Green Triangle sponsors Food and Drink Festival award

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News release: 15 June 2017

A pioneering new award that promotes careful use of natural resources has been added to this year’s St Albans Food and Drink Festival.

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The Green Triangle Award for Sustainability will give recognition to businesses that can show they are committed to improving the environment.

Sponsor Green Triangle is a partnership of leading research, educational and local government organisations involved in green technology. It will provide a panel of judges to decide on the winner.

Members include BRE, Rothamsted Research, the University of Hertfordshire, Oaklands College and St Albans City and District Council.

Nominations for this special award opened to businesses on Monday 12 June and close on Friday 30 June. Forms are available on the festival’s web pages: www.enjoystalbans.com/sustainabilityaward

Businesses must nominate themselves by answering a series of questions about their engagement with sustainability.

These include: what does your business do to support local sustainability; ensure premises are sustainable; and encourage customers to think and act sustainably?

The award will be presented at the Food and Drink Festival’s glittering Awards Dinner on Monday 2 October.

There are 13 other awards up for grabs including the Best Place to do Business and Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion.

The Food and Drink Festival runs from Wednesday 27 September to Saturday 7 October and is organised by St Albans City and District Council.

There will be a wide range of events including cookery demonstrations, wine tastings, workshops and the St Albans Street Feastival on Sunday 1 October. 

Councillor Beric Read, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business and the Community, said: “This is an important addition to our awards list for what is the tenth anniversary of the Festival. 

“The Festival has been working to improve its sustainability record in the last few years by using online marketing to reduce print waste and by banning polystyrene at the street party. 

“I’m delighted that the Green Triangle, one of the District’s economic powerhouses, has got involved and will underscore the Festival’s commitment to sustainability.

“Many of the District’s food and drink businesses are already eco-friendly and this gives us an opportunity to recognise and honour their efforts. This is a prestigious award which will help the winner grow their business.”

Tara Clark, Green Triangle Business Development Manager, said: “We are very pleased to get involved in the Food and Drink Festival, one of the District’s most popular annual events.

“We are turning Hertfordshire into a centre for green technology, creating jobs and investment, and this award allows us to honour businesses from another thriving sector of the local economy that shares our commitment to sustainability.

“I urge any business in the District that is committed to sustainability to put themselves forward.”

For details of all the other Food and Drink Festival Awards, please see: bit.ly/2sXjTdR

Councillor contact:
Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Business and the Community for St Albans City and District Council.
Tel: 07956 220264. Email: Cllr.B.Read@stalbans.gov.uk

Media contact:
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130