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Australia Still Rating Well When It Comes To Sustainability!!

Announcing the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards Finalists

Now in its 26th year, the Banksia Foundation continues to provide a positive platform to showcase the best in Australian invention, innovation and ingenuity in the all important sustainability space.

The amazing array of innovative initiatives that have entered this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards, now in its 26th year, provides further inspiring case studies that Australia can clearly learn from and emulate. This year’s awards include the Inaugural Environment Minister’s Award For A Cleaner Environment and The Richard Pratt Banksia CEO Award. The 2014 Banksia Sustainability Award Finalists provide initiatives that continually are examined through the lens of providing a positive platform for change in business and the general community.

“Through the diversity of the Banksia Sustainability Awards we have the potential of cross-pollination of innovation from industry into other non-aligned groups and vice versa. This is exciting, we need to increase the spotlight on local innovation and continue to promote and encourage in order to truly embrace the notion of a clever country,” says Charles McNena Co-Chair of the Banksia Foundation.

The Banksia Sustainability Award Finalists will be profiled and the Winners will be announced at Sustainability Development 2014 (SD 2014) on 11th November, 2014. A 1 Day Summit, in Sydney, organized by The Banksia Foundation and Sustainable Business Australia that will discuss, debate and celebrate Australia’s Sustainable Future.

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SEE BELOW FOR LIST OF FINALISTS  


About The Banksia Foundation:

The Banksia Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation, overseen by a national Board of Management, which promotes environmental excellence and sustainability through its Awards program and other associated initiatives. The Banksia Environmental Foundation was founded in 1989 by a diverse group of 44 Australians who shared a common goal to do more to support and recognise members of the community for their positive contribution to the environment. More information about the Foundation or the Awards can be obtained from www.banksiafdn.com.

For further information contact: Graz van Egmond, CEO Banksia Foundation T: 0419 101 248, E: graz@banksiafdn.com 


2014 Banksia Award Finalists

Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment supported by the Australian Government 

This award recognises outstanding contributions by Australians towards achieving a cleaner, healthier, environment and a more resilient sustainable Australia.

Name of Submission:

Name of Organisation:

State:

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

NSW

Millicent Mill’s Commitment to a Sustainable Community

Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand

SA

TerraCycle Australia

TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand Ltd

NSW

The Richard Pratt Banksia CEO Award, supported by The Pratt Foundation

This award recognises an individual Chief Executive’s outstanding contribution to sustainability through her/his leadership in implementing change to achieve improved environmental, economic and social outcomes. This award also acknowledges the broader impact a Chief Executive has had in influencing and inspiring others to adopt more sustainable practices

Name of Submission:

Name of Organisation:

State:

Ben Burge

CEO Meridian Energy Australia and Powershop Australia

VIC

Damien Walsh

Managing Director bankmecu

VIC

Katy Barfield

CEO Spade and Barrow

VIC

Megan Houghton

CEO Brisbane Green Heart CitySmart (CitySmart)

QLD

 BANKSIA CATEGORY: Large Business Sustainability Award

This awards recognises a large business that has demonstrated leadership by fully integrating sustainable principles and practices into operational business activities, reducing the organisation’s footprint and adding value to society.

Name of Submission:

Name of Organisation:

State:

KFC Australia

Yum! Restaurants Australia

NSW

People and Planet Positive

IKEA Australia

NSW

Simplot Australia- Working to create a sustainable future

Simplot Australia

VIC

Sustainable Retailing at Woolworths

Woolworths Limited

NSW

The GPT Group

The GPT Group

NSW

 

We believe profits should do good in the world.

Teachers Mutual Bank

NSW

BANKSIA CATEGORY: Small to Medium Business Sustainability Leadership Award, supported by Australia Post 

This award recognises a business that demonstrates leadership by fully integrating sustainability principles and practices into operational business activities and reducing the organisation’s footprint. Also demonstrating the societal value added through its practices.

Name of Submission:

Name of Organisation:

State:

Psaros-Leading By Doing

Psaros

WA

Saffrron

Saffrron

NT

The Ugly Duck Out

The Ugly Duck Out

TAS

BANKSIA CATEGORY: Local Government Sustainability Award, supported by EY

This award recognises demonstrated 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.

Name of Submission:

Name of Organisation:

State:

ACT Solar Auction

ACT Environment and Planning Directorate

ACT

City of Yarra: Australia’s First One Planet Council

City of Yarra

VIC

Darebin City Council’s Solar $aver Program

Darebin City Council

VIC

Shire of Bellingen – Connected, Sustainable, Creative

Shire of Bellingen

NSW


































































BANKSIA CATEGORY: Sustainable Water Management Award, supported by: MMG 

This award recognises demonstrated leadership and innovation in assuring continued environment and community access, both today and by future generations, to quality freshwater resources and vibrant marine environments.

Name of Submission:

Name of Principal Organisation:

State:

Management of Water Quality and Dredge Works on Elizabeth Quay

Leighton Broad

WA

The Barwon Water Biosolids Management Project

Plenary Group

VIC

BANKSIA CATEGORY: Natural Capital Award, supported by NAB

This award recognises demonstrated leadership and innovation in the sustainable management of renewable resources (agricultural crops, vegetation, wildlife) and non-renewable resources (fossil fuels and mineral deposits).

Name of Submission:

Name of Principal Organisation:

State:

Tasmanian Midlands Conservation Fund

Bush Heritage Australia

VIC

The Fluker Post Project: Community Based Environmental Monitoring

Victoria University

VIC

BANKSIA CATEGORY: Innovator of the Year Award, supported by Mirvac 

This award recognises an individual (or team) that has best demonstrated innovation in taking an initiative from a concept, through collaborative research and the quick adoption of the findings, to making the concept a commercial reality.

Name of Submission:

Name of Principal Organisation:

State:

Better Buildings Partnership

Better Buildings Partnership

NSW

One Planet Living in Australia

BioRegional Australia

VIC

RHBEEP…ing the rewards

Tumut Shire Council

NSW

The Leaf Resources Team

Leaf Resources Limited

QLD

































































BANKSIA CATEGORY: Education for Sustainability Award

This award recognises leadership and achievement in raising awareness and understanding of sustainability issues and promoting tangible change in values and behaviour in support of sustainability.

Name of Submission:

Name of Principal Organisation:

State:

Degraves Street Recycling Facility

The City of Melbourne

VIC

Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail Foundation

NSW

Silkwood SEED- Growing Sustainability

Silkwood School

QLD

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