Resource Efficiency Award

Organisations who are leading the way to conserve resources and reduce waste in New South Wales.

This award recognises organisations that have implemented practical solutions for clean energy, water saving and conservation, waste avoidance, resource recovery and/or recycling practices.

2017 Green Globe Awards winners

Revolution Apps & Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils: Compost Revolution

Two young children standing next to a worm farmAlmost half of what we throw out each year is compostable organic material, generating 3% of Australia’s greenhouse emissions.

Now an innovative online community education and logistics program called the Compost Revolution, operated by Revolution Apps, helps households turn food waste into soil and fertiliser.

Started in 2010 as a partnership between social venture Revolution Apps and founding councils Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra, it is now a national program which recently recruited its 24,000th household, and diverts 40 tonnes of organic waste every week.

The platform helps local councils meet landfill reduction targets with order logistics and sophisticated multichannel marketing. Money that used to be wasted on tip fees, transport and other costs is diverted into organics recovery infrastructure.

Scaling home organics recovery to many thousands of households is much cheaper than carting organic waste to landfill.

For residents, the app provides fun online tutorials and an easy-ordering system to choose composting gear and have it delivered straight to the home.

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils: Light Years Ahead

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils community eventIt’s one of Sydney’s largest energy reduction projects – replacing mercury-vapour street lighting across 136 suburbs with energy-efficient LED lights.

Light Years Ahead is a cooperative project in Sydney’s west led by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and nine local councils with funding from the Australian Government.

Street lighting is a major cost to local councils, but fixing the problem isn’t easy. Even though councils pay for the power, the lights are owned by utilities. And the high upfront cost and long payback times are often substantial barriers.

To date the project has replaced more than 14,000 high-emission street lights with long-life LEDs and saved 4.4 million kWh a year.

Some 91,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions and almost $20 million in energy costs will be saved over the 20-year life of the lights.

Councils have also had flow-on benefits – greater awareness and support for sustainability initiatives, and a greater understanding of the commercial dynamics of purchasing energy and paying maintenance costs.

Finalists

Founders of Clear Sky holding a solar panel

Clear Sky Solar Investments: Clear Sky Solar Investments

Not-for-profit Clear Sky Solar Investments crowdfunds solar installations, providing the opportunity for more than 1,000 Australians to invest in solar installations on commercial properties to generate more renewable energy.

Brewery towers of Stone and Wood

Stone & Wood Brewing: Green Feet Program

The Green Feet initiative has reduced Stone & Wood’s reliance on water, electricity and gas as well as reducing the environmental impact of wastes such as brewer's grain, spent yeast, biomass, and packaging. This include 95% of all solid wastes recycled and all organic waste that would have normally have gone into the sewer network or landfill composted.