Tourism businesses are being invited to compete for an environmental award.
The Evening Post’s Green Awards honour Lancashire individuals and groups who do their bit to care for the environment.
Today we are featuring the Green Tourism Award, sponsored by Marketing Blackpool. The award is open to any tourism enterprise, large or small, rural or urban who are actively engaged in reducing the negative environmental and social impacts of their tourism operation.
We want you to explain your environmental strategies, outline what you have achieved to date and how you encourage employees and/or customers to act in an eco friendly manner.
Last year’s winner was the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston. Coun Tom Burns, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Preston Council, said: “We were delighted that the Harris Museum and Art Gallery was the winner.
“The Harris is a large Victorian building which provided a real green challenge but we have succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint significantly even though the museum requires strict environmental conditions to protect the objects.”
A spokesman for sponsors Marketing Blackpool said the category was an important one.
He said: “Whether in our personal life or at work there are opportunities every day to do more to protect the environment and with simple steps such as recycling, we can all make a difference.
“Of course, there are many other opportunities too and businesses now are really leading the way to ensure our planet is protected.
“We are delighted that our many tourism businesses are taking the initiative and employing as many positive green activities as possible as it is essential that such behaviour becomes second nature to us all.
“The Green Tourism Award recognises that and every business shortlisted should be celebrated for their actions.”
The awards recognise and celebrate the environmental achievement of individuals and groups from across the county, however big or small their environmental impact.
We encourage anyone to enter. You could be shortlisted and invited to the glittering awards ceremony and three course dinner at The De Vere Village Hotel, Blackpool, in November.
Full details of the awards and how to enter are at: www.lancashiregreenawards2013.co.uk
The 10 categories for nominations are:
• The Best Recycling Project Award.
• The Best Kept Allotment
• The Green Community Award
• The Green Tourism Award
• The Green Retailer Award
• The Green Primary School Award
• The Green Secondary School/Further EducationAward
• The Green Family Award
• Green Business Of The Year Award
• Green Ambassador Award, in memory of Mike Atkins