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THE Sustainability Leader Award Winner 2014

Dave Hampton got some great news this week, he was judged THE Sustainability Leader at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014.

So pleased for him… EDIE are the leading publisher in the environmental space… 10 years ago I “sponsored” them to the tune of 30,000 emails a month as my bit for the environment… they now have over 60,000 sustainability professionals tuned into their news!


And just look at the names of the other winners… all jolly big organisations…

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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014 Winners

Carbon Management – B&Q

Sustainable Transport & Travel – Cap Gemini

Water Management – Whitbread Group & Waterscan (Highly Commended: First Milk)

Sustainability Leader Consultancy – ERM

Energy Efficiency – University of Reading

Sustainable Packaging – B&Q

Waste & Resource Management – DHL Supply Chain & JD Wetherspoon

Sustainability Reporting – AkzoNobel

Stakeholder Engagement – B&Q (Highly Commended: Oxfam)

Sustainability Leader (Person) – Dave Hampton, Carbon Coach

Sustainable Building – Sainsbury’s

Sustainable Systems & Software – Ecodesk

Waste Treatment – Clearfleau

Sustainability Product Innovation – BBOXX


“A passionate sustainability strategist and communicator, Dave Hampton is a ‘carbon coach’ to the rich and famous –his clients include Heston Blumenthal, Olympian Greg Searle and Jonathon Porritt.

However it is not just celebrities he reaches out to, but businesses and the wider community too – on his own, Hampton has engaged and inspired a large number of corporate clients: Microsoft, L’Oreal Garnier, Deutsche Bank, Royal Institute of British Architects and Global Cool to name just a few.

An engineering graduate from Cambridge, Hampton has been a leading advocate of the business case for radical sustainability since the mid 1990s when he was head of the BREEAM team at BRE. He has also held various board-level positions for organisations such as the Society for the Environment and ABS consulting.

In 2005 he set up Carbon Coach to make the case for climate leadership personal. Through his consultancy work, he teaches individuals and families as well as celebrities and opinion formers about how to lead lower-carbon lives. He also undertakes strategic and project-based environmental consultancy for businesses, recently working with the Society for the Environment to raise awareness of the Chartered Environmentalist professional qualification. Hampton was also behind the introduction of the highly successful Chartered Environmentalist of the Year Award which has been won by various high profile candidates.

As someone who very much ‘walks the talk’, Hampton’s personal property is a nationally recognised refurbished ‘superhome’, operating at 70% less carbon than normal, and he opts never to fly, sometimes turning down overseas enquiries to remain true to his beliefs.

In his local community, he founded Transition Town Marlow, and has helped organise successful community events such as a parent and child bike ride on ‘350 day’ and a concert to raise funds for a solar school roof. Hampton also champions early stage causes and has won funding for initiatives like Ecocide, 10:10, Age of Stupid, and the Just Do It movie.

He estimates he has helped raised almost £50,000 of funding for others over the past 10 years. In terms of engagement, Hampton is frequently published in national and local newspapers, articles and letters columns, from the Telegraph and FT through to Metro and Sun, where he likes to gently challenge the status quo. He also writes thought-leading blogs, has been featured as an EcoHero by Greenhouse PR, and as Campaign Hero in The Ecologist magazine, and carries a strong reputation and following on social media.

Hampton is a regular talker, not just for business, but for the wider community – schools, churches and charities – where his trademark purple (10g) CO2 balloon leaves a lasting impression. In addition, Hampton is a radio show host on Marlow FM, where he produces a two-hour show every week called ‘The Watt Next Show’ on environmental issues. Guests have included Lucy Siegle, Michael Mansfield QC, Polly Higgins and Dr. Who (Colin Baker). Last year he received two broadcasting awards for his efforts.

Hampton prides himself on studying carbon from every angle – political, economic, social, technical; also emotional, spiritual, humorous and practical – enabling him to reach out and engage with a wide variety of stakeholders.”

2 thoughts on “THE Sustainability Leader Award Winner 2014

  1. Brilliant stuff, and I am sure well deserved judging by your “mini CV” in this post

    This whole area is the one that I currently operate in – though not for anything like as long as Dave H – but we are focused on tackling the issue of energy efficiency and sustainability in the SME commercial rule – which is very much an area that needs a lot of attention – or so we find in most cases.

    It would be great to meet Dave – especially as we share the same Alma Mata?

    Rob Heginbotham

    SPA Ltd


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