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Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary shortlisted for Cornwall Sustainability Awards

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Monkey at the Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary

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A Looe monkey sanctuary was shortlisted for two Cornwall Sustainability Awards.

The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary is in the running for an award for best medium business and resource management.

The Cornwall Sustainability Awards recognise the work of businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that are actively trying to improve their own sustainability and that of the Cornish economy as a whole.

The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary is a charity that helps the welfare and conservation of primates, supported by Wild Futures which is a UK registered charity.

Wild Futures charity worker, Hayley Dann said: “We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for two awards this year.

“All our staff and volunteers are passionate about living a sustainable life and work hard to ensure that our organisational operations have as little effect on the environment as possible.

“Our carbon footprint project this year has been a great exercise, in not only illustrating the areas we are good at, but also providing us with a plan for how we can further reduce our environmental impact over the coming years.

“It is great to be recognised for our hard work through the Cornwall Sustainability Awards, as it gives us an even greater platform to educate others in how to live and work more sustainably.”

This year, Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary carried out a project to measure its carbon footprint with the help of Renewable Energy university student, Kate Simpson.

The project enabled the charity to reduce electrical consumption by 50 percent and has provided the charity with a plan to further reduce its carbon footprint over the coming years.

Graduate consultant at Grontmij Ms Simpson, said: “There has never been a more pressing time to tackle the causes of human induced climate change.

“To have any hope of meeting this challenge and our responsibility to future generations, consideration of the carbon cost of our activities must become as second nature as for example, the financial cost.

“The Monkey Sanctuary with their strong environmental ethos and longstanding in the Cornish community, is ideally placed to help facilitate the conversations we need to have to bring about this vital carbon literacy.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the organisation and an inspiration to see what can be achieved through the carbon footprinting process.”

The awards ceremony takes place at Atlantic Hotel in Newquay on December 6, when the winners of each category will be announced.

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