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Published: 2002-01-30 00:00:00

Entries close soon for this year’s Waikato Business and Environment Awards.

The awards provide an opportunity for Waikato businesses to be recognised for their sound environmental practices. Entries close on February 8 for the awards, which are run by the Waikato Environmental Business Network in partnership with Environment Waikato.

Organiser Julie Albertsen says interest is strong again this year, with entries from both the business sector and community and environmental groups.

The awards are an opportunity to get expert feedback from independent judges, review an organisation’s progress, communicate success and provide leadership in the business community. They covered the “triple bottom line” achievement of profit, people and environment.

The awards, which are free to enter, are judged in four categories. The Hamilton City Council Pohutukawa Award recognises businesses and organisations working with the community to achieve lasting environmental improvements. The Waikato This Week Paua Award recognises businesses achieving waste reduction and efficient resource use. The BP Pounamu Award recognises the integration of environmental management into everyday business practice. The Degussa Innovation Award recognises efforts to develop innovations aimed at enhancing environmental quality.

The awards presentation will be held at the Tainui Novotel on March 16 during the Waikato Festival for the Environment, which runs from March 8-17. Winners receive a trophy, a $1500 media package, $300 in donations to their social club and nomination for the Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Awards.

Guest speaker at the awards presentation will be the technical director and vice president of Interface, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and supplier, Graham Scott. The company minimises its environmental footprint while still making a profit, and Mr Scott will have a number of ideas to pass on to Waikato businesses.

Entry forms and advice are available from the WEBN office, 0800 00 9326.