Last night, to a packed audience at the Firkin Crane Centre in Shandon, joined by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. John Buttimer and Mayor of the County, Cllr. Barbara Murray, CEF acknowledged and honoured the wonderful work of individuals, those that work in Cork City Council and Cork County Council, the Community & Voluntary sector and the Business & Commercial sector through their Annual Environmental Awards ceremony. A special Lifetime Achievement was given to Richard Douthwaite (posthomously).
A recurring theme throughout the evening for those introducing the Award winners or the winners in their acceptance speeches was that for most there are many other people involved and that the fruition of initiatives and projects is brought about through partnership. The ceremony exemplified how well the principles of environmental sustainability are being implemented throughout Cork very much in keeping with Local Agenda 21 principles as set out at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.
The footnote on the Certificates which the Award winners receive is “ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine” which roughly translates as “People survive with a shadow of each other” which apply reflects what is happening that people are working together to bring about a sustainable future for Cork.
CEF Awards honouring individuals, organisations and groups committed to and working for the care of the environment tonight at the Firkin Crane Centre, commencing at 7pm. All welcome.
Cork Environmental Forum Annual Environmental Awards Event 2012
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon, Cork City
13th December 2012 7pm – 9.30pm
Cork Environmental Forum are delighted to announce the winners of their annual Environmental Awards for 2012. This is the 12th year that CEF has held its Environmental Awards which acknowledge and honour the sometimes little known actions of groups, organisations and individuals around the county that have contributed to the health or richness of the Cork environment.
On behalf of the Cork Environmental Forum’s Management Committee I would like to invite you to attend the awards ceremony.
The venue for this the award presentation will be the Firkin Crane Theatre in Shandon, starting at 7 pm with the award ceremony commencing at around 7.30pm. The event will include a wine reception with light refreshments. Please find following the Award Winners for 2012.
Winner: Conor Kelleher, Cork County Bat Group
Community & Voluntary
Winner: Tunnel Vision, Mallow
Winner: Mary Stack, Cork County Council – Waste Projects (Coolagown & Midleton Food Festival) & Overall Environmental Awareness Projects
Commendation: Mervyn Horgan, James Goulding and Brian O’Flynn, Cork City Council – Tramore Valley Park Open Day
Business & Commercial
Winner: Silver Angel Publishing, Blackpool
Winner: Churchfield Allotments
Commendation: The Glen Community Garden
Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Douthwaite (posthumously)
Author, economist & Co-founder of FEASTA (The Foundation for Economic Sustainability).
In the four main categories recipients will receive a sculpture of bog pine and stone crafted by Peter Little of Hortisculptures and they are all unique pieces. There is also a large perpetual sculpture which Community Garden winners get to keep for a year.
This year we are giving one of Elaine Guarde’s portals as the Community Garden prize. Elaine’s artistic interpretation of valuing the earth is contained in these pieces of artwork and really they create an opportunity to start conservations about what we value and how we value. Elaine has also compiled a customised book as the prize for Richard Douthwaite’s award, this is also unique and very appropriate with the “Wild Swans” beautiful currency notes depicted throughout and given Richard’s own substantive work on alternative currencies.
Thanks to Tom Barry’s for the wine and Thomas & Michelle Sewell, Rohu Country Market, Innishannon for the cheeses & chutney. Also to Andy Ferriera who is the photographer for the evening.