Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Our Sustainable Transport Advisor Laura, wins Paths for All Step Count Challenge Award

National walking charity Paths for All  held their annual Volunteer Awards in Glasgow to celebrate and recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers in delivering Scotland’s National Walking strategy. Volunteers are involved in a diverse range of activities from grass cutting to leading sensory impairment walks and organising Walking Football competitions to chatting over a cup of tea after a Health Walk. Everyone involved in Paths for All’s everyday walking activities are not just more active, they have made more friends and are having fun!

Our Sustainable Transport Advisor, Laura Anderson, won the Step Count Champion of the Year Award. Hundreds of nominations were received but Laura won for showing the hallmarks of a true champion: overcoming barriers, inspiring others and being an all round great colleague. 

Laura a self confessed couch, pizza and  wine lover, motivated herself and her colleagues to get more active by trying to beat each other's daily step count. She's been surprised to discover her inner competitor.

Now she walks at  lunchtimes and even plans hiking  weekends and holidays. Her husband's a bit bemused by his new wife but they're both feeling the benefit. She's keeping her colleagues on their toes and off the couch. 

The winner in the office for the greatest number of steps was Lucy. In the 8 week period Lucy walked 823,518 steps which equates to 369 miles.

Watch this space, a new Step Count Challenge has began!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Energy Agency sponsors The Fair Trade and Climate Change Award

The Scottish Fair Trade Awards 2017

Fair Trade campaigners, businesses and supporters came together on Thursday 12th October to celebrate the 5th annual Scottish Fair Trade Awards. The event, organised in collaboration with Rainbow Turtle, took place in Paisley's St. Mirin's Catheral. Following the awards, attendees enjoyed an inspiring talk from visiting producer, Sneha Kapur, Marketing Manager at the Indian-based manufacturer Mandala Apparels as well as a delicious Fair Trade meal.
The Fair Trade and Climate Change Award is a new award this year to recognise groups who are taking action to raise awareness of the links between Fair Trade and combatting climate change. The winners of this award are from Kyle Academy who are a group of hard-working and committed individuals who have achieved “Fair Achiever” status for their school twice. They have also helped the school to achieve the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, as well as winning the Gold Medal of South Ayrshire’s Provost Footprint Challenge with their co-operative work with the school’s eco group. 

Pictured left to right - Councillor Ian Cochrane, Pupils from Kyle Academy & Liz Marquis, Director of Energy Agency

To read more of the 2017 winners click here

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Energy Agency wins National Award for Project Management Company of the Year

The Energy Agency won the National Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Award 2017 for Project Management Company of the Year.

The award was presented at a Gala Dinner on Friday 29th September at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. The event was hosted by Dan Walker and awards presented by Sir Lenny Henry.

Liz Marquis, Director and Alan McGonigle, Deputy Director accepted the award and was  joined by sponsors of the category, Johnstone's

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Energy Agency wins Best in Scotland - Large Scale Project of the Year 2017

The Energy Agency has won first prize for the Best in Scotland category for Large Scale Project of the Year at the Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017.

The Energy Agency in partnership with the Local Authorities of South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and NHS Ayrshire & Arran, were awarded first prize at the Scotland Regional Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Award 2017. The award recognises excellence in large scale projects that help householders reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.  It also recognises excellent customer service and quality workmanship.

The Energy Agency manages the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Schemes on behalf of the 3 local authorities and are funded by Scottish Government.
The schemes install solid wall insulation in targeted fuel poor communities with hard to treat homes. In partnership with NHS Ayrshire & Arran, research is taking place into the health impact of these improvements.

The winners were announced at an Annual Dinner in Glasgow on 2nd March 2017 and presented by the category sponsor ‘Area Eco, supporting sustainable communities’

Photo from left to right - Ernie Tew East Ayrshire Council, Cassandra Dove Energy Agency, Chris Carroll South Ayrshire  Council, Ian Cuthbert Energy Saving Trust, Alan McGonigle Energy Agency, Liz Marquis Energy Agency