The EPP Awards 2017

The EPP Awards 2017
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A successful and prosperous day was had at The Environmental Placement Programme – EPP Awards Ceremony – held at the Scottish Parliament.

On Friday 8th September 2017, students, graduates and organisations gathered to promote projects aimed at improving sustainability in Scotland. 

The green-themed event was sponsored by Colin Beattie MSP, and also was hosted by Bright Green Business.

Capital’s involvement

Capital was delighted to judge each finalist’s presentation on their placement, which outlined their valuable study and work undertaken to reduce environmental impact, and also promote sustainable use of resources.

Our involvement originated from a Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce event that was hosted in our head office, and aimed to share members’ experience in improving their environmental performance.

In addition to a presentation by Resource Efficient Scotland, Capital was pleased to have had the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to continuous environmental improvement through initiatives such as investment in energy efficient heating and lighting systems, telematics, and also most recently, our expanded recycling centre.  This centre aims to comply with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive through the re-use of machines, components and consumables.

Keen on green

The day was an ideal way to see the EPP in action, as five finalists had the opportunity to proudly present their projects to a panel of judges – which included Capital’s very own Environmental & Facilities Officer, Andy Wood. 

Capital’s Andy Wood enjoys the day

Projects were based at Changeworks RecyclingTransition University of St AndrewsBright Green HydrogenEdinburgh College and also East Park

Judges were spoiled for choice by the inspiring ideas, which ranged from behavioural change, to transport strategies, to hydrogen energy storage systems.

The EPP Awards included a presentation from industry experts, and was filled with networking opportunities.  It also allowed for the opportunity of a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

The judging panel

And the EPP Awards winner is…

Congratulations to Rhona Smith, who was honoured with the award for Most Enterprising Green Graduate 2017.  Rhona presented fantastic recycling strategies during her placement with Edinburgh College.

Rhona Smith presents at the awards

Judges were also very impressed by Lara Fahey, Campus Cycling Officer with St Andrews University, who received special commendation.

Lara Fahey from St Andrews University

Finally, if you would like to read about Capital’s specific policies on for example, waste reduction or recycling then please view our Environmental Commitment page.


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