Council wins award for work to reduce carbon footprint

South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council has picked up an accolade at a national awards ceremony, after being in the running for six in total, including council of the year.

The council’s street care team recently won the ‘best environmental initiative’ category at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards, hosted in Derry.

APSE is a local government body which works with over 300 councils throughout the country, promoting excellence in public services.

Councillor Heather Goddard, executive member for community services, said: “This award reflects the council’s commitment to providing excellent frontline services and continued work in reducing its carbon footprint. I’d like to congratulate the street care team on their win. Being nominated in four different categories is a sign of their dedication. But we know we can improve further, and will be working hard to do so.”

The award win recognised the council’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a greener environment.

The street care team was also nominated in the best public/private partnership working initiative; best services team: highways, winter maintenance and street lighting; best service team: street scene and public realm categories. And the council’s planning, transportation and strategic environment department was nominated in the best service team: construction and building category.

The council had been nominated in more categories than any other local authority at the 2010 awards.

The street care team was recently held up as a national example of good practice in the Government report on the response to keeping the highways clear during the severe weather at the start of the year.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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