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The P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards honour individuals who are taking matters into their own hands and flying the flag for sustainability. The awards recognise green heroes rather than the corporate missions of the brands or companies they work for.
Entries and nominations were submitted from across the UK and the globe, from small ethical start-ups and community-spirited individuals as well as ‘green’ celebrities and established eco-entrepreneurs.
Awards are given to Britain’s Greenest Family, Business, Education, Energy, Individual, Money, Nature, NGO, Product, Shopping, Team, Town or City and Transport.
The Black Sheep Inn in Ecuador is nominated in three categories. For the Greenest Building: Señor Andres Hammerman, co-owner, Black Sheep Inn which is built with local renewable resources such as homemade adobe bricks, clay tiles and straw (for the roof), eucalyptus beams and local rock and labour. It has features designed to recycle everything from rain to rubbish.
In the Greenest Community category Black Sheep Inn is a finalist because it is a 100% community-run eco-resort. Its owners have built a village recycling centre, donated dozens of computers to community members, trained guides and sponsored multiple workshops in family planning, nutrition, knitting, animal care and first aid.
Finally in the Travel & Tourism category the eco-resort is nominated for its firm spot on the sustainable tourism map, in part because of its dry composting toilets, grey-water treatment, eco-building techniques, organic gardens, rainwater catchments, native tree planting and full-scale recycling – but mostly because of its community projects.
The project is up against Siobhan Thomasson, general manager, Holiday Inn Winchester. This hotel’s carbon footprint is 3% lower than it was for the same period in 2014 – and 33% below the UK benchmark. Its water consumption is on par with the same period in 2014 but still 8% below the benchmark, and the hotel’s energy consumption has reduced by 6%.
Winners will be named at an event in Brighton on 3rd October 2015.
For a complete list of finalists visit the website.