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LARGE BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

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   LARGE BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

The GPT Group, NSW

The GPT Group’s sustainability strategy builds on the cultural legacy of its founder, Dick Dusseldorp. The distinctive organisational culture that Dusseldorp built was founded on the belief that a community of interest exists between investors, employees and the wider community and we strive to ensure that this principle continues to be embedded in all that we do at GPT.

GPT’s vision is to maximise the financial potential of Australian property with solutions that fulfil the aspirations of its investors, tenants and communities. In enabling this vision, GPT aims to make a net positive contribution to its communities, people and the environment.

With sustainability integrated into GPT’s strategy, we recognise the importance of underpinning our business objectives with an aligned organisational culture, effective stakeholder engagement, and good governance and business processes that embed sustainability practices into our day-to-day operations.

GPT is proud to benchmark sustainability performance by participating in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). GPT has been named the global sector leader in real estate, on the DJSI for 2014/15. This is the fourth time in six years that GPT has been recognised in this way.

2014 LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUSTAINABILITY

 2014 BANKSIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUSTAINABILITY

ACT Solar Auction – ACT Environment and Planning Directorate, ACT

The ACT’s climate change strategy will reduce the Territory’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, moving towards full carbon neutrality in 2060.
An important element is improving the eco-efficiency of our energy supply. Large scale solar plays a key part of the Government’s strategy for renewable energy with 40 MW of large-scale solar renewable energy generating capacity, across three projects, projected to be online by mid 2015.

The ACT was the first jurisdiction in Australia to use an innovative reverse auction process to award a large-scale feed-in tariff. As it had never been tried in Australia before it was not without risk. By taking that risk, however, the ACT Government has set a new national standard for feed-in tariff allocation and affordable renewable energy.

The now operating Royalla Solar Farm is the largest solar power facility in Australia. When all 40MW is commissioned it is anticipated 71,000 MWh of renewable energy will be produced each year – powering 10,000 Canberra homes. Being host to three of the largest solar power facilities in Australia underpins Canberra’s emergence as a renewable energy investment hub and supports the continuing improvement of our eco-efficiency and the growth of clean technology industries.

2014 Banksia Gold Award

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ACT Solar Auction – ACT Environment and Planning Directorate, ACT

The ACT’s climate change strategy will reduce the Territory’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, moving towards full carbon neutrality in 2060.
An important element is improving the eco-efficiency of our energy supply. Large scale solar plays a key part of the Government’s strategy for renewable energy with 40 MW of large-scale solar renewable energy generating capacity, across three projects, projected to be online by mid 2015.

The ACT was the first jurisdiction in Australia to use an innovative reverse auction process to award a large-scale feed-in tariff. As it had never been tried in Australia before it was not without risk. By taking that risk, however, the ACT Government has set a new national standard for feed-in tariff allocation and affordable renewable energy.

The now operating Royalla Solar Farm is the largest solar power facility in Australia. When all 40MW is commissioned it is anticipated 71,000 MWh of renewable energy will be produced each year – powering 10,000 Canberra homes. Being host to three of the largest solar power facilities in Australia underpins Canberra’s emergence as a renewable energy investment hub and supports the continuing improvement of our eco-efficiency and the growth of clean technology industries.

2014 BANKSIA NATURAL CAPITAL AWARD

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 2014 BANKSIA NATURAL CAPITAL AWARD

Tasmanian Midlands Conservation Fund– Bush Heritage Australia in partnership with Tasmanian Land Conservancy, TAS

The Tasmanian Midlands are home to 32 nationally threatened species and more than 180 plants and animals threatened at State level. 95% of the Tasmanian Midlands is privately owned, making a new approach to conservation vital. The Midland Conservation Fund aims to conserve biodiversity on farms in the Tasmanian Midlands by offering farmers new stewardship agreements to pay for long-term conservation management on their land in a region that is one of Australia’s 15 biodiversity hotspots. The fund is a partnership between Bush Heritage Australia and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and will help farmers safeguard the last pieces of remnant native grasslands and grassy woodlands without the need to acquire land.

The MCF is part of a broader ‘Midlandscapes’ project which has a goal of ensuring ten per cent (or 64, 000 hectares) of the Tasmanian Midlands Biodiversity Hotspot is conserved by 2020. Native species protection priorities include vulnerable marsupials such as the Tasmanian bettong (a species extinct on the mainland) and spotted-tailed quoll; wedge-tailed eagles; critically endangered lowland grasslands; and nationally threatened plants such as the tunbridge buttercup and pungent leek-orchid.

 

2014 SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

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  2014 SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

Psaros-Leading By Doing– Psaros, WA

Psaros is a Carbon Neutral, mid-tier Western Australian property development company with a 30-year track record that includes delivering over 700 apartments in Perth, with an additional 350 new apartments under construction and a further 650 in various stages of approval. Psaros have an in-house team of specialists spanning the whole development process to provide a complete turnkey solution. Being both developer and builder gives Psaros the advantage of being able to set new industry standards in environmental performance by integrating sustainability initiatives into their apartments. Psaros is dedicated to enhancing sustainability outcomes for investors and home-buyers by maximising financial, environmental and social benefits of their developments.

Psaros have pioneered the assessment and reduction of carbon in multi-residential development using internationally recognised Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) philosophy, enabling them to understand performance based results and make changes to design and construction where possible. Their team assess each building design based on the embodied energy, through to operational energy for the life of each building. Psaros collaborate with consultant teams including LCA Consultants eTool® to improve the performance and deliver better quality, future-proofed, affordable and more comfortable places to live.

Through their leadership, Psaros has become Australia’s leading mid-tier property developer to implement sustainability infrastructure with the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in multi-residential apartment buildings.

The team at Psaros are driven to achieve continuous improvement, both in operations and in the product delivered to the market.

INNOVATION IN SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE > $100 MILLION

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 2014 BANKSIA INNOVATION IN SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE > $100 MILLION

Making it exemplar – the North West Rail Link, Transport for NSW

The North West Rail Link (NWRL) is Australia’s biggest public transport project.

The NWRL has a clear vision to achieve new benchmarks in sustainable infrastructure delivery. This means demonstrating NWRL is at the forefront of best practice, delivering environmental, social and economic improvements throughout the project. Sustainability underpins the core project program and is integrated across all project stages. It is not an afterthought or an add on.

Our commitment is to “contribute to environmental, social and economic sustainability by improving liveability, minimising our impact on the environment and the community, and delivering value for money”. The project will make a positive contribution by not only extending public transport, but also sustainable growth in the North West region.

NWRL has developed an approach that ensures that it will deliver and promote infrastructure sustainability in terms of objectives, targets and measurable outcomes against key policy themes across the project life cycle. Sustainability contract requirements (including targets) have been built into major packages to drive improvements and innovation.

To demonstrate leadership, NWRL has endorsed innovative policies on operational energy and a new approach to workforce development and engagement of local businesses with Greater Western Sydney in the project delivery and operational phases.

PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY – THROUGH DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND USE

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   PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY – THROUGH DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND USE

Fostering a climate of collaboration to transform road maintenance problems into an environmentally, financially and socially sustainable solution – EarthCo Projects Pty Ltd, VIC

PolyCom Stabilising Aid is an Australian-made road stabiliser, distributed in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania by Earthco Projects Pty Ltd. It is used for the construction and maintenance of sealed and unsealed roads, road shoulders, airstrips and other pavements.

A cost-effective and sustainable alternative to traditional soil stabilisation, PolyCom creates a stronger, longer lasting pavement and offers significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and maintenance expenses.

PolyCom Stabilising Aid is listed with ECO-Buy’s green purchasing directory ECO-Find. It is environmentally inert and does not leach into soil or leave residue in water run-off.

Dedicated to creating a sustainable system of road maintenance and improving the knowledge base of the industry, Earthco Projects’ commitment extends to:

Partnership with Swinburne University to research PolyCom’s performance in road maintenance
On-site project support for works officers and engineers
Sponsorship of a MWOA skills enhancements program for training and mentoring of municipal workers
Collaboration with stakeholders to review reporting practices, sustainability data and assist with process changes.

Earthco Projects works closely with Councils and other road makers, fostering a climate of collaboration to transform their road maintenance problems into an environmentally, financially and socially sustainable solution.

THE RICHARD PRATT BANKSIA CEO AWARD

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  THE RICHARD PRATT BANKSIA CEO AWARD

 

Damien Walsh, Managing Director – bankmecu, VIC

Damien Walsh has had a 20-year career in the cooperative banking sector gaining in-depth knowledge and experience about how the business of banking can have positive social, economic and environmental benefits and how it can contribute to sustainability thought leadership.

Damien’s motivation to continue to lead the bank’s sustainability agenda is borne out of a belief that the bank has a primary responsibility to deliver value to its customers who also own the bank, while at the same time meeting their expectations that the bank will contribute to a fairer, more equitable and sustainable world.

Starting in 2003 when mecu Limited embarked on its sustainability journey, Damien has built a broad and deep understanding about the power of banking to bring about a more sustainable world. He has led bankmecu’s involvement in range of international programs where the company has been a trailblazer for small to medium business, embedding sustainability into its core business while continuing to achieve strong profit and financial results. Testament to this leadership in the early days of this journey was Damien’s invitation in 2005 to present to the Global Roundtable of the United Nations Environment Program – Finance Initiative in New York about the credit union’s advances in sustainability reporting.

As Managing Director and previously as General Manager Corporate Services, Damien has overseen the reorientation of mecu Limited to a leading and recognised thought leader in values based and sustainable banking.

Damien has led the engagement of staff to embed sustainability principles into all aspects of the business from product design and procurement through to business operations, reporting, branding and organisational culture. The approach has been dual – to ensure the business minimises its own footprint while also encouraging customers, suppliers and stakeholders to adopt more sustainable practices.

As an example the bank was first to market with a range of GoGreen loans (home, personal and car) that provided incentives for customers to make more sustainable choices such as the energy efficiency of their new homes or emissions of their new motor vehicles. In 2005, mecu won the Gold Banksia Award for the development of its GoGreen Car Loan.

Under Damien’s leadership the bank has been developing a world-first solution for a financial institution to the question of carbon neutrality through its Conservation Landbank. Since 2008, bankmecu has purchased 927 hectares of land spread across five properties situated in Victoria’s west Wimmera region. This land has been set aside to help protect remnant natural forest and restore degraded farmland.

The Landbank allows the bank to offset the biodiversity loss associated with the construction of new homes financed and the greenhouse gas emissions from cars under finance. It also contributes to bankmecu’s carbon neutral status. The bank’s operations became fully carbon neutral in 2011 and will remain so.

Damien’s advocacy and leadership in sustainability has extended beyond the bank to the customer owned banking sector in Australia as well as more broadly to the corporate sector. This is particularly evident in the area of Integrated Reporting where bankmecu has been able to have a level of influence and impact well above its relative size and market share.

bankmecu was one of three Australian companies involved in an international pilot project run by the International Integrated Reporting Council to develop and test an IR framework. The other companies were large corporations, NAB and Stockland. Damien committed the bank to the project because it gave bankmecu an opportunity to represent the views of cooperative enterprise and bring the bank’s expertise to this international forum.

As the only Australian member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and recognised leader in Integrating Reporting, bankmecu is an active contributor to the global conversation about the role of private finance in solving the world’s intractable social and environmental problems.

In 2014 bankmecu renewed its Strategic Plan with a strong focus on growth and continued leadership in sustainable development. Damien, along with the Board of the bank have committed to increasing the scale of the bank in order to allow it to not only provide banking to a larger number of Australians but to also have a greater capacity to have positive social, economic and environmental impacts.

As part of this agenda, Damien is currently pushing the bank to identify the next sustainability frontier and new partnerships that will help advance sustainable development into the future. Through these partnerships the bank is exploring innovations in the areas of renewable energy generation and social return on investment measurement as well as cooperative models for public service delivery and socially inclusive banking solutions.

 

THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS AWARD FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT WINNER

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   THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER’S AWARD FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT

Millicent Mill’s Commitment to a Sustainable Regional Community
Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, SA

Kimberly-Clark (K-C) is a global health and hygeiene company and proud Australian manufacter. Our largest Australian manufacturing facility is our Millicent Tissue Mill in the SE region of South Australia, home of our KLEENEX®, KLEENEX® COTTONELLE® and VIVA® brands. For 55 years K-C’s Millicent Mill has been a proud contributor to the SE as the region’s largest single employer, a leader in environmental stewardship and an active contributor to the surrounding communities. This has helped foster a deep and abiding relationship of reciprocation and support between the community and our company. We are proud to be celebrating a number of key achievements that we have invested heavily in over the past several years to ensure our manufacturing systems and practices allow us to deliver quality products that our consumers love, while also reducing our impact on the environment. Our ambitious goals have led to significant improvements, particularily in, the mill’s wastewater quality by meeting Australian Drinking Water Guidelines before being discharged into nearby Lake Bonney, taking a proactive approach to transitioning the mill from operating under a 50 year Indenture established by the SA government, imlementing our $33 million cogeneration facility which is significantly reducing our carbon emissions each year, and nearly diverting all manufacturing waste from landfill.

SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT

 2014 BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT

The Barwon Water Biosolids Management – Plenary Group, VIC

Barwon Water Biosolids Management Project provides an environmentally sustainable, large-scale, regional management solution for biosolids. The creation of the new Barwon Water Biosolids Management Facility transforms biosolids produced as part of the wastewater treatment process into a financially valuable and easily manageable product for beneficial reuse as farm fertilizer.

In its first year of operation, the Facility achieved a 30 % reduction in Barwon Water’s wastewater treatment emissions. Subsequently, Barwon Water reported the greatest decrease in net greenhouse gas emissions for 2012-13 of any urban water authority in Australia. The small footprint, fully enclosed thermal drying facility is the first in Australia using the proven Keppel Seghers HARD Pelletiser system. It is also the largest in the Southern Hemisphere producing 90% de-watered, T1 Treatment Grade pelletised biosolids. The Facility’s reuse program provides a national model for sustainable biosolids management, treatment and reuse; to address environmental issues associated with biosolids production and stockpiling.

Since it’s commissioning in 2012, more than 75,000 tonnes of biosolids have been processed producing over 10,000 tonnes of pelletised biosolids. These pellets have been used for fertilising more than 30 broad acre cropping and pasture farms across Central and Western Victoria.

2014 BANKSIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD

   2014 BANKSIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Sean Willmore, Australia

This is only the second time in Banksia’s 26 year history that The Banksia Foundation have recognised an Australian with this international accolade.

Current Positions

  • President of the International Ranger Federation (IRF)
  • Founder and Managing Director Founder and Managing Director, The Thin Green Line Foundation

Sean’s determination has meant despite economic, political and geographical boundaries he has leapt unthinkable hurdles and connected the unlikeliest of organisations, NGOs, corporates, governments and grass root supporters to tackle this issue at its coal face and support park rangers and their families, working on the dangerously thin green line.
The Banksia Board would like to congratulate Sean Willmore, and while we recognise the amazing work of IRF and The Thin Green Line Foundation we understand there is much more to still be done. We encourage everyone to be inspired by and support Sean in his quest to ‘Protect Nature’s Protectors’.

The International Ranger Federation is an alliance of 64 associations on six continents. The IRF’s charity arm, The Thin Green Line Foundation, is the world’s only NGO solely dedicated to protecting endangered species and threatened ecosystems by supporting park rangers and the widows and orphans of rangers killed in the line of duty. In the past 10 years it is estimated that over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty, 75% of them by commercial poachers and armed militia groups.

Sean doesn’t just talk the talk; he really does walk the walk.

He has worked with rangers and partner organisations on the frontline of conservation in over 50 countries worldwide. From working in war zones in the Congo to Colombia he has himself has faced the dangerous reality many rangers face every day. Sean once had to pretend to be a priest to avoid a poaching militia pulling the trigger on an AK47 that was pointed at his head.

Willmore says, ‘It’s the rangers that are out there every single day, that sacrifice so much, who hardly see their families, who risk their lives, and sometimes lose their lives- they are the true heroes. My role is perhaps simply as a conduit to try and get them and their families and communities the support and respect they deserve’

After initially selling his car and re-mortgaging his house in 2004 Sean travelled for 12 months around the world to make a film, the Thin Green Line, about his inspiring colleagues. Three years later, on the simultaneous release of the film in 35 countries and 328 locations, he started the foundation of the same name to support rangers and their families.

His supporters refer to him as a social entrepreneur for rangers and frontline conservation. A more modest Sean says, ‘I’m just doing what I can for rangers and conservation, that needs doing – desperately. There’s an amazing group of people behind me, and others that work behind the scenes to support these heroes of conservation’.

Sean together with The Thin Green Line team, partners and supporters has to date supported over 100 widows of rangers with new farmlets, business set ups, school fees and with that 400+ children, equipped and trained hundreds of rangers via collaborative partnerships, helped to rebuild rangers houses burnt down by poachers, provide first aid training and equipment, invested in fresh water purification and TTGLF has given emergency aid in times of war and conflict. TTGLF has protected over 2500 rangers.

LEADERSHIP IN CITIZENSHIP AND COMMUNITIES

 2014 BANKSIA LEADERSHIP IN CITIZENSHIP AND COMMUNITIES

Garage Sale Trail – Garage Sale Trail Foundation, NSW

Garage Sale Trail is a national grass roots waste education program and champion of the REUSE movement.

Launched in 2010 in Bondi Beach the program has grown exponentially and is today supported by 140 Councils, 7 State and Territory Governments and the Federal Government.
The Garage Sale Trail is enabled by a technology framework and community awareness campaign that encourages Australian households, community groups, charities, schools and local organisations to get involved and register for one big day of garage sales nationally. This year that day is Saturday October 25, 2014.

Since its inception Garage Sale Trail has facilitated the redistribution of 1.5-million number of items, enabled 950,000 community connections, generated $4million in fundraising and audited media reach of 650-million. The Garage Sale Trail message is one of REUSE, waste minimization and community. We believe that sustainability is best when it’s fun and social and when it starts in your own backyard.Garage Sale Trail Foundation has received funding to launch in the UK in 2015.

2014 INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY

 2014 INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge (IBK) Working Group – ACEAS in partnership with Indigenous BioCultural Knowledge Group, NSW & QLD

The deep knowledge of Indigenous people is being called upon by the Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge (IBK) Working Group as part of a nationwide effort to stem the tide of extinction and decline that is engulfing Australian environments.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are working on hundreds of projects across Australia to understand and better manage Country using combinations of ecological science and to a limited extent, IBK. Ecological science is well documented, publicised and used. However, IBK is often documented in disparate and hard to access places resulting in a lack of broader awareness and uptake in contemporary land management, research and decision-making.

The IBK Working Group has collaborated since 2012 to collate documents and examples of living IBK and promote them through a “one-stop-shop” website www.aibk.info. The website includes a world-first map, which illustrates the locations of place-based publically-available Australian IBK. The map allows for analysis of gaps, hotspots and opportunities for IBK documentation.

The IBK Working Group is a unique collaboration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists and land managers from a range of organisations from remote to urban Australia. This project is highly innovative and contemporary in its delivery of IBK to the world stage.

2014 EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

   2014 EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The Liveability Real Estate Framework – Training and Tools for the Next Generation of Real Estate – LJ Hooker Corporate, NSW

The Liveability Real Estate Framework was developed in collaboration with the sustainable design, construction and assessment industries in order to address a significant shortfall of training and knowledge in the marketing, selling and renting of environmentally sustainable homes within the residential real estate industry.

The Liveability Real Estate Framework aims at long-term sustainability benefits as consumers are empowered to invest in sustainability features in new and existing properties knowing that these will now be recognised at the point of sale or lease. It empowers the property marketing industry to move confidently from being a barrier to a catalyst in supporting the sustainable property market.

The framework address the four aspects of the real estate property marketing industry:
1. the real estate agent,
2. who brings the people (renter, owner, investor)
3. and the property together (new and existing homes),
4. through effective online/print marketing.

It includes comprehensive training for real estate agents which encompasses: how to identify 17 Liveability Property Features™ which offer the potential for reduced running costs, and increased comfort if used correctly by the occupant; why these features are important to Liveability potential; and how to effectively sell and rent homes. They are given access to a new appraisal checklist, exclusive property marketing icons and resources for vendors, buyers and renters.

2014 INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

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 2014   INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Better Buildings Partnership – Better Buildings Partnership, NSW

The Better Buildings Partnership is a leading-edge collaboration between Sydney’s commercial landlords that is unlocking improvements to building sustainability, performance and value – like waste management, on-site energy and green leasing – previously thought impractical or impossible. As a partnership, the group is capable of lowering hurdles for important improvements to buildings The partnership also enables industry and the supply chain to overcome market failures, such as leasing that limits the ability for landlords to collaborate and improve tenants’ comfort, productivity and sustainability. Due to the Partnership representing over 90 per cent of prime-grade buildings in Sydney CBD and significant proportions in other CBDs across Australia, when commitments to better leasing principles are made, change is all but guaranteed to happen.

In 2012, the Better Buildings Partnership began an innovative new approach to build capacity across the industry with best practice (green) leasing. The project, still ongoing, has led to over 100 senior industry stakeholders directly involved in the co-creation of model lease clauses, factsheets on choosing and specifying better buildings and future works on communicating the value of better leasing frameworks to tenants in situ. The work thus far has engaged over 30,000 in Australia’s property sector and is planting the seed for embedding green leasing as standard practice in years to come.