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Bright sparks shortlisted to tackle Australia’s traffic congestion

Bright sparks shortlisted to tackle Australia’s traffic congestion A ridesharing app, designated car spaces, commuter matchmaking and business networking opportunities are some of the creative carpooling ideas in the running for the $15,000 Banksia Ignite Enabler challenge. The Banksia Foundation, together with Transurban, has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Banksia Ignite Enabler challenge, which aims to generate crowd-sourced solutions to some of corporate Australia’s biggest sustainability issues. Transurban partnered in the initiative as a means of stimulating new carpooling ideas to ease traffic congestion. The organisation will reveal the winner at the Banksia Sustainability Awards in Melbourne on 29 November. Designed to match innovative thinkers with big business to solve issues relating to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), the challenge received entries from start-ups, businesses, transport research institutes, universities, schools, and the wider community. The finalists include: Commuto GoDoor Ippon Australia OfficePool Poolin Brigidine College, and Oliver and...
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Lord Howe Island biodiversity program wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award

Lord Howe Island biodiversity program wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award A comprehensive effort to protect, and in some cases re-establish, some of the world’s rare and endangered species, has won the top prize in the prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards. The Lord Howe Island Board’s project, Protecting Paradise, won the 2018 Banksia Gold Award, which recognises the “best of the best” of all category winners, at a ceremony in Melbourne. “The Banksia judges admired the way sustainability underpinned all the decisions made by the Lord Howe Island Board in managing the World Heritage-listed island,” says Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond. The island is located 600km off the NSW coast and is renowned for its spectacular scenery, important breeding grounds for colonies of seabirds, and its rich biodiversity including many endangered and critically endangered species not found anywhere else in the world. The Lord Howe Island Board’s holistic approach to protecting...
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2018 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased

2018 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased Marine protection, sharing economies, green buildings, Indigenous employment and climate action feature strongly in this year’s crop of Banksia Sustainability Awards finalists.   The Banksia Foundation today announced the shortlist for the awards, which spans 10 categories and celebrates businesses, communities, individuals and governments that are driving change.   The finalists include: An Indigenous enterprise giving unwanted office furniture a new life Beer drinkers raising funds for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef A film sharing the plight of our oceans with a global audience An online platform supporting collaboration on sustainability issues A share shed lending household items to its members.   Winners for each category will be announced at the Banksia Sustainability Awards gala ceremony in Melbourne on 29 November 2018, including the special Gold Award and Minister’s Award.   The Banksia Sustainability Awards are the longest-running sustainability...
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Welcome to Banksia’s 30th Anniversary

Welcome to Banksia’s 30th Anniversary The first Banksia Awards Program stated our purpose in presenting the awards “to support, foster and inspire people to adopt a lifestyle that makes careful, sensitive and environmentally sound use of the earth’s natural resources” 30 years onwards the Banksia Awards will support, foster and inspire people under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our world has changed dramatically in 30 years and our understanding of a better future for the whole world has extended significantly from just protecting the earth’s natural resources. Our concept of good business practice, responsible leadership, innovative development and social responsibility and a social conscience has evolved from our original mantra. Banksia has seen this change throughout all our partners, stakeholders and community. It may be ambitious in tackling the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the Banksia Awards. However, we know that this initiative gives governments, the private sector and civil...
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