2009 Winners

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2009 Winners

Environmental Services Award

 2009 Environmental Services Award

Sustainable Events Platform

Sustainable Living Foundation, VIC

The Sustainable Events Platform brings the events sector together to make sustainability a reality. With no international standards to guide practice, passionate people are leading the way.  This initiative has engaged the community through the first free, online resource and a national forum and expo. The interactive web resource is a powerful and innovative tool comprising of:
• The Evaluation Tool- identifying gaps in event practice and generating a tailored action plan
• The Hub – housing an interactive video hub, forum space and innovators’ lab for sharing knowledge, answering questions, and profiling leading event practice
• The Guide – referencing environmental and sustainable definitions, surveys, reports and case studies.
• The Directory – listing leading sustainable event products and services

The National Sustainable Events Forum and Expo connected and engaged with all players in the events community.
The Sustainable Living Foundation’s Sustainable Events Platform addresses the sustainability concerns of all events, big and small.

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Agriculture and Food Award

 2009 Agriculture and Food Award

Giving Vegemite a Sustainable Future

KRAFT Foods, VIC

As an industry leading organisation, we have a responsibility to implement sustainable change, working with our partners, suppliers, customers and consumers to create a safer, more sustainable environment and community.
In a time of increased social and economic uncertainty, it is essential that everyday food products deliver real value.  In our view, real value can mean nutrition, enjoyment, indulgence and/or a combination of all three, and regardless of these attributes it must be built upon sound sustainable principles and supply chain integrity.

Vegemite, our hero brand (which had its highest production year in 2008), was a logical starting point for our sustainability journey.  We have worked tirelessly to ensure sustainable production of Vegemite for years to come.

Following in-depth and innovative re-development of the Vegemite process, we have projected by end-of-2009:
• Reduced waste water by over 65%
• Reduced energy consumption by over 52%
• Environmental savings of over $1 million

Small and Medium Enterprises Business Sustainability Award

 2009 Small and Medium Enterprises Business Sustainability Award

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses P/L, VIC

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is 108 years old and we see environmentally sustainable business growth as the primary issue for business and community into the future. Through building our new bakery we saw an opportunity to not only reduce our own environmental footprint but to help create an awareness in our employees, suppliers and customers of how they too can help improve the world we live in.

By harnessing the waste heat from our refrigeration systems, redistributing heat recovered from freshly baked products, employing hybrid vehicle technologies and offsetting the remaining emissions via tree planting we have reduced our carbon footprint by over 5000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

It’s the simplicity of the solutions that encourages us to continue to think green and to believe that we can all ‘do our bit’ to improve the world we live in.

Most importantly: It feels good to do the right thing and it helps the business as well!

Large Business Sustainability Award

 2009 Large Business Sustainability Award

The GPT Group

The GPT Group, NSW

As one of Australia’s largest diversified listed property groups, GPT aspires to leadership in the property sector through the quality of our assets and our approach to corporate responsibility.

As an owner, manager and developer of Australian real estate, GPT’s commitment to corporate responsibility is to improve the social and ecological capital of the communities we touch.

GPT’s results demonstrate the significant contribution to driving innovative sustainable solutions in property.

GPT’s long-term objective is to be a catalyst amongst our community of stakeholders to pursue a condition of sustainability that secures future generations a safe, healthy and equitable world.

Eco Innovation Award

 2009 Eco Innovation Award

This year Banksia judges chose 3 nominations as worthy of recognition as finalists from the number of submissions in the eco innovation category.  After lengthy consideration, and on the basis of the material presented, the judges have not declared a winner this year.

Indigenous – ‘Caring for Country’ Award

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 2009 Indigenous – ‘Caring for Country’ Award

Kimberley Toad Busters’ Cane Toad Education Campaign
Kimberley Toad Busters, WA

Over 2,000 volunteer Kimberley Toad Busters have toadbusted 500,000 field hours catching, recording and humanely disposing  of 359,483 cane toads, and millions of eggs, tadpoles and metamorphs. Since September 2005, we have been chasing down front line cane toads every week of the year. Toadbusting is the fun part of serious research, the engagement trigger and ‘glue’ that draws us out there. Almost without noticing, the fun part delivers our objectives:
• thin out and slow toads
• educate
• understand ecological communities in which we toadbust, the cane toad and ourselves.

Our hunting instinct is safely harnessed as we toadbust in the public interest in a challenging and dangerous environment, bonding together against a common enemy. We even learn how to tell toads from frogs! Reconciliation through aboriginal and non-aboriginal people toadbusting together just happens. Toadbusting is simply the best trigger for successful community engagement in protecting our environment

Land and Biodiversity Award

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 2009 Land and Biodiversity Award

ACT Land Keepers
Greening Australia Capital Region, ACT

ACT Land Keepers is a partnership project between the ACT Natural Resource Management Council and Greening Australia Capital Region funded by the ACT and Australian Governments targeting the conservation of rural and non-urban land.

The ACT Land Keepers project has engaged 3,950 active volunteers, 56 rural land managers and ACT Government in the protection, enhancement and reestablishment of native vegetation and controlling weeds on 1,715 hectares across 181 sites throughout the ACT. The project also established a community seed bank and 18 Seed Production Areas which underpins revegetation activities and ensures future supplies of larger quantities and diversity of local seed.

ACT Land Keepers is proving to be an effective partnership between community, government and science. The project represents a model example of land managers, scientists, community volunteers and NGOs working together to achieve results at a landscape scale.

Water Award

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 2009 Water Award

A Voice for Water
South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership, QLD

The South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership (the Partnership) is a whole-of-government, whole-of-community collaboration of over 113 organisations which focuses on understanding, planning and managing the use of the waterways and catchments of South East Queensland.

‘In the field of waterway and catchment ecosystem health, there is no other organisation in Australia to match the scale, complexity, durability, collaborative approach and success of the science-driven South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership,’ commented Prof. Paul Greenfield, Vice Chancellor of The University of Queensland and Chair of the Partnership’s Scientific Expert Panel.

2009 Education Award

 2009 Education Award

The Green Steps Program

Monash University Sustainability Institute, VIC

Green Steps turns talk and passion into action to create a sustainable future. Developed by students for students, this hands-on sustainability education and leadership program empowers participants with the skills and knowledge to drive environmentally sustainable practices within organisations and the wider community.

Green Steps: Develops emerging young leaders to work as environmental ‘change agents’ within organisations and communities; Fosters partnerships between young leaders and organisations within all sectors of the Australian workforce, kick-starting environmental careers and programs; Creates a network of engaged and skilled sustainability practitioners around Australia, energising the sustainability sector and contributing to a sustainable future. Acts as an incubator for new ideas and initiatives in the sustainability field.

Small and Medium Enterprises Business Sustainability Award

 2009 Small and Medium Enterprises Business Sustainability Award

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses P/L, VIC

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is 108 years old and we see environmentally sustainable business growth as the primary issue for business and community into the future. Through building our new bakery we saw an opportunity to not only reduce our own environmental footprint but to help create an awareness in our employees, suppliers and customers of how they too can help improve the world we live in.

By harnessing the waste heat from our refrigeration systems, redistributing heat recovered from freshly baked products, employing hybrid vehicle technologies and offsetting the remaining emissions via tree planting we have reduced our carbon footprint by over 5000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

It’s the simplicity of the solutions that encourages us to continue to think green and to believe that we can all ‘do our bit’ to improve the world we live in.

Most importantly: It feels good to do the right thing and it helps the business as well!

2009 Origin Gold Banksia Award

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The 2009  Origin Gold Banksia Award

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses P/L, VIC

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is 108 years old and we see environmentally sustainable business growth as the primary issue for business and community into the future. Through building our new bakery we saw an opportunity to not only reduce our own environmental footprint but to help create an awareness in our employees, suppliers and customers of how they too can help improve the world we live in.

By harnessing the waste heat from our refrigeration systems, redistributing heat recovered from freshly baked products, employing hybrid vehicle technologies and offsetting the remaining emissions via tree planting we have reduced our carbon footprint by over 5000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

It’s the simplicity of the solutions that encourages us to continue to think green and to believe that we can all ‘do our bit’ to improve the world we live in.

Most importantly: It feels good to do the right thing and it helps the business as well!