By Wallace Mawire
The Ashden, who are the organizers of the Sustainable Cities and Buildings Awards that are aimed at organizations working in the built environment to rapidly decarbonise towns and cities, has opened its call for entries.
The awards are open to interventions that relate to physical projects and buildings, financial and legislative programmes, toolkits and learning networks that drive change. In all cases, evidence of significant reductions in carbon emissions and an ability to deliver large-scale change will be required.
The award will reward innovative enterprises and programmes that deliver, or play a key part in enabling the delivery of sustainable energy and through this bring social, economic and environmental benefits.
The Ashden said in a statement that entry is free, with the winner of the Sustainable Cities and Buildings Award being presented with a prize of up to £10,000 during a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 14 June 2018. Winners will also receive a package of benefits which can include business support and introductions to potential funders and investors.
According to Professor Dr. Bart A.G. Bossink of the VU University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Information, Logistics and Innovation, in the Netherlands, an environmentally sustainable built environment can be stimulated by a nationwide environmental technology policy in which public and private organizations cooperatively develop and execute environmental action plans.
He said that a second level at which the management of environmentally sustainability for the built environment can take place is the level of environmental technology policies that create the infrastructure in which innovative activity can emerge and be strengthened.
He adds that a national environmental technology policy can play an important role in directing national industries towards environmental sustainability.
“A nation’s government and institutions have to develop a national innovation-policy, which induces research, invention, development and adoption of new technologies by governmental, institutional, scientific and commercial organizations,” he said.