Sustainability Champion Award

Celebrating people with the initiative and leadership skills to help others to make positive changes.

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.

2017 Green Globe Award winner

Alexandra Iljadica: Youth Food Movement Australia

Youth Food Movement Australia posing with fresh produceWhile studying nutritional science at university, Alexandra Iljadica saw a gap in consumer food education and engagement among young people.

The result was Youth Food Movement — Australia’s only youth-led food organisation, an avenue for young people to connect and equip themselves with the skills and knowledge necessary to address pressing food environment challenges.

In the six years since she started Youth Food Movement, Alexandra and her team have

  • built the skills and capacity of over 500 volunteers
  • delivered over 40 projects harnessing 60,000 volunteer hours to address food sustainability issues
  • built a community membership of over 24,000 young people
  • secured and invested over $1 million to address food literacy.

Alexandra has been identified as a Top 20 Young Global Food Leader by US-based organisation Food Tank and is regularly invited to share her vision for a sustainable food future at major forums and events.

‘Our aim,’ says Alexandra is still ‘to grow a community of young change-makers to unbreak our food system.’

Finalists

Craig Reucassel standing next to a Melbourne tram filled with empty disposable coffee cups

Craig Reucassel: War on Waste

Craig and a team from ABC started many conversations around NSW this year with their three-part ABC-TV documentary on Australia’s waste problem, ‘War on Waste’, engaging audiences of all age groups and providing online resources, campaign info and contacts for members of the public to express their concerns to politicians, supermarkets and other influential bodies.

Jason Evans giving a presentation

Jason Evans: Regional Climate Projections

Using an innovative design, Jason has successfully implemented a regional climate projection program, used throughout the NSW government for climate impacts, adaptation and planning. The projections are increasingly being used by private industry and scientific researchers.