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2016 Finalists

 

Get to know your 2016 Banksia Sustainability Award Finalists.

Banksia’s Finalists are spread around the nation; from Port Hedland and the Tiwi Islands to the Tasmanian Midlands. And the nature of these projects is hugely diverse too, ranging from sustainable hairdressing salons and projects on The Great Barrier Reef to converting toxic cremated remains into nutrients for trees.

You can find the full list below.


THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER’S AWARDS FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT

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SCIENCE & RESEARCH

Finalists

Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC), QLD
in partnership with The University of Queensland

Established within The University of Queensland in 1996, the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) initially focused on the challenges of the protection of waterways and the reduction of nutrients in the environment. The AWMC led the world in nutrient removal, innovative processes and process control of wastewater treatment plants. The impact of this early work is still being applied today by water authorities both nationally and international, and local agri-industries. Twenty years on the AWMC still shows great relevance to the global water industry, covering most of the Australian urban water services cycle. Our particular strength is the close integration of biological science, process engineering and informatics. This unique combination forms the basis for ground-breaking research but also offers some exciting opportunities for development and application of user-specific solutions to challenging environmental problems. We have an outstanding track record of successful research, development, and application projects currently worth almost AU$10 million per annum, many in close collaboration with industry and research collaborators. We are partnered with over 100 different utilities, industry groups, research institutions, and educational facilities around Australia and the world. The combined efforts of the AWMC’s programs are still achieving sustainable outcomes for the water industry. Just one of our many projects has delivered $400 million documented cost savings to the Australian Water Industry to date. We have challenged how the industry views greenhouse gas emissions, added value to our waste processes, and discovered how to protect our water resources and critical infrastructure.

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg & Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, QLD 
in partnership with The Ocean Agency

One of the major hurdles for ocean conservation is the inability for many to see and treasure what is at stake. Only a lucky few will dive these beautiful ‘underwater cities’; even less will understand why the world’s reefs are in a dramatic state of decline. In response, researchers at The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute are revealing the world’s coral reefs, in high-definition 360-degree vision through the XL Catlin Seaview Survey. The scientific images form the basis of the XL Catlin Global Reef Record, a research tool enabling change to be clearly monitored, which is helping scientists, policy makers, and the public to see and understand the issues facing coral reefs. Since the XL Catlin Seaview Survey began in 2012, it has mapped more than 1000km of reef scape across 22 countries and collected more than 600,000 images for scientific analysis. It currently has numerous research papers associated with it, has led to the discovery of seven coral species, and supported four PhD students. The project and its unique imagery has led to more than $200 million media exposure worldwide. Global Change Institute Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the XL Catlin Seaview Survey Chief Scientist. He was one of the earliest voices that climate change would need limiting to 2oC if essential ecosystems such as coral reefs were to survive – now he is leading global research to ensure coral reefs are monitored, managed and ultimately protected for future generations.

FeralScan by Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, ACT

Introduced pest animals such as rabbits, feral cats, foxes and wild dogs, occur in all areas of Australia and cause over $1 billion damage to agricultural production, biodiversity, threatened species and human health each year. In response, farmers, governments, community, indigenous groups and industry organisations invest millions of dollars trying to reduce the impacts of pest animals, placing further pressure on existing resources and people. The FeralScan Program (available at www.feralscan.org.au and via Smart Phone App) helps to bring citizen science centre-stage with traditional approaches to reduce the impacts of Australia’s worst introduced pest animals on biodiversity, threatened species, agricultural productivity, the environment and people. It provides new digital technology through purpose-built web- and Smart Phone Apps, that empower communities to be part of a solution to introduced pest animals. For the first time, communities have an easy way of documenting pest problems in their local area. Information recorded by the community is delivered directly into the hands of land managers, farmers, indigenous groups, and biosecurity stakeholders all over Australia. In this way, it provides technology for active surveillance and detection of pest animals; it centralises and shares data; alerts people to new issues; tracks progress of management actions, and guides local control activities.

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

Finalists

Dr Tony Parkes, NSW

Dr Tony Parkes dedication to restoring critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest started 25 years ago when he moved to a degraded 42ha ex-dairy farm near Bangalow in NE NSW. The farm was once part of the Big Scrub, the largest area of lowland subtropical rainforest in Australia. Over 99% of the 75000ha Big Scrub has been cleared, leaving less than 100 significant remnants with incredibly rich biodiversity. Tony with expert help has restored rainforest on 14 hectares of his farm Tony helped form Big Scrub Landcare (BSL) in 1992 and has been president since 1993. Outstanding achievements of BSL under Tony’s leadership include: • Rehabilitation work including weed control at over 100 critically endangered rainforest remnants in NE NSW, including 34 public reserves • Helping to protect 35 nationally threatened species • Facilitating the revegetation of 300ha of ex-rainforest land. • Raising more than $2.5 million in grants for rainforest restoration, matched by over $3 million in landholder and partner contributions. • The listing of Lowland Rainforest of Subtropical Australia as a critically endangered ecological community under the EPBC Act. Tony led the team of volunteer scientific advisors who prepared the nomination and contributed to its assessment. • Presenting 17 annual Big Scrub Rainforest Days – one of the largest annual landcare community engagement and education events in Australia with over 23,000 attendees. • Publishing manuals on rainforest restoration and weed identification and control in rainforest. • Working in partnership with over 60 private landholders, NSW NPWS, Councils, Rous Water and others.

Kelly Howlett, WA

In 2003, Kelly Howlett founded and formed the Care For Hedland Environmental Association. Today, nearly 14 years on, Kelly Howlett has been continuously the Chairperson and has continued to be extremely hands on contributing volunteer significant time, personal resources and passion towards the Association. In that time the membership has grown from 15 people to now over 165 members. After much lobbying and hard work, Kelly Howlett secured funding in 2004 so that local community members could be trained to monitor the Flatback turtles that nest on Cemetery Beach and Pretty Pool Beach. Prior to Kelly Howlett, there was no turtle monitoring program or care for nesting Flatback turtles along the town’s local beaches. Now approaching 13 monitoring seasons, the Flatback turtles are now well and truly loved by the community and volunteers come from all around Australia and the world to take part and assist with the Program. Not only starting this turtle monitoring program, Kelly Howlett has assisted throughout and has always been heavily involved in this program wholly as a volunteer now approaching 13 years. It is commonly thought in the community that there would be no Flatback turtles still nesting today in Port Hedland, if it were not for Kelly Howlett’s efforts, intervention, continued ongoing monitoring, data collection and communication of findings. The Association has achieved much in the areas of: turtle monitoring, community garden/food production, home sustainability, waste management/recycling/litter prevention and education and the Association would not be in the position it is today without the continuous passion, dedication, commitment and vision from Kelly Howlett.

Joshua Gilbert, NSW

Josh is a Worimi man from the Mid North Coast of NSW, who uses Indigenous wisdom and values, alongside his agricultural history, to inform and shape modern society. In 2015, Josh was named in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25, as one of the top 25 most influential people in Australia for his work in climate change and agriculture. Previously the Chair of the NSW Young Farmers, and having just returned from the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris (as one of 2 selected young farmers in Australia), he is a passionate advocate for biodiversity, climate change and renewable energy, and revolutionising the way we talk about agriculture and Indigenous issues in Australia, if not the world. In 2015, Josh led the NSW Young Farmers’ Council in moving one of the first international agricultural climate change motions at the NSW Farmers Annual Conference, which attracted national and international attention. The motion also gained the attraction of Al Gore, who asked Josh to be a part of his Climate Reality Project. Josh’s Climate Reality Project video, entitled ‘Australia’s Young Green Farmers’, was viewed in over 75 countries and by over 100 million people.


 

BANKSIA COMMUNICATION FOR CHANGE AWARD

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Finalists

ClimateWorks Australia in partnership with Australian National University, VIC

ClimateWorks Australia is a philanthropy-funded independent organisation established in 2009 as a partnership between Monash University and philanthropy. ClimateWorks mission is to ‘catalyse substantial emissions reductions across the Australian economy’. We achieve this by undertaking ground-breaking analysis then working to translate this analysis into tangible action. We do this by partnering with business, government, investors and other organisations to unblock policy and market barriers, enabling substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across the Australian economy while continuing economic growth. We focus on four ‘pillars’ of activity – energy efficiency, clean energy generation, electrification and fuel switching and carbon sequestration. ClimateWorks’ project, ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050: How Australia can prosper in a low carbon world’, details pathways to net zero emissions for Australia using proven technologies, while our economy continues to grow. To date, ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050’ has informed government, business and environmental groups and influenced key outcomes including: – The South Australian Government’s announcement of a target of net zero emissions by 2050, using ClimateWorks modelling. – The Federal ALP Leader, Bill Shorten, publicly committing to net zero emissions by 2050, citing ClimateWorks research. – The Shadow Environment Minister, Mark Butler, announcing a 50% renewable energy by 2030 policy, citing ClimateWorks research. – The Australian Government’s committing to a post 2020 Emissions Target (of 26-28% below 2010 levels by 2030) drawing on ClimateWorks modelling.

 

John West Australia: Committed to a Sustainable Seafood Future by Simplot, VIC

After changing our tuna supply chain to the world’s best standard in sustainability, John West Australia faced another challenge. We had to get Australians to understand what we had done, and see value in the move. Until we did, consumers were unlikely to change their purchasing behaviour. To understand how to best change consumers’ behaviour and attitudes around sustainability, our agency Cummins&Partners looked to consumer psychology and principles of social marketing. The John West Australia MSC campaign launched on the February 3, 2016 and was in market until end April 2016. Market research tracking was in market from March 18 to April 8, 2016 (n=600). John West Australia remains committed to a sustainability framework that will positively continue to help ensure we have health oceans forever. We will continue to lead in investment in agitation and communication to increase awareness of the plight of the oceans, how consumers can make a difference by shopping smarter and raising awareness for MSC. Our sourcing of MSC continues into 2016/17 including moving our Tongal slices to MSC Yellowfin, sourcing MSC Mackerel and as Alaskan salmon moves to MSC our range of MSC products will grow.

Reduce Your Juice by CitySmart, QLD
in partnership with Queensland University of Technology and BCM Partnerships

Reduce Your Juice (RYJ) is an Australian-first digital program, helping low income households save money on their electricity bills by improving their energy usage behaviours. Despite the rising cost of electricity, energy efficiency is extremely low interest for most people in the community. Conventional approaches to energy reduction programs are high-touch, high-cost, once off interventions. These have proven to be ineffective with young low-income households. Instead, Reduce Your Juice uses a radically different approach to changing behaviour: gamification. Delivered on an all-digital platform via smartphones, the program combined a smartphone game app, email, social media interactions and a rewards program in order to engage an audience on the topic of energy efficiency, despite the bill shock and ensuing financial hardship. In the first Reduce Your Juice trial: 1. Participants improved their energy consumption by 12.3% compared to the previous year. 2. Findings from research partner QUT quantified an improvement in energy habits of 22.5% which is 350% better than the average previously achieved in similar programs. 3. On average, participants saved $220 on their electricity bills annually. 4. Participants showed significant improvement in attitudes, bill control, self-efficacy, behavioural intentions, and willingness to give up comfort compared to the control group who did not show any significant change. Following the successful trial, Reduce Your Juice is now ready to take on the world, having been developed with the end goal of expanding the program to larger audiences. The international target markets identified include the US, UK and European markets.

The Get Grubby Project by mememe productions, NSW

From strutting our stuff at the world premiere of our eco-musical at the Sydney Opera House, breaking records at their Mudpie Bake Off at Centennial Parklands on World Soil Day, growing up with nature with Planet Ark on National Tree Day, to reaching 50 million people a week on Facebook with our infectious green living inspirations… the last 24 months have been big for mememe productions. Throw in the get grubby program – an online sustainability curriculum, Get Grubby TV – a special event for ABCKids – seen by a million kids across the nation and the launch of Costa’s Compost Academy … it’s a wonder that this Emmy Award winning team ever sleep. If what we do is impressive, how we do it is as equally amazing. Our sun-run headquarters not only fuels operations but powerfully offsets our carbon footprint. Our commitment to sustainability in all things merchandise sees us leading the pack with our ‘dirtgirlworld eco standard’. With an organic food policy with a love of leftovers, to storage of rainwater, recycling and composting and a green purchase plan, our head office and production sites are the greenest in the country. So green in fact we have been awarded the Green Screen Award and featured in studies, books and guides about sustainability in the Screen Industries. In a world where kids think yoghurt is a plant and cotton comes from an animal, it’s time for the get grubby project!

The Ocean Agency, NSW

The Ocean Agency, an unconventional not-for-profit based in Sydney, is the team behind Google underwater Street View and the only virtual reality record of the ocean. We believe innovation and great communication is key to finding solutions to the big ocean issues. Our ocean is in a state of unprecedented decline and arguably this is the most serious environmental issue facing humanity. One of the biggest challenges holding back all ocean conservation is the fact that the ocean is out of sight and out of mind. If people do not notice it, do not understand it, do not appreciate its critical importance, how will they ever care enough to instigate positive action? That’s why we focus on far-reaching, disruptive and engaging ways to reveal the ocean to the 99.9% of people who don’t dive. We focus on revealing it’s magic, its importance and its issues to the world, working with the best partners in the science, conservation, media and corporate worlds. Our innovative 360-camera technology, our revolutionary scientific surveying and analysis of the world’s coral reefs, and our media-led approach to generating global awareness of ocean change and the coral reef crisis have allowed us to not only engage people in the billions, but create a new and powerful funding model for ocean conservation proving that corporate sponsorship of environmental projects can be good for business as well as the environment.


BANKSIA FOOD FOR SUSTAINABLE THOUGHT AWARD

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Finalists

Eat Me Chutneys, NSW

In Australia an estimated $10 billion of food is wasted every year and fresh fruits and vegetables are approx. 40-50% of these food losses. That’s just shit! Eat Me Chutneys is devoted to rescuing wonky, bruised and unsold produce which they convert into lip-smacking chutneys (chutneys are condiments made from fruits/veg, vinegar, spices and sugar – bit like jams, they’re more entertaining). And this is how they put their mission “Just like humans, fruits and vegetables come in all shapes and sizes. We at Eat Me Chutneys have set out to promote self-esteem amongst wonky yet gorgeous produce”. A family run business all chutneys are made by hand, in small batches in Sydney. The mum (chutney queen), son (the annoying, Michelin star trained chef) and dad (labelling machine) team are crazy about sourcing ethically; all produce is organic/chemical free and as local as possible along with Fairtrade certified spices and sugar. These obsessive yet simply sensible practices saw them become a certified BCorp in 2015 and they served their explode-in-your-mouth type chutneys at TEDxSydney that same year. To date they’ve rescued 2.1 tons of produce and converted it into approx. 10,966 jars of chutneys. In doing so they’ve prevented 6.05 tons of CO2 emissions; which is about 12 return trips between SYD and MEL. Furthermore, they’ve run rescued chutney classes to educate and inform consumers on the issue and reached approx. 1500 individuals. Quiet rad they think!

John West Australia: Leading the way in Sustainability by Simplot, VIC

As John West is the largest branded supplier of seafood in Australia, we play an active role in safeguarding our oceans resources as well the coastal communities who depend on them for their livelihood. Sustainability is a journey we embarked on many years ago but it’s an aspiration that we share with many other like-minded organisations. In December 2015, John West Australia launched a world first by moving its tuna supply chain to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) purse seine caught skipjack certified tuna – the world’s best standard in sustainability. Three years before, Simplot (owner of John West Australia) pledged that by the end of 2015, they would only source purse seine caught skipjack tuna caught using independently verified FAD-Free methods. After three years of extensive research, close collaboration with the WWF, Pacifical, the PNA and MSC, John West Australia met and exceeded this target. Not only sourcing FAD free but ensuring it is MSC certified sustainable and completely traceable from ocean to can. At John West Australia, we have made ground breaking changes in solidifying our position and commitment to sustainability. This includes overhauling our sourcing and supply chain, embarking on a communication campaign (including a label change) in order to inform consumers of our standards and empowering consumers to make the choice at shelf that is best for health of the oceans.

Natural Evolution, QLD

Every week in Far North Queensland 450-500tonne of bananas are wasted due to being out of supermarket specification, or over supply. After suffering devastating losses in 2 cyclones, Natural Evolution was born, creating banana flour from “waste” bananas. In this time Natural Evolution has built a fully pharmaceutical grade green banana processing plant and designed world first technology to take unsalable produce with a few weeks/days shelf life and turn it into high value food sources which can be stored for many years. The company has focused on large output of product with minimal energy use. Natural Evolution has also grown plantations of bananas implementing sustainable farming practices which use 25% less water and fertiliser. Living and operating a business in Tropical Far North Queensland – the Wet Tropics Catchment are for The Great Barrier Reef has encouraged us to demonstrate the best farming and processing practices. Natural Evolution has scientifically proven that green bananas are the richest source of resistant starch – a prebiotic nutritional supplement. Natural Evolution is leading the world in banana and food waste research and development. Commercial interest in product and process has seen representatives from Europe, America, Japan, South Korea, China, and Africa visit the facility and plantation in Walkamin, QLD.


BANKSIA INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

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Finalists

Aboriginal Landcare Education Program by Greening Australia, NT

For 22 years, Greening Australia’s Aboriginal Landcare Education Program (ALEP) has delivered training across Northern Australia, now encompassing the Territory through to the Ranger program in Pilbara, WA. The training focuses on providing accredited hands-on skills training to improve career opportunities and build capacity for Indigenous Australians. ALEP supports teams and communities whilst working on-country and within rural, regional and the urban environment. The ALEP Learning Guides are at the forefront of training manuals and continue to be developed with communities to ensure they are suitable for use within a program based on Aboriginal pedagogies. The adaptation of the guides to other communities where English is a Second Language is a success being utilised by Refugee Burmese women in Darwin. Internationally, the organisation WithOneSeed, working in Timor Leste, translated some of the guides into Tetum for use since 2014. The ALEP engagement methodology is successful due to its ability to continuously evolve and adapt the needs of the community. Participants undertake nationally accredited training within the Conservation & Land Management sector. Whilst gaining ‘work ready’ skills. Today, multiple corporate partners support the program financially and many communities and social organisations are committed to the program. Young people disengaged with the community, with low numeracy and literacy skills have flourished in the current NT ALEP team environment. 2013-2016 results show that 70% of participants are now engaged in further work or study. Greening Australia’s Northern programs is making ALEP it’s focus in 2016 and 2017 widening its partnerships with like-minded organisations, Indigenous groups, local and state government and private enterprise.

AshOil, WA

AshOil is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation. AshOil’s primary objectives are the provision of training and employment to Indigenous people from the Pilbara region and providing a sustainable Indigenously-owned business. AshOil achieves these objective through the production of renewable fuels, biodiesel, by the conversion of wastes generated in the region. AshOil sells this fuel to Rio Tinto Iron Ore for use in their drill and blast operations. Biodiesel directly offsets diesel consumption. AshOil has extended its operations to include the provision of locally-sourced virgin cooking oil, creating a virtuous circle of recycling. AshOil’s research and development program has identified that waste engine oil can be processed into a diesel substitute in the blasting process. Over 20 million litres of waste engine oil is generated in the Pilbara region. This resource is transported out of the region and therefore its value is lost to the Pilbara. AshOil is progressing its development with Orica to process this valuable resource into a product that can be further utilised. AshOil has always sought to provide a conduit for the employment Indigenous people from the Pilbara. To date more than 60 individuals has passed through Ashoil’s training operations and progressed through to employment positions. AshOil also works with school students to help improve attendance rates. AshOil will continue to focus on its role to leverage employment and training opportunities in the Pilbara region.

Napranum Community Transformation by Dynamic Exchange, QLD

In 2011 Napranum in partnership with Dynamic Exchange embarked on a journey to community transformation. Annalise Jennings Director of Dynamic Exchange, left a 27yr career in corporate banking to work with Napranum. She developed a best practice model, empowering communities to create economic opportunity, positive social change and spiritual growth. The fundamentals of engagement, ownership and responsibility are deeply embedded in her program. The process identifies the vision of the community in collaboration with government and service providers to develop a community owned blue print. Every demographic of the community is engaged with elders supporting each stage through re-establishing cultural norms and reconnection to land. The community embraces a ‘Strength based’ methodology which assesses the resources, skills, and potential within the community. Achievements include 60% boost in employment and Commercial Joint Ventures established for the 1st time, including local collaboration in land restoration and Ranger programs, which greatly enhanced positive social change. WOCC provides awareness for all stakeholders to understand the importance of community determining its own path, take responsibility for its future and is co-created with community to ensure respect for this position. Interim reviews using an innovative ‘well-being index’ are undertaken to assess ongoing sustainability and community growth. The 4th of these reviews was undertaken in May’16. News for Napranum is very positive with all indicators pointing towards a growing and sustainable community. NAPRANUM elder of the Thaynakwith Nation Maryann Coconut, alongside Annalise Jennings will grace the international stage later this year to promote the success of Napranum at the CTT International Conference Toronto.

Tiwi Carbon Study by Tiwi Land Council, NT

The Tiwi Carbon Study is identifying the environmental and economic potential of fire management for greenhouse gas abatement on the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory, in the context of developing sustainable livelihood opportunities for Tiwi people that meet their economic,environmental and cultural needs. The study has: (1) quantified emissions from Tiwi fires under the existing savanna burning methodology; (2) established a world-class, long-term field experiment for testing the impacts of different fire management options on vegetation, carbon dynamics and biodiversity; (3) developed a new savanna burning methodology that takes into account carbon storage in ecosystems, resulting in a two – to threefold increase in accountable abatement; and (4) enhanced the capacity of Tiwi people to engage in savanna burning for greenhouse gas abatement as a sustainable livelihood opportunity.The Tiwi community is now qualified to register with the Federal Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) for earning carbon credits, and has the capacity to manage fires for greenhouse gas abatement while maintaining Tiwi cultural and biodiversity values. Active fire management in 2015 as a pilot to ERF registration resulted in reduced emissions of 22,900 tonnes of CO2-e against baseline levels.The Tiwi Carbon Study is helping secure better lives and futures for Tiwi people, and has enhanced prospects for further engagement in savanna burning by Aboriginal communities across northern Australia.

 


BANKSIA SMART AWARD

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Finalists

eWater Systems, VIC

Imagine a future where the food you and your family eat never needs to be in contact with the same sorts of chemicals used to unblock drains and de-grease engines. A future where science has unlocked the power of water and salt to deliver a level of hygiene and safety many assume can only be provided by toxic chemicals. eWater Systems is delivering that future now through an elegantly simple method of ‘water-splitting’ to create eWater – an electrolysed water product which delivers proven anti-microbial qualities. eWater’s proven ability to kill bacteria without affecting food taste or integrity has made it the sanitising system of choice for people committed to organic processing. We share a passionate belief with customers like Neil Perry, Shannon Bennett, Matt Stone and sustainability guru, Joost Bakker. A belief that the food we eat can be safe without being exposed to harmful chemicals, and that it is possible to use simple science to deliver long-term, positive environmental impacts on society with technology that is better for people, planet and profit. Using just salt, water and electricity, eWater Systems on-site unit already replaces tens of millions of litres of packaged chemicals every year and significantly reduces the chemical and carbon footprints of major commercial kitchens throughout Australia, through reduced uptake of packaged chemicals. We believe that this simple science has broader applications, and that disrupting the status quo in commercial kitchens is just the beginning. Through the application of this technology, Australian business has the potential to lead the world in chemical reduction.

GreenBe Systems, NSW

GreenBe is a revolutionary operating system powering smart eco-cities of the future. Developed in Sydney, the world-class software is the result of years of research, collaboration and development. At its core, GreenBe harnesses behavioural science technologies to challenge, inspire and incentivise people to change. GreenBe makes sustainability engagement seamless. The software captures valuable data on real-world behaviours, while driving sustainable actions at scale. Since 2012, GreenBe’s cloud-based software has been trusted by the most innovative Australian governments to revolutionise their digital service delivery and achieve the following outcomes: • Over 24,100 active users. • Over 8,297 positive sustainable actions recorded. • Contributed $1.2 million to local economies. • Increased household recycling by approximately 20.2%. • Collected 17,673 tonnes of recycling. • Provided up to $400 in annual cost of living savings for active members. The complete solution is helping governments to transform their cities, providing residents with smarter, more connected communities. For enterprise, GreenBe allows engagement to occur on a deeper level, transforming employee engagement and organisational change by recognising and rewarding employee behaviours in real-time. Initially launched as GreenMoney, an Australian-first household rewards program for recycling, today GreenBe delivers much more with its far-reaching and scalable solution for government, enterprise and the property sector – a complete operating system for driving sustainable behaviours. GreenBe is set on becoming a world-leading provider of its behaviour change operating system, continuing to inspire and challenge people to live greener by taking real-world sustainable actions.

Infratech Industries Pty Ltd, NSW

Australia’s first floating solar generation plant has been launched, with further installations to follow. The plant, which floats on a wastewater facility in Jamestown, is the first part of a $12 million, 4 MW system that will cover five basins. Infratech developed the floating system, which took more than three years to design and implement. Flinders University also contributed work on materials, corrosion resistance and energy storage. The project largely sourced its materials within Australia and combats climate change by producing renewable energy at the same time as preventing water evaporation, blue green algae outbreaks and increasing water quality. The system consists of a raft supporting photovoltaic panels, which are coated to prevent corrosion. The water works to cool the panels, increasing their efficiency, and the raft includes a tracking system to orient the panels over the course of the day. The panels operated with about 57% greater yield than landbased installations. Computational fluid dynamics was used to analyse the loads created by wind and wave impacts on the anchoring system. The floating platform is walkable, to allow easy access for maintenance and breathable to allow air to flow in and around which is important for “living” water systems with ecology. Add on water treatment systems can be powered by floating power on site. The project was completed without any government subsidy, and is based on a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Council, in which the council will buy the energy generated by Infratech with no capital investment.

Junglefy, NSW
in partnership with University of Technology Sydney and Lendlease

The Junglefy Breathing Wall is an active, modular green wall system, scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, including carbon dioxide, particulates and VOCs faster than any other plant-based system on the market. It also acts as a sound barrier, improving acoustics while cooling the surrounding air temperature, resulting in energy efficiency and reduced air conditioning costs. It is more than just another green wall – it’s an innovative system combining technology, scientific research and nature resulting in safer, more comfortable and efficient working and living environments. The company behind the innovative Breathing Wall is Junglefy, one of Australia’s leading living infrastructure specialists. Junglefy designs, installs and maintains green walls, roofs, facades and podiums for the built environment, and want to grow plants everywhere – on roofs, walls, inside buildings, outside carparks, and along our highways. Junglefy believes living infrastructure provides our cities with natural beauty, living design and healthier people. Founders Jock and Hanna Gammon understand the importance of investing in research. They engaged The University of Technology Sydney Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group to put the Junglefy Breathing Wall through advanced and rigorous scientific testing to ensure its safety, viability and efficiency. They then commercialised it by partnering with Lendlease and installing it into their new global headquarters at Barangaroo. This is the next generation of green wall systems, with application inside and outside to create cleaner, less toxic air for people and less reliance on mechanical ventilation systems.

Lightwork by Demand Manager, NSW
in partnership with Western Sydney University, NSW

Lightwork is the result of an innovative collaboration between Demand Manager and Western Sydney University which aims to deliver such benefits to the clean energy sector, specifically for energy efficient LED lighting upgrades. The Lightwork app and lux meter is the result of a deep research collaboration between Demand Manager Pty Ltd (DM) and Western Sydney University (WSU). The collaboration commenced in 2014, the app was subsequently launched in October 2015, and is now in use by over 120 companies in the industry so far helping deliver 2,000+ commercial LED lighting upgrades. The current version of Lightwork helps lighting customers, installers, designers and retailers to identify and scope LED lighting opportunities; record critical information about the upgrade to ensure compliance with safety standards; and tap into financial incentives for the upgrades offered through various environmental certificate schemes.
In addition to the app, the Lightwork project has involved the development of an innovative, world-first Bluetooth lux meter. Lux meters are used to record lighting levels to ensure the upgrades are appropriate for users. The Bluetooth lux meter automatically syncs to the Lightwork app to tabulate light level readings and compare against Australian Standards. DM has just signed a new research contract with WSU for Stage 2 of the project. This new phase will expand the scope of products and services delivered through the tool to provide the lighting industry with a collaborative platform for delivering commercial lighting upgrades.

Sustain Me by Sustain Me Group, VIC

Sustain Me is turning the practice of recycling education on its head. Rather than organisations bestowing recycling information onto people, our community is delighted to find a user-friendly resource that tells them what they want to know about recycling. Sustain Me is an app that tells you exactly how to recycle your waste. Eleanor Meyer and Stephen Halpin created the app, and the associated start-up social enterprise, to demystify recycling. Sustain Me was released in August 2015, and in March 2016 it went Australia-wide following a successful crowdfunding campaign. These funds were then used to rewrite the app in native-android code, to enhance user experience. Sustain Me is featured on a myriad of local, regional and national news outlets, chief among these being abcnews.com. Sustain Me is featured in 1 Million Women and received 1000 downloads overnight. Sustain Me formed an alliance with Clean Up Australia to support their annual Clean Up Day. 7 local and state government bodies subscribe to Sustain Me. We also won the Macquarie Kickstarter 2016, plus $10,000 prize money. Spear-headed by Eleanor Meyer and Stephen Halpin, Sustain Me is the coming together of people, organisations, industry members in order to see an innovation off the ground while keeping recyclables out of the ground!

WGV by LandCorp, WA
in partnership with City of Fremantle and Josh Byrne & Associates

When the site of the former Kim Beasley (special) school in White Gum Valley, near Fremantle in Western Australia, was purchased by WA’s land and development agency, LandCorp, the previous planning indicated a low density, high energy and water consuming, typical WA development. Instead, LandCorp worked with the local community, City of Fremantle, and Josh Byrne & Associates, to create an ‘Innovation through Demonstration’ project that would be a test bed for a host of innovative ideas for urban infill, while creating a desirable place to live for future residents and a place that would benefit the existing local community.


BANKSIA LARGE BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

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Finalists

Ingham’s Enterprises, NSW

Inghams Enterprises (Ingham’s) was born from sustainable beginnings; from an intimate knowledge of the production process; a willing and able culture; and a desire to lead the word. It’s taken 98 years, but Ingham’s has achieved it. From global certification in water management, to transparent life cycle analysis to zero waste to landfill, it has achieved. The company has reduced energy, emissions and water usage and created a transparent process and engagement from its supply chains, through production to clients and ultimately to the customer. It is a true leader in sustainability. This Banksia application tracks its journey to date and is continuing to push barriers and drive innovation. It is who the company is And that is its culture. Ingham’s is a company not only aware of its responsibility to communities, but one which takes responsibility to them seriously. It is not afraid of transparency and in fact invites it. Ingham’s didn’t have to do the Life Cycle Analysis that exposed environmental hot spots within their business, but it did. Ingham’s did it because they know this is the best way to build a sustainable business for the future.

Kathmandu, VIC

Sustainability is core to our business. Its part of our products, culture and supply chain. As we love being in the outdoors – its about conserving and caring for our environment. We are a globally leading brand when it comes to sustainability. We recently adopted the Higg Index as part of our core sustainability strategy. This tool allows us to benchmark and assess how we compare to industry peers in environmental and social sustainability. We participate in multi stakeholder initiatives on industry standards. We have won and been finalists for numerous awards as a results of our work and transparency.

Orora Limited, VIC

Orora’s long history in Sustainability Leadership was recognised by the NSW Government in 2011, when Orora (then part of Amcor) was presented with a Ten Year Sustainability Award for its longstanding contribution to Sustainability. Orora was further recognised for leading efforts in driving energy efficiency and productivity at the 2014 Australian Energy Efficiency Awards and the 2016 New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Awards. These awards serve as validation of Orora’s holistic approach to sustainability, based on our values of teamwork, passion, respect and integrity. As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Orora commits to continual improvement in integrating the 10 UNGC principles as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) in general in our day to day operations. Our values-led Sustainability Framework, aligns with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and focuses on: • People – we work to keep each other safe and to operate in a way that demonstrates respect for each other, the community and our customers • Planet – we actively seek opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and products • Prosperity – we find innovative ways to create sustainable value and mitigate risk. Though innovative solutions Orora has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity by 20%, waste to landfill intensity by 67%, and water use intensity by 7% over the last 2 years, while also working with customers to optimise packaging sustainability and functionality and demonstrating improved performance in safety and diversity as well as aligning our policies and processes to our values.

Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd, VIC

TMCA has been a long time Sustainability Leader in Australia. Although our Manufacturing Operations will cease in 2017, we are determined to ensure that this leadership is preserved as part of our legacy as well as being developed into a Sustainable Mobility future for Australia as we embrace Toyota’s 2050 Global Environmental Challenge towards: • Zero CO2 emissions, and • A net positive impact on the environment Our legacy is being facilitated by ensuring our sustainability knowledge continues to be shared and implemented across our organisation and to assist our stakeholders both domestic and international. We have shared: • Innovative improvements in waste treatment with our global affiliates – winning Toyota Japan’s Platinum Environment Award in 2015 • Energy saving expertise with our employees, suppliers and community through our ‘Energy Treasure Hunt’ and ‘Utility Audits’ • Our passion for the environment with the next generation of sustainability leaders through our ‘Mottainai Warriors’ School program • Our commitment to living in harmony with nature, by continuing our Habitat Rehabilitation project at Kororoit Creek TMCA is also looking to the future by bringing a new generation of Zero-emission vehicles into Australia and in 2016 we introduced our first three Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicles. 2017 will see a profound change in the automotive sector and TMCA will ensure that its last car is the best – and most sustainable- global car we have ever built. From there we will move forward, as we bring Sustainable Mobility to Australia.

Teacher’s Mutual Bank, NSW

Established in 1966, Teachers Mutual Bank is one of Australia’s leading member-owned banks dedicated to providing financial products and services nationally to teachers, their families and employees in the education sector.

Teachers Mutual Bank has over 177,000 members and more than $5.5 billion in assets, and continues to deliver strong financial results year-on-year. We are an award-winning mutual bank, achieving industry-wide recognition for our commitment to ethical banking, high rates of customer service and strong sustainability record.

At Teachers Mutual Bank, profit has a purpose. We are committed to creating a brighter future – for our members, the education community, the planet and the people on it. We do this by; being a responsible business ;investing in the education community; and creating a better tomorrow. We understand the influence our business has on the economy and communities in which we operate, and we recognise that we have an obligation to be responsible in the way we invest and lend.

Unilever Australia & New Zealand, NSW

Our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace. We believe business must take a leading role in building a better, fairer world to create a bright future for our world and that’s why we’ve put sustainability at the heart of our business model. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst reducing our environmental impact and at the same time increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to halving the environmental footprint of our products, improving health and well-being of more than a billion people, and enhancing livelihoods of millions of people across our value chain by 2020. Five years into our plan, we’re seeing how sustainability is helping drive growth, cut costs, reduce risk and build trust with our consumers. In 2015 our Australian offices, warehouses and factories joined the list of 600 Unilever sites globally sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill. We’ve reduced GHG emissions by 31%, improved energy efficiency by 38% and water efficiency by 40% compared to 2008. We’ve reached over 500 000 young people with Dove self-esteem workshops and all the palm oil we purchase for locally produced foods and refreshments comes from traceable and certified sources. We continue to work with other leading organisations, governments, NGOs and partners to drive transformational change in areas where our business can make the greatest impact including climate change, sustainable agriculture, women’s empowerment, sanitation and hygiene as well as mobilising collective action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 


 

BANKSIA MINDFUL MOVEMENT AWARD

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Finalists

Lennox Bridge Portals Parramatta by Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure Pty Ltd, NSW
in partnership with City of Parramatta, Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects Pty Ltd.

How do pedestrians and cyclists travel along the banks of the Parramatta River when the path is blocked by a heritage listed bridge? This was the dilemma faced by City of Parramatta Council. On the one side they had the accountability as guardians to protect the historic Lennox Bridge over the Parramatta River, but at the same time they had the responsibility of caring for their residents and visitors who in trying to journey along the river banks in their daily activities were required to walk up and over the bridge abutments – carrying bikes, prams and the like. The solution came through collaboration with the Department of Heritage, architects Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects Pty Ltd, construction company Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure Pty Ltd and other council consultants. A clever and historically sympathetic design combined with innovative, sensitive and adaptive construction methods resulted in an outstanding outcome for the community and historians alike. The construction process revealed some unexpected archeological finds which led to an innovative redesign incorporating the historic features into the portals. Throughout the project, City of Parramatta Council held strong to their vision of maintaining the historical and structural integrity of the bridge, while creating an opportunity for the clear flow of pedestrian traffic along the banks of the river. This required robust leadership in the face of rigorous community debate, but without it, the historic story of the bridge would never have been revealed.

Science & Road Safety Day by NRMA, NSW

NRMA’s innovative Science & Road SafetyDay is a free touring road safety program for primary schools. It revolutionises road safety education by using theatre and science demonstrations to make it easy for children to understand the forces that act on them in motion and how safety equipment keeps them safe. Since launching in 2014, 140,000 students in 340 schools in Sydney and regional NSW and ACT have enjoyed learning through a mix of science, humour and real-life scenarios. A unique feature of the program is the importance placed on teaching children how to recognise unsafe behaviours and especially incorrectly fitted seatbelts and bike helmets. Once recognition has been established we ensure children learn the correct fitting techniques. Student engagement with the program lasts over weeks increasing their depth of learning and reinforcing the importance of this content to their safety. 17,000 students have completed a pre and post-program assessment tool to measure the change in their knowledge. It showed a 56% increase in students’ ability to judge whether a seatbelt was unsafely fitted and 144% increase in recognition of unsafe bike helmet use. Parents tend to delegate these jobs to children once they are in primary school. It is essential that children have the knowledge to protect themselves and the confidence to share this knowledge with family and friends. The program is supported by curriculum linked resources, an open invitation to parents to attend the shows and road safety messages for schools to share with their wider community.

PACCAR Australia, VIC

PACCAR Australia is the market leading designer and manufacturer of Kenworth heavy duty trucks. It is committed to sustainably minimising and reducing the impact of our operations on the environment and the community. As part of this commitment, PACCAR Australia has implemented an ongoing program of continuous improvement in environmental practices appropriate to the scale and location of its activities, products and services. In addition, PACCAR Australia has developed and implemented an environmental management system currently certified to ISO 14001:2004 standard. Leadership is demonstrated by fully integrating environmental, social and economically sustainable principles and practices into the business’ operational activities. We are a committed business that continually raises the bar, setting the benchmark for other businesses across the globe. By October 2016 we aim to be the first PACCAR plant in the world to achieve ISO 14001:2015 certification. Our other factories are looking to us for guidance. PACCAR Australia engages stakeholders through a strong employee induction program focusing on environmental awareness. We collaborate with our contractors to achieve the best environmental results possible, through constant engagement and training. PACCAR Australia has a proud 50-year history of manufacturing and selling trucks and related services and parts in Australia. From its inception in 1966, to the production of the 50,000th Kenworth truck in 2013, to the importing and selling of the multi-award winning DAF Trucks, all supported and complemented by PACCAR Parts, PACCAR Financial and most recently PacLease, the company has celebrated a number of significant milestones.

Sendle, NSW

Sendle exists to make parcel delivery simple, reliable and affordable for the millions of small businesses across Australia. We do this by unlocking big business logistics, and making it available to everyone, to the extent that it is now cheaper to Sendle a parcel direct from your home or office than it is to line up at the post office. We are also Australia’s only 100% carbon neutral delivery service, because we believe that sending a parcel shouldn’t cost the earth. We had three firm objectives in mind when we built the Sendle business. 1. Build a purpose driven company. Small businesses are the powerhouse of the Australian economy, and our passion is helping these small businesses to thrive. We are successful when our customers are successful, and we already underpin thousands of small businesses across Australia. 2. Environmentally sustainable at the core. We wanted to create a logistics business with environmental sustainability at its core so we built our carbon offset program into the business model from day 1, not as an option (like you might see with airlines or other providers) but as a feature. 3. Start a movement. We wanted to encourage other transport and logistics providers to take responsibility for their carbon emissions. Transport and storage accounts for over 5% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions , and we believe that this is an issue for the industry as a whole. We hope by showing that you can have a more affordable logistics solution that is also 100% carbon offset, other logistics providers might do the same.

 


BANKSIA NATURAL CAPITAL AWARD

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Finalists

Big Scrub Landcare, NSW

Big Scrub Landcare is one of the largest and most successful landcare groups in Australia. It has 160 members and more than 600 people on its social media network. Since 1992 it has achieved outstanding outcomes in restoring critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest in the Big Scrub and nearby areas in NE NSW and in engaging with the community. This rainforest is internationally significant, with species whose lineage goes back more than 180 million years. The Big Scrub is descended from the ancient Gondwana rainforests that once covered all of Australia but in recent geological times contracted to small areas of richly biodiverse rainforest in the subtopics and the wet tropics. The 75,000ha Big Scrub was Australia’s largest area of rainforest in the sub-tropics. Following extensive clearing, primarily for agriculture, less 1000 hectares or approximately 1% remains in 100 scattered remnants. By 1990 many of these remnants were being rapidly degraded by weeds. Big Scrub Landcare has raised $2.7 million in grants and donations to fund rehabilitation work in over ninety remnants in the Big Scrub and nearby areas that cover 700ha of this once magnificent rainforest. Thirty-four of these remnants are on National Parks reserves and other public land. Big Scrub Landcare has also facilitated the planting of more than 1.3 million trees to restore rainforest on 300ha of cleared land. Big Scrub Landcare has a successful community engagement program, with the annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day, attracting 23,000 attendees over the past 17 years, making it one of the largest and longest running landcare events in Australia.

Bush Blitz by Earthwatch Australia, VIC
in partnership with Parks Australia, Australian Biological Resources Study and BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities.

Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project – a unique multi-million dollar partnership between the Australian Government through Parks Australia and the Australian Biological Resources Study, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia to find and document plants and animals across Australia. Now in its seventh year, this is the largest biological survey in the world. Since the program began in 2009 Bush Blitz has sent over 160 scientists on 31 major field expeditions across Australia. Our expeditions have discovered almost 1200 new species and added tens of thousands of species records to what is already known, increasing our scientific knowledge to help protect Australia’s biodiversity for generations to come. The vast majority of Australia’s plants and animals are still unknown to science. There are an estimated 566,000 species in Australia and three-quarters of this biodiversity is yet to be identified. Without scientific names the population, distribution and conservation status of these species can be difficult to determine. Forty-five per cent of continental Australia and over 90 per cent of our marine area have never been comprehensively surveyed by scientists. Bush Blitz is an ambitious journey of discovery. Our aim is to increase the scientific understanding of Australia’s plant and animal species so this unique natural capital can be better managed and protected. It involves specialist taxonomists, indigenous communities, rangers and landowners, teachers, students and BHP Billiton employees. Together they are making an extraordinary contribution to the discovery and conservation of our country’s natural heritage.

Island Ark by Greening Australia, TAS

Island Ark is Greening Australia’s flagship landscape and cultural restoration program in the Tasmanian Midlands. The primary objective is to reverse the decline of native birds and mammals, including eastern quolls, eastern bettongs and eastern barred bandicoots in national biodiversity hotspot. We are taking a systematic, science based approach to restoring, rebuilding and reconnecting habitat. Our ambitious goal is to construct two wildlife corridors across the midlands to reconnect the Central Plateau with the Eastern Tiers. We have completed over 1,000ha of restoration and revegetation and now are embarking on the next 5,000ha to complete the task. Ecosystem health, ecological function and biodiversity values in the Tasmanian midlands continue to deteriorate despite over thirty years of landcare and natural resource management. Australia holds the world’s worst mammal extinction rate, losing 30 species since European settlement – if we don’t take action now we may lose remaining critical populations of birds and mammals that are already extinct in mainland Australia. We recognise that ecological restoration in a working agricultural landscape won’t succeed unless we engage with and contribute to local communities and economies. We’ve developed long term partnerships with landholders ensuring biodiversity and production can thrive side by side. We are reengaging the Tasmanian Aboriginal community in the midlands, who managed this land sustainably for over 40,000 years. We also employ a teacher to work with local schools and communities and, along with partners, are creating artworks in the landscape as a vehicle for inspiration, awareness building and community engagement.

Mungalla Aboriginal Corporation, QLD

The Nywaigi people based on Mungalla Station are actively managing and enhancing the natural capital and cultural heritage of their country. This 880 ha property was purchased by the Nywaigi Land Corporation with funding from the Indigenous Land Corporation in 2000. The property is approximately 12 kms east of Ingham, North Queensland and immediately adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon (GBR). The Traditional Owners became aware of serious ecological issues surrounding their wetlands. Several freshwater Weeds of National Significance (WONS) had invaded their wetlands and severely impacted on the ecology and hydrology of the wetland and with subsequent impact on the water quality flowing into the GBR. The environmental conditions in the wetlands were so poor that the wetland ceased to function. Bird life was absent, fish species were almost non-existent and the wetland vegetation was entirely weed dominated by WONS. An audacious plan of restoration was undertaken by Traditional Owners and with the advice and assistance from both CSIRO and the Federal government, the Nywaigi owners removed and earth wall that restricted coastal tidal flow into the wetlands. Saltwater inundation had immediate impacts on the freshwater WONS. Following several high tide events over two years the wetlands have been restored to a functioning, healthy and sustainable wetland that contributes to improved water quality flowing into the GBR. Fish numbers and numbers of species have increased, iconic bird species have returned and native vegetation has re-emerged following the success of restoring permanent tidal flows to this important wetland.

Queensland Urban Utilities, QLD

We often think of trees as bearing fruit or providing much needed shade on a hot summer day. The fruits of the Pongamia tree can run 24 cars for a year. In an Australian-first, Queensland Urban Utilities has planted approximately 4,000 Pongamia trees irrigated with treated wastewater from our sewage treatment plants. Queensland Urban Utilities CEO, Louise Dudley, said the project is expected to prevent 1,400kg of nitrogen and 700kg of phosphorous from entering our waterways every year. “In addition, the seeds produced by the Pongamia are rich in oil which can be easily extracted and converted into biodiesel,” she said. “The seeds can also be converted into several other by-products that could be of community benefit, such as pods, which can be harvested and used as fuel wood. “We hope to harvest enough seeds to yield at least 12,000 litres of biodiesel every year – that’s enough to run approximately 24 cars for a year. “It’s all part of our renewable energy plan which aims to reduce our carbon footprint and keep costs down.”

 

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor by Carbon Neutral, WA
in partnership with AusCarbon

Over the past eight years, Carbon Neutral has established innovative large-scale biodiverse reforestation projects extending across 11,700 hectares of the Western Australian wheatbelt – in the process creating Australia’s largest revegetation project based on carbon capture and biodiversity. Carbon Neutral develops biodiverse reforestation projects on degraded, semi-arid agricultural land that no longer supports viable farming practices. The project’s aim is to remove existing carbon from the atmosphere today and to recreate a healthy and functioning landscape, restored after decades of habitat loss and degradation. Seeds and seedlings are planted alongside fragmented remnant vegetation and nature reserves, with the design objective of restoring the project landscape to its natural condition of vegetation. This reforestation is helping to return the environment to its origins, planting species indigenous to the region. Current and future plantings form part of the Corridor providing essential connectivity for birds and animals to transition through the landscape. It provides the habitat for food, nests and protection from predators. It also encourages native animals and plants that have vanished from the area or been pushed to the brink of extinction to return and breed. The reforestation is in one of only 35 Global Biodiversity ‘Hotspots’. This Australian project works to achieve the vision of climate security and sustainable development for all. The Gold Standard certification ensures global integrity and transparency of the reforestation projects. It also verifies its multi-faceted benefits — from global climate security to restoring habitats for native biodiversity, and supporting local communities and Traditional Owners socio-economically.

 


BANKSIA SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

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Finalists

AshOil, WA

AshOil is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation. AshOil’s primary objectives are the provision of training and employment to Indigenous people from the Pilbara region and providing a sustainable Indigenously-owned business. AshOil achieves these objective through the production of renewable fuels, biodiesel, by the conversion of wastes generated in the region. AshOil sells this fuel to Rio Tinto Iron Ore for use in their drill and blast operations. Biodiesel directly offsets diesel consumption. AshOil has extended its operations to include the provision of locally-sourced virgin cooking oil, creating a virtuous circle of recycling. AshOil’s research and development program has identified that waste engine oil can be processed into a diesel substitute in the blasting process. Over 20 million litres of waste engine oil is generated in the Pilbara region. This resource is transported out of the region and therefore its value is lost to the Pilbara. AshOil is progressing its development with Orica to process this valuable resource into a product that can be further utilised. AshOil has always sought to provide a conduit for the employment Indigenous people from the Pilbara. To date more than 60 individuals has passed through Ashoil’s training operations and progressed through to employment positions. AshOil also works with school students to help improve attendance rates. AshOil will continue to focus on its role to leverage employment and training opportunities in the Pilbara region.

The Farmer’s Place, VIC

The Farmer’s Place is a small working farm, cafe and farmers’ market in Freshwater Creek; located twenty minutes from Geelong at the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. The business was founded in 2014 by Robert Pascoe; owner of environmental company Closed Loop, local farmer, entrepreneur and passionate environmentalist. The Farmer’s Place is the realisation of Robert’s dream to create a unique paddock to plate to paddock operation showcasing sustainability and the best local produce our region has to offer. On the property of 40 acres, visitors can see farm animals, raised vegetable gardens and orchards planted with a variety of fruit trees. The cafe is made from recycled shipping containers, the fit out is fashioned from recycled materials and sustainable waste, water and energy practices are in place. The cafe’s seasonal menu is inspired by what is growing in the garden and what can be readily sourced from local producers. Sales of regional goods are further supported through the onsite marketplace which acts as a consolidated farm gate for these producers to sell their goods to the public. The Farmer’s Place strives to be more than just a farm, cafe and farmers’ market. We are a mission driven business that believes that aligning purpose with profit is vitally important. Our vision is to be a local sustainability hub which demonstrates sustainable business, food and farming practices, promotes and supports local food production and enables people to reconnect with their food and where it comes from.

The Observatory by Southern Cross Resorts, NSW

The Observatory is a 4.5-star apartment-hotel located in the beautiful NSW coastal town of Port Macquarie. They are situated directly opposite the town’s main beach and offer their guests magnificent views overlooking the coastline and the South Pacific. The Observatory offer their guests a range of experiences, including their signature beachfront location with spectacular ocean views, however it is their sustainability focus that has grown to become their defining point of difference. Operating under a philosophy of people, passion and process they seek to deliver outcomes that benefit their guests, their staff, their community and the environment. The Observatory Port Macquarie- Proof that at times competing interests of People, Planet and Profit can coexist and thrive.

The Sustainable Salon, NSW

The Sustainable Salon has furthered its commitment to Sustainability, by offering a Pay What You Feel service for all non-chemical services; Hair Cuts & Blow-Dry’s. “We want to empower our clients and community and give them the responsibility for making a value judgment in the exchange for a service. We want our premium services to be accessible for all the community, and provide flexibility on value depending on frequency, affordability and variety in all hair types of an individual. More importantly we think the consumer should make that decision.” This Salon is Sustainable at its core, a totally upcycled fit-out, powered by renewable energy, LED lighting, sustainable incentives for clients, non-toxic and sustainable beauty products, community minded and much more. They have a focus on positive self-image, and creating a safe space for a holistic future. The Pay What You Feel service has certainly been turning heads, and making a positive impact on their clients. “Clients feel awkward at first, but it’s about breaking a habit and giving them permission to take the power back in the transaction of a service. It’s so rewarding as a service provider to see a client enjoy a service and know they are paying value for money, it’s as you see a sigh of relief wash over them.” says co-owner Diego. Yoga and meditation classes for the community and a monthly Sustainable Artisan market are just other community services.


BANKSIA LEADERSHIP IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AWARD

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Finalists

Barangaroo South Waste Strategy by Lendlease, NSW

Lendlease is the developer for Barangaroo South, the largest urban redevelopment project in Australia since the 200 Olympics. Barangaroo South is a showcase for Lendlease’s ability to deliver innovation and leadership in sustainable place design. We are achieving unprecedented resource recovery rates through our innovative, whole-of-precinct waste strategy. The precinct currently has 30 different retailers and 11,000 workers, who are collectively achieving greater than 84% diversion of waste from landfill. Tenants are supported through a dedicated Eco-concierge service. The Eco-concierge’s role is to engage, educate and inspire tenants to improve their environmental performance. The role undertakes research, supports good tenancy design and works closely with each tenant to maximise opportunities to recover and reuse resources and minimise waste production. Another key component of our success is the implementation of fully compostable take away food packaging. All tenants use plant-based (compostable) take away packaging, allowing Lendlease to process packaging and food scraps together on and off-site to create fertiliser and green energy. Once the food is cleanly separated, dry waste is processed as an alternative fuel source in cement manufacturing. Our extraordinary success at Barangaroo South has inspired Lendlease to look at ways to implement similar strategies across its property portfolio in Australia and internationally.

Eat Me Chutneys, NSW

In Australia an estimated $10 billion of food is wasted every year and fresh fruits and vegetables are approx. 40-50% of these food losses. That’s just shit! Eat Me Chutneys is devoted to rescuing wonky, bruised and unsold produce which they convert into lip-smacking chutneys (chutneys are condiments made from fruits/veg, vinegar, spices and sugar – bit like jams, they’re more entertaining). And this is how they put their mission “Just like humans, fruits and vegetables come in all shapes and sizes. We at Eat Me Chutneys have set out to promote self-esteem amongst wonky yet gorgeous produce”. A family run business all chutneys are made by hand, in small batches in Sydney. The mum (chutney queen), son (the annoying, Michelin star trained chef) and dad (labelling machine) team are crazy about sourcing ethically; all produce is organic/chemical free and as local as possible along with Fairtrade certified spices and sugar. These obsessive yet simply sensible practices saw them become a certified BCorp in 2015 and they served their explode-in-your-mouth type chutneys at TEDxSydney that same year. To date they’ve rescued 2.1 tons of produce and converted it into approx. 10,966 jars of chutneys. In doing so they’ve prevented 6.05 tons of CO2 emissions; which is about 12 return trips between SYD and MEL. Furthermore, they’ve run rescued chutney classes to educate and inform consumers on the issue and reached approx. 1500 individuals. Quiet rad they think!

Living Legacy Forest, VIC

Living Legacy Forest are leaders in green memorialisation, with a world first breakthrough creating living memorial trees using natural science and technology in conjunction with an innovative business model. Using our process, we convert cremated remains, which are toxic, into a nutrient substance that is directly infused into tree roots thereby harnessing energy from people to sustain our planet. Also 200 trees are planted, offsetting the average breathes in a person’s lifetime, creating air to breathe. Their legacy can be amplified further by tree donations at the funeral service. In its purest form, Living Legacy Forest memorials offer purposeful connections for people, place and planet. The unique intellectual property (IP) contains four elements; LL.Tribute, LL.Forester, LL.Footprint, LL.GenConnect. The elements are amalgamated into products; Holistic Legacy, Community Legacy and Gift Legacy. The flexibility exists to configure choice on how and when memorialisation occurs to suit the situational needs. This is a catalyst for participation and commitment, irrespective of the circumstances or funeral occasion role. Accessible availability through our platform or via accredited partners, can meaningfully deliver our promise of ‘honouring the circle of life’. Consequently, by facilitating one of the most significant changes experienced by the funeral sector for many decades, our proprietary eco-system offers a paradigm shift around the impact of death on cities, local communities and individuals. This will enable people with a wide range of preferences and incomes to create their own living legacy within their local community. By harnessing energy from people we can collectively impact people, place and planet like never before.

NuGrow Pty Ltd, QLD

NuGrow Pty Ltd (NuGrow) has been a market leader in the areas of organic waste recycling, composting and soil conditioner manufacturing for the last 15 years (www.nugrow.com.au). With four industry-leading facilities across Queensland, NuGrow is helping Queensland lead the way in a sustainable approach to waste management and land rehabilitation. With services tailored to the resources, infrastructure, agriculture and government sectors, NuGrow offer a wide variety of services and products which in-turn increase NuGrow’s partners’ sustainability profile in the marketplace. In 2014 NuGrow partnered with Ipswich City Council (ICC) to offer a sustainable alternative to organic waste handling and disposal which resulted in Queensland’s first and only Food Organics/Garden Organics (FOGO) pilot program. After immediate success the result was the permanent implementation of an optional fortnightly green bin service whereby Ipswich residents/businesses can place food and garden organic waste into specially designed green bins. The contents of these bins are then transported to NuGrow for reprocessing into a beneficial by-product such as compost, soil conditioners, organic fertilisers and potting mixes. NuGrow provide Ipswich residents/businesses and ICC with a cost effective solution that incorporates positive environmental and social outcomes. This is evident through the by-product of the greenbins being beneficially re-used within the ICC government area in a variety of ways. NuGrow are now encouraging and assisting other Queensland council’s to implement a similar service in their local council areas.

TIC Group, VIC

As a wholly owned Australian company TIC has embedded circular economy principles in its operation and design for over 25 years, beginning with a world first hanger re-use program for Australian retailers in 1989, to the launch in 2016 of Australia’s first automated mattress deconstruction plant. TIC is committed to offering its Retail customers an option for problem items that would otherwise be considered waste. As company that is built on innovation, TIC creates bespoke solutions that deliver process efficiency, reduces operational costs, and environmental outcomes whilst allowing its customers to focus on their core business. TIC Group began by transforming the way retailers and manufacturers use garment hangers, now its offer has extended to a range of solutions for managing store returns (creating a sustainable pathway for re-use, re-purposing of products), online order fulfilment, in-store marketing solutions, solvup product repair & troubleshooting software platform, automated mattress deconstruction and medical equipment supply. Embedded in TIC Group’s operations are the principles of circular economy, that is, developing smarter business design and technology to extend the lifecycle of a product. Furthermore, TIC’s core objectives have never changed, by taking what is considered complex and making it simple – finding gaps in the market and creating transformational change that questions day to day processes, and therefore allowing a range of solutions to their customers. TIC has innovation in mind and sustainability at heart, a combination that has continues to deliver. TIC Group is The Ideas Company.


BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE CITIES AWARD

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Finalists

Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design by RMIT University, VIC

The future of our cities may well depend on a new conceptualization of urban landscapes, where nature can thrive and people can enjoy the remarkable range of benefits that nature delivers. The advantages of having nature in the everyday fabric of a city are compelling, including future-proofing against climate change, improving the health and well-being of urban residents, improving the cognitive development of children and re-enchanting people with the natural world. But before our Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD) protocol, measureable guidelines for designing cities where nature can thrive did not exist. We combined technical excellence and scientific rigour with targeted communication and engagement to incorporate biodiversity conservation into the planning system, while increasing the appetite for change within the community. Our protocol links individual design elements (such as green roofs) to measurable outcomes for native species and ecosystems. It is target-based, allowing users flexibility to choose the design elements that best meet biodiversity targets and other objectives. We demonstrate BSUD in two contrasting case studies: urban fringe development in critically endangered grasslands, and urban consolidation for Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend. BSUD has received an extraordinarily positive response from industry, government and the community, and has already begun to influence the planning of key development sites in Melbourne, including the revisioning process for Fishermans Bend. Looking to the future, we aim to mainstream BSUD in the planning and design process, improving the fate of native species that rely on cities and reconnecting urban residents with nature and the remarkable range of benefits that it provides.

Box Hill Institute- Passive House, VIC

Box Hill Institute is significantly improving the future sustainability of our cities with its introduction of Passive House training and certification into Australia. The Passive House standard is one of the most rigorous building-sustainability standards in the world. Widely applied in Europe, the United States, and the UK, it is a methodology and certification system for creating extremely thermally-efficient buildings. Passive House buildings allow for heating and cooling-related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds. In addition to energy savings, Passive House buildings also dramatically improve the quality of indoor air and thermal comfort, which is becoming increasingly important for consumers. Although Passive House buildings have been around internationally for 25 years, uptake in Australia has been slow due to a lack of local training and certification. As a result, Box Hill Institute has introduced Passive House Training and Certification into Australia and is the only Australian Registered Training Organisation to provide these courses and certification. By introducing this training into Australia, Box Hill Institute is helping to increase the development of Australian Passive House buildings and the future sustainability of its cities. The Institute also teaches our students to try to find ‘triple bottom line’ solutions, as no environmental project is viable on a large scale if it is unaffordable. With the calculated energy savings of up to 90%, the sustainability-economics of introducing and promoting this standard in Australia are strong.

City of Fremantle, WA

The City of Fremantle was officially recognised as an international sustainability leader following its endorsement as the world’s second One Planet City by global sustainability organisation Bioregional. Announced at the City’s One Planet Fest-a-Con in October 2015, a three-week festival celebrating local sustainable culture and achievements, the international accreditation acknowledges Fremantle’s progress towards a ‘One Planet’ lifestyle that has been supported by council, local residents and the business community. The international certification is a significant achievement that measured sustainability actions and strategies against the ten principles of One Planet Living and Common International Targets used for the One Planet Councils Program. The international accreditation is confirmation that the City’s efforts are not only effective at a local level but are recognised as being world best practice. The City is one of only four local governments in the world to be officially certified as a One Planet Council – recognition which is reserved for exemplary regions who are leading the charge on sustainable living. The way the City has embedded the One Planet Living framework into its operations and vision demonstrates its desire to help put the world on a path to a sustainable future and is why Fremantle has been a leader in sustainability for many years. The City of Fremantle qualified as a One Planet Council at a national level in 2014, achieving International Leadership status in the lead-up to international accreditation. The City was also named WA’s first carbon neutral council in 2009.

Melbourne International RoRo Automotive Terminal by MIRRAT and CPB Contractors, VIC
in partnership with Worley Parsons, Arcadis and PLUS Architecture

The Melbourne International RoRo Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) is the world’s most environmentally friendly automotive roll-on/roll-off terminal. Built at the Port of Melbourne’s Webb Dock West, the new terminal is at the forefront of parent company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics’ (WWL) zero emissions vision. Designed and constructed by CPB Contractors, Arcadis, Worley Parsons and PLUS Architecture, MIRRAT is the first WWL facility in the world to be awarded a sustainability rating. The project was informed by WWL’s bold ‘Castor Green Terminal’ concept, which aims to build a facility powered entirely from renewable energy by 2020 and made exclusively from recycled materials. Included as a best practice example in the UN Global Compact, MIRRAT was built using more than 260,000 tonnes of recycled concrete, brick and glass – an unprecedented amount for an industrial project of its size. It was the first project in Victoria to receive an ‘Excellent’ rating from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia and a ‘6 Star Green Star’ design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. MIRRAT features a 100 kW array of solar panels capable of generating 118,500 kWh of electricity annually, over 100,000 litres of rainwater storage, computer-based building management and lighting control systems, and extensive LED lighting. Over its lifecycle, the terminal will achieve an overall reduction of 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. During construction, the project’s site amenities were powered using a Remote Area Power System – a first in Australia – which saved around 10,000 litres of diesel over 12 months.

Wyndham City Council, VIC

As a growth council, Wyndham must balance a rapidly growing and diverse population with the protection of our iconic natural environment. The long term vision and ambition for Wyndham is to be a leader in protecting our iconic natural assets and growing our city in a sustainable manner. Our latest initiatives focus on our community’s ambition to build a healthy, sustainable city that supports public amenity and natural values while minimising the environmental impacts of a rapidly growing population. Wyndham has developed a number of projects to help our city to adapt, grow and thrive in a sustainable manner. Some of these projects include Lighting the West, Large Scale Solar, Saltwater Community Centre, Green Living in Wyndham Community Empowerment Program and the Environment and Sustainability Strategy 2016-2040. Through these innovative flagship projects and other ongoing programs, Wyndham is creating long lasting change for the community, and empowering our residents to become more sustainable and work together to protect our iconic natural environment.

The 202020 Vision 

The 202020 Vision is a mass collaboration of over 350 organisations all on a mission to create 20% more green space in Australia’s urban areas by 2020. It brings together government, business, universities, school and community organisation to create a greener, healthier, happier Australia. The 202020 Vision was developed in response to long term trends toward urban infill that reduce green space in our urban areas and therefore threaten the market for trees and plants. The 202020 Vision has four key audiences: 1. Government – mostly local 2. Businesses – mostly developers 3. Schools 4. Consumers Our approach is to deliver each of these audiences two things: 1. Awareness of the benefits and urgency to start urban greening 2. Tools and know how to make it As such, the campaign employs a mix of communications and media alongside capacity building workshops, ready made tools and networking/group collaboration tools to make urban greening happen. Since 2013, the 202020 Vision has: – Created Australia’s first benchmark of urban green space – Established the world’s biggest network of green space advocates – Run an outreach tour to 500 urban green space experts, resulting in a compendium of 28 projects the market told us need to happen to reach our goal of 20% – Created the world’s first step-by-step guide to urban forestry – Trained 600 people from 80 more councils on the art of urban forestry – Helped five councils put urban forests in place – Created over 1100 positive media stories about the value of green space And more!


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Barangaroo Skills Exchange by Lendlease and TAFE NSW, NSW

Established in 2013, the Barangaroo Skills Exchange (BSX) is an industry partnership between Lendlease and TAFE NSW which procures, coordinates and reports on all aspects of skilling and training during the construction phase of Barangaroo South, a $6B urban regeneration project, on the western edge of Sydney’s CBD. The Skills Exchange is a disruptive model where purchasers of training meet with training deliverers at the workplace. The BSX operates as a “one stop shop” sourcing cost effective, just in time training services for employers from TAFE Institutes and registered training organisations. By aggregating the training requirements of over 600 small and medium contractors, customised solutions can be provided on site, ensuring the safest worksites. The BSX centrally evaluates the quality, price and effectiveness of training and procure training on a “best of breed” approach. Whilst the final purchase decision always remains with the contractor, the Skills Exchange can aggregate the needs of many smaller contractors into viable training groups at the workplace. Importantly – the BSX integrates numeracy, and literacy support on a project-wide basis. Training providers are motivated to maintain quality delivery as they operate in a competitive environment. As at 30 June 2016, over 10,000 workers and 750 apprentices have received training support at the BSX. The innovation of the ‘pop up’ model of the BSX is now being replicated across other Lendlease sites and non-Lendlease projects locally and internationally including Darling Harbour, Parramatta Skills Exchange and in the Auckland airport redevelopment in New Zealand.

Better Business Partnership by Willoughby City Council, Ku-ring-gai Council, North Sydney Council and NSW Government. 

The Better Business Partnership (BBP) is an innovative collaboration between North Shore Councils, local business owners, landlords, business networks and other Government agencies who are working together to strengthen the local business community by promoting success through sustainability. BBP is a joint Council service funded by Ku-ring-gai Council, North Sydney Council and Willoughby City Council and supported by the NSW Government through grant funding. BBP is an engagement, ratings and recognition program which works directly with businesses, commercial building owners and business precincts to assist them to improve their sustainability performance. The program provides a single point of contact, a Partnership Officer the business can call and seek assistance from when required. Importantly the program integrates strong recognition and reward elements through BBP’s Accreditation System, the annual Better Business Awards event and other promotional activities. BBP acts as an umbrella vehicle to package and facilitate streamlined solutions to the business community that makes it easy for them to take action. Now in its 7th tear some of BBP’s key achievements include: – Delivering 981 sustainability appraisals of businesses – In addition to this, providing 500 Waste Audits – 142 Energy Audits – 33 Water Audits – Staging 3 sold our Award Dinners BBP has a built a strong track record of success and provides an excellent model of how Councils can work together in partnership with the business community towards sustainability. BBP’s future is bright with the program implementing plans this year which will see the service expanding to other Council areas of within Sydney in 2017.

Care For Hedland Environmental Association Inc, WA
in partnership with BHP Billiton Iron Ore

Care For Hedland Environmental Association has assisted dramatically in raising the awareness and profile of the natural environment and threatening processes within Hedland and Pilbara areas, in a constructive and pro-active manner. This is particularly true in the case of the recent work associated with the volunteer turtle monitoring program, anti-littering initiatives such as the vehicle net trial, regular street, beach clean-ups, Recycle Day events and the Adopt a Spot program, reef interpretative walks, coastal seminars, migratory shorebirds monitoring, community gardens, Farmers Markets, recycling fridges for worm farms and providing compost bins to the community and assisting local and pastoral station conservation land management works. Through a pro-active approach to the dispersal of information out into the wider public (through local radio spots, newspaper articles, social media, email, public seminars and dispersal of information at market events) the Care For Hedland Environmental Association has established itself as a local spokesgroup for the environment and environmental matters related to Hedland and the Pilbara. The Care For Hedland Environmental Association has been operating for nearly 14 years and continues to go from strength to strength with today the group having a membership of over 165 committed individuals and families all wanting to conserve and protect the local environment and surrounds.

#Get Sunflowered by ReActivate Latrobe Valley, VIC
in partnership with OUTR Research Lab, RMIT University.

ReActivate Latrobe Valley’s #Get Sunflowered project is a lesson in happy-making while exploring ways to address vacancy problems in the Latrobe Valley’s rapidly changing regional economy. During the last two spring-summer growing seasons, delighted Latrobe Valley-ites have made a bee-line to sunflower fields that have popped up next to their local paper shop, Chinese takeaway, deli, and railway station. ReActivate Latrobe Valley and #Get Sunflowered co-ordinator, Craig Douglas, said: “Our sunflowers have boldly gone to places no sunflower has gone before: a degraded ex-petrol station site, an abandoned hospital site, a redundant tennis court, and a car yard-turned-squat. Almost overnight, derelict eyesores have been rendered luxurious gold. Locals are empowered: by doing simple things, people can make their street, neighbourhood and lives better”. It is the brainchild of ReActivate Latrobe Valley, a collaborative involving OUTR Research Studio, RMIT University, Latrobe City Council, Traralgon Neighbourhood House, Morwell Traders/Advance Morwell, local artists, performers, shopkeepers, community groups, primary producers and local residents. Many regional Victorian towns, including the Latrobe Valley’s, are experiencing decline. The effect is felt across the economic, social and ecological well-being of place in an uncertain future. A visible side-effect is the abandonment of central sites within the towns’ urban fabric that become overgrown, ugly collections of waste and places of antisocial behaviour. #Get Sunflowered re-considers these sites as a resource, by entering into cooperative arrangements with land owners for temporary site use, creates the opportunity for local communities to get active and get growing.

Manymak Low IncomeEnergy Efficiency Project Consortium by Power and Water Corporation, NT

in partnership with Centre for Appropriate Technology, East Arnhem Regional Council, Northern Territory Department of Housing and Charles Darwin University

The Manymak Energy Efficiency Project worked with six remote Indigenous communities across East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory to improve household energy efficiency through behaviour change education and energy efficient technologies. The Project, which ran from May 2013 to December 2015, was delivered through a consortium including the utility, Indigenous organization, the local shire, the department of housing, university and shire council. The project received funding through the Australian Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency (LIEEP) Program. Central to the rollout and success of the project was a high degree of engagement and participation with the local Yolngu people. A participation rate of 84% was achieved across households in the communities, which received energy education and technology retrofits. An innovative employment model was developed for use in the project which resulted in the training and employment of more than 80 Yolngu Energy Efficiency Workers (YEEWs), who undertook all the education and engagement work in their communities. With Yolngu people at the center of project planning and deployment, the project helped build capacity in the participating communities. This project is the largest of its type to be deployed into remote Australia, and careful planning and engagement was essential to ensure that the project met the needs of the participating communities. The project was a success on every deliverable, and has enhanced the long-term sustainability of the participating communities. Projected energy savings of over 350 MWh per annum were achieved, and a majority of the population now have a greater understanding of energy efficiency and ability to control their household costs.

Positive Charge by Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd, VIC

Positive Charge is a social enterprise committed to providing independent, low cost and up-to-date community engagement advisory services and on-ground energy saving programs on behalf of local governments across Victoria and NSW. It was established by the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL) in 2013 and is backed by 15 years of experience in creating and delivering award-winning community energy efficiency and renewable energy services for councils, households, businesses and schools. At the heart of Positive Charge is action. It is a mainstream service providing services and advice for households businesses and schools of all shapes and sizes. We are currently supporting 15 councils in Victoria and 3 in NSW with energy advice and renewable energy services. Positive Charge has demonstrated capacity to service key council clients, achieved measurable impact and has operated with positive cash flow for the last 18 months. Since our establishment, Positive Charge has facilitated the installation of over 3.5 MW of solar, reduced 100,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, and supported over 12,000 households with expert advice and practical support We have a strong and clear vision for the future of energy which drives our ongoing work and new initiatives. Our vision is of prosperous and resilient communities, armed with the knowledge to take responsibility for their lifestyles and empowered to take action to reduce their emissions. We have an ambitious plan to respond to a serious need – we aim to reduce 150,000 tonnes of CO2 and engage with over 40,000 households by 2018.