Public Sector Leadership Award

Public sector organisations that are leading in environmental practices.

This award recognises outstanding public sector organisations in NSW that have successfully integrated environmental management and sustainable practices into their planning, operations, product or service delivery.

2017 Green Globe Award winner

Department of Planning and Environment: Renewable Energy Advocate

Amy Kean and daughter running along a gravel road in a wind farmAmy Kean’s new job in 2013 was the first position of its kind in Australia, possibly the world.

The title was renewable energy advocate and her role was running a small, high-impact team within the Department of Planning and Environment to work across government, industry, community groups and academia to increase both awareness and uptake of renewable energy in the state.

Amy has been particularly active in public forums, speaking at more than 100 events to promote renewable energy and its broader benefits to both residents and businesses.

Amy’s team has contributed strongly to mainstreaming and increasing awareness of clean-energy technologies across both government and community groups.

The team has given powerful support to 34 large-scale renewable energy projects worth around 5000MW of new capacity and $7.8 billion in investment to the state, helping to lift the renewables share of energy supply from 13% to more than 20%.

Finalists

Albury City Council halve waste stand at community event

Albury City Council: Halve Waste

The Halve Waste campaign initiated by Albury City Council works in partnership with adjoining councils to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill by 2020 – from 126,000 to 63,000 tonnes. The campaign includes educating schools, residents and businesses about the benefits of reuse and recycling, implementing a new organics bin for residents, and increasing in free and more convenient recycling options.

Cowra Council recycling centre with front end loader and pile of waste

Cowra Council: Cowra Smart MRF Excellence in Sustainability

Cowra is leading sustainable waste disposal in the shire through upgrades to its materials recycling facility to achieve a 90% recycling recovery rate, a waste diversion rate of 45%, and since August 2016 has diverted nearly 10 tonnes of problem waste from legal and illegal landfill.

University of New England field activity to identify water weeds

University of New England: Ecohealth – North Coast Catchment

Ecohealth is a comprehensive estuarine and freshwater monitoring program that brings together the aquatic sampling programs of government and other natural resource management agencies into a standardised, region-wide system for reporting and communicating the ecological condition of waterways.