Young Sustainability Champion Award

Celebrating young people with drive, commitment and a passion for the environment.

This award recognises a young person who’s developed practical sustainable solutions and has helped a community to improve its environmental issues. It is given to someone who has the potential to be a future environmental leader.

2017 Green Globe Awards finalists

Anna Jane Linke: Seaside Scavenge

Seaside scavenge volunteers at a scavenge eventAnna Jane Linke – AJ to the many who know her – is a young eco-warrior, and the leader of a rubbish revolution.

Three years ago, AJ recognised that our dependence on single-use plastics, like plastic bags, straws and coffee cups was not great for our coastal environments.

Now at 24, she is the founder and CEO of Seaside Scavenge – an engaging and innovative waterway clean up event, where the litter collected by participants becomes the currency at a pop-up market filled with pre-loved clothes and books.

AJ drives to each event in a van packed with educational materials, donated clothing and a bicycle-powered generator for local musicians to share their talent while the trash is traded.

Having run 20 Seaside Scavenge events up and down the east coast with 1500 participants and 2500kg of trash collected, AJ now has exciting plans for new Scavenge chapters across Australia.

Holley Somerville-Knott: Tell Someone Who Cares

Holley Sommerville-Knott giving a presentation with slideshow in the backgroundSince she created a wildlife charity at the age of eight, Byron Shire girl Holley Somerville-Knott has been fighting for the environment. At 12 she founded Tell Someone Who Cares – a social enterprise to disrupt the Indonesian palm oil industry by using sustainable alternatives.

This alternative is illipe nut butter, a high-quality vegetable fat from the nut of a tree native to Borneo that can be used like palm oil, but without the rainforest destruction.

Still only 14, Holley ships illipe to Australia to make luxury soap and other products. The business creates an economy for the Dayak people of Borneo and a way to say no to rainforest exploitation.

Holley uses Tell Someone Who Cares as a platform for young people to connect, belong to a larger cause, and find their own purpose and passion.

Already an award-winning public speaker, a singer-songwriter and poet, Holley’s rapidly rising profile gives her ways to constantly spread the movement globally – and as she says, ‘spark a hype!’

Olivia Leal-Walker: Frasers Property Australia

Olivia Leal-WalkerOlivia Leal-Walker wears many hats.

While her day job is sustainability coordinator at Frasers Property Australia, she also manages to fit in being the Green Building Council’s Future Green Leader of the Year and chair of the program’s advisory committee.

Olivia has taken the program to a new level with a strategic national approach to empowering young sustainability professionals, giving them an opportunity to present to their peers and expanding their network.

Another position Olivia enthusiastically fills is facilitator of the Living Building Challenge Sydney Collaborative. Her aim is to expand its work from hosting, informing and educational events, to having groups of engaged professionals actively working on Living Building Challenge projects.

At the local level Olivia is chair of the Hawkesbury City Council Sustainability Advisory Committee where she engages with her community about sustainability issues. At the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Olivia presented to hundreds of people about the importance of protecting Sydney's food bowl from development.