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Yellow Crazy Ant Management Project
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, NT
In partnership with CSIRO, Rio-Tinto Alcan

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The Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year

Russell Seaman
Environmental Manager
Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Program
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Australia

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The Environment Minister's Young Environmentalist of the Year

Matthew Wright
Founder and Executive Director Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE)

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Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award
Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan
Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE)
In partnership with the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute

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The Banksia Community Grant

SecondBite

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The Banksia People's Choice Award
Kids Teaching Kids
Firestarter Pty Ltd, VIC

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2010 Category Award Finalists

2010 Education Award - Raising the Bar
2010 Indigenous Award - Caring for country
2010 Land and Biodiversity Award - Preserving Our Ecosystems  
2010 Water Award - Our Most Precious Resource
2010 Agriculture and Food Award - From Paddock to Plate Sustainably
2010 Built Environment Award - Harmonious Manmade Landscapes
2010 Clean Technology Award - Harnessing Opportunities
2010 Transportation, Warehousing & Logistics Award - Mindful Movement
2010 Leading in Sustainability Award - Setting the Standard for Large Organisations
2010 Leading in Sustainability Award - Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses

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Education Award - Raising the Bar

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership and innovation in lifting awareness, improving understanding, advancing social and community consciousness of sustainability issues and educating to achieve real, tangible outcomes.

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WINNER
Switch Your Thinking! Program
South East Regional Energy Group, WA
In partnership with Cities of Armadale, Gosnells and Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire

"Judges found that this initiative differentiated itself from other entries by taking on a multifaceted approach focusing different programs to the various groups and needs within their community. Equally impressive is the long term vision that enables adaptability, relevance and interest."

The Cities of Gosnells and Armadale and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire are working together as the South East Regional Energy Group (SEREG) to address global warming and climate change.

The Switch your thinking! (Syt!) program was launched by SEREG in 2002 to deliver seemingly disparate environmental initiatives to the regional community under a recognisable and consistent brand.

Since it's inception eight years ago, Syt! has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 330,000 tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (-eCO2). Now a proven performer, Syt! has expanded to other local governments over the past 2-years is currently being delivered across 13 local governments in WA and the ACT and reaches almost one million people.

With more local government and corporate partners around Australia set to join Syt! in 2010/11, continued growth and the delivery of innovative, new environmental projects promises to be the next exciting phase of this exciting program.

ACF Sustainable Cities Index
Australian Conservation Foundation, NSW

The ACF Sustainable Cities Index provides a snapshot of comparative  performance in each of Australia's 20 largest cities, with the aim of encouraging healthy competition, stimulating discussion and suggesting new ways of thinking about how our cities can be sustainable.

Intended to be updated regularly, we hope that the ACF Sustainable Cities Index will assist by encouraging healthy debate, and promoting interest in and action to achieve more sustainable outcomes across all levels of government, business and the community.

Sustainability is about learning to live within our means while increasing the social cohesion and liveability of our cities. This requires greater investment in efficient, affordable and healthy transport choices, and improved energy and water efficiency for both homes and workplaces.

ACF hopes that the Sustainable Cities Index will provide a source of inspiration towards achieving a sustainable Australia.

Surpassing Sustainable Standards
Bentleigh West Primary School, VIC

By embedding sustainability into our whole school curriculum and  integrating ecological principals into our building designs, Bentleigh West Primary School encapsulates a vision of a model of excellence in educating for environment sustainability.

Addressing energy efficiency, resource conservation and recycling, water harvesting and reuse and sustainable landscaping principals and applying them to everyday school life has increased our stakeholder groups to include the broader community and is evident in everyday expectations and practice.

Our model of educating for sustainability along with our sustainability demonstration sites that address energy, water, biodiversity and waste issues provides experiences for hands on, real life learning experiences. Initiatives established at Bentleigh West Primary School influence and inspire other educators to embrace best practice in sustainability in their own settings.

Whale Shark Citizen Science
Ecocean Inc., WA

ECOCEAN Inc. is the WA-based not-for-profit group and driving force behind one of the world's most remarkable science outreach endeavours – a 'citizen science' campaign using the internet to monitor, research and protect the mighty whale shark – a project initiated in Western Australia. Members of the general public are the active participants in this program – with education at its core. Whale sharks are a threatened species. To ensure their long term conservation, impacts to the species and its habitat must be minimized. Concurrently, the health of the populations worldwide must be monitored. The ECOCEAN program achieves this – with the explicit help of the public.

Kids Teaching Kids
Firestarter Pty Ltd, VIC

Since 1999 - the Kids Teaching Kids Program has inspired a generation to become involved in environmental education. Over 20,000 participants have taken part in a Kids Teaching Kids event - massive program expansion, international uptake and unprecedented media coverage the Kids Teaching Kids Program is the leading peer education environmental program in Australia. Primary and secondary school Students present workshops to their peers on environmental issues researched over a 6 month period with industry mentors. At each International, Regional and or local event participants also take on the protection and enhancement of an area of environmental significance in the town. This program is a clear example to students that we must incorporate the head (workshops and Kids Teaching Kids Program research), the heart (passionate lobbying of influential agencies) and the hand (carrying our words and feelings through to on ground outcomes).

The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Updating the World on the Latest Climate Science 
The University of New South Wales, NSW
In partnership with Australian Antarctic Division, University of Tasmania, NASA, Scripps Institute, University of Exeter, LSCE, Leeds University, ETH Zurich, Uni of Melbourne, Uni of Innsbruck, Penn State Uni, Uni of East Anglia, Potsdam Institute, IFM-Geomar, Uni of Victoria (Canada), Stafford Uni, Uni of Colorado, Uni of Washington

The Copenhagen Diagnosis was an Australian-led examination, assessment  and synthesis of the most significant climate science to have emerged since the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report of 2007. Released in a worldwide coordinated press event on 25th November 2009, the report summarised the most up-to-date climate science available in time for the UN Conference of Parties (COP15) meeting in Copenhagen. In the ensuing 48-hours the report was downloaded or read online >100,000 times. The report resulted in over 5000 media stories worldwide, with significant national coverage in Australia. The Copenhagen Diagnosis website has been visited >1 million times since the release of the report. A team of Australian climate scientists conceived the report, led its authorship, and coordinated the worldwide media release. These activities had a major global impact on awareness of the rate of climate change by policymakers, media, educators and the general public.

Sustainable Regions Queensland 
Tourism Queensland, QLD

Tourism Queensland's Sustainable Regions pilot program is the first state-wide sustainable tourism project in Australia.

The program empowers the Queensland tourism industry to adopt practices that reduce their environmental impact and encourages visitors to view Queensland as a sustainable destination.

Starting in July 2009, the program involved working with five regions: Winton, North Stradbroke Island, Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island and Pioneer Valley / Cape Hillsborough, their tourism operators and communities. Water, energy and waste assessments were conducted to determine current performance and identify actions to ensure resource efficiencies and sustainable tourism development.

A resounding success, the program has resulted in 68 Queensland tourism businesses committing to and progressing towards sustainability. Many green initiatives are underway and businesses in four regions alone have a plan to reduce their combined carbon footprint by 1,173.31 tonnes of C02-e, the equivalent of 273 cars off the road for a year.

Yarra Ranges Sustainable Business Program
Yarra Ranges Council

Yarra Ranges Sustainable Business Program drives local businesses into action to seize the profit that is to be made by embracing sustainability. Developed by Yarra Ranges Economic Development Unit for the needs of its local businesses, this leadership program empowers companies to use new tools and thinking to drive environmentally sustainable practices in their businesses that consider people, planet and profit.

Yarra Ranges Sustainable Business Program: Challenges local businesses to be 'first movers' in the business community on sustainability; Fosters a Sustainable Business Leadership Network of previous Program participants across the municipality, with a view to sharing best practice and key opportunities; Engages businesses with key thought leaders on sustainability energising the efforts of these small and medium enterprises which are contributing to a sustainable future. Acts as an incubator to harness and share profitable initiatives for local businesses in the sustainability field.

Indigenous - Caring for country

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to deliver excellence in stewardship of the land, waterways, wildlife habitats, native flora and fauna through demonstrated indigenous leadership, community involvement and benefit

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WINNER
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, NT
In partnership with CSIRO, Rio-Tinto Alcan

"Judges agreed that this program demonstrated a clear focus with unambiguous results; excellent partnerships providing a commitment to on-going funding, strong contribution to research and on-ground assessment and action. Providing a template for how a committed community can overcome local difficulties in a global context."

The Yellow Crazy ant, one of the world's worst ant pests, is present within  Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, CSIRO ecologist, Dr Ben Hoffmann, said Yellow Crazy ants formed multiqueened 'supercolonies' in which ants occur at extremely high densities over large areas. "This makes them a serious pest of agriculture as well as the natural environment". For the past five years, Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, in collaboration with CSIRO and Rio-Tinto Alcan, has been waging a war against this ant, with outstanding success. Yellow crazy ant has now been declared eradicated from 21 sites covering 246 ha. This is twice as many eradications covering five times more area than all ant eradications published globally for the past 100 years. In addition, ecological monitoring at 17 sites has quantified full ecological recovery within 12 months following treatments. "These ants have the capacity to spread from Broome in Western Australia across to Queensland" said Dhimurru senior ranger Daryl Lacey. "We have an opportunity now to do something about them while their distribution is limited", he said.

Nukkan. Kungun. Yunnan - Ngarrindjeri's Being Heard
Change Media, SA
In partnership with Ngarrindjeri Land & Progress Association

Change Media – Stories Brought to Life is a cultural community building    initiative utilizing digital media to empower communities to share their stories and knowledge.

Nukkan.Kungun.Yunnan – Ngarrindjeri's Being Heard is one of our most amazing cross-cultural collaborations. Within 4 days we empowered the Ngarrindjeri team to create a moving documentary, presenting the real impact the water crisis is having on the Coorong and its traditional owners. Driven by Ngarrindjeri youth it examines the effects on Ngarrindjeri culture as well as the damage for all Australians.

The project won the Kookaburra Awards for Outstanding Community Projects 2010 and has screened on National Indigenous TV.

In July 2010, Change Media was granted a triannual ICS DEWHA grant, to build on the success of the initial project with the Ngarrindjeri communities in South East SA, to train the coming generations of Indigenous leaders and guardians of the land, to become media producers and cultural and environmental teachers for all Australians.
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The Gabbie Kylie Foundation - Caring for country on the South Coast of Western Australia 
The Gabbie Kylie Foundation, WA
In partnership with National Trust (WA)

The Gabbie Kylie foundation is a unique whole-of-community land and  heritage conservation programme. Over the last year an unprecedented level of major biodiversity and cultural heritage protection works have taken place delivered under the supervision of the Esperance traditional owners with numerous partner organisations and agencies and involving students from across Australia and around the world. It has involved practical projects in weed control (African Boxthorn, Bridal Creeper, scotch thistle), invasive species eradication on significant island reserves, coastal dune stabilisation projects, rock art protection projects, heritage site restoration projects and a number of associated outcomes from crosscultural education – the true essence of Caring for Country. This landmark programme has demonstrated the critical need to move beyond narrowly defined landcare projects and successfully adopt a holistic multi-faceted approach delivering real outcomes for the environment, heritage and education.

Land and Biodiversity - Preserving Our Ecosystems

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership and innovation in protecting and enhancing land systems, soils, forests and biodiversity, and protecting individual native flora and fauna species to complete ecosystems.

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WINNER
Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth - a Government / Community Partnership to ensure a Future for the Lower Murray
Department of Environment & Natural Resources South Australia

"In a time of extreme drought, the judges commended this project on establishing true co-operation across the local community and a range of national, state and local organisations. A key factor differentiating this project was the marriage between repairing the ecosystem and addressing the relevant social issues to secure a healthy, sustainable future for the region."

The Murray-Darling Basin is experiencing the worst drought since records  began in 1981. The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Program is underway to tackle some of the urgent environmental problems such as, salinity, acidification, soil erosion loss of habitat and risk to many species in the region due to low river flows and unprecedented low lake water levels. The Lower Lakes Bioremediation and Revegetation Project is one of several urgent projects being implemented in consultation with the local community to secure a healthy, sustainable future for the region. In partnership with the Milang & Districts Community Association, the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, the Department for Environment and Natural Resources and the scientific community have determined the most feasible options and begun to implement processes to stabilize the ecosystem, help manage acid sulfate soils and improve biodiversity. Funding is from the Federal Government.

Limestone treatment, aerial seeding, community propagation and revegetation planting, community monitoring, habitat restoration as well as monitoring breeding projects for endangered species are all coming together through community consultation and partnership.

North East Arnhem Yellow Crazy Ant Management Program
Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, NT
In partnership with CSIRO, Rio Tinto Alcan

"This little ant will destroy our culture, our land, our life" 
Balupalu Yunupingu, previous Dhimurru senior ranger, Nhulunbuy, 2003

The Yellow Crazy ant, one of the world's worst ant pests, is present within Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, CSIRO ecologist, Dr Ben Hoffmann, said Yellow Crazy ants formed ultiqueened 'supercolonies' in which ants occur at extremely high densities over large areas. "This makes them a serious pest of agriculture as well as the natural environment".

For the past five years a collaboration comprising Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, CSIRO and Rio Tinto Alcan, has been waging a war against this ant, with outstanding success.

Yellow crazy ant has now been declared eradicated from 21 sites covering 246 ha. This is twice as many eradications covering five times more area than all ant eradications published globally for the past 100 years. In addition, ecological monitoring at 17 sites has quantified full ecological recovery within 12 months following treatments. "These ants have the capacity to spread from Broome in Western Australia across to Queensland" said Dhimurru senior ranger Daryl Lacey. "We have an opportunity now to do something about them while their distribution is limited", he said.

Victorian Biolinks Project
Greenfleet and Biolinking Australia, VIC

The Victorian Biolinks Project involves two likeminded organisations, harnessing their combined experience and expertise to deliver an innovative market-based approach to  protecting, enhancing and restoring Victoria's landscapes and biodiversity.

Greenfleet is a not-for-profit organisation which engages with businesses and individuals to establish Australian native forests for carbon sequestration, landscape restoration and biodiversity.

Biolinking Australia is a team of natural resource managers engaged in reforestation, biodiversity protection and enhancement and the development of landscape-scale biolinks.

Since 2008 our collaboration has established more than 2,000 hectares of biodiverse forest for carbon sequestration, and purchased over 1,000 hectares of existing biodiverse remnant vegetation, which is protected and managed specifically for protecting and enhancing biodiversity. Thus beginning the long-term task of reconnecting the fragmented landscapes of Victoria to protect and enhance biodiversity.

What is in your backyard, Community Biodiversity Surveying
Kimberley Toad Busters, WA

The Kimberley Toad Busters Inc. are the only volunteer group on the ground, twelve months of the year, fighting to slow down the advance of the cane toad into WA and to mitigate its impact on Kimberley Biodiversity. Kimberley Toad Busters (KTB) have weighed, measured and sexed every adult toad caught. Any unusual behavioural pattern is recorded. Large adult toads are autopsied to record diet and to look for the presence of the Lungworm Parasite and investigate the impact toads are having on invertebrate biodiversity. KTB are as much about gathering scientific data as it is about cane toad education and 'busting' toads.

Seeding the Future: A Training DVD Supporting Community Work to  Preserve Indigenous Biodiversity
Judy Allen, VIC

Preserving ecosystems requires community engagement, knowledge and guidance.

Between 2007 and 2009 Merri Creek Management Committee (a Victorian not for profit environmental organization (www.mcmc.org.au for details) supported the development of a community training DVD called Seeding the Future: Seed collection for Landcare and Friends. The project is the determined initiative of the widely respected indigenous horticultural specialist Judy Allen. Amongst other things Judy is also the long time Senior Propagation Manager for Victoria Indigenous Nurseries Cooperative. Judy's single-minded objective was based on her concern about the community's interest in moving to a new stage in the restoration and protection of indigenous biodiversity. Efforts to collect seed were largely outside the realm of many community group's skill and knowledge. Increasing and regular inquiries found their way to Judy and her vision sprang from this community demand.

The DVD contained advice to open source and permission to burn and download for sharing beyond the 2,500 discs produced.

Preserving our Ecosystems
Northern Network Alliance, QLD

The Northern Pipeline Interconnector (NPI) – Stage 2 is a drought contingency project that will transport a target volume of 65 megalitres a day (ML/d) of potable water in both directions between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane and is being delivered by the Northern Network Alliance (NNA). The NNA is made up of lead agent LinkWater Projects along with Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd, AbiGroup and McConnell Dowell. The project involves the construction of 48km of underground, reverse-flow pipeline from the Noosa water treatment plant to the NPI - Stage 1 at Eudlo. NPI - Stage 2 is needed to secure the region's water supply. The completed reverse-flow pipeline will supply drinking water to existing storage facilities in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast. The pipeline is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.

The pipeline is one of the measures directed under the Water Regulation 2002, Part 8, Water supply emergency (SEQ Region).

Eradicating Ecosystems Transforming Weeds From the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Coastline
Wildcare SPRATS - Sea Spurge Remote Area Teams
In partnership with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service

In 2006 one of the largest emerging threats to Australian and Tasmanian  coastlines was highlighted. Sea Spurge, a weed which if left unheeded would have completely compromised coastal parts of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, an area which protects one of the last true wilderness regions and encompasses a greater range of natural and cultural values than any other region on Earth!

This enormous and immediate threat was set to compromise internationally recognized geo-diversity values, Aboriginal cultural sites, coastal herbfields, grasslands and shrublands, as well as habitats for rare and threatened international migratory shorebird species.

Formed in 2007, SPRATS (Sea Spurge Remote a Teams), a volunteer community group at the forefront of a new ethos in adventure conversation volunteering aimed to establish and maintain an eradication zone for sea spurge along some 600 kilometres of Tasmanian wilderness coastline. An enormous challenge, which after only 3 seasons, has completely eradicated mature sea spurge from over 95% of the region and is on track to completely eradicate mature sea spurge by the 2011-12 summer.

Water - Our Most Precious Resource

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership and innovation in assuring continued environment and community access, both today and by future generations, to quality freshwater resources and vibrant marine environments.

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WINNER
Bringing Back the Fish
Industry and Investment NSW
In partnership with Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority

"The comprehensive monitoring illustrated to the judges how this program had clear objectives and a systematic approach. Furthermore, its success is clearly attributable to the breadth of stakeholder support, commitment and involvement. It is a clear example how the sum of different local community action can have a magnified impact."

Bringing Back the Fish (BBTF) was a river health initiative restoring fish   passage and key habitats along the length of the NSW coast. Water quality and flow and native fish stocks have been decimated by the construction of over 10,000 barriers such as weirs, causeways and floodgates.

BBTF was the largest fish passage program of its kind in Australia. It built government and community partnerships to open up over 1,200 kilometres of habitat for migrating fish though rehabilitating nearly 100 sites. The project introduced innovations in site assessment, prioritisation and collaboration, as well as in the design and construction of specialised structures for fish passage.

Through partnerships with local councils, Catchment Management Authorities and local community groups, BBTF has removed redundant weirs, fixed causeways and road crossings, upgraded floodgates, reduced damage to seagrass, replanted riverbank and wetland vegetation and built fishways. BBTF was a 3 year, Federally funded project.

Grocon Pixel Building
Grocon, VIC

Grocon's new Pixel building, the first carbon neutral office building in Australia, has achieved the highest Green Star score ever awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia. "We believe Pixel will lead the way in terms of carbon neutrality and sustainability for years to come." said Mr Grollo, Grocon CEO.

Pixel represented the office of the future, achieving a perfect score of 100 points under the Green Star rating system for building design, with 75 points the benchmark for 6 Star Green Star. It gained an extra five points for innovation, equating to world leadership. Included in Pixel's five innovation points were points for carbon neutrality, a vacuum toilet system, the anaerobic digestion system and reduced car parking. The water initiatives in the project mean the building could be self sufficient for water – in this context, the project is water balanced as well as carbon neutral.

Pixel is also being assessed under the USA LEED and UK BREEAM rating systems, aiming to exceed the highest score yet achieved under either of those tools.

Rollingstock and Components Services – Water Management Innovations for a Sustainable Future 
Queensland Rail National, Queensland Rail Services, RACS, QLD

RACS Redbank is a 44 ha industrial facility used to construct rail wagon  assemblies and maintain QR National's locomotive fleet and Queensland Rail's electric passenger vehicles. The facility is important as one of Ipswich's largest employers with 740 people working at the site. The site provides a leading example retrofitting an existing industrial site for water efficiency and recycling. The initiatives which include:

  • A waste water treatment system and wetland configuration
  • Water efficient appliances
  • Solar powered pumps and
  • A gravity storage tower and reticulation for delivery of recycled waste has resulted in a 90% reduction of potable water.

Agriculture and Food - From Paddock to Plate Sustainably

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership and innovation in moving us to more sustainable and productive agricultural and food manufacturing practices and management through leadership in the production, harvesting, preparation and distribution of commodities and food.

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WINNER
Project Catalyst
The Coca-Cola Foundation, Reef Catchments, WWF, QLD

"The judges found that having a major impact on a very sensitive ecosystem was an important feature which could be translated to other areas around the globe experiencing similar issues. It was achieved by bringing together a diverse group of industry, government and business partners."

Coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are being lost at a rate five times faster than rain forests. Up to 700 of its reefs are at risk of pollution, mostly from elevated levels of farm nutrients, sediments and pesticides. Without finding ways to improve water quality, the long term health of the GBR are at risk. Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between Reef Catchments, Coca-Cola Foundation, WWF and Mackay Whitsunday sugarcane farmers to improve water quality and reduce the impact of pollution on the GBR using innovative land practices. Year one esults have proven beyond expectations. Precision application of chemicals reduced nutrient pollution by 60%, herbicide pollution by 95% and satellite controlled machinery reduced the volume of run-off from heavy clay soils by 20%. The water quality of more than 24,000 ML of runoff and drainage water leading to the GBR improved.

SecondBite 
SecondBite, VIC

SecondBite is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation committed to making a positive difference by sourcing fresh nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to people who are homeless, living in disadvantaged circumstances or experiencing food security issues within the community.

Our vision is to help bridge the gap between surplus and need and in so doing have a positive effect on the environment. SecondBite develops simple, efficient and economical models of food redistribution.

In 2009 we redistributed 702 tonnes of fresh food – enough for 1.4 million meals - that would have otherwise gone to landfill. In 2010 we are on track to redistribute 900 tonnes, or 1.8 million meals. We are committed to affecting systemic and sustainable change for people and communities by implementing long term preventative solutions that have positive long lasting impacts on health, the environment, and communities.

Yarra Valley Salmon
Yarra Valley Salmon, VIC

Yarra Valley Salmon – a small farm making a big impact Yarra Valley Salmon is a small fresh water aquaculture farm on the Rubicon River in the Yarra Valley Ranges making a big impact with its sustainable practices. A Victorian Government study released earlier this year has found its management practices have actually improved the quality of the river where it rears its fish. Run by two Aussie blokes who are committed to the humane treatment of their fish, and the environment, they follow strict international soil association guidelines, and in a rare move for the industry, refuse to use antibiotics and chemicals. General Manager Mark Fox and national sales manager Nick Gorman personally attend road shows and travel with industry representatives to educate them on the importance of sustainability. The farm is now working its way towards becoming officially certified organic.

Built Environment - Harmonious Manmade Landscapes

presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership and innovation by integrating sustainable principles and practices in designing, building and retrofitting today the homes, suburbs, businesses and infrastructure of the future.

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WINNER
Grocon Pixel Building
Grocon, VIC

"The judges quickly identified that this project will have set new standards and understandings, exemplified by the innovative use of relevant technologies and the persistence with regulatory authorities. It establishes a holistic approach to addressing the environmental issues of buildings."

Grocon's new Pixel building, the first carbon neutral office building in Australia, has achieved the highest Green Star score ever awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia. "We believe Pixel will lead the way in terms of carbon neutrality and sustainability for years to come." said Mr Grollo, Grocon CEO.

Pixel represented the office of the future, achieving a perfect score of 100 points under the Green Star rating system for building design, with 75 points the benchmark for 6 Star Green Star. It gained an extra five points for innovation, equating to world leadership. Included in Pixel's five innovation points were points for carbon neutrality, a vacuum toilet system, the anaerobic digestion system and reduced car parking. The water initiatives in the project mean the building could be self sufficient for water – in this context, the project is water balanced as well as carbon neutral.

Pixel is also being assessed under the USA LEED and UK BREEAM rating systems, aiming to exceed the highest score yet achieved under either of those tools.

AGL Bogong Hydroelectric Power Station
AGL

AGL Energy's 140 MW Bogong Power Development is a groundbreaking clean energy project that delivers positive outcomes for the environment, including abatement of almost 88,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Completed in April 2010, Bogong was designed and executed with an extraordinary sensitivity for the environment and local  communities. The development used a number of innovative methodologies, including: locating the power station and the 7.5km of watercourses underground;avoiding the construction of a new dam; eliminating visual and noise pollution; whilst proactively working with local communities.

The development also redressed significant environmental degradation and has returned the flow of the Pretty Valley branch of the East Kiewa River to its natural state, restoring aquatic and terrestrial habitats in the process. John Brumby, Premier of Victoria, described the Bogong Power Development as "unique" because it is "great for the economy and great for the environment".

Sustainability Guidelines for Health Care Capital Works
Department of Health, Victoria

Each year Victorian public health care facilities use enough energy to power over 60,000 households, enough water to fill over 1,700 olympic-sizedswimming pools and generate approximately 14 billion black balloons of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Department of Health invests around $500 million each year (excluding major projects) in upgrading and building new health care facilities. Since the release of the department's first sustainability guidelines in 2004 close to $50 million has been allocated to implementing 'leading practice' sustainability initiatives.

From 2005/06 to 2008/09 it is estimated that energy intensity across the Victorian public health care portfolio has reduced by 2 per cent per square meter and 5 per cent per patient separation.

The department's 2010 Guidelines for sustainability in health care capital works is based on leading research and sets new sustainability standards for health care capital projects.

Surry Hills Library and Community Centre
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and City of Sydney, NSW

A key objective for the Centre was to establish a new Australian standard of excellence for environmentally sustainable design in civic buildings. The building incorporates many sustainable design innovations and seeks to integrate these into the architecture and explore the expressive potential of such systems.

The environmental atrium's series of triangular, tapering airshafts draw in clean air and passively cool it. Experimental use of plants to bio-filter pollutants is integrated in the gardens of specially selected plants withinthese glass enclosures. Natural daylight is filtered through these layers of glass and garden and flow deep into the interiors.

Computerised building management and control systems automatically monitor and control the internal environmental conditions of the building, adjusting the ventilation and sunshade louvres throughout the day controlling heat load, light and shade, and switching lights on and off when required. The BMS also monitors and records electrical and hydraulic systems to maximise the environmental efficiency of the building and identify system faults.

MIRVAC's Harmony 9 
Mirvac, VIC

Mirvac's Harmony 9, Australia's first zero carbon 9-star prototype home. Constructed at Waverley Park and officially opened in December 2009 Harmony 9 is posed to make a significant contribution to Australia's low carbon future. Achieving a benchmark 9.2 Star energy rating, Harmony 9 requires almost no energy to heat or cool. The home demonstrates a  range of sustainable initiatives including use of low toxic and recycled materials, a recycled water system, renewable energy generation, smart metering and the highest-rated appliances for both water and energy use. Over a year of operation, Harmony 9 makes major savings compared to a conventional home by reducing greenhouse gas emission by 12 tonnes, saving 125,000 litres of mains water, and saving up to $1,200 on energy bills.

Hill End Ecohouse
Riddel Architects, QLD

The Hill End Ecohouse is a new prototype for sustainability constructed almost entirely from recycled materials including the house it replaced. Situated in Hill End, inner Brisbane, the Ecohouse was built from recycled materials, using 95% of the salvaged material from the early 20th Century house that originally occupied its narrow riverfront site. A painstaking deconstruction process resulted in just two small skips of non-reusable materials being discarded.

All additional materials were locally sourced and have undergone rigorous assessment of their environmental, social and economic sustainability credentials. With sustainability at its core the Ecohouse holds a 6-star energy efficiency rating and is self sufficient without sacrificing its aesthetic beauty. The house generates all of its power needs and manages and stores rainwater collection and recycling.

Riddel Architecture team, David Gole and Emma Scragg worked in collaboration with Robert Peagram Builders to realise its vision of creating a high end home that was based on environmental principles.  Recycled materials were carefully detailed to become design features throughout the home.

Rouse Hill Town Centre
The GPT Group, NSW
In partnership with Lend Lease, Dept of Planning and Landcom

The GPT Group's Rouse Hill Town Centre (RHTC) is a vibrant, mixed-use   town centre that has delivered a community heart to the rapidly growing north west of Sydney. Developed within the context of a masterplan prepared by a joint venture between Lend Lease and GPT (The New Rouse Hill) in partnership with the Department of Planning and Landcom, RHTC  is a pedestrian friendly and environmentally sustainable town centre that respects the heritage, cultural and landscape features of the local area. RHTC is Australia's first regional shopping centre to demonstrate a comprehensive approach to world class social and environmental sustainability, proving that responsible property can be delivered profitably. After its first year of operation, RHTC reduced its ecological footprint by 34% compared to a standard NSW regional shopping centre. Other benchmark reductions include  using 42% less water and emitting 40% less greenhouse gas emissions.

Constructing a Better Future
Thiess, NSW
In partnership with Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW and Parsons Brinckerhoff

The Coopernook to Herons Creek Alliance Project is a 33 kilometre dual   carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway on the north coast of New South Wales, as part of the Pacific  Highway Upgrade Program - one of the largest infrastructure projects in NSW history.

The Alliance (comprising the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW, Thiess, and Parsons Brinckerhoff) were resolute in taking up various challenges, which was a result of their enthusiasm and commitment to environmental excellence, and a willingness to trial new ideas and technologies to benefit  the construction industry and the community at large. It has resulted in a world-class, environmentally sustainable project that has set new benchmarks. The Alliance developed innovative approaches for creek diversions and erosion controls, achieved a significant reduction in clearing requirements, and successfully minimised the impact of construction on waterways, vegetation, fauna populations, cultural heritage and the local community.

Clean Technology - Harnessing Opportunities

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership and innovation in removing climate, wastes and water impacts through the development and application of innovations that use new approaches, technologies and/or energy systems for business and community benefit.

 

 

WINNER
Mini-Hydro Project
Melbourne Water Corporation, VIC

"Although making common sense, the judges were struck by the leadership and innovation in utilising water flows to generate renewable energy, setting a new standard not only in Australia but internationally. Furthermore, as energy generation is not part of Melbourne Water’s core business the project required a visionary approach and commitment."

Melbourne Water's Mini-Hydro Project, with zero CO2 emissions, is setting a new international benchmark for reducing the environmental impact of large water supply systems.

With seven mini-hydro generators now operational, the scheme is set to produce 54,500 megawatt hours of renewable energy per year or 19% of Melbourne Water's current electricity needs. This is enough to offset more than 66,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide or the equivalent of taking 16,500 cars off the road.

Even during its first year of commissioning in 2009-10, the scheme generated an impressive 11,852 megawatt hours of renewable energy or 4.1% of Melbourne Water's annual electricity use. This was achieved with only five of the seven plants operational and at a time of reduced flows and lower than average water use due to strict water restrictions.

Green Cleaning - Use of Sustainable Systems for Cleaning Milking Machines
AgVet Projects, VIC

The Gippsland-based ‘Green Cleaning’ project is paving the way for an entire industry to use less energy, water and chemicals to clean farm milking equipment.
Australian dairies currently use an out-dated process where hot wash solutions are used only once before being discarded.  In a world-first, the new Green Cleaning system uses low temperature, re-use processes to move milking machine cleaning onto a more sustainable footing.
Extensive trialling has revealed a:
•    75% reduction in electricity used;
•    65% reduction in electricity costs;
•    63% reduction in water volume used; and
•    10-30% reduction in chemical use.
The project’s innovative business model brings together industry, Government and the commercial sector - delivering cost savings for farmers and ‘direct action’ on climate change.  
Green Cleaning is poised to become the ‘standard’ practice in many parts of the developed world.  The new systems are scheduled to be on the market in 2011.

Geocycle Superblender for Hazardous Waste Processing
Geocycle, VIC

Geocycle is a 30 year-old, small business employing 30 people, with 25 employees based at the Dandenong, Victoria manufacturing site. Geocycle processes industrial and post-consumer chemical wastes from around Australia with the finished product a liquid fuel that replaces coal as a fuel in cement kilns.

Generally there are few safe and environmentally-acceptable alternatives for addressing these wastes. Geocycle not only irreversibly disposes of the wastes, but recovers the energy content of the wastes while reducing the greenhouse gases that would be emitted if the wastes went to landfills. Over the last decade there have been significant changes in the nature of the wastes being received for disposal. Significantly, liquid wastes decreased but sludgy and solid wastes began to increase. This was a global phenomenon that saw huge investment being spent in Europe and the Americas. Although Australia generates tens of thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste, it does not generate the hundreds of thousands of tonnes needed to justify the cost of the  European and American processes.

Grocon Pixel Building
Grocon, VIC

Grocon's new Pixel building, the first carbon neutral office building in Australia, has achieved the highest Green Star score ever awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia. "We believe Pixel will lead the way in terms of carbon neutrality and sustainability for years to come." said Mr Grollo, Grocon CEO.

Pixel represented the office of the future, achieving a perfect score of 100 points under the Green Star rating system for building design, with 75 points the benchmark for 6 Star Green Star. It gained an extra five points for innovation, equating to world leadership. Included in Pixel's five innovation points were points for carbon neutrality, a vacuum toilet system, the anaerobic digestion system and reduced car parking. The water initiatives in the project mean the building could be self sufficient for water – in this context, the project is water balanced as well as carbon neutral.

Pixel is also being assessed under the USA LEED and UK BREEAM rating systems, aiming to exceed the highest score yet achieved under either of those tools.

Papyrus - Developer of Innovative World First Clean Technology for the Conversion of Waste Banana Trunks into Fibre Products
Papyrus Australia Limited, SA

Papyrus Australia Limited, which began trading on the ASX in 2005, is the developer of an innovative world-first clean technology that converts the waste trunk of the banana palm into alternatives to forest wood products to be used in the paper, packaging, furniture, building, construction and other industries. The Papyrus process uses a renewable fibre source (i.e. banana tree trunks) that is fully sustainable, does not contribute to the destruction of natural or purpose-planted forests and does not consume any chemicals or water during manufacture. The process is also much more environmentally-friendly and has significantly lower production costs when compared to traditional tree pulping technologies. The Papyrus end products are water-repellent, fire-retardant, are stronger and lighter than most conventional fibre materials and have a distinctive look and feel.

Transportation, Warehousing & Logistics - Mindful Movement

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership and innovation in reducing the impact of people and goods movement through leading approaches to transport technologies and management, advanced spatial planning and innovative transport and distribution system design.

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WINNER
Flexicar
Flexicar, VIC

"It was clear to the judges that Flexicar have literally taken the road less travelled in their approach. A transportation alternative that is changing the traditional mindset, providing a viable and measurable alternative which is achieving impressive results."

Flexicar is leading the way in sustainable transport in Australia. It is an innovative new business model that challenges the relationship Australians have with their cars.

The initial driver behind the establishment of the Flexicar business was as a means to allow individuals to cut their environmental impact. Flexicar visionary goal is for car sharing to be a mainstream public transport option for urban Australians; providing a cheap, green and easy alternative to car ownership.

Flexicar is a car sharing service operating in Melbourne and Sydney. The service currently has 2,500 members and almost 90 Flexicars. The current Flexicar member base is responsible for a reduction in Greehouse Gas emissions of 1,142.4 tonnes of CO2 in 12 months Flexicar goes beyond simply reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It also takes cars off the road, changes travel behaviour and connects neighbourhood residents.

LEV Automotive Partnership
RACV, VIC

The Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Automotive Partnership is an initiative between the RACV, EPA Victoria and Future Climate Australia to promote the uptake of LEVs in Australia. The Partnership demonstrates leadership and innovation by developing a structure under the auspices of an NGO that engages the automotive industry, business and government. Transport in Australia is the third largest emitter of CO2; therefore encouraging the uptake of LEVs provides individuals, businesses and governments an economically attractive way to dramatically reduce Australia's carbon footprint.

The Partnership is unique in its vision and objectives and provides an online tool (Greenwheels.com.au) for all car  buyers and fleet managers to calculate the best LEVs for their needs as well as the fuel and CO2 savings that these should achieve. The Partnership promotes sustainability and develops strong working relationshipswith national and international bodies. The Partnership's success is in helping to accelerate awareness, understanding and consumer enthusiasm for LEVs.

Leading in Sustainability - Setting the Standard for Large Organisations

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership by fully integrating sustainable principles and practices into operational business activities and reducing the organisation's footprint.

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WINNER
Fuji Xerox Australia
Fuji Xerox, Australia
"Through a commitment to reducing the impact of their products and customers' footprint, as well as their total approach to product innovation and supply chain management the judges understood that Fuji Xerox is an example of a highly evolved and integrated approach to sustainability."

Celebrating its 50th year of operation in Australia, Fuji Xerox is the industry's leading provider of integrated document services. The company offers a range of technology solutions and business services to meet our customers' needs for the effective management of information, from creation through to production, distribution and capture.

The company, its management and staff are driven to create sustainable value for its stakeholders and this is reflected in our commitment to environmental responsibility and continuous improvement across all areas of our business.

Thinking Climate, Making Change in the City of Darebin
Darebin City Council, VIC

Climate Change Action is a priority for Darebin Council. Council's new energy efficiency program is saving more than $180,000 a year through use of timer controls, energy efficient appliances and upgrades to air-conditioning systems. Darebin also buys 100 per cent GreenPower for all Council owned and managed buildings saving more than 5,600 tonnes of emissions a year. Darebin Council has achieved its 2010 greenhouse reduction target ahead of time. Darebin's Community Climate Change Action Plan supports the Darebin community to reduce greenhouse emissions. The Action Plan was developed in consultation with the community and provides targeted services and programs; advocacy to State and Federal governments; and strengthens community networks to fight climate change. Darebin City Council is implementing programs to promote energy efficiency to local businesses and industry, and assisting the elderly, households on low incomes and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Downer Mining
Downer Edi Mining Pty Ltd

Meeting the challenges of sustainability is a core commitment   and a key component of the future success of the minerals industry globally.

Downer EDI Mining, as a specialist in operating mines, is at the forefront of understanding and tackling minerals industry sustainability challenges and opportunities. Sustainability drivers are incorporated into the day-to-day management of all business activities, as sustainability is integral to the company's current core business and long-term strategic platform.

Downer EDI Mining has a strong track record of translating sustainability policy into tangible outcomes, particularly in the areas of Indigenous relations, mine site rehabilitation, ecosystem restoration, water management, resource efficiency and low greenhouse gas emissions mining. Underpinning the company's successes is a sustainable business framework that informs decision making, and  aims to exceed compliance and propagate sustainability initiatives. Collaborative stakeholder partnerships have been fundamental in building capacity, developing innovative  solutions, and interconnecting commercial and sustainability organisational strategies.

Landcom's Sustainability Leadership in the Urban Development Industry
Landcom, NSW

There is little point in the NSW Government owning Landcom unless it is doing something the private sector can't do. A decade ago, Landcom identified "implementing sustainable development" as its point of difference with private sector developers and set out to become a national sustainability leader.

Landcom has invested heavily in this goal, implementing sustainability in a commercially sound manner, and encouraging the private sector to follow its lead. Landcom has developed innovative sustainability policies and initiatives which guide its thinking and actions, helping its staff implement sustainable practices within their projects. Examples include: The Landcom Guidelines, Water Sensitive Urban Design Guidelines, Energy Smart Communities Policy, Landcom Welcome Program and more recently, PRECINX™.

Ten years on, Landcom continues to lead the urban development industry in the pursuit of sustainable development, sharing its intellectual property with others in the industry, and measuring and reporting its progress in its annual Sustainability  Report.

NAB
NAB, Australia

Launched in late 2009, "more give, less take" represents NAB's commitment to improving fair value and transparency in the finance industry. It's a public commitment, demonstrating our willingness to stand up and be held accountable for responsible behaviour. Our commitment to deliver fair value and quality advice is one of three commitments that direct our corporate responsibility (CR) approach – to our Customers, our People and to Society.

We have undertaken a large range of innovative initiatives to both hard and soft wire sustainability within the business. Over a number of years we have integrated our CR approach into appropriate business systems while in parallel we have understood that effective CR is reliant on creating a culture of "doing the right thing". In summary, while CR has always been part of our business approach, 2009/10 has been a year of transformational change, with the maturity of our CR approach driving industry wide change and broad scale impact on big issues.

Bigger, Better, Smarter, Greener - Building for the Future
The Alex Fraser Group, VIC

The Alex Fraser Group has invested $67 million in infrastructure improvements across its Melbourne sites in the last two years in a move that is already paying dividends for the company and the community.

Using smart design and innovative technology Alex Fraser has lowered the carbon footprint of its Victorian manufacturing plants and reduced the cost of production offering significant benefits for the long term sustainability of its recycling operations.

The decision to build and strengthen the company's recycling business began in 2006. What ensued was a plan to build a showcase of leading recycling technology that achieved greater capacity and greater efficiency with a lower carbon footprint than anything the  company had seen before anywhere in the world. In short, Alex Fraser was seeking to deliver environmentally beneficial recycled products in an environmentally sustainable way.

By late 2009 both facilities were commissioned successfully and are now operating according to the design specifications and setting new benchmarks for the industry.

The GPT Group
The GPT Group, NSW/VIC

Building on our heritage and a wealth of experience in creating and managing high quality assets, GPT's corporate responsibility platform is embedded in the key business processes across the Group. Our approach acknowledges the role of real estate not only as a major consumer of resources but for its impact on the social fabric of communities. In operating our business we seek to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate while generating operational efficiencies to reduce our environmental impact and optimize economic returns. By embedding a focus on environmental and social outcomes in all that we do we are able to ensure that our buildings are not only attractive to future tenants but represent sustainable investments. We continue to innovate to build on the intellectual capital within GPT that has contributed to such successful investments as;

  • Rouse Hill Town Centre
  • Workplace6
  • Darling Park 3
  • Quad Business Park
  • One One One Eagle Street, Brisbane
  • 530 Collins Street, Melbourne
Leading By Example: Sustainability Beyond Our Operations
Woolworths, Australia

At Woolworths we have made a strong commitment to manage our impacts, and firmly take the opportunity to help achieve sustainable change that extends beyond our operations. As one of Australia's largest companies, we have the ability to influence our supply chain, staff, customers, competitors, and communities in which we operate, as well as to bring about sustainable market transformation in Australia. Prioritising sustainability reaffirms the core principles that have underpinned Woolworths since our inception: integrity, trust and accountability. Woolworths has set out clear commitments and time-bound targets in our Sustainability Strategy 2007-2015 "Doing the Right Thing". Our performance against these targets provides stakeholders with publicly available benchmarks to assess Woolworths' performance in sustainability priority areas that are material to the industry. The initiatives that have been developed and driven by this strategy demonstrate how Woolworths is achieving outcomes beyond the requirements of legislation, leading in sustainability and setting the standard for large organisations.

Leading in Sustainability - Setting the Standard for Small Organisations

Presented to the entry that has been deemed by the judges to demonstrate leadership by fully integrating sustainable principles and practices into operational business activities and reducing the organisation's footprint.

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WINNER
A Family Commitment to Sustainability
Taylors Wines, NSW

"Taylors’ all of company approach enlisting the support of every staff member and providing extensive education impressed the judges. Their commitment is further illustrated by the cradle to grave approach to the Eighty Acres range of wines culminating in the world's first wine 100% carbon neutral wine range."

Since establishing our family winery three generations ago we have recognised the importance of protecting the environment and moving our business towards broader sustainability. Through our many environmental initiatives we aim educate and build the awareness of our employees, industry and customers.

Our winery was the first company in Australia to achieve ISO14001 accreditation using the Eco-Mapping™ and EMAS Easy tools. While our Eighty Acres range became the world's first wine 100% carbon neutral wine range in accordance with the international standard for lifecycle assessment ISO14044.

To reduce our carbon footprint, we moved our entire range of Eighty Acres wines into OI's new Lean+GreenTM glass - which is 40% lighter and reduces CO2e by more than 15%1. New vintages of our Promised Land and Taylors Estate ranges are also being bottled in this innovative lightweight glass. Our state-of-the-art water recycling facility recycles 100% of the waste water for re-use in the vineyards while straw spreading and computer controlled drip-fed irrigation lines help us to minimise water consumption.

Centennial Park Cemetery - Greening the Grave
Centennial Park Cemetery

Centennial Park is the environmental leader in Australia's cemetery industry.

We are helping Australians to reduce the environmental impact of their final resting places. In recent years we have reduced operational waste to landfill by 95.7%, vehicle emissions by 10% and reliance on mains water. Simple steps have reduced electricity use by 9%. New technology in our chapels and administration building has created further reductions of 25% and 14.5% respectively. Crematorium improvements have reduced gas consumption by 5% and electricity consumption by 10%.

We are creating new life for flora and fauna with a  revegetation program to attract more native birds and animals to our grounds.

We are the first cemetery in Australia – possibly the world – to manage our entire greenhouse gas  emissions with a carbon offset scheme. Our environmental improvements have enabled Centennial Park to reduce carbon emissions by an average 10.7% per cremation and burial  service over the past two years.

Mitchell Builders
Mitchell Builders, QLD

Mitchell Enviro Industrial Estate is almost 100% carbon neutral in its footprint and the first industrial subdivision in Australia to exclusively use captured in-house water and sewerage systems even though all the services are outside the property. The estate is the first in Australia to be awarded the UDIA 6 Leaf Environment Certification.

Bruce Mitchell has successfully implemented various water and energy efficient devices on the four hectare 'eco-estate', in addition to ecosystems and community areas, waste management procedures and has used only recycled and environmentally-certified materials in the construction of the estate.

Runoff water is harvested and channelled into gross pollutant traps, wet lands and into underground concrete tanks. A grid connected solar power system drives the sewer, stormwater and potable water systems.

Flora and fauna is a huge priority and has been carefully considered in the design of the estate, while communal recreational areas have also been featured onsite for staff and the general public.

Printing Solutions for Customers with an Environmental Conscience
Vega Press, VIC

Vega Press has been servicing print clients for 50 years in 2010.

Vega has worked hard over recent years to demonstrate its commitment to environmental sustainability not only in the printing industry but also within the small business community. This could not have been achieved without full support and commitment from Vega's Managing Director, Peter Gude, who has personally been involved in the business 45 of the 50 years in operation. Vega's most recent achievement (3 February 2010) was becoming Australia's first business to gain certification (ISO 14064-1:2006) for greenhouse gas verification from SGS Australia. SGS Australia is the first Australian JAS-ANZ accredited certification body to offer this service. This means Vega has met internationally recognised standards for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions. Vega will not stop here. Vega's commitment to continual environmental improvement continues.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 19:15