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The Jack Petchey Environmental Award

The Jack Petchey Environmental Award Programme recognises outstanding young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex for the work they do to support awareness of climate issues and sustainability in their local community. Award winners will receive a certificate, attend a prestigious award ceremony and have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £300 to be used for an environmental project with their supporting organisation.

Nominate a young person for an Environmental Award!


At the Jack Petchey Foundation, we exist to inspire and motivate young people to achieve and to recognise those achievements. Climate change is an issue that young people feel passionate about, and young people across London and Essex do amazing things every day to help protect their local environment and campaign to help build a greener tomorrow.

In 2022, we conducted the Jack Petchey Environmental Youth Survey to give young people from London and Essex the chance to share their thoughts on climate issues, environmental education in schools, and how young people can be better empowered to build a more sustainable future. Over 4,000 young people provided their feedback. This demonstrated how eager they were for their voices to be heard and be part of the climate solution.

The Environmental Award programme is our response to what young people told us about the importance of climate and environmental issues. A pilot programme was launched in 2022, and over 140 young people were recognised for the incredible hard work that they were doing in their communities to create a sustainable change in their local area. Young people doing great things for the environment were nominated for one of our Jack Petchey Environmental Awards. Winners received a special certificate, badge and a letter from Sir Jack Petchey himself. They also had the opportunity to apply for a Jack Petchey Environmental Grant of £300 towards an environmental project they are involved in through their secondary school/college or youth organisation if they were part of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme.

The new Environmental Award programme

Due to the incredible response to the pilot, we are delighted to officially launch the Environmental Award as part of the Jack Petchey Foundation’s Achievement Award Scheme.

The programme invites organisations on the Achievement Award Scheme to inspire the environmental leaders of tomorrow by nominating a young person for a prestigious award. This can be for any young person who has been working to support awareness of environmental issues and sustainability in their local community.

Award winners will then have an opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £300 towards an environmental project with their supporting school or youth organisation.

Find out more information about the awards and the eligibility criteria by reading the Frequently Asked Questions here.

Coordinators’ information

Looking for specific information about running the Achievement Award Scheme or nominating someone for an Environmental Award?

Visit the Coordinators’ Area

If you know of a school or organisation that is not running the scheme and could benefit, please forward this flyer to them.

Join the Scheme!