The 2degrees ‘Sustainability Champion of the Year’ award, in association with RBS, has been won by Daniella Vega of BSkyB.
Vega attracted the most votes from 2degrees members for the Sky Skills Studios initiative which she spearheaded.
The objective was to help school children gain hands-on experience of making a TV report, including writing, shooting and editing using cutting-edge technology such as broadcast quality cameras, green screens and touch-screen edit tables.
Launched in September 2012, it aims to inspire 12,000 young people within one year. Later this year, BSkyB will announce the social impact of the initiative with the aim of improving brand favourability among consumers, opinion formers and Sky staff.
"This award means everything to me and it means everything to my team as well," said Vega. "I have an amazing team that works together on the Sky Skills Studio and they work in the studios every day with young children to improve their life skills. This is an excellent recognition of that dedication. I think the future is very exciting for us – we’re going to continue to build on the strengths of the Sky Skills Studio, and build more life skills with more young people, hopefully in more locations".
Hayley Baines-Buffery of BioRegional took the runner-up spot for her work supporting B&Q’s One Planet Home project with Ed Dixon commended for his work in the delivery of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A commitments.
Supporting Player of the Year
Lucy Findlay of Social Enterprise Mark Company was voted ‘Supporting Player of the year’. The Social Enterprise Mark champions businesses that make a difference and aims to get them to declare their social enterprise credentials whilst ensuring that these credentials are robust and independently assessed.
Since December 2011, Lucy Findlay has been the leading light in personally engaging certified social enterprises across the UK in celebrating their business model, to be proud of their work and to communicate their social enterprise achievements. It now has around 400 Markholders ranging from small, two-person co-ops through to big charities such as Nuffield Health.
"This award means a tremendous amount to us – we’ve had quite a hard time getting the Social Enterprise Mark up and running, and to get the recognition from the public vote is really amazing," said Findlay. "I think it’s great to know that there’s support out there for what we do".
Tony Deans of Capgemini took the runner-up spot for leading from the front in sustainability issues at the business. Stephen Bareham, financial director of financial services company Attivo Group was commended for the initiatives he’s taken within the company to drive sustainability.
Solution of the Year
In the ‘Solution of the Year’ category the Pop-Up-Foundation was voted the winner by 2degrees members for its framework to address the global challenge of sustainable living. So far, Pop-Up-Foundation has enabled thousands of people worldwide to understand core ecological principles through practice based learning, creating ethically produced goods and services for local communities as a result of their membership of a global network.
Alison Hall director of Pop-Up-Foundation said: "This is absolutely brilliant. It’s fantastic as it will give us credibility out there while we’re new and small and will help us to develop and build partnerships. We like to demonstrate sustainability in unexpected ways and in unexpected places and this award in itself is very unexpected."
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) took the runner-up spot for the online tool it’s developed for keeping environmental assessments on track.
Commended was Ventive’s PVHR, which it claims heralds a new approach to energy efficient ventilation.
Personality of the Year
You voted broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough the ‘Personality of the Year’. Attenborough has been the face and voice of natural history programs (mainly on the BBC) for the best part of 60 years. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series on the BBC, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of all life on the planet.