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2013 Winners

2013 Local Government Sustainability Award

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Local Government Sustainability Award

Sustainability at Sunshine Coast: It’s who we are, it’s what we do

Sunshine Coast Council, QLD

The Sunshine Coast community’s vision is to become the most sustainable region in Australia – vibrant, green, diverse. Council has taken a leadership role to ensure that our region can support growth without eroding our environment and social values. In assuming this role we recognised the need to walk the talk and have taken action to ensure that our own operations embed sustainability practices. Our Sustainability and Innovation Principles are simple and direct and we have consciously applied them across all council teams. We have an attitude best summed up by our Manager of Finance who states simply: ‘Sustainability: it’s who we are, it’s what we do’. Council is proud of its many achievements in sustainability, from reducing the spend on stationery by 50%, to having over 80 staff graduate with a Diploma of Sustainability, to major initiatives such as the Valdora Solar Farm proposal which will reduce our carbon footprint by over 50%. Not withstanding these achievements, we recognise that there is still much to do and a long way to travel on our sustainability journey. Most importantly, over the past five years since we started down this pathway, we have learnt that regional sustainability cannot be achieved without remarkable business alliances and solid community partnerships

Comments from Judges

The Judges found this a real ‘wow’ submission. Based on its top down approach, coupled with its staff and community engagement, ambitious solar projects and their strong longterm commitments beyond normal timeframes they are really leading the way.

 

2013 Banksia International Award

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Jochen Zeitz, Germany
  • Director of (PPR) Kering and Chairman of the Board’s Sustainable Development Committee,
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Harley-Davidson since 2007 and Chairman of the Harley-Davidson Sustainability Committee
  • Founder of The Zeitz Foundation
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair with Sir Richard Branson of The B Team
  • Board member of Wilderness Safaris and Chair of the Sustainability Committee
  • Member of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Advisory Board

 

2013 Business and Not-for-Profits – In Collaboration Award

Business and Not-for-Profits -In Collaboration Award

‘Magic Wand’ Oiled Penguin Recovery Technology

Phillip Island Nature Parks VIC

In partnership with Victoria University

Magic Wand’ revolutionises oiled seabird recovery Phillip Island Nature Parks and Victoria University Engineering Department are proud to announce their innovative solution to a global environmental problem. Collaboration over the past decade has resulted in a revolutionary method capable of dramatically altering the response to oiled wildlife across the globe. A novel use of magnetic particle technology has been shown to provide an environmentally-responsible way to treat oiled wildlife that and is 100% effective, faster, cheaper and less invasive than traditional methods and is also waterless and portable. It works by applying oil-absorbing magnetic micro-particles to oiled plumage, fur or rocks. The particles bind strongly to the oil which is then removed using a specially-designed device dubbed the ‘magic wand’. The resulting contaminant-laden particles can then be safely disposed in an environmentally responsible way or recycled. This technology, based on solid research and testing, will revolutionise the treatment of oiled wildlife around the world – especially penguins.

Comments from Judges

This initiative stood out in the Judges opinion based on its innovation, effectiveness and opportunity for a broad-scale solution to a global problem. Combined with its effective communication techniques to educate the public on the risks of oil spills and recovery strategies.

 

2013 Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses Award

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Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses Award

Australian Ethical: Australia’s Only Ethical Superannuation And Investment Fund

Australian Ethical, NSW

Australian Ethical is a superannuation and investment fund manager with a difference. All money that is invested for clients is invested ethically according to Australian Ethical’s charter, meaning that Australian Ethical avoids investment in sectors such as tobacco, alcohol, coal and coal-seam-gas, weapons, or in companies that harm people, animals, the environment or society. Australian Ethical has a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) rating of A+ and is a Carbon Neutral top down ‘stage four’ organisation. Managing the emissions footprint of the organisation starts at the top and we have a footprint of 100 tonnes of CO2-e. Australian Ethical also conducts a community grants program which see 10% of annual pre-tax profits go towards not-for-profit and community organisations. Australian Ethical has fostered a trusting, impact investment relationship with almost 20,000 clients who now invest ethically with us. Our framework is unique to Australian Ethical and makes us the only truly ethical superannuation and investment in Australia.

Comments from Judges

The Judges found Australian Ethical are to be highly commended based on their ability to influence the industry and their integration of social aspects, by contributing profit back into the community. A truly stand-out small business.

 

2013 Land and Biodiversity – Preserving Our Ecosystems Award

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Land and Biodiversity – Preserving Our Ecosystems Award

Gondwana Link: 1000kms of goodwill and good work

Gondwana Link Ltd, WA

One of the world’s top 25 biodiversity hotspots ‘where exceptional concentrations of endemic species are undergoing exceptional loss of habitat.’ That’s the international science designation south western Australia received in February 2000. A chilling reminder that, after decades of good environmental and landcare work, the south west was still faced with a tsunami of extinctions. So we are trying to be both more hard-nosed and more ambitious. The goal is 1000kms of connected and healthy bushland across the south west, a lived in landscape where wildlife thrives alongside farming, forestry and mining. Seemed crazy at the time, and was, but is now being achieved. Habitat gaps are being filled, with the best possible science used to restore whole paddocks so that rare wallabies and tiny honey possums are now feeding in the new shrublands. The largest temperate woodland left on earth is starting to get the recognition and improved management it needs, with its indigenous owners having a powerful say in its future. A cohesive effort spanning over twenty organisations and businesses has built a strong foundation from which true ecological sustainability can be achieved. We don’t claim all the credit for this, but know our vision and energy has helped enormously

Comments from Judges

The Judges have named this the winner based on its innovative approach, vision and partnerships formed to achieve substantial biodiversity outcomes.

2013 Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Large Organisations Award

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Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Large Organisations Award

Leading in Essentials for a Better Life

Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, NSW

Kimberly-Clark (K-C) is a global health and hygeiene company and proud Australian manufacter. In Australia and New Zealand, the company markets leading household brands including the KLEENEX®, HUGGIES®, KLEENEX® COTTONELLE®, U BY KOTEX®, VIVA®, POISE® and DEPEND® . In 2011, in pursuit of a philosophy to ‘reach for greatness’ and a vision to lead the world in essentials for a better life, the company rolled out its most comprehensive and ambitious sustainability strategy to date. Kimberly-Clark set about using the power of its brands to help educate Australians about key sustainability issues, whilst at the same time, challenging itself to significantly reduce emissions, reduce waste to landfill, be active community contributors and show leadership around post-consumer waste and ethical sourcing. Kimberly-Clark, is showing sector leadership in sustainability and making significant strides in shaping our essential world.

Comments from Judges

Based on the significant results achieved and their plan for the future, Judges found Kimberley Clark to be an industry leader, holistically covering the key elements of sustainability – people, planet and profit

 

2013 Energy Efficiency and Carbon Management Award

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Energy Efficiency and Carbon Management Award

Climate Wizard

Seeley International, SA

Climate Wizard air conditioning is a technological breakthrough that is changing the way the industry – and the world – looks at air conditioning. With an ever increasing focus on costs and environmental impact, Climate Wizard’s revolutionary approach slashes up to 80% off the power costs of traditional (refrigerated) air conditioning and uses only water as a natural refrigerant. This technology could mean the end of peak power issues in hot weather, as Climate Wizard’s energy efficiency is many times greater than refrigerated systems and does not require additional power to cool as temperatures rise, unlike refrigerated systems. An ongoing focus on innovation and development of the multi-award winning Climate Wizard has secured a recent prestigious victory for Seeley International, with the company being announced as Winner in the Innovation category for The Australian Business Awards 2013. Previously Climate Wizard has won the 2013 World Ag Expo Top 10 New Products Competition, the prestigious 2010 Product Excellence Award at the ARBS (Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services) Industry Awards, crowned ‘Energy Efficient product of the year’ at the Greenplumbers awards in October 2009 and was winner in the 2011 Australian International Design Awards.

Comments from Judges

The Judges have commended this innovative technology for achieving a greater result with less resource in a simple quantifiable way.

2013 Innovation Award

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Innovation Award

Yun Liu

The Australian National University, ACT

Yun Liu is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and an Associate Professor at the Australian National University. She is eager to discover novel functional materials to solve the bottleneck problems in “high-tech” and renewable energy areas. In the past, the search for materials with colossal permittivity for use in capacitors has been met with limited success, severely limiting the further miniaturisation of electronic/electric systems and uses as energy storage devices. The invented material has an extremely high permittivity with negligible energy loss and excellent temperature stability. This breakthrough represent a new generation of high capacitance ceramic capacitors that enable further scaling in electronic/electric and energy storage devices. The discovery has opened up revolutionary opportunities in storing renewable energy and reducing electrical grid instability.

Comments from Judges

The judges have found this an outstanding innovative approach to a highly technical important problem. The long-term and far reaching potential in energy management systems is outstanding.

 

2013 Banksia Gold Award

   2013 Banksia Gold Award Winner

Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), QLD

The TSRA’s LSMU has successfully championed an Indigenous community-based management approach to protecting the Torres Strait region’s unique island and marine biodiversity, and the cultural values and customary knowledge governing significant places and species. A Banksia Award in the Indigenous category is well deserved by the LSMU, in recognition of the services it has performed on behalf of Torres Strait Islander people, the Queensland and Australian Governments, and the nation as a whole, to develop and implement culturally appropriate and sustainable land and sea management practices in the region. The TSRA established the LSMU in 2006 to coordinate the delivery of natural resource management programs in the Torres Strait region. The Unit helps communities to access financial and technical assistance and information about the sustainable management of their environments, and facilitates improved coordination, communication and collaboration between communities, all levels of government, research organisations and other stakeholders to achieve improved environmental conservation outcomes. The LSMU strives to ensure that Indigenous customary knowledge and management techniques are appropriately recognised and incorporated in contemporary management regimes, especially for culturally iconic species such as dugongs and marine turtles, as well as areas of high cultural as well as biodiversity significance. It does so by supporting community-based planning and management approaches, acknowledging the critical role of communities in acting as local custodians of their environmental assets, integrating western and customary knowledge in management arrangements, as well as empowering communities in decision-making and priority setting.

2013 The Richard Pratt- Banksia CEO Award

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   The Richard Pratt- Banksia CEO Award

Ravi Naidu, “Leadership for a Cleaner Planet”

Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, SA

Professor Ravi Naidu is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) – a centre that he initiated. His work focuses on the remediation of contaminated soil, water and air, and the potential impacts of contaminants upon environmental and human health at local, national and global levels. Ravi has helped revolutionise contamination science by leading the move to a risk-based approach to managing contaminated sites. By demonstrating that contaminants only pose a risk if they can be taken up by humans, animals, plants and other biota with adverse effects, he has helped pioneer a more rational, effective and affordable approach to contamination science and actual clean-up, which has been adopted in Australia and worldwide. He has also been a leader in the shift to in situ remediation ñ cleaning up contamination where it lies, rather than the traditional ‘dig and dump’ approach. Together, these approaches potentially save industry millions, if not billions, of dollars annually and make clean-up far more feasible and attractive. Through his teaching and mentorship, Ravi has also helped foster the next generation of Australian clean-up scientists.

Comments from Judges

The Judges found Professor Naidu has clearly demonstrated outstanding leadership in a specific discipline area of science making a recognisable contribution to both his discipline and the adoption of improved environmental management practices both nationally and internationally.

2013 Climate Adaptation Award

Climate Adaptation Award

City of Melbourne’s Urban Landscape Adaptation Program

City of Melbourne, VIC

City of Melbourne was the first city in Australia to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The City is now leading urban adaptation action in Australia and has set ambitious targets to cool the city by 4°C. The City has delivered a $30 million adaptation program to transition Melbourneís urban landscapes from vulnerability to resilience. Actions include urban forest expansion, streetscape adaptation, green roofs, stormwater harvesting, open space expansion, permeable pavements and cutting edge adaptation research

Comments from Judges

The Judges thought this project was leading in its depth analysis of climate change impacts on the City of Melbourne and demonstrated results in achieving mitigation of these impacts. This well thought through approach will provide long-term benefits for the environment, economy and community.

 

2013 Indigenous Award – Caring for Country Award

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Indigenous Award – Caring for Country Award

Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA)

Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA)

The TSRA’s LSMU has successfully championed an Indigenous community-based management approach to protecting the Torres Strait region’s unique island and marine biodiversity, and the cultural values and customary knowledge governing significant places and species. A Banksia Award in the Indigenous category is well deserved by the LSMU, in recognition of the services it has performed on behalf of Torres Strait Islander people, the Queensland and Australian Governments, and the nation as a whole, to develop and implement culturally appropriate and sustainable land and sea management practices in the region. The TSRA established the LSMU in 2006 to coordinate the delivery of natural resource management programs in the Torres Strait region. The Unit helps communities to access financial and technical assistance and information about the sustainable management of their environments, and facilitates improved coordination, communication and collaboration between communities, all levels of government, research organisations and other stakeholders to achieve improved environmental conservation outcomes. The LSMU strives to ensure that Indigenous customary knowledge and management techniques are appropriately recognised and incorporated in contemporary management regimes, especially for culturally iconic species such as dugongs and marine turtles, as well as areas of high cultural as well as biodiversity significance. It does so by supporting community-based planning and management approaches, acknowledging the critical role of communities in acting as local custodians of their environmental assets, integrating western and customary knowledge in management arrangements, as well as empowering communities in decision-making and priority setting.

Comments from Judges

The judges have found this an outstanding program based on their holistic approach to land a sea management, international relevance and cultural sensitivity. This project demonstrates the positive way in which traditional cultural practices of caring for the land are combined with modern practices.

 

2013 Education – Raising the Bar Award

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Education – Raising the Bar Award

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park

Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, WA

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park (Naturescape) is a place for children to connect with nature. It is also the new home of Kings Park Education (KPE) and is the first project of its kind we know of in the world. The project arose out of growing community concerns that urban children are spending less time outdoors exploring nature and, as such, are increasingly disconnected from the natural world. Ultimately, the purpose of Naturescape is to motivate young Western Australians to appreciate and protect our unique, fragile and precious environment by giving children a hands-on experience of nature. Naturescape covers 60,000 sqm and features a series of unique zones including hidden thickets, a creek, tree hides, a cubby building area, upside-down trees with climbing ropes and a wetland. These zones are connected by meandering paths, boardwalks and bridges which offer a sense of immersion in the bush. Two thirds of the area is for public access and one third is a dedicated Education zone. The key to its educational success has been the synergy of mixing unstructured play with structured programs to encourage exploration and learning. Naturescape is providing new ways to educate young Western Australians about WA’s unique plant biodiversity and its conservation. The project has been made possible through a large cross-sector partnership. The untested nature of this project has presented challenges: funding, risk management, conservation challenges – which have been overcome with a mixture of expertise, innovation, persistence and courage. Naturescape is located in Kings Park, Perth – the most visited place in WA.

Comments from Judges

The Judges have found this to be a key educational success based on the synergy of mixing unstructured play with structured programs to encourage exploration and learning

 

2013 Agriculture and Food – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably Award

Agriculture and Food – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably Award

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Cecconi’s Cantina, VIC

Cecconi’s is a family run restaurant business with sustainability at the heart of everything they do. The latest sustainable initiative they have introduced is onsite food waste composting. Using state of the art technology, restaurant food waste is converted into a resource; producing compost at 20% of original waste volume within 24 hours. It has resulted in significantly reducing Cecconi’s waste volumes and associated greenhouse gas emissions and creates a valuable end use product (compost) which can be used to nourish the soil to grow more food. Maria Bortolotto (Cecconi’s owner) uses the compost at her farm near Lorne to nurture the soil and grow vegetables to use within the restaurant. The significance of what Cecconi’s is doing is immense. It demonstrates a viable solution for the restaurant and food industry with tangible operational, commercial and environmental benefits. As an industry leader and founding partner of new environmental initiative City Harvest, Cecconi’s is committed to encouraging others to improve their environmental performance. Cecconi’s is passionate about sustainability and about encouraging others to turn waste into a resource and make a real difference to Australiaís bright future. Paddock to Plate to Paddock is becoming a true reality, accessible to all.

Comments from Judges

The judges have found the concepts and operations adopted are practical, efficient, economical and sustainable. The company has demonstrated leadership and innovation that has the potential to be adopted throughout the local service industries. It is truly a transformational approach to restaurant operation and reinforces the closed loop approach.

 

2013 Water – Our Most Precious Resource Award

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   Water – Our Most Precious Resource Award

Restoring the balance – The Hattah Lakes environmental watering program

Mallee Catchment Management Authority, VIC

Reviving the drought-ravaged Hattah Lakes has been a visionary project to restore better health to this system of semi-permanent freshwater lakes within the Murray Darling Basin. This project has been led by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and supported by a number of crucial partners and key stakeholders. The lakes are part of the 48,000 hectare Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, 60 kilometres south of Mildura, Victoria. This critical ecosystem has been threatened by the effects of river regulation, ongoing drought and low inflows. The natural flooding pattern has been lost, leaving important flora and fauna struggling to survive and thousands of people without a much loved landscape. Emergency action utilising temporary pumps was taken in 2004 to help return water to Hattah Lakes, with the learnings from this work then applied to form an innovative plan to install permanent pump infrastructure and associated works at Hattah Lakes in 2013. Widespread community engagement has underpinned the environmental watering program at Hattah Lakes, including intensive Indigenous consultation. This innovative project represents proactive action to protect and enhance an environmentally significant landscape that may otherwise have been lost.

Comments from Judges

In the Judges opinion this project has beautifully demonstrated how to manage a long-term, multi objective project whilst achieving environmental and social gains. The changing attitudes of the local community, the demonstrable lessons learned and the ecological outcomes have made this project a real winner under every scenario.

 

2013 Waste Minimisation Award

Waste Minimisation Award

Dunlop Flooring – Waste minimisation

Dunlop Flooring, VIC

At Dunlop Flooring, we make your comfort our business. As Australia’s largest provider of quality foam underlay, we have over 40 years experience improving flooring performance. A Dunlop underlay adds luxury and longevity to carpets and timber floors. It absorbs the impact on your floor, which actually extends carpet life. In addition, it provides outstanding sound and heat insulation with the unique, added benefit of long-term allergy control thanks to the anti microbial Ultra-Fresh. What’s more, a Dunlop underlay is environmentally friendly, achieving a maximum Green Star rating for building interiors set by the Green Building Council of Australia. As Australiaís largest recycler of polyurethane foam, Dunlop Flooring processes in excess of 10,000 tonnes of foam per year, thatís enough foam to fill the MCG which normally would be sent to landfill. Dunlop Flooring is committed to playing our part in reducing landfill and our overall impact on the environment. We recycle carpet underlay, and use recycled content within our underlay products. Dunlop underlays are made of 90% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable, which means choosing Dunlop helps leave a lighter footprint.

Comments from Judges

The Judges have found the sheer volume of product directed away from landfill and re-used makes this a truly impressive initiative in reducing carbon emissions 

2013 Built Environment – Harmonious Manmade Landscapes Award

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Built Environment – Harmonious Manmade Landscapes Award

Global GreenTag Product Certification System

Global GreenTag Pty Ltd, QLD

Global GreenTagCertTM is a world first, Brisbane-based ‘whole-of-life’, ‘whole-of-sustainability’ green product rating/certification program that uses scientifically robust life cycle analysis (LCA) to comparatively rank the performance of eco and health-preferred products, with a focus on built environment and interiors products but with emerging standards covering personal, baby, cleaning, paper, packaging and clothing products. Global GreenTagCertTM is an ACCC-approved National Certification Mark and was developed with support from QLD DEEDI’s BITI Grant Scheme. It recently won the 2013 QLD Premiers Sustainability Award for the Build Environment. It is a transformational scheme that for the first time makes sustainable purchasing simple and easy. It provides graphical, easy to understand graduated marks and metrics that are suitable for everyone, from consumers to architects, designers, builders and procurement professionals. GreenTag makes green product selection and specification accessible, enabling product selection based on a ‘Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum’ basis but backed up by scientific rigor and audited data. Global GreenTag is the trusted third-party in the relationship between manufacturers, consumers and professionals. GreenTag provides additional credibility to all brands and allows them to gain more traction in ‘green seeking’ markets by putting their products a trust and performance level above their competitors.

Comments from Judges

The Judges were impressed that it includes metrics on energy and water efficiency, indoor environment quality, pollution prevention, resource use, producer responsibility and detailed health impacts. With over 85 certified manufacturers and nearly 700 products have been certified or are under certification. Truly a ‘world class piece of work’.