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The Origin Gold Banksia Award
Gippsland Water Factory - A new way to care for water
Gippsland Water, VIC

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The Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year

Bill Thomas
Head of Sustainable Practice, Bentleigh Secondary College

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The Environment Minister's Young Environmentalist of the Year

Lindsay Soutar, 100% Renewable Community Campaign, NSW
Building a grassroots movement for Australia's renewable energy future

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Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award

Peak Phosphorus: the next global food crisis?
Institute for Sustainable Futures, NSW

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The Banksia Community Grant

SustainAbility Stars
E.W. Tipping Foundation, VIC

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The Banksia People's Choice Award

Don't Palm us Off
Zoos Victoria

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2011 Category Award Finalists

2011 Education Award - Raising the Bar
2011 Indigenous Award - Caring for country
2011 Land and Biodiversity Award - Preserving Our Ecosystems
2011 Water Award - Our Most Precious Resource
2011 Agriculture and Food Award - From Paddock to Plate Sustainably
2011 Built Environment Award - Harmonious Manmade Landscapes
2011 Leading in Sustainability Award - Setting the Standard for Large Organisations
2011 Leading in Sustainability Award - Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses
2011 Clean Technology Award - Harnessing Opportunities
2011 Transportation Award - Mindful Movement

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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
The Vortex Centre - Water Wonders in a building that teaches
Gippsland Water, VIC

The Judges were impressed that this project combined the "outer" (environmentally friendly building) with the "inner" (the behaviour change through education) in a highly engaging and innovative program that strategically targeted and provided the respective level of education from primary school to tertiary level. Judges commented on the degree of detail considered in engaging the local public and see this as a real example of a living educational model.

The Vortex Centre is an exciting and innovative community educational facility based at the Gippsland Water Factory - a world first wastewater treatment and recycling system located at Maryvale in south-east Victoria. Featuring interactive displays, touch-screens and powerful videos, the Vortex focuses on water conservation and sustainable water management; highlighting water as a precious resource at a local, state, national and global level. The Vortex plays a key role in delivering Gippsland Water's vision to create an environmental and social legacy through its new education program, 'Water Wonders'; both for students, the local community and water stakeholders. The inspiring building, hands-on activities, engaging programs, and distinctive location combine to promote behavioural change and increased awareness of the need to use water responsibly. Described as 'the building that teaches', the centre features sustainable design elements to minimise energy consumption and ensure the Vortex itself practices what it preaches.

Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative - ACT
ACT Government, Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate

The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative ACT works with 128 of the 129 Catholic, Independent and Government schools in the ACT and has provided schools across the region with the vehicle to become ecologically sustainable, through building community partnerships and providing sustainability resources and curriculum programs. The program assists ACT schools to reduce their ecological footprint, enhance the schools biodiversity and educate for sustainability through the school curriculum. Schools are encouraged and supported to engage with local experts and community groups as part of the development of their School Environment Management Plan. Over eighty schools in the ACT have established school environment centres and are starting to show a significant reduction in their consumption of water, waste and energy. Some of our registered schools have reduced:

  • Water consumption by over 50%
  • Energy use by over 45% and
  • Waste to landfill by up to 75%.
From Climate Change to Climate Dogs
Department of Primary Industries Victoria

Farmers are on the front line responding to what our weather does, yet surveys indicate farmers are more sceptical about climate change than their city cousins. Good science was sitting on the shelf and not getting to a key audience that needed it – something had to be done. DPI Victoria's unique climate extension approach has broken new ground, engaging and communicating with over 16,000 people via 600 face to face sessions in the past 3 years. How did they get so much interest and engagement on such a thorny issue? By understanding their audience & developing a series of timely, relevant and accessible services they crafted a package that has taken climate education in rural Australia to a new level. The project offers timely insights for moving beyond the debates and emotion that typically bog down climate change education........just take a sneak at the "Ridgy" cartoonand you'll see why.

Don't Palm us Off
Zoos Victoria

Don't Palm us Off encouraged the community to take action to weaken Australia's link to the rapid loss of South East Asian rainforest species due to the unsustainable production of palm oil (currently found in more than 40% of supermarket food products). Don't Palm us Off inspired 162,317 people to sign a petition calling for mandatory labelling of palm oil, influenced the introduction of a parliamentary bill seeking fair labelling legislation and saw awareness within Victoria rise from 54.3% to 75.2%. The Palm Oil Bill now moves to be voted on in the House of Representatives which at the time of this submission had not yet taken place. Should it be passed, the Bill will become law and it will be mandatory to label palm oil in all products in Australia. It is likely that the conservation benefits generated from this initiative will continue and Zoos Victoria will continue to support the Australian parliamentary process and ensure the issue is kept front of mind.

Environmental Behaviour Change
City of Sydney, NSW

The City of Sydney is the local government authority responsible for the central business district of Sydney and the 30 plus suburbs in the local government area (LGA). In 2007, the City of Sydney asked the community how it wanted to develop in the next 20 years and beyond. The result is Sustainable Sydney 2030, a collective vision to transform Sydney into a green, global and connected city. The City of Sydney offers support to key communities within the residential, business and visitor sectors and delivers this through targeted programs which have clearly defined outcomes and with a scope that delivers information on all aspects of sustainability including energy, carbon, water, and waste reductions. In addition, the City of Sydney is keen to ensure that it is "showing by doing" as an organisation, with all staff engaged with Sustainable Sydney 2030 and working towards the organisations success in meeting these important environmental targets.

Hepburn Wind
Hepburn Wind, VIC

Hepburn Wind is a community co-operative who have built Australia's first community owned wind farm. Almost 1900 people, mostly local to the area, have pooled funds to build a two turbine, 4.1 MW wind farm at Leonards Hill, in Central Victoria. Hepburn Wind is a stellar example of how a community has catalysed the development of a whole new industry sector — community owned renewable energy. The project has been built by the community to benefit the community and is a standout example of a social enterprise. With the turbines complete and generating clean, safe electricity, we are excited by the platform we have created. National recognition of our achievements, through the Banksia Awards, will assist us to explain the opportunity of local engagement with renewable energy (not just wind energy) to a wide group of communities, and ensure steady growth for the community energy sector.

SustainAbility Stars
E.W. Tipping Foundation, VIC

SustainAbility Stars is an, engaging, hands-on program with a dual focus on social and environmental outcomes. Our program is the first of its kind to empower people with disability, their support staff and organisations to lead change in the community by practicing simple, sustainable actions within the household. Sustainability Stars is achieving reductions in utility consumption and waste while making a difference in the lives of people with disability. As well as driving change within our 30 group homes across Victoria, EW Tipping Foundation uses its knowledge and resources to lead the disability and community services sector to influence, inspire and motivate broader change. We also acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and involvement of the people we support and our staff. The Banksia Awards would be a wonderful recognition of the hard work, commitment and outstanding achievements of the people we support who make a difference for the environment.

The Garage Sale Trail
The Garage Sale Trail, NSW

In partnership with Republic of Everyone, Rodriguez
Everyone loves a garage sale, but have you ever considered that this humble bastion of Aussie culture can be about a lot more than just bargains? By organising the people of Australia to have their garage sales on the same day, we created a market for second hand goods, kept still useful items out of landfill, established communication between councils and their constituents to promote sustainability on a broader scale and proved that sustainability can be social and fun.

The Sustainable Landscapes Project
Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, SA

In partnership with Land Management Corporation

As a community we need knowledge and tools to help us substantially reduce the ecological footprint of our urban environment. The Sustainable Landscapes Project set itself the task of changing attitudes and behaviours, plans and processes to improve the health and resilience of our urban landscapes. Developing a new body of knowledge and practice has led to tangible results, changing thinking and behaviour and practice, making a real difference on the ground. Through collaborative partnerships we have brought together many of the key players working in urban landscape planning, development, horticulture and education. The project has become a leader, an advocate, an innovator and a passionate agent for positive change. It delivers an integrated and holistic approach based on research and knowledge that can be applied by every level of the community. Our vision is of Australians living in healthy, resilient and beautiful landscapes that sustain and connect people with plants and places. The Project has achieved remarkable success, creating lasting and sustainable change in policy and practice across South Australia.

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
West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Partnership: a 140% success
Warddeken Land Management for WALFA partners, NT
In partnership with Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation, Bawinanga Aboriginal Coporation, Mimarl and Adjumarlarl Rangers

The Judging Panel highlighted the importance of this project providing an inherent collaboration between traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific practice – a key reconnection to country and culture. They also found that they have been able to provide a model for an international issue in an innovative and local manner, and combine the provision of employment for Indigenous people through a well integrated working partnership ranging from Government, Universities and the scientific sector through to the Aboriginal Community.

In 1997 five indigenous land management groups began working together to develop and test a plan to address the environmentally damaging effects of late dry season wildfire on the West Arnhem Plateau. By 2006 the project attracted industry funding for its greenhouse gas abatement work and the following year won a Eureka Prize for innovative solutions to climate change. From 2006 to 2010 the indigenous partners on-ground management abated 706,956 tonnes CO2e — a 140% success against the target of 100,000 tonnes CO2e pa. WALFA's success has inspired other indigenous groups across north Australia to work towards other regional indigenous schemes of emission abatement. WALFA is an extraordinary success. A previously intractable conservation and environmental management problem - how to assert management control over the most fire-prone landscapes on earth - has been solved.

Saltwater People Managing the Gungu in their Sea Country
Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia, NSW
In partnership with Gudjuda Reference Group, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, James Cook University

Saltwater people managing gungu in their sea country’ is a highly collaborative project aimed at creating a comprehensive turtle management partnership. Partners include WWF-Australia, James Cook University the Gudjuda Reference Group, the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, the Queensland State Government, as well as  key community groups and other government and non-government organisations. In the first stages, the aim is to increase knowledge around the health of turtle populations in Gudjuda and Girringun sea country - specifically those factors contributing to the fibropapilloma disease affecting turtles in the area. The partnership involves research, monitoring and education – and working towards a sustainable future for turtles and communities alike.

Traditional Values - Protection and Knowledge Exchange
Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, VIC
In partnership with Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

A joint initiative of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) to protect sites of cultural significance and to capture and preserve traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) for the benefit and use of Traditional Owners and the wider community. The programs developed under this initiative are designed to facilitate Traditional Owner involvement, and to integrate TEK into natural resource management (NRM) in the region, assisting Traditional Owners to fulfil their responsibility to care for country. The programs provide an integrated approach in implementation of on-ground works and allows for funding to be directed toward maximising opportunities for protection and conservation of key traditional lands and cultural sites in the landscape. The NRM plan and business model developed as part of the GBCMA/YYNAC initiative provides mechanisms to continue to increase capacity for Traditional Owners, with increasing opportunities for engagement in NRM with multiple partner agencies.

'What's in your backyard?'
Kimberley Toadbusters, WA
In partnership with Kimberley Land Council

Kimberley Toadbusters is a not for profit organization that over the last seven years has sought to mitigate a toads impact on our own iconic fauna and slow down an otherwise un-checked advance by 'Bufo Marinus' through Australia's pristine northern wilderness. KTB continues to 'toadbust' nightly but is also active in roles of research, development and education. Kimberley Toadbusters continues to develop partnerships with indigenous ranger groups, communities and individuals. There are many active participants within each community in both K.T.B's 'iconic species' and 'what's in your backyard' programs. Coupled with a diverse board made up of individuals all Kimberley 'true', K.T.B encompasses experience, knowledge, and capability. Armed with a passion for the environment, K.T.B remains committed to engage diverse social groups at every level of the socio-economic tree. Without the help from all 'Countrymen', our wilderness as we now know it will become but a distant 'toad free' memory. 

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
Fox-Free Phillip Island Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island Nature Parks, VIC

Judges remarked on Phillip Island's fantastic partnerships and their drive to make the Island Fox free with innovative methods of eradication and trialling. This is a great example to other communities wanting to eradicate feral species.

Imagine a fox-free ecosystem, we did. Why? Because foxes were threatening Phillip Island's Little Penguins, wildlife and biodiversity. The introduction of foxes to Phillip Island in the early 1900s was devastating. Nine of the ten existing penguin colonies were lost - with foxes the primary cause. In 1985, our team at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria instigated a fox control program - but the kills continued. Our vision became to eradicate foxes completely. In 2007, despite tough economic times, we committed to implementing a Fox Eradication Strategy for Phillip Island and allocated $700 000 over 5 years to a unique, multi-faceted approach of science, fieldwork, partnerships and technological innovation. Success! In the past two years, no Little Penguins have been killed by foxes! And, numbers of birds and wildlife are increasing. We are proud to be ensuring Phillip Island's biodiversity and providing a model to other ecosystems.

A second colony: a second chance for the northern hairy-nosed wombats
Qld Department of Environment and Resource Management
In partnership with Xstrata and the Underwood family

The northern hairy-nosed wombat is rarer than the Sumatran Tiger and China's Giant Panda. With only about 138 individuals all in one colony in remote central Queensland, the species was at risk of extinction from one catastrophic event such as a flood. Establishing a second wild colony is essential to reduce the risk of extinction. There is a real risk that this reintroduction project would not succeed and that individual animals may not survive, however, the effort was made to overcome the greater risk to the species. A partnership was formed between the Department of Environment and Resource Management, Xstrata and the Underwood family to re-establish the wombats on a nature refuge near St George. Two years after the first reintroduction, 11 northern hairy-nosed wombats form the basis of a second colony. Expectations of success have been exceeded with two of the females having pouch young.

Communicating biodiversity research
Professor David Lindenmayer's research team at The Australian National University, ACT

The research team of around 25 staff and post-graduate students led by Professor David Lindenmayer at The Australian National University has conducts world-class, ground-breaking scientific research on temperate woodland management and farmland biodiversity conservation. The team works hard to communicate key scientific research on ways to better conserve temperate woodland biodiversity on Australian wheat/sheep farms, which contain almost all remaining woodland remnants and most woodland biodiversity. The ANU team has produced a wide range of exciting and innovative materials designed to communicate its important new discoveries about how to advance the conservation of woodland biodiversity on farms. The communication materials are designed to inform landholders and other decision makers about how they can take practical conservation actions, and how changes on-the-ground can lead to productive farms that are also wildlife friendly.

Conserving Spring Wetland Ecosystems in the Strathbogie Ranges Victoria
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, VIC

Concern for the future of the small and unique spring wetland ecosystems found in Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges, spawned a collaborative and innovative conservation program. Over the past 11 years the GB CMA, TfN, DSE, scientists and local landholders have: • researched the distribution, abundance, geology, flora, fauna and hydrology of spring wetlands to inform protection and management;

  • increased landholder capacity and knowledge through field days, community presentations, and the establishment of a local Conservation Management Network to promote and coordinate the protection of wetlands;
  • built cooperative relationships between researchers, natural research management agencies and landholders;
  • provided grants and incentives for on-ground works, enhancing over 250 ha of spring wetlands;
  • implemented a targeted conservation covenant program permanently protecting 10 spring wetlands; and
  • contributed to the formal recognition of spring wetlands. As a result of this ongoing program, the future of spring wetland ecosystems in the Strathbogie Ranges looks a lot brighter.
UGLN Bushfire Recovery Action
Upper Goulburn Landcare Network, VIC

After the disaster of "Black Saturday" in February, 2009, help was needed urgently in the fire-affected area of north-east Victoria. Weeks later, the toll was clear; 173 lives had been lost and more than 2000 homes destroyed. The Upper Goulburn Landcare Network (UGLN) stepped up to the mark. It redirected all its resources into aiding fire-affected landholders. Utilising more than 3000 volunteers, the UGLN from March, 2009 to June 2011, has removed 86 kilometres of burnt fences and rebuilt more than 195 kilometres of fencing. They have planted 17,600 trees and shrubs, and distributed more than another 15,000 plants to landholders. It has built 165 nesting boxes to replace destroyed tree hollows and removed weeds from more than 28 hectares of ravaged land and had another 129 hectares sprayed by contractors. In all, UGLN has safely managed and coordinated 3,310 volunteers who have given a total of 4,275 days. 

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
Gippsland Water Factory - A new way to care for water
Gippsland Water, VIC

The Judges found this to be a very effective example of community and political engagement that is underpinned by technology-based thought leadership. It delivers an engineering solution with some excitement and vision - a result that allows the region to further develop its local agriculture and industry in an environmentally sustainable manner. This is an inspiring and impressive result.

Gippsland Water Factory turned conventional wastewater treatment on its head. The innovative wastewater treatment system addresses a serious environmental issue and incorporates water recycling to provide a sustainable solution for central Gippsland in Victoria. Built with the primary aim of removing untreated odorous wastewater from more than 40km of open sewer, Gippsland Water Factory improves the freshwater environment by recycling domestic wastewater from 11 Gippsland towns for re-use, freeing up water in local rivers and reservoirs. The project set a new standard for delivery of wastewater treatment infrastructure in Australia and resulted in a reduced volume and massive step-change improvement to the quality of treated industrial wastewater discharged to the ocean. Gippsland Water Factory goes well beyond compliance and is a project the community can be proud of. It incorporates sustainable design features, a water education centre, and is world-first in the way it treats industrial pulp and paper wastewater.

Enlarged Cotter Dam Education Program
ACTEW Corporation Limited, ACT
In partnership with John Holland Pty Ltd, Abigroup, GHD Pty Ltd

ACTEW Corporation developed an education program to raise awareness of the importance of water to the Australian Capital Territory and connect the community to the Enlarged Cotter Dam, currently under construction. ACTEW in partnership with John Holland, Abigroup and GHD successfully released an Education Kit: curriculum units and resources, professional development program and school excursion program in 2010 to school students and the community in the ACT. This program is the first initiative of its kind to link the environmental, engineering, heritage, Indigenous, artistic and water supply values of an area to a major infrastructure project and create a cultural legacy for the community. The Enlarged Cotter Dam Education Program represents a benchmark approach to advancing the social consciousness of sustainability and water resources in infrastructure projects.

 

Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd Water Award 2011
Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd, VIC

Environmental sustainability and innovation are core values of Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd (GHA) and are integral to achieving GHA's vision of remaining Australasia's leading carpet manufacturer and maintaining the long term viability of its manufacturing operations in Australia. In July 2010, Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd (GHA) commissioned a state of the art $3.5M effluent treatment and storm water harvesting recycling system saving up to 250 million litres of water a year. The first project of its kind to be undertaken in the Geelong region, GHA's adoption of the dual environmental approach of urban storm water harvesting and effluent treatment has set a benchmark as industry best practice. GHA worked with various government agencies, service providers and suppliers to achieve triple bottom line objectives of minimising the environmental impact of its manufacturing operations, providing economic benefits to the company and delivering significant social benefits for the Geelong region.

Sustainable Water Practice at Bentleigh Secondary College
Bentleigh Secondary College, VIC

Bentleigh Secondary College has a strong sustainability focus and appointed a Leading Teacher as Head of Sustainable Practice in 2007. As part of the college's ongoing commitment to water conservation, BSC has installed a 50,000 litre and a 125,000-litre water tank to harvest rainwater, which are both plumbed into the toilet blocks for flushing. The College has also constructed a wetland area on college grounds to capture the excess stormwater that can't be harvested by the tanks. This excess water is treated as it travels through the wetland plants and is then channelled into a 50,000-litre underground storage tank. This tank is connected to a sub-surface irrigation system that irrigates one of the school's playing fields. In a typical rainfall year, the school's wetland area processes around 6 megalitres of water. The college uses harvested water stored in a 30,000-litre tank to maintain a large vegetable garden. BSC have cut their water use by 93% in the 4 years to June 2010 and were the first secondary school to receive Gold accreditation in the Water-Live It Learn It program. 

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
Gaia banana farming: for healthy soils, wetlands and Great Barrier Reef
Gaia farms, QLD

The Judges found that Gaia Farms illustrated innovation, being the company driver in its commitment to its practices, its people, right through to its marketing. The reach of these farming innovations are recognised at both local and regional levels. This winner also provides a good potential solution to the current issue of chemical outflow affecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Gaia farms, a family unit, is about producing bananas with the whole system in mind. Our mantra is to farm sustainably, by building soil health for healthier plants, less chemical inputs and more nutritious bananas, whilst maintaining commercial scale production. Since starting this banana farm near Silkwood 18 years ago we have been working to protect the creeks adjoining our farm and manage our farm runoff for the health of the Great Barrier Reef, only 10 km away. Our latest endeavour has been the construction of a 2.45 hectare wetland to capture and treat runoff from part of our farm and packing shed. The wetland has been a collaborative project, jointly funded by ourselves, Terrain NRM, through Reef Rescue and the Queensland Wetlands Program, with technical support from the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation and Growcom. Despite a setback after Cyclone Yasi, the wetland system is establishing well and has become a haven for wildlife and a focal point for the property.

From Paddock to Plate.... and Beyond
Foodbank of Western Australia Inc., WA

Foodbank of Western Australia was established in 1994 as a not-for-profit, charitable organisation serving as a link between the food industry and more than 600 community welfare agencies. Today, Foodbank is Western Australia's leading hunger relief charity, operating in Perth with five regional branches. Foodbank WA plays an important role in reducing the environmental footprint of the Western Australian food industry. Last year alone Foodbank WA distributed 2.3 million kilograms of good food that would have otherwise been dumped. Foodbank WA is the state's principle outlet for the food industry to reduce waste and landfill costs. Foodbank WA has developed strategies and partnerships to further reduce waste through the re-use and recycling of products no longer suitable for human consumption. Given that Foodbank WA was born from a desire to give food a "second life" and help people in need, it is therefore not surprising that Foodbank WA has taken a further step to reduce food waste by establishing a "third life" for food and packaging otherwise destined for landfill.

 

Supporting farmers to a sustainable future
Macalister Demonstration Farm, VIC

The Macalister Demonstration Farm leads the way by example as it develops new demonstration projects to support dairy farmers as they move to a more sustainable future. Innovative projects like the application of sub-surface drip irrigation to dairy pastures and the development of a Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan as a case study for dairy farmers complement a conservation project to protect ancient red gums on the farm.

The Evolution of a Tasmanian Icon
Kraft Foods Australia, TAS

As an industry leading organisation employing almost 50,000 people globally, we have a genuine responsibility to implement sustainable change, working with our partners, suppliers, customers and consumers to create a safer, more sustainable environment and community. In our view, real value to our consumers can mean nutrition, enjoyment, indulgence and/or a combination of all three, and regardless of these attributes it must be built upon sound sustainable principles and supply chain integrity. This is illustrated clearly by our commitment to sourcing Fairtrade Certified ingredients. Our most iconic site in Claremont, Tasmania employs over 600 people and manufactures some of Australia's most loved products, i.e. Cadbury Daily Milk blocks, Freddo, Flake and Caramello Koala. We have worked tirelessly to ensure sustainable production of all our products at Claremont for years to come. Following in-depth and innovative re-development of the way we manufacture at Claremont, we aim to reduce emissions and wastage across four key categories: energy, greenhouse gas, water and waste. 

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
Hepburn Community Wind Farm
Hepburn Wind, VIC

Judges commended Hepburn Wind on its community engagement to commit to the project and it's funding. The impressive data on its performance and its value to the local community impressed on Judges its potential for long-term viability. Also the establishment of Embark to provide guidance and lessons learned for other communities to learn from impressed the judges.

Hepburn Wind is a community co-operative who have built Australia's first community owned wind farm. Almost 1900 people, mostly local to the area, have pooled funds to build a two turbine, 4.1 MW wind farm at Leonards Hill, in Central Victoria.

Hepburn Wind is a stellar example of how a community has catalysed the development of a whole new industry sector — community owned renewable energy. The project has been built by the community to benefit the community and is a standout example of a social enterprise.

With the turbines complete and generating clean, safe electricity, we are excited by the platform we have created. National recognition of our achievements, through the Banksia Awards, will assist us to explain the opportunity of local engagement with renewable energy (not just wind energy) to a wide group of communities, and ensure steady growth for the community energy sector.

ANZ Centre
Jones Lang LaSalle
In partnership with ANZ, Lend Lease, HASSELL

Embracing ANZ's aspiration to be 'people-shaped' and 'uncomplicated', ANZ Centre combines architectural design with a range of sustainability features for air, water, energy and waste management, creating Australia's largest 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 Certified building - the largest commercial development in Australia to have done so. A global environmental and social sustainability benchmark, with NABERS design of 5 Stars + 20%, ANZ Centre incorporates an impressive suite of sustainability features and innovation firsts enabling achievement of superior environmental performance targets. Current standards place these ratings as equivalent to world's best practice. Despite its large scale and ability to accommodate upwards of 6,500 people, ANZ Centre 'urban campus' design centres around a publicly accessible ground floor, bringing the community into the organisation whilst creating a lively hub including cafes, public art and a visitor centre for knowledge sharing. Locating the work floors around the central atria maintains visual connection between the public 'common' and the workplace – reinforcing the day-to-day connection between the ANZ population and the community.

Gippsland Water Factory - A new era in sustainability
Gippsland Water, VIC

For the people of Gippsland in south-east Victoria, raw sewage flowing in a 40km open drain sewer and its associated foul odour was their reality for almost 60 years. Gippsland Water Factory is an innovative, sustainable and economically responsible solution to this environmental issue and an example of how to deliver modern infrastructure in a carbon constrained world. Built to remove untreated wastewater from the sewer, the new wastewater treatment and water recycling system incorporates world-first technology and a raft of sustainable design features to minimise energy and chemical consumption. A greenhouse gas emission constraint was placed on the project from inception, which imposed a carbon cost incentive that drove significant innovation in design and construction. Gippsland Water Factory is a project the community can be proud of; one that goes beyond compliance; minimises carbon emissions; removes fugitive methane releases; and sets a new benchmark for sustainable design in infrastructure.

LGS Socially Sustainable Property Program
Local Government Super, NSW

Local Government Super, like other super funds, invests on behalf of its members in a range of assets including shares, private equity and direct property but unlike most funds, we actively invest these assets based on a sustainable and responsible investment approach. Our direct property investments achieve world class results in sustainability including being powered by 100% green power for all base building and 59% of our tenants joining us and buying their energy from 100% green power sources. We are leading by example; we have the most energy efficient building in the Sydney CBD, on site solar power installations, we have reduced water consumption by 40% and increased recycling by 60%. In our retail centres we partner with the local community and our green expos have attendance of over 170,000 visitors. Our Socially Sustainable Property Program is about delivering positive sustainability for our members and this is positive for our tenants, industry and the community.

SAFElink Alliance - Changing attitudes to sustainability in civil construction
Leighton Contractors, BMD Construction, Arup, AECOM, and Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD

The SAFElink Alliance delivered the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Wacol to Darra project in March 2010, eight months ahead of schedule. The project involved the upgrade of a five kilometre stretch of the Ipswich Motorway between Wacol and Darra, and two and a half kilometres of Centenary Highway. The Alliance comprised the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), Leighton Contractors, BMD Constructions, AECOM and Arup. At SAFElink's inception in 2006, sustainability in civil construction was an emerging concept not yet understood by industry. Often, sustainability was introduced into a project as an afterthought, which impacted the feasibility of initiatives. SAFElink set out to challenge current approaches in the civil construction industry and established a sustainability framework to ensure the project prioritised sustainability and sought to achieve results that would drive the industry forward. 

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
Sustainability is Good for Business
Fujitsu, VIC

The Judges commented that this was an extremely impressive entry, with compelling evidence that supports the integration of sustainability principles into the corporate culture. The breadth and scale of the program is comprehensive with results being reflected both internally and externally. Fujitsu have strong environmental credentials with the potential to influence significant energy and greenhouse gas reduction with customers. They have also shown refinement and improvement over time.

Ambitious: At Fujitsu we aim to reduce GHG emissions worldwide by 15 million tons, over the four year period 2008 to 2012. Ours is a long term, quantified sustainability vision taking us to 2100, with target milestones set to the year 2020. Our Green Policy 2020 provides a vision for a prosperous, low carbon future. Genuine: Sustainability is a guiding principle for how we work with customers and within society as a whole. Our approach is strategy lead and is not only about reducing our own footprint, it is about helping our customers do the same. Responsive: Fujitsu's cutting edge R&D results in leading green products and solutions that are shaping the Green IT landscape. We acknowledge both the seriousness of climate change and that it is happening faster than initially predicted, so we are accelerating our already impressive response to what many define as "the issue of our times".

Creating Sustainable Communities
Stockland, NSW

Stockland recognises that it has a significant role to play in the development of sustainable communities of the future; embodying leading design principles and compact urban form, building resilience and limiting the impact on natural resources, while continuing to contribute to the economic growth of the nation. Over the last 12 months, Stockland has made significant progress towards realising its goal of truly embedding Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability into its business. From the articulation of their company purpose to embarking on ground breaking liveability research, their approach to sustainability practices and daily business activities are continuing to mesh as they continue their journey towards full integration of sustainability in all that they do. Stockland has received widespread recognition for its organisation-wide approach to sustainability, balanced disclosure and its environmental, social and governance performance. Throughout FY11 they have worked hard to develop strategies and standards that assist in achieving their purpose of delivering "a better way to live".

Finsbury Green - Authentically green from the inside out
Finsbury Green, VIC

Finsbury Green is Australia's leading sustainable communications company. An acknowledged leader as a solutions provider, we deliver an efficient, best practice service that promotes sustainability right through our green supply chain. Our success lies in a dedication to quality, sustainability and personalised service. We believe that we must take responsibility for the economic, social and environmental impacts of our policies, practices and decision making. As one of the larger commercial communication companies in Australia, Finsbury Green is also one of the most decorated, resulting in consistent recognition of excellence. In our 38 year history we have won a staggering 423 international, national and regional industry quality print awards and eleven environment awards! Finsbury Green operates in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, where we offer a complete and extensive range of services

Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd Sustainability Award 2011
Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd, VIC

Environmental sustainability and innovation are core values of Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty Ltd (GHA) and are integral to achieving GHA's vision of remaining Australasia's leading carpet manufacturer and maintaining the long term viability of its manufacturing operations in Australia. GHA takes a practical approach to sustainability incorporating carbon emissions, fuel, water, waste, management practices, materials and life cycle assessment. GHA is committed to incorporating sustainable work practices to minimise or eliminate adverse environmental impact of manufacturing operations and products. Examples of initiatives include eco+® and Redbook Green® carpet partially made from renewably sourced polymer, an effluent treatment and storm water harvesting recycling system saving up to 250 million litres of water a year and nylon yarn reuse program diverting nylon yarn waste back into the nylon extrusion process or on sell to the plastic moulding industry. GHA worked with various government agencies, service providers and suppliers to achieve triple bottom line objectives, providing economic benefits to the company and delivering significant social benefits for the Geelong region.

Corporate Responsibility In Action
NAB Australia

On 14 February 2011 we broke up with the other major banks. It wasn't them, it was us. We'd changed and decided it was time to acknowledge our differences and move on. We know we're not perfect, but we really are trying to be a better bank –for our customers, our people and the community. NAB's break up campaign was a bold and public statement – one we couldn't have made without serious proof points to back up our proposition that we were different to the other majors. This submission presents a summary of our recent activities that show we're committed to not only differentiating ourselves from the pack, but being the best bank for all our stakeholders and standing behind our promise of more give, less take.

SKM's Sustainability Program
Sinclair Knight Merz, VIC

At SKM, we believe there is no place for those of only words when it comes to sustainability. We understand that sustainability presents serious issues, but also genuine opportunities, which demand action. Our corporate purpose is to 'make a positive and enduring impact on the world', because we can, we should, and we want to. From the outset, we knew that embedding sustainability into our business DNA would be an exercise in mindset and behavioural change. Therefore, we have developed a ground-breaking, holistic sustainability program addressing our operations, our people and our projects, affecting our training, communications, business systems and procedures, roles, KPIs and rewards. We are now going further, proactively investing in innovative, sustainable solutions to our client's emerging challenges, with the ultimate goal of delivering projects that define what it means to be sustainable.

 

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
Greening The Wharf
Sydney Theatre Company, NSW

The Wharf is a standout initiative for the arts sector, commented the Judges. The work and thought they have put into improving the environmental performance of their site is impressive, incorporated with educating the patrons who visit the venue. The judges were particularly impressed with the initiatives under the company practices and processes and the articulated benefits that reached beyond environmental and economic, and included artistic and reputational benefits.

Under the leadership of Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, Sydney Theatre Company (STC) has transformed The Wharf into an international example of 21st century best environmental practice. The most comprehensive environmental program of any performing arts company in the world, "Greening The Wharf" has become a catalyst for the creation of a unique Green Precinct in the Barangaroo / Walsh Bay area and has established STC as a world leader in the arts in this crucial area. Since 2009, STC has delivered wide-ranging energy and water usage reduction initiatives, infrastructural modifications including the installation of an innovative rainwater harvesting system and massive rooftop photovoltaic solar array, and through the implementation of sustainable policies and procedures effecting organisational cultural change. Greening The Wharf is a practical demonstration of what can be achieved with commitment, proper analysis and careful planning and has become a high profile exemplar of the kind of action that all Australians can take in playing their part in combating Climate Change.

3Fish
3Fish, Vic

Early in 2008 Marty and Natalie Dillon set about establishing a business with a simple, yet compelling guiding ethos; Do the Right Thing. This seemingly simple principle has since governed every decision made in growing the business to where it is today. They created a business that is at the forefront of sustainable business practices, and is a leader in creating and facilitating change and inspiring innovation in environmental, social and economic sustainability across a wide variety of channels. 3Fish has produced over 100,000 fairtrade and organic cotton products, using organic dyes and inks, recycled packaging, and producing garments carbon neutral, saving an estimated 11.3 tonnes of toxic chemicals from being used. "We hope that through the profile of the Banksia awards, more and more big and small businesses, governments, retailers, bands, not-for profit organisations will realise that they have ethical, commercially priced garment options available to them right now, and that every dollar they spend can create change in the world" says Natalie Dillon, Co-Founder.

Barefoot Power Sustainability Submission
Barefoot Power, NSW

Barefoot Power is a global, social for-profit enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar phone charging, lighting products and business development services to people at the base of the global economic pyramid. Founded in 2005, Barefoot Power has impacted the lives of one million people in over 20 countries. Over 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity and Barefoot Power is on a mission, to bring affordable renewable energy and efficient lighting to five million people by 2012 and 10 million people by 2015 and help eradicate energy poverty. How will we do that? By bringing electricity to millions of people that currently use kerosene lighting and walk far for phone and battery charging, we plan on reversing the traditional process of rural electrification while reducing the global carbon footprint. Barefoot Power is funded through a diverse group of investors and the European Union. Learn more at www.barefootpower.com.

Leading sustainable practice revolution: achieving world best practice in sound environmental management
Nursery Traders Pty Ltd, QLD

In 1998—fuelled by six years of water recycling successes—the Nursery Traders Board committed to the goal of Achieving world best practice in sound environmental management. Today, the business's combined water, energy and waste initiatives are beyond industry best practice. Nursery Traders' five water-recycling projects saved the business an estimated 59,067,820 litres in 2011 alone—taking water savings to an unprecedented 98.52 per cent and using no potable water to irrigate its 12,000 m2+ nursery in August, September, October, December, April, May and June. Meanwhile, Nursery Traders believes its 2010-installed solar power generation system remains the largest privately owned solar power system in Queensland. Rated at 76 megawatt-hours per annum, the system has made the business largely energy self-sufficient; with excess green power sold to the Queensland power grid. Becoming water and energy self-reliant, however, represented only two of the business's sustainability goals. In 2011, Nursery Traders has already cut its business waste by half.

Saffrron Restaurant
Saffrron Restaurant, NT

The setting: tropical top end Australia. Imagine . . . grilled wild barramundi marinated with locally produced ginger, garlic, lime juice and chilli. House-made rosewater ice cream for dessert. All served on zero-waste technology, biodegradable tableware made from bamboo and sugarcane, and possibly washed down with a carbon-neutral beer. Award-winning restaurant, Saffrron, takes guests on an in-house tasting tour of the local region, Indian-style. Eating at Saffrron is an educational experience – guests discover what it means to integrate environmental awareness into the way we eat, the way we eat out, and how we eat when we travel, and is in turn a sampling of the multicultural diversity that Darwin is so famous for. Sustainable seafood, seasonal ingredients and plenty of spice - reducing your environmental impact has never tasted so good! www.saffrron.com

The Ugly Duck Out
The Ugly Duck Out, TAS

The Ugly Duck Out (TUDO) is a restaurant located in Swansea, on the East Coast of Tasmania. During the development steps were taken to lessen the impact on the local environment and create a positive work environment with a holistic hospitality ethic. Generous north facing windows allowed natural light in dining and kitchen areas. The 75 seat casual dining restaurant caterers for dietary requirements with an "ecotarian" focused menu. Locally sourced produce and sustainability is a main feature of the restaurant. The philosophy is that great food doesn't have to be contrived. Honest preparations that are in harmony with the season and place lead us to choose local, sustainably source produce. Environmental art is displayed throughout the restaurant and the native garden is registered as a "Garden for Wildlife" Zone. At the rear of the building, raised vegetable and herb garden beds and fruit trees offer premium produce at a fraction of the usual cost and are a source of inspiration to the guests.

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
BlueGen - clean power for your home
Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd., VIC

The Judges commented on Bluegen's astonishing broad application, incredibly cutting edge technology, with the potential to have broad impact. An innovative and commercially focussed technology with excellent partnerships in place, both domestically and internationally the judges felt that this is a fine example of Australian technological innovation.

Ceramic Fuel Cells is an Australian company leading the world in controllable, low-carbon electricity production. Spun-out from the CSIRO in 1992, Ceramic Fuel Cells is commercialising BlueGen – a mini power station for homes and businesses. Each BlueGen can generate up to 13,000 kilowatt-hours of low-emission electricity every year. That's more than twice the amount of electricity used by the average home, with surplus electricity being exported to the grid. BlueGen uses widely available natural gas and can operate on future renewable fuels such as biogas. BlueGen delivers not only lower cost electricity, but can also save significant amounts of carbon when displacing electricity derived from brown coal. For example, BlueGen can save up to 33 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year in Victoria. Today, Ceramic Fuel Cells is commercialising this Australian innovation across nine countries. BlueGen will change the way electricity is produced and consumed, moving towards a low-carbon future.

Drainwave Grey Water Diversion Enabler
Ducane Australia, TAS
In partnership with SEMF Engineers, Fairbrother Construction, BPSM Architects, St Ann's Homes, Green Team Australia, LW Gemmell, Font PR

Drainwave is being used in the Verve development at Compton Downs in Tasmania. This compromises a 120 lot development for the aged. Grey water is being diverted into the sub irrigation system, thereby significantly reducing the demand on potable water. Drainwave is being used in conjunction with grey water from the kitchen (not suitable for diversion into the sub-irrigation system); to dose the black water and ensure there is sufficient flow through the drainage system to avoid blockages.

Fridge Buyback
Next Energy, NSW

Clean Technology Award - Harnessing Opportunities Media Summary Fridge Buyback is a unique energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction program which pays householders to get rid of their second fridge. Australians are amongst the biggest owners of second fridges in the world. 40% of detached homes have two fridges. Old fridges consume approximately three times the energy of new fridges whilst containing a potent ozone depleter 10,500 times more damaging than CO2. Fridge Buyback is the ONLY organisation in Australia professionally degassing domestic fridges on a large scale. Fridge Buyback is run by the private sector at an estimated 40% lower cost than the public sector. Helping residents save energy, (an average $225/yr on power bills) save the environment and reduce their power bills. Fridges are collected, degassed and metals recycled. Participants receive a $35 rebate plus free professional removal (Conditions apply) Fridge Buyback has:

  • collected 27,000+ fridges
  • saved residents $6m/yr+ on power bills
  • reduced electricity consumption by 27,000 tonnes MWhr/yr

Call Fridge Buyback 1800 708 401

Next generation revolution: redefining industry sustainability with recycled water, solar power and waste
Nursery Traders Pty Ltd, QLD

In 1998—fuelled by six years of water recycling successes—the Nursery Traders Board committed to the goal of Achieving world best practice in sound environmental management. Today, the business's combined water, energy and waste initiatives are beyond industry best practice. Nursery Traders' five water-recycling projects saved the business an estimated 59,067,820 litres in 2011 alone—taking water savings to an unprecedented 98.52 per cent and using no potable water to irrigate its 12,000 m2+ nursery in August, September, October, December, April, May and June. Meanwhile, Nursery Traders believes its 2010-installed solar power generation system remains the largest privately owned solar power system in Queensland. Rated at 76 megawatt-hours per annum, the system has made the business largely energy self-sufficient; with excess green power sold to the Queensland power grid. Becoming water and energy self-reliant, however, represented only two of the business's sustainability goals. In 2011, Nursery Traders has already cut its business waste by half.

Transportation - 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.

WINNER
Making Electric Cars Make Sense
Better Place Australia, VIC

Building on stakeholder partnerships with key organisations in a sector that are committed to developing the Electric Vehicle market impressed Judges. Judges also commended Betterplace's efforts in developing partnerships with key stakeholders to address potential issues and barriers to implementation. Judges saw how Betterplace's innovation in addressing the issue of infrastructure for the EV market is key to its implementation in Australia.

Better Place is the only company in Australia that is currently deploying a fully integrated, customer-focused solution for owners of electric cars, powered by 100% renewable electricity. Our aim is to provide the charge network and services that ensure drivers have the confidence to drive their electric cars wherever they want, whenever they want. Furthermore, the emergence of a new, high volume customer for green electricity with strong growth prospects is expected to spur further investment in the renewable energy sector. The Better Place network in Australia will deliver significant and immediate reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions. For each and every petrol car that is replaced by a renewably powered electric car, almost 4 tonnes of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere will be avoided each year. The Better Place system is remarkable in that it promises significant environmental benefits whilst requiring almost no change in consumer behaviour.

Green Zone Drive
Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV)
In partnership with Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Automotive Partnership

Transport Award 2011 - Media Summary (Green Zone Drive) A public thirst for information on "low-emission vehicles" has prompted RACV and LEV Automotive Partnership to create Green Zone Drive – a "world-first" technology expo and drive event held in the heart of Melbourne, 1-8 October, 2010. Green Zone Drive offered a hands-on opportunity to sample 21 vehicles from 10 manufacturers – hybrid, diesel, efficient petrol and fully electric variants - all of which were available, ready-to-purchase low-emission solutions to motorists' needs. The event succeeded by drawing attention to the practicality and availability of low-emission vehicles and in particular, the contribution they can make to significantly reduce overall emissions and fuel costs. Far in excess of 1000 test-drives were completed during the unique, inaugural public awareness event and the greenzonedrive.com.au website attracted more than 35,000 hits from visitors keen to find out more about the event and book test-drives. With this success, additional Green Zone Drive events are taking place.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 14:55