On Thursday 20th November 2014 this year’s DEBI Awards ceremony took place at the Met Office. The awards were presented by Dr Ceri Lewis Professor of Marine Biology at University of Exeter. This year DEBI has had a general focus on plastics and their impact on the marine environment. A beach clean with South West Water and Keep Britain Tidy’s “BeachCare” demonstrated clearly the need for that focus. DEBI also created a new category for this year’s awards “Environmental Education” with the importance of education in mind – not only employers and employees but future generations on the importance of good environmental practice.Andy Vickery, Chairman of DEBI said
“This year’s awards are a testament to a growing awareness within Devon of the importance of our natural environment and resources as well as our impact on them. More businesses are encompassing CSR into their ethos and the focus on environmental best practices continues to grow, while businesses flourish. This year’s awards also reflect heavily the great efforts being made within our community, often with limited funding, including the education of future generations on how best to impact on the environment and live in a sustainable way. We are delighted that DEBI can recognise these efforts at our annual awards event.”
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Finalists: Environmental Education: Beach School South West CIC, Devon Wildlife Trust, Okehamption Primary School
Finalists: Green Goods and Services: Real Food Store, South West Highways, Sungift Solar
Finalists: Sustainable Ethos: Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, Otter Nurseries Garden Centres, Whitehill Country Park
Finalists: Sustainable Food, Retail Hospitality and Leisure: Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, Larkbeare Grange, Paignton Zoo
Congratulations to all those who entered, those who were shortlisted and of course the winners.
DEBI wishes to thank the following organisations for sponsoring this year’s DEBI awards: Met
DEBI also wishes to thank the following DEBI members: Daneswood, Haines Watts Accountants, Heathcoats Fabric UK, Inspirations Advertising & Design for their invaluable support