England & Wales Personal and organisational development

Sustainability Champion of the Year


Sometimes local action can help to make global changes. Climate change is a huge global issue, but one which local champions of sustainability can really help to address.

In this years’ LGiU and CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards we want to celebrate the work of councillors who promote the cause of sustainability, with the Sustainability Champion of the Year award.

The winner of this award will understand the importance of action within the community and really champion local sustainability. They will engage others in the community to the sustainability agenda. Perhaps most importantly, they will also practise what they preach!

Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, of South Lakeland District Council, won the award last year. Judges were thoroughly impressed by her ability to look for local solutions to solve environmental issues after she piloted the first collective energy switch project, ‘Power-Up Your Community’. This innovative scheme uses bulk purchasing power to negotiate cheaper deals for residents. 1500 people have registered for the scheme and it has helped some residents save up to £700 on their energy bills.

Judges also noted the enthusiasm she showed in uniting people to create change. She joined in with local litter picking groups, has worked across departmental boundaries to develop ideas, established a carbon management board and engaged influential councillors and officers to drive carbon reduction projects. All in all, she demonstrated that she is thoroughly committed to changing the environment.

If you know an inspiring councillor who deserves recognition, then why not nominate them for an award? There are 11 categories and the nomination process is very quick and simple. Read more about past award winners here.