Inaugural Environmental Health Hero awards to take a bow at Annual Conference

This year’s Annual Conference will see the CIEH launch the inaugural Environmental Hero Award, celebrating people who have actively championed cleaner, healthier and safer environments and lifestyles. 


Taking place in Nottingham on 27 and 28 September, the 2016 Annual Conference is the highlight of the CIEH calendar and this year’s theme is: “We can be heroes”.

To help bring the theme to life, the CIEH will be hosting the Environmental Hero Award in partnership with Middlesex University London.

The winner will take home Marks & Spencer vouchers worth £500, a medal, the chance to feature in EHN and other CIEH publications, as well as a fully-hosted VIP place at the two-day conference, including a seat at the awards dinner.

You cannot nominate yourself but if you end up as the 2016 Environmental Health Hero, the person who nominated you can look forward to receiving a complementary two-day delegate place at the 2016 Annual Conference, including a seat at the awards dinner.

And you don’t have to be a CIEH member to be considered as an Environmental Health Hero as it is open to anyone who has made a notable contribution to the world of environmental health.

Dr Celia Bell, Head of Department of Natural Sciences at Middlesex University, said: “We’re delighted to partner with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health on the Environmental Hero Award and look forward to seeing many nominations for individuals who actively champion cleaner, healthier and safer environments and lifestyles.

“Middlesex University is one of the UK’s foremost providers of environmental health education so it seems very apt for us to support this new award which recognises expert practitioners. Students at Middlesex work in specialist teaching facilities to conduct research into a wide variety of areas including listeria in food, the effects of heavy smoking, skin lightening, water pollution and the attitudes of people living in high-rise buildings towards recycling.” 

Entry is free and individuals being put forward will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Made a significant improvement to health or wellbeing, or helped to reduce health inequality in their community, regionally or nationally
  2. Caused the termination of a significant nuisance or threat to health or the environment
  3. Overcame an obstacle or achieved a ‘hard to reach’ position resulting in a positive outcome in environmental health

If you think you have what it takes to be an Environmental Health Hero, the person nominating you will need to provide written evidence of no more than 200 words, including your name and contact details.

Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive of the CIEH, said: “There are so many environmental health heroes walking amongst us but hardly anyone hears about their vital and important work.

“These awards are being launched at the Annual Conference to reverse this very trend and drive home the message that the work of environmental health professionals helps keep businesses, communities and people healthier and safer.”

The deadline date for entries is 14 August 2016 and entries should be emailed to:


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