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15 VolkerWessels UK “It is well understood that the combination of multiple small losses can have a substantial collective impact on biodiversity, and therefore conversely even the smallest effort to improve a habitat can make a difference. The simplistic beauty of CIRIA’s BIG Biodiversity Challenge is that construction sites and existing buildings can introduce a small biodiversity enhancement and not be discouraged from participating by lack of space, funding or opportunity. This accessibility for everyone to participate is one of the reasons why VolkerWessels UK fully supports CIRIA’s BIG Biodiversity Challenge, and we look forward to making our own contributions to this environmentally critical initiative”. Adrian Shah Cundy, VolkerWessels UK Partnership opportunities Becoming a partner of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge will provide your organisation with an opportunity to: Demonstrate that you are a leading organisation, committed to championing sustainability and the delivery of biodiversity within the built environment. Position your organisation at the forefront of good practice in sustainability and be recognised as an industry leader in biodiversity. Raise your profile and target a rapidly growing sector, including key decision makers and biodiversity leaders, developing business as well as helping to shape the community. The BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards The awards will once again take place at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on 15 October 2015 celebrating those organisations who participated in the BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2015. Shortlisted and winning entries will be decided upon following a rigorous and robust judging process by the independent judging panel. The overall winner will go beyond normal business practice and demonstrate an outstanding commitment to biodiversity. Categories The BIG Biodiversity Challenge has seven award categories ranging from large scale permanent to small scale temporary, through to most innovative and community engagement. The range of award categories helps demonstrate that biodiversity enhancements can be incorporated in different projects at a variety of scales. Large scale permanent Long-term improvement following the construction phase that covers a relatively large area, eg green walls, green roofs, large tree/wildflower planting. Small scale permanent Long-term improvement following the construction phase that covers a small area, eg bug hotel, bat box, small tree/wildflower planting. Large scale temporary Short-term improvement that covers a relatively large area, eg temporary green wall/green hoarding. Small scale temporary Short-term improvement that covers a small area, eg skip garden, planters in construction site. Pollinator An improvement that supports pollinators through the creation or protection of suitable habitat, eg wildflower planting, bee hotel, staff training on pollinator awareness. Community engagement An initiative that demonstrates the importance of engaging with staff or local community, eg running workshops, creating biodiversity champions. Most innovative An enhancement that displays an innovative approach to incorporating biodiversity, eg unique opportunity on site, reuse of construction waste. How to get involved If you or your organisation wants to show your commitment to championing biodiversity in the built environment then sign up for free or partner the BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2015. It will give you the opportunity to become industry leaders in biodiversity enhancements. For further details visit www.bigchallenge.info or email: michael.small@ciria.org BIG Challenge Awards 2014, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Retail store, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, courtesy of Marks and Spencer


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