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Sustainability First Essay Prize Advert2Sustainability First Essay Prize

Building from the corona crisis towards a sustainable future

The corona pandemic is currently affecting every area of peoples’ lives across the globe. As we emerge from the crisis, how do we ensure a sustainable recovery – which balances economic, social and environmental wellbeing? Sustainability First is launching an Essay Prize to invite original, radical ideas and visions in response to the question:

‘How do we build from the current corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’

We ask you to consider this question from one or more of the following perspectives:

  • Cultural, behavioural and societal change;
  • Government policy, regulatory & institutional change; and/or
  • Business leadership, governance and practice.

We are particularly interested in essays that address these issues in public utilities (e.g. energy, water and communications).

Sustainability First is a think tank and charity which seeks to promote practical ways to deliver environmental, social and economic wellbeing - with a particular focus on climate change and public utility companies (e.g. energy, water and communications).

The essay prize is open to people over the age of 18 years. The writer of the winning essay will receive a prize of £1000 with £300 for second prize and £200 for third prize.

We have brought together a high profile panel of judges from academia, business and policymaking including:

  • Lord Deben, Chair, The Committee on Climate Change
  • Andy Johnson, Assistant Editor and News Editor, The i paper
  • Rose O’Neill, Principal Specialist - People and Environment, Natural England
  • Laura Sandys, Chair, Government Energy Data Taskforce and Director of Challenging Ideas
  • Olivia Dickson, Board Member Impact Investing Institute, ShareAction and Financial Reporting Council
  • Phil Barton, Chair, Sustainability First
  • Professor Paul Dewick - Professor of Sustainability and Innovation, Keele Business School, Keele University

The judging criteria will include: identification of key issues; radical and practical ideas for action; evidence, style of writing and clarity of argument. We will notify writers of shortlisted essays during week beginning 9 June 2020. We plan to hold an online prize-giving event, with a virtual book comprising shortlisted works on 1 July 2020.

To apply – please complete our online application form before the deadline: 1 June 2020 at 5pm, and review the rules for entry. For further information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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