Sanctuary Awards 2021
Military Life

Sanctuary Awards To Recognise Outstanding Contribution To MOD Conservation

The awards have been celebrating biodiversity, conservation and energy efficiency projects since 1991

Sanctuary Awards 2021

An award ceremony recognising outstanding conservation and sustainability projects across the Ministry of Defence estate will be live-streamed on the MOD's YouTube channel Tuesday, March 16 at midday UKT.

The MOD's 'Sanctuary Awards' encourage group and individual efforts that benefit sustainable development, energy-saving measures, wildlife, archaeology, environmental improvement or community awareness of conservation on or within land and property that the MOD owns or uses in the UK and overseas.

Sanctuary Awards have been recognising outstanding contributions to conservation across the MOD since 1991 and to sustainability since 2008.

This year's ceremony will be held for the first time as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Awards will be presented by the Defence Minister and Lt Gen Richard Nugee, the MOD’s Climate Change and Sustainability Lead.

To celebrate a new decade, and to further encourage support of the MOD’s sustainability ambitions, the 2020 Sanctuary Awards’ categories were modernised to include the:

Environmental Protection & Enhancement Award which celebrates projects that focus on wildlife and biodiversity, environmental research or tackles pollution and contamination issues

Social Value, Community & Heritage Award which celebrates projects that focus on the social aspects of sustainability, including heritage, public access, community engagement and education

Energy, Low Carbon & Resource Efficiency Award which celebrates projects that reduce energy, water or resource consumption, enable recycling, the use of renewable energy or contribute to the MOD’s Net Zero carbon ambition

Individual Achievement Award which celebrates people who have made a significant personal contribution to MOD conservation or sustainability as a MOD employee, contractor or volunteer

Sustainable Construction Award which celebrates new build and refurbishment projects that innovate in fields such as novel materials or designs, resource management, the reuse of historic buildings or climate resilience

Sustainable Procurement Award which celebrates projects that improve the sustainability of equipment or services, the management of supply chains or product life cycles

The winning and highly commended entries for each category will be announced and we will join the project teams to hear more about their work.

In addition, the winners of each category have been considered for two further awards.

The Silver Otter Trophy has been awarded annually since 1991 to the best Conservation Group led project or individual conservation effort on the MOD estate.

Since 2014 the much sought after Sustainable Business Award has been presented to more commercial projects which deliver sustainable solutions to enable the Armed Forces to live, work or train effectively.

You can register for the live stream via Event Brite.

Join the Sanctuary Awards, live-steamed on the MoDs YouTube channel on March 16 at midday UKT.