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Australia’s biggest sustainability celebration will forge ahead, with an extended entry deadline

Download Press Release Australia’s biggest sustainability celebration will forge ahead, with an extended entry deadline The Banksia Foundation’s 2020 Banksia Sustainability Awards will be the single, major sustainability awards in Australia during 2020. “Not even the biggest disruption to the global economy in 100 years can undo the most prestigious and longest-running sustainability awards in Australia,” says Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond. The closing date for nominations has been extended to Monday, 30 November to give Australian businesses and individuals that are adjusting to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic more time to submit their entry. “We’ve opened entries until the end of the year because we believe that now it is more important than ever to celebrate those who are striving to make change, and we want to make it as achievable as possible to enter,” says Ms van Egmond. The Banksia Awards bring together and celebrate the most innovative, effective and outstanding...
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Medium business: thinking big and small

Download Press Release Medium business: thinking big and small While often grouped with small business as part of the “SME” cohort, medium business has its own important part to play in sustainable development. If small business is the roots of sustainability, with its capacity for impact control, and large business is the treetop, able to scale its impact and influence over others, then medium business is the trunk. Sturdy,with its own power, medium business draws its strength from combining the abilities of small and large business to control direct impacts and influence actions within the value chain. As the corporate world seeks to navigate an uncertain operating landscape carved out by the globalisation of supply chains and resource scarcity, medium business stands in good stead with its creativity and innovation, a highrisk-tolerance and an entrepreneurial mindset that embraces change and collaboration. Like small business, medium business enjoys a close connection...
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Winner of Australia’s leading sustainability award spotlights SDGs

Download Press Release  Winner of Australia’s leading sustainability award spotlights SDGs     A social, not-for-profit enterprise enabling progress towards 15 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has won gold at Australia’s foremost sustainability awards.  The 2019 Banksia Gold Award was won by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) at the Banksia Sustainability Awards ceremony in Sydney last night.  ISCA is a member based NFP and social enterprise operating across Australia and New Zealand. Its Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Scheme provides a common framework and language for sustainability requirements, which are now included as standard in all highly competitive project tenders.  ISCA took out the Banksia Not-For-Profit Award early in the evening, before claiming the ‘best of the best’ Gold Award.  “The Banksia judges admired ISCA for walking the talk when it comes to the sustainable development goals,” said Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond.  Twenty-three IS Scheme registered...
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2019 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased

Download Press Release 2019 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists announced, global goals showcased Marine protection, sharing economies, green buildings, Indigenous employment and climate action feature strongly in the crop of finalists in the 2019 Banksia Sustainability Awards. The Banksia Foundation has today announced the shortlist for the awards, which spans 10 categories and celebrates sustainable development by businesses, communities, individuals and governments. The finalists include: A project using drones and artificial intelligence to protect endangered plants A holiday tour company which encourages travellers to adopt sustainable habits An Indigenous-led partnership delivering joint-management plans for state parks A local government using carbon offsets to restore grazing land for use by koalas A charity working with a community to develop a model of sustainable housing Winners in each category, including the overall Gold Award and a special Minister for the Environment Award, will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Hyatt Regency,...
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Banksia Foundation CEO inspires 90 young professionals and guests at the 10th edition of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge

Download Press Release Banksia Foundation CEO inspires 90 young professionals and guests at the 10th edition of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond will be warmly welcomed as the first keynote speaker at the kickoff event of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge 2019, on 21 October 2019. Being an expert in empowering sustainable change, she will motivate young professionals and audience alike to be bold, get into action and make the world a better place for everyone. Sustainability and leadership in a unique format The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is an eight-month development programme (August 2019 – April 2020) about leadership, sustainability and impact creation for young professionals to realise their very own sustainability impact plan. The highlight of the programme is a unique, three-day life-changing learning experience that takes place in Zeist, the Netherlands (21 – 23 October 2019), where the participants receive the...
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Bright sparks shortlisted to tackle Australia’s traffic congestion

Download Press Release 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,...
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Lord Howe Island biodiversity program wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award

Download Press Release 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...
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