Calor launches Sustainable Community Champion 2014

29 July 2014

Calor, Ireland’s leading supplier of rural energy solutions has today started the search for the most green or sustainable community on the island, with the launch of the new Calor Sustainable Community Champion 2014.  

Building on the success of the past two years with ‘Community Champion’, and understanding that communities across the island are committed to improving the environment in which they live, by increasing their sustainability efforts, they have decided to change things a little!

For the all-island initiative, Calor are looking for your help to nominate your sustainable candidate or group, or even to put yourself forward! Calor believe it is time for sustainability and efforts to reduce our carbon footprint to become part of our daily lives and to support this they have set aside a prize fund of over £8,000!

The search begins today for our sustainable and green aware heroes from Carrickfergus to Coalisland, Ballycastle to Banbridge, and will be led by UTV sports journalist, Denise Watson. This summer Denise and the team at Calor need you to be their eyes and ears in helping to find the first ever Calor Sustainable Community Champion 2014.

To enter and nominate your local sustainable nominee or group could not be easier; all you need to do is ‘like’ the Calor Facebook page, once you become a ‘fan’ you can enter the newly redesigned Sustainable Community Champion app. Then just provide the name of your nominee/group, contacts details and in 250 words explain what type of sustainable measures and initiatives you would put in place over a 6-week pilot project, and the results you want to achieve!

This can be a person young or old, they can be a group, who gives their time, skills and expertise to improve the lives of the people in their local community, by increasing the communities sustainability effort and reducing their impact on the environment. This could be anything from organising a local clean up in your estate or town, putting in place a recycling drop to improving energy awareness or setting up a ‘bring and take’ event in your area!

Speaking at today’s official launch, Denise Watson, UTV sports journalist said: “It is a privilege to be involved in this great initiative by Calor and one which I am fully behind, as it is encouraging people from all walks of life and communities to lead the charge and put in place initiatives, measures or projects of an environmentally friendly nature.

“This year’s Community Champion has a real twist, allowing communities to put in place real changes to become more eco-friendly and reduce their carbon footprint! I am looking for nominations to come from every corner and county on the island, so get nominating today!”

Jennifer Fagan, Senior Marketing Executive, Calor Gas said: “At Calor, the team have been energised by Community Champion. As a company playing a role in communities across the island, we need to challenge ourselves to continually improve our own carbon footprint. That is why this year we have launched the Calor Sustainable Community Champion we want to spread the word as far and as wide as possible, to support and encourage people to play a positive role and make their communities more sustainable. The positive impact these local sustainable heroes can bring is immeasurable."

The winner of the first ever Calor Sustainable Community Champion 2014 will receive £1,200 and a bursary of £6,000 to give to their nominated charity or local organisation. The two runners-up will each receive £400. Calor will even throw in £400 for the person or organisation that nominated them.

Nominations to crown this year’s first ever sustainable champion will close on September 5th. Calor will select the top 32 local sustainable champions, one from each county and put them to the public vote from September 8th through our Facebook app. The public will have close to four weeks to vote for their favourite and the top four local champions and two wildcards will make it through to the final phase.

The winner will be chosen by our Judging Panel led by UTV sports journalist, Denise Watson, and including TV and radio personality, Síle Seoige, legendary GAA and sports broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Jennifer Fagan from Calor. The inaugural Calor Sustainable Community Champion 2014 will be announced on October 17th.

For information and to nominate your local champion, please visit and ‘like’ at www.facebook.com/calorireland.

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