Carol Gilbert joined by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. John Kelleher and Mayor of the County, Cllr. Noel O’Connor, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Clair McSweeney, CEF with Walter Ryan Purcell who nominated Carol for the Award.
Cork Environmental Forum honoured the shining lights of environmental care and action in Cork city and county at their Awards Ceremony at the Firkin Crane Centre in Shandon last Thursday 5th December. As always the evening was a very positive and inspiring occasion as the individuals and projects acknowledged and recognised for their work and commitment to the environment exemplify what can be done and the power that both individuals and people collectively can have to change to a more sustainable way of living.
Congratulations to all the winners and those receiving commendations. Thanks also to the people who took the time to submit all of the nominations. Thanks to the Firkin Crane Centre, to Tom Barry’s for the wine and to Andy Ferriera who took the photos throughout the evening.
Prizes for the four main categories and the Lifetime achievement received 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 by Peter which Community Garden winners get to keep for a year. This year the Community Garden prize is aptly two ceramic spades designed and crafted by Martha Cashman, with driftwood handles and design imprints that used amongst other items sunflower seeds.
Amongst the distinguished guests at the Awards Ceremony that participated in the presentations were the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. John Kelleher, Mayor of the County, Cllr.Noel O’Connor, Dr Shane Colgan, EPA, Mr Dermot Cunningham for CIT Clean Technology Centre and Ms. Colette O’Flynn, National Biodiversity Data Centre.
2013 is the 13th year of the Awards. Including tonight 59 awards will have been presented by Cork Environmental Forum.
Tonight’s Award winners and the cumulative impact of all those honoured in previous years is no small thing, it is a benefit to all of society that we have so many people working collectively to protect and care for our environment and raise awareness of the huge challenges we face . Cork is lucky to have this level of activity and it bodes well for the future if we can continue to build on all that has been achieved.
Full album on CEF Facebook Page
CEF’s Annual Awards Ceremony 2013 takes place this Thursday at the wonderful venue, The Firkin Crane Centre, Shandon
The Award Winners and those receiving special commendations are spread throughout the city and county. Individuals, Gill Weyman and Nick Becker who are a shining example to others of their commitment, energy and drive to improve the biodiversity of the county and the environment of their community to groups such as Transition Town Kinsale and the Cork Cycling Festival who see the bigger picture, raise awareness and implement actions and projects to address some of the challenges we all face such as Climate Change, a business such as Gills Chip Shop that takes on responsibility to change purchasing of materials to more environmentally friendly products, and a student led University project, the UCC Green Campus Programme, which has made it a world leader. From community and school garden projects in Knocknaheeny and Colaiste Chriost Ri that have both transformed waste and unused ground into productive growing community learning spaces. Finally, an individual such as Carol Gilbert who has promoted and supported sustainable development through so many projects and in so many ways over her lifetime.
These are the special people whose work and commitment to protect and preserve our environment and make our communities better places to live which we all benefit from.
Guests who will participate in the presentation of the Awards include the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Lorraine Kingston, the Mayor of the County, Cllr. Noel O’Connor and representatives from the CIT Clean Technology Centre, the EPA and the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
This is a public event and we invite you to join us in acknowledging and celebrating these wonderful individuals, projects, community groups and institutions.
Some pictures of guests at the 2012 Awards night
CORK ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM
ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
Cork Environmental Forum is delighted to announce the winners of their annual Environmental Awards and extend an invitation to members of the public to the presentation ceremony and social evening.
The quality and range of recipients who have won or received a commendation in 2013 is a reflection of the wealth of activity and commitment to environmental care throughout Cork City and County.
Award Winners 2013
Winner: Gill Weyman, Cork Branch Irish Wildlife Trust
Commendation: Nick Becker, Midleton Tidy Towns
Community & Voluntary
Winner: Transition Town Kinsale
Commendation: Cork Cycling Festival
Winner: UCC, Green Campus Programme
Business & Commercial
Winner: Gills Chip Shop, Cobh
Winner: Knocknaheeny Community Garden
Commendation: Colaiste Chriost Ri Community Garden
Lifetime Achievement Award
For a lifetime promoting and contributing to sustaining a resilient regional environment in West Cork.
Established in 2001, the Cork Environmental Forum Awards 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. The awards are split into different categories according to different pillars of society, nominations are accepted from CEF members and any member of the public for actions that are in keeping with the spirit of sustainable development and community resilience. CEF introduced the Cork County Community Garden Award in 2009.
The Awards presentation will take place at the Firkin Crane Theatre in Shandon, on Thursday 5th December 2013, starting at 7 pm. The event will include a wine reception with light refreshments.