This site was originally set up by fellows of the RSA, lead by Simon Fordham, to create and maintain a searchable database of UK awards schemes that promote sustainable development.
Below are links to the searchable database and some other key resources of use to sustainability professionals:
The number of environmental and sustainable development awards has grown dramatically over the past few years. This has led to problems for potential sponsors and entrants who are often unsure of the quality and validity of schemes and in turn for the organisers.
The RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme has been in operation for the past 10 years, with the aim of helping to differentiate the large number of award schemes currently in existence. It provides a mechanism with which to identify the best from the rest, giving recognition to those award schemes that meet a robust set of criteria and by doing so demonstrate high quality and validity.
The Scheme is committed to improving the design, operation and efficiency of award schemes across the UK and so supporting DEFRA in meeting its overarching challenge ‘to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper’.
It does this by accrediting awards to objective standards, ensuring that there is a benchmark for awards that reward real progress towards sustainability. The Accreditation Scheme encourages the creation of new awards and provides guidance and advice on best practice for running award schemes.
It is run by the RSA Environment Awards Forum, whose broad range of disciplines, professional experience and sectoral representation forms the necessary bedrock on which to base an evaluation framework that ensures UK Awards remain robust, credible and exemplary.