nominations  seeking to celebrate Londoners driving change for a green and thriving capital.


  • The Sustainable City Awards, coordinated by environmental charity Global Action Plan, return for 2022 and are open for nominations from Tuesday 18 January until 22nd February 2022. 
  • Partnered by Mayor of London and LEDNet (London Environment Directors’ Network), with funding donations sponsored by Investec, the awards are calling for nominations of Londoners across the capital’s schools, public sector and community and voluntary groups who are driving change for a green and thriving London. 
  • Four awards of £2,500, donated by Investec will be given to causes nominated by educational and voluntary sector category winners. 
  • Over 20 judges from a cross-sector group, including student judges, are on board to find this year’s Sustainable City Awards winners. 


In these challenging times we’re living in, it’s important to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements made by communities across London.  


The 2022 Sustainable City Awards, coordinated by environmental charity Global Action Plan are seeking to celebrate Changemakers: individuals and organisations creating change to help Londoners from all backgrounds live and work in ways that are good for the health of people and the planet.  


The Awards will be especially looking to recognise and amplify great examples of action led by or involving culturally diverse and marginalised groups to promote inclusion and advance racial, social and environmental justice.  


The winners of the educational and voluntary sector awards will have the opportunity to give £2,500, kindly donated by Investec, to their chosen charitable cause. 


Nominations are now open online, with Londoners encouraged to nominate individuals and organisations who are driving change across London in the following categories:  

  • London’s Sustainable School of the Year 
  • London’s School Changemaker of the Year (for a student, teacher or educator) 
  • London’s Organisational Changemaker of the Year (for a public sector or local authority organisation) 
  • London’s Individual Changemaker of the Year (for a practitioner from the local authority/public sector) 
  • Community Changemakers of the Year (for voluntary and community sector community groups and organisations) 
  • The Samantha Heath Award for London’s Changemaker of the Year (for individuals in the voluntary and community sector), named in memory of the former London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) Chief Executive, Samantha Heath. 

Jennette Arnold OBE, Global Action Plan Trustee & Former Chair of LSx says:

“The state of London’s environment affects everyone who lives in, works in and visits the city. Things are improving, but there remain continued challenges from toxic air, noise pollution, threats to our green spaces, and the adverse effects of climate change. These awards are the opportunity to celebrate those striving to build the changes we want to see in our world and our capital city. Let’s celebrate these incredible Londoners – so get your nomination in!” 


Victoria Lawson, Chair, LEDNet (London Environment Directors Network) says: 

“We are proud to support the Sustainable City Awards and to celebrate the hard work that Londoners in the education, public and voluntary sectors have undertaken to raise the bar on sustainability and challenge how we do things. I’d encourage everyone to get involved in nominating organisations and individual changemakers so they can be celebrated and inspire more change.” 


Teresa O’Brien, Head of UK Sustainability at Investec says:

 ”Investec is proud to once again sponsor donations of funding at the Sustainable City Awards. Our very purpose is to create enduring worth living in, not off society. We are glad to celebrate Londoners who are working so hard to make the capital the best place it can be for the wellbeing of people and planet. We’d encourage you to nominate individuals and organisations who have impressed you with their work, and don’t forget that for entries in the educational and voluntary sector, there is funding as part of the award.” 


Nick Gardner, Head of Climate Action, National Lottery Fund and Sustainable City Award Judge, says:

“The Sustainable City Awards really help to celebrate those who are making our great city what it is; the innovators, pioneers and heroes of a sustainable tomorrow. Being a judge last year introduced me to some amazing people and their inspiring stories, I’m looking forward to more of the same this year – people and projects who are making our world brighter.” 


Carolyn Axtell, Winner of The Samantha Heath Award for Voluntary and Community Sector Changemaker of the Year 2021 says:

 "I felt very humbled to receive the Sustainable City award for Voluntary and Community Sector Changemaker of the Year - especially among such a high calibre of applicants, all doing amazing grassroots work at the intersection of social and climate justice across London. It was a special honour to win the award named after the inspirational, late Samantha Heath. As the CEO of London Sustainability Exchange and London Assembly Member she was instrumental in the implementation of London’s ULEZ, and had a profound impact on London’s environment." 


The Sustainability Team at Hammersmith Academy, London’s Sustainable School of the Year 2021 said:

 “We were blown away when we heard Hammersmith Academy had been nominated for the award of Sustainable School of the Year and to have won the award and heard such kind words from the judges was such a privilege.  We have an area of the school site that was previously unused and rather neglected, so we have planned to allocate some of the funding to turn some of this space into more beds, so that our students can grow many more crops that will continue to contribute to the Felix Project’s food bank. We have also earmarked some of the funding to develop a new opportunity for students to prepare and cook with the food we are growing, all within the compound of the garden.”  


Visit the awards site and make nominations at: 


Notes for Editors 

1. The Sustainable City Awards began in 2001, were founded by City of London Corporation and coordinated by London Sustainability Exchange until 2019. They are now coordinated by Global Action Plan. 

2. Global Action Plan is a charity that helps people live more sustainable lives by connecting what is good for us and good for the planet.

3. Awards partners are Mayor of London and LEDNet (London Environment Directors’ Network), and are sponsored by Investec

4. The awards will celebrate organisations and individual Changemakers across three categories:

      1) schools 2) public sector and local authorities and 3) community and voluntary sectors 

5. What are we looking for when we say ‘Sustainable’? A London based project, movement, or ongoing work, led by an organisation or individual which draws on the connections between the health and wellbeing of our communities, and the positive impact this has on our environment.  

6. What do we mean by Changemaker? An individual or organisation who is working to improve the way we live by using their voice, mobilising others, and/or taking action to create sustainable, systemic change in their community.  


*Create innovative, sustainable solutions that benefit the wellbeing of both people and our environment;  

*promote inclusion and spark collective action among other individuals, communities and/or organisations (particularly those from marginalised groups); and  

*strive for structural environmental and social change through their work that impacts on the wider system   

7. The awards nomination deadline is 22nd February 2022. Shortlisted entrants will be notified on 7th April 2022, and winners celebrated at an online awards ceremony on 11th May 2022. 


Press enquiries, please contact:

Rachel Malham

Marketing Communications Manager, Global Action Plan

[email protected]  / 07834494777.  




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