2016 Winners

OUR WINNERS

yellow diamond

BANKSIA FOUNDATION

yellow diamond


HONOUR
ROLL


BANKSIA GOLD AWARD

seal_goldJohn West Australia:Committed to a sustainable seafood future, 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

 


THE MINISTER’S AWARD FOR A CLEANER ENVIRONMENTdeptaus-stacked-eps

sponsored by the Australian Government-Department of Environment and Energy

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

seal_silver

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.

 

RESEARCH & SCIENCE

seal_silver

FeralScan by the 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.

 


 

BANKSIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD

QANTAS_SOA_Masterbrand_Horizontal_RGB_062016

sponsored by Qantas Future Planet Program

seal_green Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, AUSTRALIA

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute (GCI) and Professor of Marine Science at The University of Queensland.

As the GCI Director, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg engages with the academic community and external stakeholders to create opportunities and build strong external links and networks for the Institute. He also heads a large research laboratory (over 30 researchers and students) that focuses on how global warming and ocean acidification are affecting and will affect coral reefs. 

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney before undertaking his PhD at UCLA. During his postgraduate studies he discovered the molecular mechanism behind coral bleaching, a finding that has directly influenced global policy through the integration of the physiology of corals with projections of future sea temperatures.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg’s interest in climate change has led to significant roles within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (coordinating lead author Chapter 30 The Ocean) and other international organisations. He is the Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Coordinator for the Australasian Centre for Excellence, and Chair of the Bleaching Working Group within the World Bank-Global Environment Facility Coral Reef Targeted Research Program. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg has collaborated with organisations such as the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Royal Society of London and The World Bank, as well as advising government and business on the science and urgency associated with climate change.

He is deeply-motivated by a desire to communicate science effectively, undertake game-changing research, and to find high-impact solutions and opportunities relating to climate change, population growth and technological innovation. He won the Eureka Prize for his scientific research (1999), was the Queensland Premier’s Fellow (2008-2013) and has received the Thomson Reuters Citation Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research (2012). His published works include more than 200 refereed publications and book chapters, and he is one of the most cited authors within the peer-reviewed literature on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems. 

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow (2012), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (2013) and recipient of the Prince Albert II of Monaco’s Climate Change Award (2014). 


 

BANKSIA COMMUNICATION FOR CHANGE AWARD

John West Australia:Committed to a sustainable seafood future, 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


 

BANKSIA FOOD FOR SUSTAINABLE THOUGHT AWARD

Print

sponsored by Closed Loop

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

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.


 

BANKSIA LARGE BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

OEH2Colour 

sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Kathmandu

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.

 


 BANKSIA LEADERSHIP IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AWARD

CW_FULLCOL_PRINT_CMYK_POS_TAG

sponsored by Cleanaway

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 MINDFUL MOVEMENT AWARD

RACV_w110_h73

sponsored by RACV

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

NAB CMYK TAB Horizontal

sponsored by NAB

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

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

auspost

 sponsored by Australia Post

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 farmer’s 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.


 

BANKSIA SMART AWARD

Mirvac Logosponsored by Mirvac

Infratech Industries, 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.


BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE CITIES AWARD

Print

sponsored by City of Melbourne

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!


BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES AWARD

IAG Prim CMYK in PMS268C Logo

sponsored by IAG

The Manymak Energy Efficiency Project Consortium, NT

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.