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Finalists for ‘Noise Oscars’ Announced
Noise Abatement Society John Connell Awards celebrate 10th year
New European category launched
BRIGHTON, 3 November 2010 – Finalists for the 10th annual John Connell Awards, dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’, have been announced by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS).
The awards are named in honour of the Society’s founder, John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK.
They are designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives from Local Authorities, industry, individuals and organisations that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.
Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said:
“John Connell called noise the ‘forgotten pollutant’ as many people are unaware of the destructive effect it can have on health, learning, productivity and quality of life.
“The finalists of all the award categories have created practical solutions to reduce noise pollution, enabling us all to benefit from a more harmonious environment.”
The awards will be kindly hosted at the House of Commons by Mike Weatherly MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of the NAS Trustees. The award categories and their finalists are:
Local Authority Award, sponsored by quietrevolution™ – celebrates initiatives, campaigns and schemes that are shining examples of community co-operation, awareness raising and creative solutions for reducing noise pollution and improving quality of life in the community.
Finalists: Islington Council
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Sheffield City Council
Teignbridge District Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Enterprise Award – This award is given in recognition of exemplary partnership working for the public benefit. In particular it recognises the exceptional dedication of individuals within their roles who go above and beyond accepted standards – those who forge a path for others to follow.
Innovation Award – aims to encourage the development of new solutions to resolve noise pollution problems, using a pioneering approach that addresses this issue from a unique standpoint. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society and will be announced on the night.
Technology Award, sponsored by The Institute of Acoustics – applauds the vital role that industry can play in reducing noise pollution in our environment. This award has a separate judging panel, comprising:
John Hinton OBE, Chair of Judging Panel, past President of The Institute of Acoustics (2008-2010) and a recipient of last year’s John Connell Lifetime Achievement Award,
David Lane, Chair of Trustees, the Noise Abatement Society
Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, the Noise Abatement Society
Max Dixon, Town planner and urbanist specialising in noise and soundscape management, formerly of the Greater London Authority and a recipient of last year’s John Connell Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Raul Meyer, Managing Director of Ecoinnovations Consulting Ltd, engineering specialist and a former Director at Ricardo UK Ltd
Finalists: Daikin Airconditioning UK, Air-to-Air technology
Container Centralen, Quiet Rollcontainers
Tennant Company, Green Machines 500ez
Rockwool Limited, Rockfon and Rockprime™ insulation solutions
Trude Adler Award – celebrates unsung heroes who make our world a better, safer, healthier, quieter place to live and to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society and will be announced on the night.
Silent Approach™ Award, sponsored by Brigade Electronics – encourages development in the area of reducing noise to the benefit of the community whilst enhancing the environment. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society and will be announced on the night.
Europe Award – this new award recognises important initiatives undertaken in Europe to improve the aural environment for the benefit of all. It aims to encourage and disseminate good practices that can assist other European countries embarking on aural improvement programmes, especially in urban environments. The winner of this award is nominated by the Noise Abatement Society and will be announced on the night.
10th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award – In recognition of our founder, John Connell OBE, and the 10th Anniversary of the Awards in his name, the NAS will honour key individuals who have made outstanding contributions to raising the profile of noise pollution as a critical environmental issue and who have worked tirelessly over the course of their careers to effect solutions for the public benefit.
Winners of the John Connell Awards 2010 will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9 November which will also be attended by representatives from government, local government, industry, science and academia from the UK and abroad. For more information on the Awards or to see the list of finalists, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.noiseabatementsociety.com” www.noiseabatementsociety.com.
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Notes to editors
Brigade Electronics – Sponsors of the Silent Approach™ Award
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The Institute of Acoustics – Sponsors of the Technology Award
The Institute of Acoustics is the UK’s professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. It was formed in 1974 from the amalgamation of the Acoustics Group of the Institute of Physics and the British Acoustical Society (a daughter society of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers). The Institute of Acoustics is a nominated body of the Engineering Council, offering registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels. The Institute has some 3000 members from a rich diversity of backgrounds, with engineers, scientists, educators, lawyers, occupational hygienists, architects and environmental health officers among their number. For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.ioa.org.uk” www.ioa.org.uk
quietrevolution™ – Sponsors of the Local Authority Award
Developers and promoters of wind turbine solutions and the role they play in helping combat climate change. quietrevolution’s aim is to play a leading global role in the local energy revolution and has developed an elegant and innovative vertical axis wind turbine. This cutting edge technology has been designed in response to the growing demand for renewable technologies and demonstrates that turbines can be elegant, quiet and a long-term, cost effective solution for generating energy. For more information visit HYPERLINK “http://www.quietrevolution.com” www.quietrevolution.com
About Noise Abatement Society
The objective of the Noise Abatement Society is to raise awareness of noise and noise-related pollutants (for example, light disturbance and air pollution). Its work helps to find solutions and relieve the physical and mental distress and ill health which noise and related pollutants cause and which profoundly affect public health, productivity, the quality of life and marine and wildlife. The Society was established in 1959 by John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960, establishing noise as a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. The Society operates a free advice helpline for those people that are suffering from noise nuisance, and don’t know where to turn to find a solution to the problem. The number to call is: 01273 823 850 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com