The Finalists in the Banksia Sustainability Awards were announced this week at an event entitled “Seeing The Future In The Present”. This year Banksia is recognising fifty seven finalists across fourteen different categories for their innovation, problem solving, leadership and extraordinary sustainability achievements.
The Banksia Sustainability Awards, now in their 27th year, are pleased to announce that Australia is providing a plethora of innovative approaches and practices in how we work, play, enjoy and maintain this spectacular country for our future generation. 2015 entrants also demonstrated the importance of having viable financial initiatives but not at the cost of social or environmental health. Whilst there is still a long way to go, the Banksia Sustainability Awards provide another vehicle to further recognise and promote a sustainable way forward.
Banksia will be featuring their 2015 Finalists at Sustainable Development 2015 (SD2015) on November 13th at the Hotel Sofitel, Sydney. SD2015, an event in conjunction with Sustainable Business Australia, provides Finalists with a platform to tell their “Sustainability Success Stories” before proceeding to the most anticipated event of the year, the Gala Cocktail Party, where the 2015 Banksia Sustainability Award Winners will be announced.
The 2015 Banksia Sustainability Finalists are:
Banksia Education for Sustainability Award
Proudly sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand
The Banksia Education for Sustainability Award recognises leadership and achievement in raising awareness and understanding of sustainability issues, promoting tangible change in values and behaviour in support of sustainability throughout a selected target audience.
Sky News: ‘Smart Money with Jon Dee’, Sky News, NSW
Global Water Cooperation – A means for educators to address local and global environment issues, Bentleigh West Primary School, VIC
Grown and Gathered – Educating from the ground up towards sustainable food systems and a bright future!, Grown and Gathered, VIC
Kamila Krauze, Glen Huntly Primary School, VIC
ResourceSmart Schools, Sustainability Victoria, VIC
Mirboo North Secondary College Enviro Team and Landcare Cadets, VIC
Banksia Food for Sustainable Thought Award
Proudly sponsored by Closed Loop and KFC Australia
The Banksia Food for Sustainable Thought Award recognises demonstrated leadership, innovation and achievement in addressing matters of food security through sustainable food practices in the areas of distribution, storage, packaging, retailing, education, waste management and preparation.
Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework: Making dairy food sustainable for the long term, Dairy Australia (on behalf of the Australian Dairy Industry Council), VIC
Banksia Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability Award
The Banksia Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability Award recognises demonstrated leadership and innovation in the care of land and waterways, capacity building of the local community and enhancing long term growth.
Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Aboriginal Corporation, LIRRWI YOLNGU TOURISM ABORIGINAL CORPORATION, NT
Tiwi fire ant eradication program, CSIRO, NT
Banksia Innovator of the Year Award
Proudly sponsored by Mirvac
The Innovator of the Year 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.
Sky News: ‘Smart Money with Jon Dee’,Sky News, NSW
UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift, UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift, NSW
Planet Ark Environmental Foundation, NSW, The Perth Wave Energy Project,Carnegie Wave Energy Limited, WA
Ferrero Australia in partnership with BioGill, Ferrero Australia Pty Ltd, NSW
ecostore Carbon Capture packaging, ecostore Australia, VIC
Data analytics in the built environment, CIM Environmental Group, NSW
Banksia Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award
Proudly sponsored by NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage
The Banksia Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award recognises fully integrated sustainable principles and practices into operational business activities, reducing the organisation’s footprint and adding value to society.
Qantas Airways, NSW
IAG – creating safer, stronger and more confident communities, NSW
The Kathmandu Effect Kathmandu Ltd, VIC
Australia Post – embedding environmental sustainability across the business to help our people, customers and community build a better environment, Australia Post, VIC
De Bortoli Wines: The journey to becoming ‘The Zero Waste Winery’,De Bortoli Wines, SA
Proudly sponsored by RACV
The Banksia Mindful Movement Award recognises demonstrated leadership and achievement across all social, economical and environmental dimensions whilst implementing innovative ways of reducing the impacts associated with the transportation of people and/or good
UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift, NSW
Sustainable Fleet Program
City of Sydney, NSW
RAC Electric Highway
RAC WA, WA
Natural Capital Award
Proudly sponsored by NAB
The Banksia Natural Capital Award recognises demonstrated leadership and innovation in the sustainable management of renewable resources (e.g. agricultural crops, vegetation, wildlife) and non-renewable resources (e.g. fossil fuels and mineral deposits).
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s Ramsar Initiative
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, WA
Gluepot Reserve – A reserve With a Difference
BirdLife Australia Gluepot Reserve, SA
Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework: Enhancing livelihoods, improving wellbeing, reducing environmental impact
Dairy Australia (on behalf of the Australian Dairy Industry Council), VIC
Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, TAS
Tweed Byron Koala Connections
Tweed Shire Council, NSW
Small to Medium Business Sustainability Leadership Award
Proudly sponsored by Australia Post
The Banksia Small to Medium Business Sustainability Leadership 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 societal value adds through its practices.
Serendipity Ice Cream, NSW
Australian Ethical Investment, NSW
Tahbilk Winery, VIC
Kalleske Wines Pty Ltd, SA
Kooweerup Regional Health Service, VIC
Smart Technology Award
The Banksia Smart Technology Award recognises demonstrated leadership and innovation in the development and application of technology, which directly promotes a more sustainable world. The Award covers all dimensions of sustainability including environmental performance, social wellbeing and economic development
Sustain Me Group
Sustain Me Group, VIC
Robotics for sustainable row crop farming
ACFR, The University of Sydney, NSW
A New Generation Flood Emergency Decision Support System – Integration of Natural Hazards Management in Sustainable Growth
Gold Coast City Council, QLD
Southern Oil Refining: Northern Oil Refinery
Southern Oil Refining, QLD
Sustainability in Design, Build Award: Buildings, Landscapes and Infrastructure Projects
The Banksia Sustainability in Design, Build –Buildings, Landscapes and Infrastructure Projects Award recognises the entry that best demonstrates leadership and innovation by integrating sustainable principles and practices in the design, construction and retrofitting of building and infrastructure projects.
Canberra Airport’s Airvolution
Canberra Airport, ACT
Regional Rail Link
Regional Rail Link Authority, VIC
Barangaroo Reserve by Lendlease
Sustainability in Design, Build: Products
The Banksia Sustainability in Design, Build Award: Products recognises outstanding achievement in improving sustainability through the design, manufacture and commercial application of a product/s. It includes new products as well as improvements in process or design that improve the sustainability of existing products.
Fieldtech Solutions, VIC
Sustainable Communities Award
The Banksia Sustainable Communities Award recognises a group or individual that has demonstrated strong local capacity building and implementation of locally relevant solutions, measurably enhancing the long-term social, economic and environmental status of the community.
ClearSky Solar Investments
ClearSky Solar Investments, NSW
Grown & Gathered – Empowering Community Through Sustainable Food Systems and a Bright Future
Grown & Gathered, VIC
Moreland Energy Foundation
Moreland Energy Foundation, VIC
Avoid Island Project
Queensland Trust for Nature, QLD
Overcoming barriers to effective household kerbside garden and food organics recovery
Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group, VIC
Sustainable Water Management Award
Proudly sponsored by MMG
The Banksia Sustainable Water Management 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.
Managing the Swan River During the Development of Elizabeth Quay
Leighton Broad, WA
Getting things done in South Australia – the evolution of South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS)
Primary Industries and Regions SA,
Protecting the Health of the Gippsland Lakes – “Macalister Nutrient Reduction Program
Southern Rural Water, VIC
Farm Water Program
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, VIC
The Richard Pratt Banksia CEO Award
Proudly sponsored by Visy
The Richard Pratt Banksia CEO Award recognises an individual executive’s contribution towards the economic, social and environmental sustainability achievements of the organisation or company they work for and which has collateral benefits for the globe.
Amanda McKenzie – The Climate Council
The Climate Council, NSW
Robbert Rietbroek – Driving Excellence in Sustainability
Kimberly-Clark Australia, NSW