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Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small Organisations

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 2010 Leading in Sustainability award – Setting the Standard for Small Organisations

A Family Commitment to Sustainability
Taylors Wines, NSW

Since establishing our family winery three generations ago we have recognised the importance of protecting the environment and moving our business towards broader sustainability. Through our many environmental initiatives we aim educate and build the awareness of our employees, industry and customers.

Our winery was the first company in Australia to achieve ISO14001 accreditation using the Eco-Mapping™ and EMAS Easy tools. While our Eighty Acres range became the world’s first wine 100% carbon neutral wine range in accordance with the international standard for lifecycle assessment ISO14044.

To reduce our carbon footprint, we moved our entire range of Eighty Acres wines into OI’s new Lean+GreenTM glass – which is 40% lighter and reduces CO2e by more than 15%1. New vintages of our Promised Land and Taylors Estate ranges are also being bottled in this innovative lightweight glass. Our state-of-the-art water recycling facility recycles 100% of the waste water for re-use in the vineyards while straw spreading and computer controlled drip-fed irrigation lines help us to minimise water consumption.

Comments from the Judges

“Taylors’ all of company approach enlisting the support of every staff member and providing extensive education impressed the judges. Their commitment is further illustrated by the cradle to grave approach to the Eighty Acres range of wines culminating in the world’s first wine 100% carbon neutral wine range.”

Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Large Organisations

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 2010 Leading in Sustainability award – Setting the Standard for Large Organisations

Fuji Xerox Australia
Fuji Xerox, Australia

Celebrating its 50th year of operation in Australia, Fuji Xerox is the industry’s leading provider of integrated document services. The company offers a range of technology solutions and business services to meet our customers’ needs for the effective management of information, from creation through to production, distribution and capture.

The company, its management and staff are driven to create sustainable value for its stakeholders and this is reflected in our commitment to environmental responsibility and continuous improvement across all areas of our business.

Comments from the Judges

“Through a commitment to reducing the impact of their products and customers’ footprint, as well as their total approach to product innovation and supply chain management the judges understood that Fuji Xerox is an example of a highly evolved and integrated approach to sustainability.”

Transportation, Warehousing & Logistics – Mindful Movement

 2010 Transportation, Warehousing & Logistics award –Mindful Movement

Flexicar
Flexicar, VIC

Flexicar is leading the way in sustainable transport in Australia. It is an innovative new business model that challenges the relationship Australians have with their cars.

The initial driver behind the establishment of the Flexicar business was as a means to allow individuals to cut their environmental impact. Flexicar visionary goal is for car sharing to be a mainstream public transport option for urban Australians; providing a cheap, green and easy alternative to car ownership.

Flexicar is a car sharing service operating in Melbourne and Sydney. The service currently has 2,500 members and almost 90 Flexicars. The current Flexicar member base is responsible for a reduction in Greehouse Gas emissions of 1,142.4 tonnes of CO2 in 12 months Flexicar goes beyond simply reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It also takes cars off the road, changes travel behaviour and connects neighbourhood residents.

Comments from the Judges

t was clear to the judges that Flexicar have literally taken the road less travelled in their approach. A transportation alternative that is changing the traditional mindset, providing a viable and measurable alternative which is achieving impressive results.”

2010 Clean Technology – Harnessing Opportunities

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2010 Clean Technology Award

Mini-Hydro Project
Melbourne Water Corporation, VIC

Melbourne Water’s Mini-Hydro Project, with zero CO2 emissions, is setting a new international benchmark for reducing the environmental impact of large water supply systems.

 With seven mini-hydro generators now operational, the scheme is set to produce 54,500 megawatt hours of renewable energy per year or 19% of Melbourne Water’s current electricity needs. This is enough to offset more than 66,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide or the equivalent of taking 16,500 cars off the road.

Even during its first year of commissioning in 2009-10, the scheme generated an impressive 11,852 megawatt hours of renewable energy or 4.1% of Melbourne Water’s annual electricity use. This was achieved with only five of the seven plants operational and at a time of reduced flows and lower than average water use due to strict water restrictions.

Comments from the Judges

Although making common sense, the judges were struck by the leadership and innovation in utilising water flows to generate renewable energy, setting a new standard not only in Australia but internationally. Furthermore, as energy generation is not part of Melbourne Water’s core business the project required a visionary approach and commitment.”

Built Environment – Harmonious Manmade Landscapes

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 2010 Built Environment award – Harmonious Manmade Landscapes

Grocon Pixel Building
Grocon, VIC

Grocon’s new Pixel building, the first carbon neutral office building in Australia, has achieved the highest Green Star score ever awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia. “We believe Pixel will lead the way in terms of carbon neutrality and sustainability for years to come.” said Mr Grollo, Grocon CEO.

 Pixel represented the office of the future, achieving a perfect score of 100 points under the Green Star rating system for building design, with 75 points the benchmark for 6 Star Green Star. It gained an extra five points for innovation, equating to world leadership. Included in Pixel’s five innovation points were points for carbon neutrality, a vacuum toilet system, the anaerobic digestion system and reduced car parking. The water initiatives in the project mean the building could be self sufficient for water – in this context, the project is water balanced as well as carbon neutral.

Pixel is also being assessed under the USA LEED and UK BREEAM rating systems, aiming to exceed the highest score yet achieved under either of those tools.

Comments from the Judges

The judges quickly identified that this project will have set new standards and understandings, exemplified by the innovative use of relevant technologies and the persistence with regulatory authorities. It establishes a holistic approach to addressing the environmental issues of buildings.”

Agriculture and Food – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably

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 2010 Agriculture and Food award – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably

Project Catalyst
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he Coca-Cola Foundation, Reef Catchments, WWF, QLD


Coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are being lost at a rate five times faster than rain forests. Up to 700 of its reefs are at risk of pollution, mostly from elevated levels of farm nutrients, sediments and pesticides. Without finding ways to improve water quality, the long term health of the GBR are at risk. Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between Reef Catchments, Coca-Cola Foundation, WWF and Mackay Whitsunday sugarcane farmers to improve water quality and reduce the impact of pollution on the GBR using innovative land practices. Year one esults have proven beyond expectations. Precision application of chemicals reduced nutrient pollution by 60%, herbicide pollution by 95% and satellite controlled machinery reduced the volume of run-off from heavy clay soils by 20%. The water quality of more than 24,000 ML of runoff and drainage water leading to the GBR improved.

Comments from the Judges

“The judges found that having a major impact on a very sensitive ecosystem was an important feature which could be translated to other areas around the globe experiencing similar issues. It was achieved by bringing together a diverse group of industry, government and business partners.”

2010 Water Award

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 2010 Banksia Water Award

Industry and Investment NSW
In partnership with Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority

Bringing Back the Fish (BBTF) was a river health initiative restoring fish   passage and key habitats along the length of the NSW coast. Water quality and flow and native fish stocks have been decimated by the construction of over 10,000 barriers such as weirs, causeways and floodgates.

BBTF was the largest fish passage program of its kind in Australia. It built government and community partnerships to open up over 1,200 kilometres of habitat for migrating fish though rehabilitating nearly 100 sites. The project introduced innovations in site assessment, prioritisation and collaboration, as well as in the design and construction of specialised structures for fish passage.

Through partnerships with local councils, Catchment Management Authorities and local community groups, BBTF has removed redundant weirs, fixed causeways and road crossings, upgraded floodgates, reduced damage to seagrass, replanted riverbank and wetland vegetation and built fishways. BBTF was a 3 year, Federally funded project.

Comments from the Judges

“The comprehensive monitoring illustrated to the judges how this program had clear objectives and a systematic approach. Furthermore, its success is clearly attributable to the breadth of stakeholder support, commitment and involvement. It is a clear example how the sum of different local community action can have a magnified impact.”

Land and Biodiversity – Preserving Our Ecosystems

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 2010 Land and Biodiversity award – Preserving Our Ecosystems

Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth – a Government / Community Partnership to ensure a Future for the Lower Murray
Department of Environment & Natural Resources South Australia

The Murray-Darling Basin is experiencing the worst drought since records  began in 1981. The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Program is underway to tackle some of the urgent environmental problems such as, salinity, acidification, soil erosion loss of habitat and risk to many species in the region due to low river flows and unprecedented low lake water levels. The Lower Lakes Bioremediation and Revegetation Project is one of several urgent projects being implemented in consultation with the local community to secure a healthy, sustainable future for the region. In partnership with the Milang & Districts Community Association, the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, the Department for Environment and Natural Resources and the scientific community have determined the most feasible options and begun to implement processes to stabilize the ecosystem, help manage acid sulfate soils and improve biodiversity. Funding is from the Federal Government.

Limestone treatment, aerial seeding, community propagation and revegetation planting, community monitoring, habitat restoration as well as monitoring breeding projects for endangered species are all coming together through community consultation and partnership.

Comments from the Judges

“In a time of extreme drought, the judges commended this project on establishing true co-operation across the local community and a range of national, state and local organisations. A key factor differentiating this project was the marriage between repairing the ecosystem and addressing the relevant social issues to secure a healthy, sustainable future for the region.”

Education Award – Raising the Bar

2010 Education Award – Raising the Bar

Switch Your Thinking! Program

South East Regional Energy Group, WA

In partnership with Cities of Armadale, Gosnells and Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire

The Cities of Gosnells and Armadale and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire are working together as the South East Regional Energy Group (SEREG) to address global warming and climate change.

The Switch your thinking! (Syt!) program was launched by SEREG in 2002 to deliver seemingly disparate environmental initiatives to the regional community under a recognisable and consistent brand.

Since it’s inception eight years ago, Syt! has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 330,000 tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (-eCO2). Now a proven performer, Syt! has expanded to other local governments over the past 2-years is currently being delivered across 13 local governments in WA and the ACT and reaches almost one million people.

With more local government and corporate partners around Australia set to join Syt! in 2010/11, continued growth and the delivery of innovative, new environmental projects promises to be the next exciting phase of this exciting program.

Comments from Judges

Judges found that this initiative differentiated itself from other entries by taking on a multifaceted approach focusing different programs to the various groups and needs within their community. Equally impressive is the long term vision that enables adaptability, relevance and interest.”

Indigenous – Caring for country

 2010 Indigenous – Caring for country

Yellow Crazy Ant Management Project

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, NT

In partnership with CSIRO, Rio-Tinto Alcan

The Yellow Crazy ant, one of the world’s worst ant pests, is present within  Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, CSIRO ecologist, Dr Ben Hoffmann, said Yellow Crazy ants formed multiqueened ‘supercolonies’ in which ants occur at extremely high densities over large areas. “This makes them a serious pest of agriculture as well as the natural environment”. For the past five years, Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, in collaboration with CSIRO and Rio-Tinto Alcan, has been waging a war against this ant, with outstanding success. Yellow crazy ant has now been declared eradicated from 21 sites covering 246 ha. This is twice as many eradications covering five times more area than all ant eradications published globally for the past 100 years. In addition, ecological monitoring at 17 sites has quantified full ecological recovery within 12 months following treatments. “These ants have the capacity to spread from Broome in Western Australia across to Queensland” said Dhimurru senior ranger Daryl Lacey. “We have an opportunity now to do something about them while their distribution is limited”, he said.

Comments from Judges

“Judges agreed that this program demonstrated a clear focus with unambiguous results; excellent partnerships providing a commitment to on-going funding, strong contribution to research and on-ground assessment and action. Providing a template for how a committed community can overcome local difficulties in a global context.”

2010 Origin Gold Banksia Award

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The 2010 Origin Gold Banksia Award

Yellow Crazy Ant Management Project

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, NT

In partnership with CSIRO, Rio-Tinto Alcan

The Yellow Crazy ant, one of the world’s worst ant pests, is present within  Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, CSIRO ecologist, Dr Ben Hoffmann, said Yellow Crazy ants formed multiqueened ‘supercolonies’ in which ants occur at extremely high densities over large areas. “This makes them a serious pest of agriculture as well as the natural environment”. For the past five years, Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, in collaboration with CSIRO and Rio-Tinto Alcan, has been waging a war against this ant, with outstanding success. Yellow crazy ant has now been declared eradicated from 21 sites covering 246 ha. This is twice as many eradications covering five times more area than all ant eradications published globally for the past 100 years. In addition, ecological monitoring at 17 sites has quantified full ecological recovery within 12 months following treatments. “These ants have the capacity to spread from Broome in Western Australia across to Queensland” said Dhimurru senior ranger Daryl Lacey. “We have an opportunity now to do something about them while their distribution is limited”, he said.

Comments from Judges

“Judges agreed that this program demonstrated a clear focus with unambiguous results; excellent partnerships providing a commitment to on-going funding, strong contribution to research and on-ground assessment and action. Providing a template for how a committed community can overcome local difficulties in a global context.”