On Thursday 19th November 2015 this year’s DEBI Awards ceremony took place. Devon businesses with an outstanding commitment to the environment were rewarded at the Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Awards, held at the Met Office. The winners of the respected ‘green’ awards were chosen from a cross section of organisations, including local producers, tourism and charities after an exhaustive judging process.
DEBI Chairman, Peter Morgan said,
“We were delighted to receive an exceptionally high standard of entries this year, although this made choosing the winners a challenging process.”
After whittling entries down to a shortlist of four in each category, the judges visited each of the shortlisted candidates before making their decisions.
The category winners are listed below.
The winner of Sustainable Ethos category was Stallcombe House in Woodbury, which also scooped the Overall Winner award. The judges commented that this residential community for adults with learning disabilities impressed through the level of engagement not only with the environment and sustainability but for the whole holistic approach to the care packages offered to residents.
Peter Morgan said:
“Residential care for people with learning difficulties has received negative press in recent times. Stallcombe House is a shining example of how by working with the natural environment and engaging staff and residents, a positive care service can be achieved. The Stallcombe team is attentive to every detail, from renewable energy and Soil Association accreditation to food sustainability.”
A new award for 2015 was the Member Award. Chosen by public vote, this was won by City College Plymouth, with Devon Wildlife Trust a close second.
The DEBI Board would like to thank the category sponsors and businesses who have supported this year’s awards: The Met Office, Lloyds Banking Group, Bandvulc, JP Associates and Otter Nurseries.
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Finalists: Environmental Education: Appledore Summer Fish School, Beach School South West CIC, Exeter Outdoors Ltd. (Exeter Forest School)
Finalists: Made in Devon: Carbon Compost Company, Grocycle, Rusty Pig
Finalists: Sustainable Ethos: Larkbeare Grange, Ostlers Cider Mill, Paignton Zoo
Finalists: Enjoyed in Devon : Grocycle , 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 Office
DEBI also wishes to thank the following DEBI members: Haines Watts Accountants, Heathcoats Fabric UK, Inspirations Advertising & Design for their invaluable support