The panel's depth of experience and knowledge ensures the judging process is independent and robust. This is how the judging process works:
- First, staff at the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) carry out a preliminary review of nominations. They verify any claims made and check entries against the terms and conditions.
- Three judging groups then review each nomination for the categories in their group.
- The judging groups meet to decide the finalists and winners.
- The chairs of each group meet to decide the best of the best award winners.
- Finally, all entries are checked to make sure they comply with NSW and federal environmental laws.
Judges declare any conflicts of interest and are bound by confidentiality agreements.
Judging panel chairs
Chief Executive Officer, Supply Chain Sustainability School
Robin Mellon is one of Australia’s acknowledged experts on sustainability in the built environment. He has broad experience working in the private and public sectors and is a talented presenter, educator, awards judge and media commentator.
Executive Manager, Policy and Projects, Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Nicolette runs Australasia’s certification program for responsible investments and financial advisers. She is also on the interim board for the ethical-consumption and brand-rating agency Brand Ethics.
Nicolette’s interest areas include consumer rights, corporate governance and responsible investing.
Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council
Luke’s work involves building the market for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management in Australia. He has led the Energy Efficiency Council’s work on certification, training and standards to increase capacity in the sector.
Luke’s postgraduate research focused on financing options for investment in energy efficiency.
Deputy Chair, Australian Industrial Ecology Network
Colin has helped hundreds of organisations improve their economic and environmental performance through cleaner production, resource efficiency and sustainability initiatives.
As well as his role at the Australian Industrial Ecology Network, he is the manager of process engineering and sustainability at Advitech and the CEO of PolyWaste International.
Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
Jacqueline is passionate about renewable energy and sustainable communities. She specialises in renewable energy project finance in her current role and previously worked in litigation and environment policy at OEH.
Jacqueline is a former delegate with the not-for-profit organisation Global Voices, representing young Australians at the 2016 climate conference where the Paris Agreement was adopted.
Associate Professor, University of Sydney Business School
Geoff’s current research on the role of accounting and accountants in sustainable management has a particular focus on the development of integrated sustainable management systems and measuring and reporting non-financial performance.
His research interests also include corporate social responsibility and ethical investment.
Lecturer in Sustainable Development, Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University
Wendy has been program director of Macquarie University’s post-graduate sustainable development programs for 12 years. She was previously head of the education and communication program at the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Switzerland.
Wendy’s research interests include looking at how to help young people motivate others to connect with nature.
Chief Executive Officer, Good Environmental Choice Australia
Kate has an extensive background in sustainability leadership, capacity building and education. She is a non-executive director of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, where she was previously CEO.
Kate is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and is on the advisory board for Pollinate Energy.
Principal and Practice Director, Tanner Kibble Denton Architects
Megan is passionate about the conservation and adaptive re-use of existing buildings to fit them for a sustainable future. She provides industry guidance based on her considerable experience.
Her most recent major projects include the restoration of City Hall and Anzac Square in Brisbane and the extensive re-working and additions to 5 Martin Place in Sydney.
Executive Director, Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW
Tony has been involved in the waste and recycling industry since 1990 and has turned the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW into a successful and well supported business.
Members of the association represent an estimated 95% of commercially controlled waste management vehicles used across NSW.
Senior Policy Officer, Local Government NSW
Kirsty has more than 15 years’ experience working with NSW councils on natural resource management and sustainability.
Her work has included managing NSW Environmental Trust grants, running local government environment awards events and policy work across a range of environmental and sustainability issues.
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Australia
Andrew heads Australia’s peak advocacy body on the role business plays in sustainable development. He is a practising lawyer who has advised on environmental risk, law and policy, including climate change.
Andrew previously spent 11 years with PwC Australia, with 3 years as legal and advisory lead of the firm’s sustainability and climate change team.
CEO, Future Business Generation (FBGen), and founder of Climate Girl
Parrys is a 22-year-old entrepreneur, director, international public speaker and four-time Australian representative to the United Nations Environment Programme.
She founded her first business, Climate Girl, at the age of 14 and since then has educated thousands of young people and business leaders about the importance of sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
Judging: Young Sustainability Champion Award
General Manager, SunSHIFT
Will is a multi-disciplinary expert in renewable energy generation. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and has worked for Arup, the UK Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the start-up firm Azuri Technologies.
SunSHIFT, where he is general manager, was the proud winner of the Green Globe Award for Environment Innovation in 2015.
Principal National Adviser – Public Policy, Ai Group
Tennant has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency.
He also works on issues related to manufacturing and innovation. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Professor of Sustainability Governance at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
Chris is a transdisciplinary academic who focuses on governance for sustainable futures. He is a senior research fellow of the Earth System Governance Project and a member of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network.
Chris is also a member of the editorial boards for two journals – Futures and Journal of Futures Studies.
Manager of the Make It Wood and Make It Recycled campaigns, Planet Ark
Before joining Planet Ark in 2016, David was CEO of a Sydney-based manufacturer of modular carpets for commercial buildings. His proudest achievement was the development of an industry-leading environmental sustainability agenda, including the unique Earthplus product-reuse program.
David studied architecture and has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW.
Advisor, Social Sustainability, Design and Building, Lendlease
Erandi is a sustainability and social impact specialist who’s worked on innovative projects and partnerships across the public and private sectors.
Her current focus is on delivering social sustainability strategy and measurement on major urban renewal projects, community programs and developments.
Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
Antony has been involved with ISCA since it began and was heavily involved in developing the Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Scheme. He previously held senior management roles for various firms and has advised on major infrastructure projects.
Antony’s research and consultation work has included infrastructure investment, project planning and procurement decision making.