Dates confirmed for environmentally responsible business awards

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Organizers of the Green Awards, which recognize achievements in the field of environmentally responsible marketing and advertising, have confirmed they are now accepting entries. For the first time award categories will include educational projects, products and mobile apps.

The opening and closing dates of The Green Awards, which award the promotion of, or innovation in the field of environmentally responsibility, were confirmed and entries began to be accepted on August 2.

The annual awards recognize marketing and communication campaigns which promote the issue of sustainability in a creative and original way. They are open to companies from around the globe, and entrants can feature in a broad range of categories across a variety of media and marketing disciplines. These categories include advertising, public relations and direct marketing. However due to innovations in marketing communications, this year's Green Awards feature three new categories, ‘Best educational green project,' ‘Best green product innovation' and ‘Best Green use of mobile apps and technologies.'

Past winners of the Green Awards include chocolate manufacturer Cadbury, mobile phone companies O2 and Nokia as well as soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola. Judges this year include representatives from marketing company Saatchi & Saatchi and UK environmental group The Carbon Trust as well as a number of freelance environmental media consultants.

The awards highlight the achievements of companies that are promoting sustainability through the medium of advertising as well as bringing innovative sustainable products to the consumer's attention. 

Consumers can follow the Green Awards on social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Myspace

The Green Awards stop accepting entries on September 30 and the winners will be announced on 2 December.

The Incheon International Design Awards (IIDA) which closes to entrants on August 25 also celebrates  ecological responsibility by rewarding environmentally beneficial designs.