Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales’ inaugural Sustain Wales Awards ceremony was held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 19 November to an audience of national and international businesses and champions of sustainability in Wales. The aim of the Awards were to celebrate and highlight the excellent work being done in Wales and the evening was filled with entertainment from actor and host, Rhodri Hugh Thomas.

Hallam Amos, Wales international Rugby Union and Newport Gwent Dragons player, opened the awards and outlined his strong interest in sustainability and the benefits that sport can bring to society.

The awards were a chance to reward and highlight the great things people and organisations are doing on sustainable development. Cynnal Cymru aims to seek out and praise the best examples of their kind, cross-sector, across Wales. Today Cynnal Cymru, as the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales, are holding a roundtable to ensure the winners, finalists and sponsors continue the collaboration which could lead to tomorrow’s innovative and sustainable solutions.

The winners in the eight categories were:

  • Sustainable Project of the Year – Safer Swansea Partnership – ‘Purple Flag’
  • Sustainable Business of the Year – Melin Homes
  • Community Group of the Year Swiss Valley C.P. School / Groundforce Swiss Valley
  • Public Sector Award – City and County of Swansea
  • Sustainable School/College of the Year – Bridgend College
  • Social Enterprise of the year – Antur Waunfawr
  • Sustainable Venue of the Year – Wales Millennium Centre
  • Young Sustainability Champion – Mousa Dahbreh, Swansea University
  • And the final Award for Sustainable Champion was a closed category awarded, selected by the judges, to Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures

The inaugural Awards ceremony, promises to become a great event in the Welsh calendar. Derek Osborn, Cynnal Cymru Chair said “It is an exciting time for Cynnal Cymru with the successful awards supported by great organisations from Wales and internationally. It was an evening of celebration which we hope will be followed by a year of collaboration, and we are all excited about what may come from these great organisations and individuals working together.”