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Searching for London's Sustainability Heroes


by Gail Freeman,  

Development Director

3 min read



We’re very proud to announce that 2021’s Sustainable City Awards are open for nominations.


From now until 10 February 2021, anyone can nominate schools, organisations and individuals from within London’s 33 boroughs who have shown ambition, taken action and delivered impact to promote sustainable ways of living for Londoners. 


Celebrating excellence 

The awards are seeking nominations for London’s Sustainable School of the Year and School Changemaker of the Year, as well as looking for Trailblazing organisations and changemakers in the public, community and voluntary sectors. Nominations for the Sustainable City Awards can be made online..  


It’s the first time the awards are being hosted by Global Action Plan, since the merger with London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) last year. The individual changemaker award in the Community and Voluntary Sector category is named in memory of the former LSx Chief Executive, Samantha Heath.We’re delighted that the awards are partnered by Mayor of London and the LEDNet (London Environment Directors’ Network).  


Awards categories and recognition 

 The Sustainable City Awards will culminate with a virtual learning and award ceremony in Spring 2021, and pandemic permitting, we hope to be able to celebrate winners at an in-person event during 2021. 


Winners and shortlisted groups will be offered support for 12 months to help them raise their profile and access networking, collaboration and learning opportunities through Global Action Plan’s networks. 


The Sustainable City Awards are 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.  


The awards categories are: 


Jennette Arnold, Trustee & Former Chair of LSx says: “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.”  


Dan Jones, Chair, LEDNet (London Environment Directors Network) says: “We are proud to support the Sustainable City Awards and to celebrate the hard work that Londoners have undertaken in the education, public and voluntary sectors to raise the bar of sustainability and challenge how we do things. I’d encourage everyone to get involved in nominating trailblazing organisations and individual changemakers so they can be celebrated and inspire more change.” 


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. 


We’re really keen to see London’s sustainability trailblazers and changemakers championed and celebrated, so do explore the Sustainability City Awards online, share with your networks and get nominating!