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Winner of global environment prize to be announced

The winner of one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes will be announced this week (Friday 12 May 2000).

Established by the University of St Andrews in partnership with international energy company Conoco, the St Andrews Prize – which carries the theme “Making Waste Work” – is offering US $25,000 and a medal in return for an imaginative, yet practical solution to waste-related problems.

The Prize, which was launched in 1998, attracted entries from over 30 countries. The finalists embrace an imaginative New York proposal for recycling storm water and organic waste, a Palestinian project to turn olive pip waste into valuable by-products and a scheme to transform the way in which India’s urban waste is collected and managed.

The submissions were judged by an international committee of trustees led by Sir Crispin Tickell, Convener of the British Government’s Panel on Sustainable Development and a member of the government task force investigating the threat posed to Earth by asteroids and comets. Other judges included Sara Parkin, Director of Forum for the Future; Professor Sir John Krebs, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency and James Currie, Director-General of DGXI (Environment), European Commission.

The Prize will be awarded at an environmental seminar at the University of St Andrews which will be attended by Trustees, Henry McLeish MSP, Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and a host of guests with strong environmental interests.

They will include Charles Miller Smith, Chairman of ICI plc; Lady Howe of Aberavon CEB, Chairman of The BOC Foundation; The Rt. Hon. The Lord Jenkin of Roding, Chairman of the Foundation for Science and Technology and Dr Caroline Jackson MEP, Chairman of the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Safety Committee.

NOTE TO EDITORS – You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews at 10am on Friday 12 May 2000 when the prize- winner and the two runners-up will be announced and available for interview/photographs.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07887 650072 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: prize2000.seminar/standrews/chg/8ma y2000/PR1935

 

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