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Council wins national award for environmental scheme

Date Posted: 3:28 PM on Fri, 22 September 2023 Image attached – From left to right: Presenter Sarah Travers, Sim Duhra Gedling Borough Council Climate Change Officer, Nick Burrows Managing Director at PSTAX (event sponsor), Melvyn Cryer Gedling Borough Council Head of Environment, Mike Hill Gedling Borough Council Chief Executive and Councillor John Clarke MBE Leader of Gedling Borough Council at the APSE Award Ceremony.

Gedling Borough Council has received the award for Best Collaborative Working Initiative at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards.

Shortlisted against eight other public sector organisations, Gedling Borough Council won the award for the environmental collaborative work it has carried out as part of the Green Rewards campaign, helping residents take action to reduce their carbon footprint and help tackle climate change.

Green Rewards encourages residents to record activities they do to help reduce their carbon footprint such as cycling or taking public transport instead of driving, litter picking, recycling and other green projects. Green Rewards is a joint initiative with several councils across the East Midlands including Gedling Borough Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Bassetlaw District Council.  

Users log their activities on the Green Rewards app or website where they are rewarded with points for each activity completed. Points can then be exchanged and put toward discounts and vouchers at a number of high street retailers, as well as being entered into competitions and prize draws.

Since joining the scheme in 2021, Gedling Borough Council has promoted the scheme through social media, press releases and email advertising, as well as part of outreach work engaging with local communities and schools by the council’s Climate Change Officer. The scheme is a key part of the council’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon by 2030.

This year’s event brought together hundreds of public sector organisations to celebrate the very best of what they do as part of frontline services.

To find out more about Green Rewards, go to

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke MBE said:

“This is fantastic news and I’m incredibly proud of the recognition our teams have received for their work on this campaign.

We are committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 but we can’t do that on our own. Partnership and collaborative work, like Green Rewards, is key to reaching that goal. By working together, we can help encourage more residents and businesses to get on board and join us in tackling climate change.

I’d like to thank all the partners who have worked with us on this campaign, as well as our Environment Team and our Climate Change Officer for their hard work and dedication to the people of Gedling borough”.