This award recognises people who’ve been instrumental in delivering environmental projects. They need to have demonstrated leadership in influencing and changing community or organisation views on sustainability and/or guiding change in sustainable practices.
The award is open to individuals who are 26 years old or older and living in NSW. They can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.
Open for nomination until 5pm Tuesday 27 June 2017.
Sue Turner: The Uniform Exchange
Sue Turner is the brainchild behind The Uniform Exchange, a shop in Sydney and an online marketplace that buys and sells second-hand school uniforms and other school items such as books, sporting equipment and musical instruments.
Sue created a business model geared around behavioural change, encouraging her customers to ‘rethink’ before buying new, and to re-use quality second-hand goods.
Adopting a ‘nothing goes in the bin’ policy, Sue makes sure items are repaired or donated to not-for-profit partners who deliver clothing and equipment to charities in Swaziland, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. She also donates profits to these partners.
Judges’ comment: ‘The judges found this a scalable and replicable example of acting locally and thinking globally, with measurable impacts that went beyond the neighbourhood to the online world. The initiative addresses a real need by taking the problem, finding a solution and turning it into a viable business.’