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2020 Award Program

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Upcycling waste celebrated at Australia’s top sustainability award

Download Press Release Upcycling waste celebrated at Australia’s top sustainability award A company that has reimagined the value of waste from water and sewerage has won gold at Australia’s longest running and most prestigious sustainability awards. Icon Water, which supplies water and sewerage services to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), took home the Gold Banksia Award at an online event for the 32nd annual Banksia Sustainability Awards last night. Owned by the ACT Government, the water utility’s resource recovery program ‘No opportunity wasted’ recovers by-products from water and sewerage management such as sludges, soils and biosolids. By re-using agri-ash, spoil and water treatment solids, recovering sand and producing soil conditioners Icon Water minimises waste to landfill (for example, 11 kilotonnes of agri-ash and spoil diverted from landfill in 2019-20 and is now enhancing soils on local farms) and in doing so actively contributes to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for...
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2020 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists

Download Press Release 2020 Banksia Sustainability Award finalists Banksia Small Business Finalists eWater Systems Pty Ltd, VIC Green Eco Technologies, VIC Piping Hot Australia, NSW PumpFree Energy, NSW Reef Ecologic in partnership with Museum of Underwater Art, Tropwater (James Cook University), QLD Unsurpassed Australian Grown Bio Nutrients Limited, NSW Yume Food, VIC   Banksia Medium Business Finalists Arkadia by Breathe Architecture in partnership with DKO Architecture and Oculus, VIC How BioPak Is Driving Sustainability in Retail, BioPak, NSW Resource Recovery Partnerships: The Foundations of a Circular Economy by World’s Biggest Garage Sale in partnership with Officeworks, QLD Seas of Change by NPF Industry Pty Ltd, QLD   Banksia Large Business Finalists IKEA Australia Buy-Back & Re-sell service – inspiring a circular mindset through prolonging product lifespan by IKEA Australia, NSW Legacy Program by ICC Sydney, NSW No opportunity wasted by Icon Water, ACT Roadmap to 100% Renewable Electricity by ALDI, NSW Ventia’s SourceZone: Removing PFAS Contamination From Soil by Ventia, NSW   Banksia Government Finalists Environment and Liveability Strategy...
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Banksia Sustainability Award finalists shine light on waste

Download Press Release Banksia Sustainability Award finalists shine light on waste Reducing waste, repurposing goods and closing loops have emerged as themes among the 33 finalists in Australia’s longest running and most prestigious 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. “After what has been an extremely challenging year, we are keen to celebrate those who are striving to make positive change,” says Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond. “Our judges were blown away by the quality of the entries. In spite of COVID-19, change-makers across Australia are innovating and collaborating to do their bit to improve life on the planet.” The finalists include: An online marketplace that reduces food waste by enabling food suppliers to sell their quality surplus products at a discount to the food service industry. Technology to...
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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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