Sustain Wales Awards 2016 | Sustainable Community
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 Sustainable Community Award recognises inspirational group or project that has achieved positive change within their community.
Gwern y Domen Conservation Group – 2016 WINNER
Gwern y Domen Conservation Group is a community group formed in 2015 to protect land at Gwern y Domen, Rudry from development when the Local Authority looked at building 650 houses on the edge of a village, in open countryside, through Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation and historical monuments. The group felt the plan was without a long term vision and failed to cater for local employment, genuinely affordable housing or sustainable transport networks that would provide for the whole Borough. Through profile, a very vocal campaign and robust evidence, the group convinced the Local Authority to withdraw their plans. The groups ongoing mission is to conserve the natural and historical heritage, its biodiversity and protected species whilst also reconnecting people with nature whilst combating aspects of deprivation and health in an area with the highest deprivation figures in Wales. All this for the benefit and well-being of the community now and for future generations.
Ynni Ogwen Cyf
Ynni Ogwen is a community benefit society which harnesses natural resources in our district for the benefit of their community and environment. The whole project has been developed by volunteers under the leadership of Partneriaeth Ogwen – a young social venture working to revitalise Dyffryn Ogwen. Their vision is to improve the environment and community of Dyffryn Ogwen by producing clean electricity from the flowing power of the river Ogwen. The profit from the community hydro scheme aims to be reinvested in Dyffryn Ogwen and has received huge support from the local community. £459,600 has been raised through a community shareholding plan and 85% of the investors come from the local area. Ynni Ogwen aims to start producing 500,000 Kwh of clean energy per annum, saving 245 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum from 2017 through their first project to develop a hydro scheme on the River Ogwen in Bethesda.
Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG)
DEG is a community interest company and social enterprise supporting community led action across northwest Wales to increase our area’s ability to cope with the rising cost of fossil fuels and improve our natural environment. DEG’s activity has made a difference in many communities across NorthWest Wales. Projects include the installation of 12Kw of Solar PV at Pwllglas which has helped with income to cover the shop’s rent and reduced their reliance on fossil fuel. DEG supported Ynni Padarn Peris and Ynni Ogwen that together raised £750k. DEG have also been involved in the generation and efficiency savings at Canolfan Beaumaris, a community run leisure centre, where they have installed 35Kw of Solar PV, insulated the building and are now working towards replacing their inefficient heating system. DEG meets and discusses impact with our colleagues in communities and collects feedback that guides their work. DEG’s role is one of facilitation and inspiration, building on the energy in the rural communities of northwest Wales.