35th National Banksia Sustainability Award Finalists

National Awards Finalists

MEET OUR FINALISTS!

From reducing loved pets’ carbon paw print to developing a virtual powerplant, the finalists for the 35th National Banksia Sustainability Awards demonstrate the full scope and talent of environmental and social impact projects in Australia.

Across the categories this year, we have seen an incredible diversity of entries and finalists, from sole traders to large enterprises, all thinking and working creatively and effectively to combat climate change and inequity.

At a time when innovative solutions are desperately needed to ensure a climate resilient world, it is a joy to be able to celebrate even more Australian organisations who are contributing to building a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalist.

Graz van Egmond
Chief Executive Officer

Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation on April 4th, 2024 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets available.

Agriculture and Regional Development Award

Finalists:

Argyle Foods Group: Driving sustainable cattle, beef and land management.

Gina’s Table (SSS Strawberries): Queensland family-run business SSS Strawberries has launched Australia’s largest, most technologically advanced freeze-drying facility, converting supermarket-rejected fruit into nutritious snacks.

HW Greenham & Sons Pty Ltd: Greenham’s Beef Sustainability Standard makes it easier for farmers to demonstrate their sustainability credentials

Oceanfarmr: Oceanfarmr, Growing farms that change the world

Soils for Life: Growing regenerative agriculture through stories of soil stewardship.

Circular Economy Award

Finalists:

Bright Sparqe: Connecting Bright Sparqe partner businesses and organisations to partner charities “The Uber of Donations”

Cultivated: Cultivating a circular economy for authentic furniture.

ECORR Pty Ltd: ECORR showcases circularity and what can be achieved when action and authenticity are combined.

Goterra: Goterra has revolutionised sustainable organic waste with the power of robotics and maggots.

ReSource: ReSource is Australia’s largest and most technologically advanced e-waste processing facility on a mission to prove there is a better way to recycle efficiently, profitably and sustainably.

The Reconnect Project: The Reconnect Project is closing Australia’s digital divide and training a new generation of repairers.

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Climate Technology Impact Award

Finalists:

ecoSwitch, The George Institute for Global Health: Better foods for our planet

Fleet Space Technologies: Fleet’s space-enabled Exosphere technology has demonstrated a path to scale critical mineral exploration globally while also helping to reduce environmental impact.

O3 Water Pty Ltd: Innovate Disrupt Transform

Plico: Switching on Western Australia’s first Virtual Power Plant

SIMPaCT. Smart Irrigation Management for Parks and Cool Towns: The first fully autonomous city cooling system that turns green spaces into effective urban air conditioning units.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

Finalists:

The Funding Network: Pioneering in finding and funding exceptional grassroots non-profits and social enterprises.

The Social Outfit: A fashion label with a difference, helping new migrant and refugee women kick-start their Australian careers

WWF-Australia: Indigenous Knowledge continues to be excluded or marginalised from global climate science and policy processes – by further strengthening Indigenous engagement, WWF-Australia seeks to redress this imbalance to better Regenerate Nature together.

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Healthy Planet, Healthy People Award

Finalists:

ACT Government Vulnerable Household Energy Support Scheme: Improving the health and wellbeing of Canberra’s most vulnerable households by delivering targeted home energy upgrades.

Farm My School: Imagine if schools could feed their communities. Farm My School builds regenerative farms in schools that nourish, educate and connect communities.

My Smart Garden: A free sustainable gardening education program to help communities grow their own food, create habitat and shelter, while using water wisely and reducing waste.

OPENAIR: The Operational Network of Air Quality Impact Resources (UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures): Empowering local councils to combat air pollution by providing Australia’s first common method for using low-cost smart sensors to measure air quality.

SIMPaCT. Smart Irrigation Management for Parks and Cool Towns: The first fully autonomous city cooling system that turns green spaces into effective urban air conditioning units.

Large Business Sustainable Leadership Award

Finalists:

Endeavour Energy: Accelerating the decarbonisation of the energy sector and making sustainability part of how we do business

Officeworks: Making bigger things happen for Australians through its People and Planet Positive Plan.

Teachers Mutual Bank Limited: Using B Corp Certification to reinvent the whole bank to be ‘Banking for Good for those who do good.

Marketing and Communications for Impact Award

Finalists:

Australian Conservation Foundation: Australian Conservation Foundation bulldozes the Opera House to stop Australia’s extinction crisis.

Australian Refrigeration Council: Each summer the Australian Refrigeration Council runs a national campaign connecting consumers with licensed refrigeration and air conditioning technicians – and more than 120,000 embrace this opportunity to ‘do their bit’ in the fight against global warming.

Plico: The perfect storm, changing Australia’s energy future

World Wide Fund For Nature Australia – WWF-Australia: Through the Net-Free Reef campaign, WWF-Australia calls on the public to urge the Queensland and Federal governments to end commercial gill net fishing in the Great Barrier Reef – ensuring a healthy and vibrant Reef for all.

Nature Positive Award

Finalists:

Learning on Country Program: Creating a pathway for the future generation of Aboriginal Rangers and traditional custodians, who will be charged with safeguarding, protecting and preserving our natural environment.

The Mulloon Institute: Biodiversity benefits as the Mulloon Institute rehydrates and restores agricultural landscapes.

The Wheen Bee Foundation: A not-for-profit charity dedicated to supporting research, encouraging practice change and raising awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators and their critical role in ecosystem health, biodiversity and food security.

Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach: The Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach unites communities to create a healthy, resilient, and sustainable Murrumbidgee River.

Vic Catchments: Victoria’s ten Catchment Management Authorities have been changemakers for catchments for over 25 years, working with Traditional Owners, community, government and stakeholders to improve the health of waterways while maintaining biodiversity across Victoria’s diverse landscapes.

Net Zero Action Award

Finalists:

ACT Emergency Services Agency: ACT Emergency Services Agency, an emergency service sustainability model.

Blue Leaf Water Cremation: Offering the most gentle and eco-friendly option in Pet Aftercare.

Cerclos: Enabling global leaders to accelerate towards net zero in the built environment through powerful Life Cycle Assessment software.

Monash Sustainable Development Institute: The Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative — a group of heavy industry and business leaders convened by Climateworks Centre and Climate-KIC Australia — shows how five heavy-industry supply chains can eliminate more than 90 per cent of their emissions by 2050.

Orica Limited: Every day, all around the world, Orica helps sustainably mobilise the earth’s resources.

Telstra InfraCo: A digital infrastructure solutions provider which weaves sustainability through its business practices, including responsible business partnerships and environmental initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint.

Placemaking Award

Finalists:

My Home Australasia Limited (“My Home”): Aphilanthropic housing developer who designs and constructs high performance, comfortable and enjoyable homes for people who are homeless.”

Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1: Transport for NSW is delivering integrated, customer-focused and sustainable public transport with the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 project; to improve the way people connect, move and thrive in Western Sydney.

Public Transport Projects Alliance Ovingham: The Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project, delivered by the Public Transport Projects Alliance Ovingham stands as a ground-breaking model, seamlessly integrating safety, sustainability, and community inclusivity to redefine urban infrastructure norms.

Responsible Supply Award

Finalists:

Bared Footwear: Every shoe crafted by Bared Footwear is made with people and planet front of mind.

Underwear for Humanity: Planet & People first – A radical new approach to conscious consumption.

SME Sustainable Leadership Award

Finalists:

Blue Eco Homes: Industry leaders in comfortable, accessible, healthy and sustainable homes built to the highest quality Passivhaus standard.

Busselton Jetty: A must-see coastal attraction, connecting community and the environment.

Hysata: An Australian electrolyser manufacturer building the world’s most efficient electrolyser.

thinkstep-anz: An independent sustainability firm with more than 50 experts across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

WaterGroup: An SME punching above its weight by partnering with and leveraging the impact large corporations have to drive a sustained change in how water is used, understood, monitored, and managed.

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Sustainable Leadership in the eCommerce Industry Award

Finalists:

TWOOBS: On a mission to save the planet… but make it fashion!

Underwear for Humanity: Planet & People first – A radical new approach to conscious consumption.

Sustainable Tourism Award

Finalists:

Fun Over 50 Holidays: Undertaking a significant sustainability journey through implementing an Our People and Planet Program engineered on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, minimising negative tourism impacts and delivering positive impacts on the environment, culture and local communities.

Intrepid Travel: A certified B Corporation with the mission to create positive change through the joy of travel.

Take 3 for the Sea’s Ground Swell Litter Prevention Program: Ground Swell is a coordinated, whole-of-industry approach to rolling out litter prevention strategies for the NSW visitor economy industry.

Wild Adventures Melbourne: A micro tour operator built to be regenerative with a multi-faceted sub-zero waste blueprint that’s redefining how tourism can be delivered

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