Rising Star Award

The UK Green Building Council and PRP launched the Rising Star Award in 2013, in memory of Mel Starrs, a prominent built environment practitioner and Associate Director at PRP, who sadly passed away in 2012. The award is an opportunity to nominate a colleague or peer who has made a real difference to the sustainability agenda and shine a light on their achievements.

Rising Star Award 2017 - nominations open

Nominations for the Rising Star Award 2017 are open.

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Nominations will close at midday on Friday 16 December. The judges will use your nomination to select a long-list who will be informed on Wednesday 21 December, so please ensure that you provide us with a great example of how your nominee fits the criteria (can be found below).

Nominees who make this year’s long-list will be asked to provide a submission to the judges, with the shortlist being contacted in late January for their additional evidence (which will include a short video).

With thanks to our judging panel for 2017.

  • Claire Battles, Balfour Beatty
  • Su Butcher,  Just Practising
  • Lindsey Malcolm, XCO2
  • Andrew Mellor, PRP
  • Lisa Pasquale, Six Cylinder (2016 winner)
  • Joseph Williams, UK-GBC

We are thrilled to see the Rising Star Award in its fifth year. Last year saw the largest number of nominations and the most diverse in terms of discipline and our hope is to surpass this yet again. It is always great to see the nominees entries and we are excited to showcase the stars of the industry at Ecobuild 2017.
Andrew Mellor, Partner, PRP

Award criteria

The Rising Star award recognises an individual’s vision and success in highlighting the importance of sustainability in building and driving lasting change in their organisation or the wider sector. Candidates for nomination should be able to demonstrate one or all of the below:

  • Use of innovative techniques for sharing knowledge, communicating and promoting greener approaches
  • Engage colleagues and peers on sustainability issues to stimulate discussion and debate
  • Have played a key role in either changing their organisation’s working methods, challenging policy, promoting or improving sustainability performance
  • Undertake activities outside of their job role to promote or communicate sustainability issues.

Read long-standing judge, Su Butcher's guidance for nomination, here.

Download the factsheet

About Mel

Mel created her Elemental blog in 2006 to share her ideas and thinking about sustainability in the built environment. Over 6 years Mel wrote passionately on a wide range of subjects, from Engineering and Science to Economics and Policy, leaving a legacy of writings and thoughts that have inspired numerous like-minded professionals from the building industry to use social media for communicating ideas on green buildings and sustainability to a wider audience. You can read Mel’s blog here

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