Sustain Wales Awards 2016 | Sustainability Champion
The Sustain Wales Awards celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales. Our ambition is to seek out and highlight outstanding examples that are helping to deliver the seven national goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, contributing to the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of life in Wales.
The application process has been designed to identify good practice in line with the five Ways of Working, outlined in the Act and applicants are asked to submit a project or initiative that has either been completed or has reached a significant milestone in the last year. Successful applicants must meet at least one Goal and three finalists are selected by an expert panel of judges to go through to the public vote.
Since the Awards were launched in 2015, we have received over 170 applications , providing a rich and varied library of sustainability stories backed up by evidence and practical examples of integration, long-term thinking, preventative action, collaboration and involvement.
The Sustainability Champion Award recognises the individuals who have inspired real change and have contributed positively to the awareness of Sustainable Development in Wales.
Iain Cox – 2016 WINNER
Iain Cox established Ecostudio in 2008 to help organisations benefit by putting sustainability into practice. Ecostudio designs capacity building programmes and delivers green and innovative growth strategies that enable commercially sound, environmental and social objectives to be met. Since 2000 Iain has worked with a range of clients including micro companies, SMEs, through to large public and private sector organisations and policy makers. Iain has published several peer-reviewed articles about the practical application of sustainable development in business and supply chains and has developed the Sustainable Business Review – a self-assessment toolkit for food businesses to communicate their sustainable credentials to customers. He supports RRU Community Food Co-ops Programme in Wales to report the benefits they bring to business, the environment, people and communities.
Alexandra Wall has been working on establishing a luxury sustainable clothing brand, Xandra Jane, in Wales since January 2016 after working in the London fashion industry for the luxury streetwear brand KTZ and AllSaints. Her Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is entitled ZERO after its approach to zero waste on textiles. Her clothing brand rebels against fast, high street fashion and is releasing a capsule collection consisting of only three garments, in three colours which are more considered and revised in their execution. Solving the design issue of zero waste and up cycling garments has led to new exciting ideas in the design process.
Since joining Melin Homes in 2013 Trish has driven their environmental agenda through enhancing their Environmental Management Systems (EMS), achieving the BS8555 standard and creating and leading a new sustainability team. Trish has developed the Value Wales Community Benefit toolkit, organised an event with Minister Carl Sargeant and set upon a program of educating all staff about sustainable development as part of the Melin corporate training plan. This September Trish planned Melin’s first successful sustainability week and launched a newly built veg patch alongside a large conference around sustainability within communities. Trish has transformed Melin Homes into an organisation now leading in the field of sustainable development.