Chris Cole, environmental co-ordinator and quality auditor at Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN), has been named Best Green Champion by Investors in the Environment (iiE).
He collected his award at iiE’s awards ceremony for Yorkshire and the Humber where IPN also collected its Green Level accreditation.
Chris helped the business gain Bronze Level accreditation from Investors in the Environment in April 2016. IPN which is based at Dalton near Thirsk, is the first UK pet food business to go straight from Bronze Level to Green Level.
He has been at IPN, the UK’s largest independent producer of dry pet food, for nearly 11 years. Following two years in production he then joined the technical department.
“I became interested in environmental issues and their potential impact on the business and took advantage of IPN’s career development programme to gain more knowledge,” he said. “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to put what I have learnt into practice and that it has brought benefits to the business.”
Becky Taylor of Investors in the Environment, said: “The Green Champion Award recognises the efforts and achievements of individual Green Champions that have gone above and beyond. They must have achieved good scores to the Investors in the Environment criteria and have brought about innovative actions or community efforts.
“Chris Cole from IPN was awarded the Green Champion award for jumping from Bronze to Green accreditation and achieving a great green score, implementing excellent levels of staff training and increasing environmental awareness within their manufacturing environment.”