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Judges & Judging

A distinguished panel of Judges will be drawn from state, academic and private sectors to co-ordinate the Green Awards judging. In addition, a highly respected International panel will also judge the entries this year. Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving a Green Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The Judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of Green Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the closing date for receiving submissions, all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on the Awards website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. A panel of international judges will also judge your entry, with each responsible for 1 category.
  6. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  7. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  8. The winners will be announced at the 2017 awards ceremony. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

The Green Awards 2017 Judging Panel

The winners of the Green Awards will be decided by an independent panel of distinguished industry leaders.

Judging Co-ordinator

Dr. Louise Dunne - Research Manager, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, University College Dublin

Dr. Louise Dunne - Research Manager, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, UCD

Louise Dunne was educated at Trinity College Dublin (BA Psychology) and University College Dublin (MSc Environmental Resource Management, PhD Environmental Policy).

Prior to working at UCD she worked in publishing in San Francisco and New York. Past research has included: Resilient Cities, Carbon taxes in Ireland, Market-based instruments in Europe, Environmental Indicators for the Urban Environment in Ireland; The Origin and Significance of Mushroom Stones in Lowland Karst regions in Ireland; Economic and Green Jobs in Dublin.

Domestic Panel

Ali Sheridan - Sustainability Development Manager (Origin Green), Bord Bia

Ali Sheridan - Sustainability Development Manager (Origin Green), Bord Bia

Ali has worked in sustainability for over ten years across the private, public and NGO sectors both at home and abroad focusing on the implementation of sustainable strategies and supply chains, engagement and communication. She has recently joined Bord Bia as Sustainability Development Manager where she is part of the team involved in the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability programme.

Prior to this, Ali spent two years working as an Origin Green Ambassador where she represented the Irish Food and Drink Industry while undertaking projects with PepsiCo, Subway and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform. She has previously worked across a range of sustainability roles in Bearingpoint, Green-Schools and Dublin City Council.

Ali sits on a number of sustainability committees and working groups across a range of industries and lectures in Sustainable Energy and Water at Dublin City University.

Padraig Ryan - Manager, Business Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland

Padraig Ryan - Manager, Business Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland

Padraig works as part of Grant Thornton’s Business Consulting team. Grant Thornton, Ireland’s fastest growing professional services firm, work with clients from a variety of different industries including food and beverage, healthcare and utilities. In his role Padraig has the opportunity to work with clients on business process re-engineering, Lean Six Sigma and change management projects.

Previously, Padraig held senior sustainability roles in the healthcare and food and beverage industries. Padraig’s approach to sustainability has been nationally and internationally recognised. He is a member of the National Stakeholder Forum on CSR and also a member of Sustainable Nation’s “40 under 40”. Padraig is a qualified Project Manager and holds an MSc in Sustainable Development and an MBA.

Walter Bruton - Senior Consultant, ERM Environmental Resources Management Ireland

Walter Bruton - Senior Consultant, ERM Environmental Resources Management Ireland

Walter is a Senior Sustainability Consultant at ERM, a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services. He has worked with clients globally from across the NGO, public and private sectors, ranging from local SMEs to multinational blue-chip companies, helping them to fully integrate sustainability within their projects and operations, reduce risks, minimise impacts and enhance benefits. Walter works primarily within the Oil and Gas, Power (including Renewables), Mining, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and TMT sectors. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Development and a MA in Town and Country Planning.

Grace Maher - Development Officer, IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association)

Grace Maher - Development Officer, IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association)

Grace has extensive experience in organic food and farming. With a qualification in organic horticulture she began her career teaching Sustainable Agriculture at the Organic College in Limerick. From there she returned to her native Carlow and started a commercial horticulture business selling organic produce at the Carlow Farmer’s Market. Grace continued to teach organic horticulture courses from her farm and also at various centres in the area.

In 2007 she began working with the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association, IOFGA as their Development Officer. Her role is varied and involves working on projects to develop the sector, and includes a mandate to enhance the role of organic food and producers in the media.

Johanna Varghese - Freelance Environmental Consultant

Johanna Varghese - Freelance Environmental Consultant

Johanna is an architect and urban planner and recently worked on the EU TURAS (Transitioning towards Urban Resilience & Sustainability 2011 -2016) project http://www.turas-cities.org/  as a project manager  on behalf of Dublin City Council and University College Dublin. As part of the TURAS project the team researched and  prototyped different tools and practices that could add value to land use, regeneration and participatory processes  in the city such as Collaborations, ComPass and Reusing Dublin, Open Poplar, Community Gains and Innovative Housing (to be found on the TURAS website).

Craig Bullock - Manager, Optimize

Craig Bullock - Manager, Optimize

Craig Bullock has a PhD in environmental economics and is based part time at UCD where he specialises in the analysis of policies on environmental quality, the natural environment and climate change, and has managed and participated in both Irish and EU projects. He also manages Optimize, a consultancy working in the fields of economics, environment and social impacts. In this capacity he has worked on projects and impact assessments in the fields of transport, flood management, wind energy, recreation, water quality and biodiversity.

Mark Bennett - CEO, Ambie - Energy for Everything

Mark Bennett - CEO, Ambie - Energy for Everything

Mark Bennett consults on projects spanning smart cities, cleantech and corporate citizenship strategy. He is currently building an Internet of Things mobility startup called BikeLook, funded by Enterprise Ireland High Potential Startup Unit. He has worked in the private, public and NGO sectors on environmental and business strategy in Ireland, the US, UK and Italy in addition to placements with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the European Commission. Mark holds a BA in Environmental Science from Trinity College, an MSc in International Management from King’s College London and a postgrad in Sustainable Energy Finance from Dublin City University.

Eoin Sweeney -  Marine and Energy Consultant

Eoin Sweeney -  Marine and Energy Consultant

Eoin Sweeney managed the Discovery Programme, developing strategic technology programmes in the, then, emerging sectors of Ocean Energy, Marine Biotechnology and Marine ICT, within the Marine Institute.

He initiated and managed the Ocean Energy Development Unit (OEDU) in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland from 2008 to 2012. In this role he was responsible for initiating and co-ordinating a wide-ranging suite of measures to realise the objectives of the national Ocean Energy Strategy.

In 2012, he served as Chairman of the 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy, which was held in Dublin. He was Vice-chairman of the OES, the IEA’s Implementing Agreement for Ocean Energy until 2014.

He currently works as a consultant to Irish and international agencies on marine energy, technology and biotechnology.

Roisin Byrne - Landscape Architect

Roisin Byrne - Landscape Architect

Roisin Byrne is a landscape architect with specific interest in Nature-Based solutions and Re-Naturing cities.

Roisin works mainly on Place Projects that are collaborative, seeking to facilitate local actors in the development of ecologically harmonious projects. The idea that local solutions can contribute globally is applied through documentation, reflective practice, and contribution to international dialogue. Roisin has just completed research and innovative work with the highly successful EU FP7 TURAS Project and is an expert on the ComPass solution.

Roisin is also voluntary consultant landscape architect and woodland and nature reserve coordinator to Greenfriends Ireland. Her creative output includes publications, research, landscape architecture drawings / specifications: analysis, artistic abstracts, concepts, schematics, tendering, and construction. Roisin has a background in organic farm methods, (27 years) architecture technology, landscape design to private gardens, residential and public projects. She has an honours degree in Landscape Architecture (2013, UCD).

Jeffrey P. Fisher - Director, Marine Environment & Food Safety Services, Marine Institute

Jeffrey P. Fisher - Director, Marine Environment & Food Safety Services, Marine Institute

Dr. Jeff Fisher is an aquatic ecologist and toxicologist with 28 years of research and management experience evaluating physical, chemical, and biological impacts on aquatic animals, ecosystem function, and human health. Prior to joining the Marine Institute in 2016 as the Director of Marine Environment and Food Safety Services, he worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service as Branch Chief overseeing marine and freshwater quality and fisheries management of the  Columbia River and Washington Coast, following sequential positions with the Fisheries Research Institute, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Sea Research Foundation, NY Department of Health, U.S. State Department (AAAS Fellow, invasive species lead), and 12 years in the environmental consulting sector over his career. These broad experiences have afforded Dr. Fisher objectivity in evaluating the environmental and human health issues related to aquaculture production and science. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries  biology from the University of Washington (USA), a Master’s degree in fish and shellfish pathology from Stirling University (U.K.), and a PhD in environmental toxicology from Cornell University (USA).

International Panel

Jan Peter Bergkvist - Sleepwell AB, Sweden

Jan Peter Bergkvist - Sleepwell AB, Sweden

Jan Peter "JP" Bergkvist has been active in the field of Sustainable Business at an executive level in the hospitality industry since the early nineties. For 15 years Jan Peter worked with Scandic, with the last 9 years in an executive management position, including 4 years with Hilton International in the role of Director of Environmental Sustainability.

In 2009 Mr. Bergkvist stepped back from his position as Vice President Sustainable Business at Scandic to a role of senior advisor working in his own business SleepWell AB.

SleepWell is running the secretariat of Sweden Textile Water Initiative, stwi.se since 2010 today one of the largest public-private partnerships in Sweden.

Steve Gillman - ICF Mostra, Belgium

Steve Gillman - ICF Mostra, Belgium

Steve is a media and communications expert that specialises in sustainability. Based in Brussels, he works with the European Commission on a range of different projects and has helped the Directorate General for Climate Action find and promote green initiatives. More recently, Steve collaborated with the Directorate General for Environment to find businesses that showcase the Circular Economy. He also works as a journalist for EU-based publications and writes about sustainable energy, green business, agriculture and innovation. Steve also co-founded a project with the WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) organisation to explore sustainable agriculture and artisan food production.

Ken Melamed - President, Green Party of Canada & Whistler's Olympic and Paralympic Mayor

Ken Melamed - President, Green Party of Canada & Whistler's Olympic and Paralympic Mayor

Ken Melamed was the Mayor of Whistler (2005-2011), Canada, during the planning and delivery of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The Vancouver/Whistler games set a new benchmark for strategic planning and rigorous adherence to sustainability principles, largely due to the strength of Whistler 2020, the community’s long term sustainability vision, for which Melamed was a principle champion.

Melamed became an advocate for The Natural Step (TNS), a strategic framework for sustainable community and business. Whistler became the first community to adopt TNS in North America, and Melamed has spoken extensively about the process of developing, and the benefits of implementing, a sustainability agenda.

Melamed served on several boards, including the Fraser Basin Council, Smart Growth BC, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Housing Authority, and the Whistler Athlete’s Village Development Corporation. In 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to his community.

He is currently the President of the Green Party of Canada, and on the advisory board of the Columbia Institute.

Patrick McCartan - Director of Corporate Member Network, Sustainable Brands, USA

Patrick McCartan - Sustainable Brands, USA

As Director of the world’s premier sustainability network, Patrick leads this peer-to-peer, learning and collaborative group of over sixty global brands. Companies utilise the many features of the membership to support their short and long term sustainability goals.

Patrick helps members overcome their biggest sustainability challenges from making the business case for sustainability to understanding the shifting demand and behaviour of consumers to employee engagement by embedding sustainability across multiple departments and innovating around products and services. Members include Unilever, Mars, Nestle, Disney, BASF, Ford, 3M, SAP, Microsoft, Sony and many more.

Andrea Belloni -  BIC LAZIO, Italy

Andrea Belloni -  BIC LAZIO, Italy

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