The Awards Evening for Lincoln Envirotown’s Responsible Business Awards was held on Friday, November 3rd in the Rolleston Community Lounge. In previous years these Awards have been conducted in different areas of Selwyn, but for the first time businesses from the whole District came together to receive recognition for the excellent sustainable and community initiatives that so many are implementing.
The proceedings were greatly enhanced by two excellent presentations; James McDonald from Yealands Wineries (who had kindly sponsored some of the refreshments) gave an insight into the myriad of steps that they have taken to become a sustainable enterprise that wins Worldwide Awards. It was reported there were hurdles along the way; the attempt to use Guinea Pigs to be the non-fuel- burning ‘mowers’ were met with glee by the local hawk population, and they had to be replaced with miniature sheep imported at great expense.
Martin and Lisa Bennett from the Laboratory Lincoln (also providers of some liquid refreshment) gave a fascinating account of how they had built their establishment using materials from buildings condemned by the Earthquake. Rangi Ruru school staircases and the ex-Hororata Pub bar are all now part of The Laboratory.
A new feature of these Awards was the introduction of a special ‘educators’ award. The BHU Organics Trust donated a trophy for this strongly contested category. The Award was narrowly taken by the Lincoln University Pre- School.
Another new award was an overall Selwyn Award. Again competition was close with Lincoln Hospitality Ltd Catering coming away with this year’s trophy.
Other Trophies awarded on the night were:
The Malvern Trophy – jointly to Challenge Darfield and The Fat Beagle Cafe
The Lincoln Trophy– jointly to Lincoln Catering and New World
The Ellesmere Trophy – Leeston Pharmacy
The Prebbleton Trophy – Mark’s Automotive
The Tai Tapu Trophy – Challenge Taitapu.
It was clearly recognised on the night that all participants were winners. The assessors detailed numerous initiatives that local businesses are undertaking. Many schools have waste free lunch boxes; some enterprises are re-using water; others have ‘fill your own bottle or container’ schemes and native tree planting is becoming a common feature. It was a true celebration of the wonderful things businesses are doing alongside providing customers with goods and services. Lincoln Envirotown congratulates them all.