Jersey Electricity has made cash awards to three Island organisations to help them further environmental projects.
C S Conservation, Durrell and Le Rocquier School have each been awarded £500 after impressing judges with their entries for the Jersey Electricity Environmental Award 2009.
C S Conservation’s award will provide public information boards at Wolf’s Caves on the company’s Manx Loaghtan sheep project. The sheep are deployed in the area to keep down invasive bracken and help return the headland to its natural state on behalf of the National Trust.
The National Trust’s Jon Horn said: ‘Ourselves and C S Conservation are really delighted to receive such a generous grant from the JEC.
‘The new signage will play a vital part in ensuring the future success of the project, as keeping the public informed and interested in what we are trying to achieve is a key component to the project. As such, we are very grateful to the JEC for kindly supporting this project, which also seems to have touched the hearts and minds of the general public, with the vast majority loving to see the sheep grazing along this coastline.’
Le Rocquier Deputy Head Phil Slater said: ‘Le Rocquier School has been delighted to receive the JEC Environmental Award of £500. We have purchased six specially made recycling bins. I am very glad to say the students are eager to make full use of the new facilities. The bins are helping to spread the recycling message to our 900 students on a daily basis. I am confident that, more and more of our students are understanding the short term and the long term benefits of recycling.’
Durrell will be able to make more islanders aware of its Carbon Offsetting Scheme as the award has funded production of an information leaflet that will go out to almost 40,000 JEC customers’ with their electricity bills.
Durrell’s CEO Paul Masterton said: ‘Durrell is delighted with the award which enables us to raise awareness of carbon offsetting. Tree planting is the best way to take carbon out of the atmosphere. The black lion tamarin reforestation programme not only secures the future of this critically endangered species, it also aids other wildlife in the Amazon rainforest, while supporting local communities and capturing carbon.’
Jersey Electricity CEO Chris Ambler said: ‘We had a terrific response to our Environmental Award last year. The commitment to the environment demonstrated by the organisations that entered was extremely impressive. In making these cash awards, Jersey Electricity wants to recognise their efforts and demonstrate its own commitment to these projects long after the applause of the awards night has faded.’
The closing date for entries for Jersey Electricity Environmental Award 2010 is 14 January 2011, with the winners announced at the glittering Jersey Enterprise Awards gala dinner on 4 March.