Responsible businesses recognised

by Kent Caddick

Lincoln Hospitality Catering has taken out the first ever Selwyn Award for environmentally responsible businesses.

The Selwyn Responsible Business Awards, run by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust (LET), were held at an awards evening at the Rolleston Community Lounge recently.

In previous year’s the 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 sustainable and community initiatives many of them are implementing.

LET project manager Dave Fitzjohn said it was clearly recognised on the night that all participants were winners.

“It was a true celebration of the wonderful things that Selwyn businesses are doing alongside providing us with our goods and services, and we would like to congratulate all of them.

“The assessors detailed numerous initiatives that our businesses are undertaking. Many schools have waste free lunch boxes, some enterprises are re-using water, while others have ‘fill your own bottle or container’ schemes, and native tree planting is becoming a common feature. “

Mr Fitzjohn said the awards evening was greatly enhanced by two excellent presentations from James McDonald from Yealands Wineries, who gave an insight into the steps they have taken to become a sustainable enterprise which wins worldwide awards, and Martin and Lisa Bennett from the Laboratory Lincoln, who reused materials from buildings condemned by the Canterbury earthquakes. A new feature of this year’s awards was the introduction of a special ‘educators’ award. The BHU Organics Trust donated a trophy for this strongly contested category, which was narrowly taken by the Lincoln University Pre-school.

Another new award was the overall Selwyn Award.

“Again competition was close with Lincoln Hospitality Ltd Catering coming away with this year’s trophy,” Mr Fitzjohn said.