Climate Change Leadership Award

Organisations who are working to reduce the potential effects of climate change.

This award recognises exceptional work and/or leadership in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation in NSW.

2017 Green Globe Award finalists

Alternative Technology Association: Alternative Technology Association

Alternative Technology Association people carrying solar panels walking down a bush hillBefore terms such as greenhouse, renewables, carbon neutral, and even solar became part of the conversation, the Alternative Technology Association provided a forum for enthusiasts concerned about the use of fossil fuels and pollution.

Climate change leaders before it was cool, the association’s focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainable building design has helped hundreds of thousands of Australians since 1980 to take climate change action in their own homes.

With a network of 15 active branches, hundreds of volunteers and project partners throughout the country, the association publishes two market-leading sustainability magazines, runs an advice service, produces online tools and talks to thousands of participants in its events program.

Today, the association engages with over 250,000 people each year around Australia, and beyond.

‘The ATA can’t solve the problem of climate change. No one organisation can,’ says CEO Donna Luckman. ‘But we believe that the future of life on earth is too important to be left to politicians and vested interests.’

Southern Cross University: Climate Change + Me Project

Southern Cross University with a group of children from Bexhill Public School showing drawing of how climate change would affect themWhen climate change was cut from the national curriculum for children under 14, a group of researchers at Southern Cross University decided to talk to 12 to 14 year olds across northern NSW on their ideas about on climate change.

Over a period of two years this became the Climate Change + Me project, the first study in the world to engage children as researchers and curriculum writers.

The outcomes of this process have been extraordinary:

  • the development of a climate change curriculum — now implemented in 30 Northern Rivers schools — by an extended community of 135 children, teachers, parents and academics
  • an exhibition, Past Now Future, which travelled to eight public libraries across the region and was viewed by 10,000 people
  • a climate change online tool 'what's your climate change avatar?' allowing young people to identify their climate change personality profile
  • formation of a regional youth-led climate change network to give voice to climate change issues and concerns.

Voyager Craft Malt: Voyager Craft Malt

Voyager Craft Malt staff sitting in the malting room with maltVoyager Craft Malt produces small-batch artisanal malts from locally grown and regionally sourced seasonal grains in the Riverina. The company has spent the past six years designing Australia's first on-farm craft malt house, producing what it claims as the world’s most sustainably processed malt.

Director Stuart Whytcross explains that the drive for sustainability occurs from the ground up, from growing and sourcing local grain using sustainable agricultural practices, to reusing waste water to irrigate crops. Voyager has integrated its operations with a neighbouring biochar facility for heat and energy requirements. The approach even extends to their custom-designed biodegradable packaging bags.

Voyager also works closely with brewers who use their malts to educate consumers about sustainable practices.

‘We've bucked all the trends in an industry dominated by large multinational corporations, creating a high-quality product, viably and sustainably,’ says Stuart.

‘And we’re even getting a lot of attention in the US which has pioneered the craft malt revolution in recent times.’