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Sustainable City Awards 2019 - Meet the winners


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Winner: Growhampton/Roehampton Students’ Union – The Campus Eco-System

Growhampton is a sustainability project run by Roehampton Students’ Union at the University of Roehampton in South-West London. This sustainable garden teaches students about sustainability while also providing them with an opportunity to develop skills for their future careers. With a core focus on food, it aims to embed sustainability in the everyday lives of students, staff and local community on campus and beyond. Established in 2013, Growhampton became one of the top performing Students’ Green Fund projects and generated a huge impact on campus within its first two years. Find out more here.

Runner Up: Islington Council: Archway Zero Emissions Network

The Archway Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) was formed to dovetail with the redevelopment of the Archway gyratory with improved pedestrian space and cycle lanes. Engaging with local businesses and partners, the project had a positive impact on the area, helping local people make healthier choices to how they travel, improving air quality and helping businesses connect more with the community. Find out more here.

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Winner: ReSpace Projects

ReSpace Projects was set up in 2015, by a small group of citizens, in response to rising levels of poverty and inequality in London. The purpose was to prove – through managing a community-led demonstration project – that systematic reuse of ‘wasted’ resources has huge benefits for society, the environment and local economies. Since 2018, ReSpace has helped transform a number of projects in disused spaces both in and outside of London into hubs where positive changes can be made. Find out more here.


Runner Up: The Wesley

The Garage is a beautifully simple philanthropic concept celebrating the rebirth in sustainable and ecological ideas. The Wesley has converted an idle space within the hotel and created an ethical and sustainable coffee shop. The construction of The Garage was carried out using internal resources, recycled materials and FSC wood. The equipment in The Garage was adopted from The Wesley’s unused kitchen items, allowing them to put them to use rather than sitting redundantly in storage. Find out more here.

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Winner: JPA Furniture – Project DODO

JPA Furniture has developed an end-of-life redundant furniture solution which delivers new business, improves their clients’ waste performance and carbon footprint through re-use/recycling and improves social performance through community re-homing. Project DODO focuses on the collection of unwanted furniture for re-use/recycling on a ‘new for old’ basis. JPA aims to reduce the volume of redundant furniture sent to landfill each year through re-use and recycling solutions. Find out more here.


Runner Up: Hubbub- Leeds by Example

#LeedsByExample is a unique collaboration to find a new approach to recycling on the go. The 6-month trial in Leeds (launched Oct 2018) has introduced engaging communications, eye catching infrastructure, innovative technology and united local stakeholders to share a consistent message about recycling. We are all consuming more food and drink packaging on the go, yet only 42% of local authorities provide recycling infrastructure, as it simply isn’t cost-effective to collect poor quality material. Research shows the public want to recycle but are confused.. Find out more here.


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Winner: In Your Face Alternatives (IYFA)
At its core, iN YOUR FACE ALTERNATIVES (IYFA), is a business that has committed to circular green economy principles by designing out both environmentally damaging materials such as fossil-fuel based plastics, but also by removing arduous recycling and waste processing from life cycles. Indeed, bio-based materials not only deliver on reduced life cycle impacts from production, they also return to the ecosystem when appropriately biodegraded and composted. This ensures a truly circular economy process. Find out more here.


Runner Up: Glassbusters
Glassbusters is a waste management company that works with businesses all over the UK, mainly within the hospitality sector to help them to better manage their waste via compaction. They provide and maintain glass crushing machines that enable customers to crush their glass bottles into small sharp-free pieces, helping them to save space, time, carbon emissions with fewer collections and lower the noise level within their venue. Their glass ‘busting’ machines have helped customers to de-clutter their bars & restaurants and create a clear and safe working environment.. Find out more here.

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Winner: Hackney Council – School Streets

School streets is Hackney Council’s pioneering scheme to transform roads outside schools, so that only pedestrians and cyclists can use them at school start and finish times. School Streets creates a temporary pedestrian and cycle zone around the school gates, which operates for 45 minutes in the morning and in the afternoon ( before and after school) during term time only. It is a community-based approach that the council developed with the school community, residents and local businesses. Find out more here.


Runner Up: Better Bankside – Waste Micro Consolidation

Better Bankside (BB) used a local waste consolidation point to trial an innovative way to reduce congestion and air pollution associated with waste freight. Fourteen businesses participated in replacing diesel HGV waste freight collections with an electrical vehicle in the Bankside area. This is the first trial of its kind in London. Waste is collected from businesses by a small electric vehicle and taken to a local consolidation centre, where it is sorted, bailed or compacted and removed several times a week. This system of waste collection requires fewer vehicle movements than traditional collection regimes and local trips are carried out by electric vehicle, reducing local air pollution from freight vehicles. Find out more here.