WICKLOW COUNTY Council's environmental record was recognised as they won an award as the top Green county Council in the country.
The Green Award was handed over to the local authority for the Garden County due to council efforts to provide more sustainable services and actively encourage businesses and the public to become greener in outlook and practice.
The council was praised in particular for the depth and breath of the submission made, focusing on waste, energy, water, biodiversity and travel.
Acknowledging the award, County Council Cathaoirleach Derek Mitchell said, ' It's a great tribute to all the staff of the council across a wide range of services provided. The concept of being 'green' has deep roots in all the County Council's activities, and this bodes well for the future of the Garden County.'
It's the first time the awards have ever taken place and Wicklow County Council impressed the likes of environmental campaigner in the building industry Gerry McCaughey and RTE presenter Duncan Stewart, who were two of the judges.
Facts that impressed the judging panel included two thirds of all waste in County Buildings and local authority offices is now segregated for recycling, a raft of innovative energy saving measures have cut fuel bills in County Buildings, in community infrastructure projects and for local people and massive water savings have been generated from a leak reduction programme.