2009 Green Globe Award winners

Supplementary Image
The 2009 Green Globe Awards were hosted by the Hon. Carmel Tebbutt, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, and held at Parliament House on Tuesday 28 July 2009. The Green Globe Awards have been managed by the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW since 2007.
See more photos of the awards event.

Business Awards

Energy: The GPT Group - Rouse Hill Town Centre

The GPT Group's Rouse Hill Town Centre is a revolutionary retail complex which is changing the way sustainable shopping centres are built.

Rouse Hill Town Centre in Sydney began as a 'greenfield' development and became a platform to trial new designs and technological efficiencies capable of substantially reducing the ecological footprint of the development.

Already the Rouse Hill Town Centre is on track to deliver a 25 per cent reduction in its ecological footprint compared to shopping centres of similar size, and has delivered a 35 per cent reduction in energy use in its first year.

That's a saving of 214.26 kilograms per square metre of greenhouse gas emissions.

Highly Commended: Stockland -  66 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park

Water: MeterMate Meter Monitoring Service - School Water Monitoring Program

MeterMate Meter Monitoring Service's School Water Monitoring Program is child friendly technology that has improved water efficiency in schools and helped save more than 500 million litres of water per year and nearly $1 million.

By identifying leaks, often caused by dripping taps left running overnight, MeterMate's water use monitoring web portal provides schools with online technology easily used by children of all ages.

More than 1000 schools nationwide are using this real-time water consumption information to save up to 15 million litres of water each per year.

The program has highlighted that around 500,000 - 1,000,000 litres of water is lost each day in many schools.

The significant cost and water savings achieved in schools is resulting in attracting a wider uptake of the MeterMate by business and industry.

Sustainability: INSTYLE Contract Textiles

INSTYLE continues to be a world-leader in developing innovative textile products while reducing its ecological footprint and improving recycling processes.

Earlier this year the company released its third annual Sustainability Report which revealed further reductions of energy use by 1.5 per cent, water use by 16 per cent and waste to landfill use by 17.6 per cent.

It has also tightened its wool sourcing specification to EthEco(R) wool which aims to improve animal welfare, human health and environmental care.

Through its traceability program called FARM TO FABRIC(TM), INSTYLE offers customers the opportunity to visit a typical farm where the EthEco(R) wool is grown to see how the process is managed with minimal environmental impact.

Commercial Property: Local Government Super - Environment Investment Strategy

Local Government Super's Environment Investment Strategy has shown that investing in renewable energy and improving the environmental efficiency of its property portfolio results in good profits and positive social and environmental outcomes.

Local Government Super has already made a commitment to renewable energy use for 100 per cent of the base building needs across its portfolio.

This will amount to about 10 gigaWatt hours of accredited green power per annum and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

Leading by example, it is also encouraging its tenants to subscribe to renewable energy and improve the efficiency of all its buildings.

Small Business: Peats Ridge Festival

The Peats Ridge Festival held over four days in Glenworth Valley, north of Sydney has evolved into Australia's leading sustainable arts and music festival.

It was the first major event in Australia to run entirely on bio-diesel and renewable energy resources; use 100 per cent composting toilets; and recycle 100 per cent of its grey water.

The Festival has also demonstrated clever sustainable initiatives such as running container deposit programs, using compostable plates and cutlery and running a 'know your waste' education program.

Organisers also invest carbon offsets and are conducting a carbon audit of the Festival to determine emissions.

These initiatives are gradually being adopted by other NSW festivals such as HomeBake and Field Day.

Highly Commended: Crystal Creek Meadows

Public Sector Awards

Energy: EnergyAustralia's Energy Efficiency Centre

EnergyAustralia's state-of-the-art Energy Efficiency Centre in Sydney is educating customers about their water and energy consumption.

In just one year since opening, the centre hosted more than 100 international and domestic seminars, tours, workshops and events to educate advisors, influencers and the general public about energy use and climate change in a hands-on environment.

The centre promotes energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction and environmental sustainability through a series of interactive and virtual displays.

Water: Blackmans Swamp Creek Stormwater Harvesting Project

The Blackmans Swamp Creek Stormwater Harvesting Project is a cost-efficient way of addressing urban water shortages in regional Australia.

The project is the first large scale stormwater harvesting scheme in Australia which intentionally harvests stormwater for drinking water supplies.

The residents of Orange in central-western NSW were facing a failing water supply and if an alternative was not found within 12 months, the regional centre's 38,000 population could have been left dry.

Demonstrating leadership in adapting to climate change, the project utilises a downstream weir solution and treatment ponds prior to pumping the water to council's main water dam.

This has pushed the boundaries of technical achievement and the community's acceptance of stormwater use for human consumption.

Sustainability: University of Sydney - Integrated Sustainability Analysis

The Integrated Sustainability Analysis research team at The University of Sydney has made measuring the carbon footprint of a business or organisation easier.

This involves inputting data to a computer program to devise truly sustainable strategies and outcomes that benefit the environment, economy and society.

While undertaking general research, the team developed an ecological footprint assessment framework.

It takes into account everything from money spent, industrial interdependency, energy and water consumption, and carbon emissions to reveal just what environmental impact a business is having from the very start of its supply chain through to the end product.

Highly Commended: Landcom - Measuring Up, Sustainability Reporting Program

Local Government: Newcastle City Council - ClimateCam

Newcastle City Council's ClimateCam promotes sustainability education for schools, business, industry and the general community about their carbon footprint.

The world's first greenhouse gas speedometer, ClimateCam was developed to measure and report on progress of the Council's Greenhouse Action in Newcastle (GAIN) Plan.

ClimateCam provides information on greenhouse gas emissions within 15 geographic zones throughout the Newcastle local government area including hourly updates of the city's electricity consumption.

Highly Commended: Randwick City Council - Saving the Planet, Starting in Randwick

Community Sustainability Award

Ethnic Communities Council of NSW

The Ethnic Communities Council of NSW has been educating migrant communities throughout the State on sustainability and environmental issues for the past 12 years.

Its success in convincing many Asian restaurants in Sydney, the Illawarra and the Central Coast to install waterless woks, and its other projects, are achieving significant water and energy savings throughout NSW.

Operating on a shoe-string budget, mostly provided through grants, the Ethnic Communities Council has so far helped more than 270 Asian restaurants swap their cooking practices over to a waterless wok system which has saved 252-million litres of Sydney water every year.

Sustainability Champion

Professor Stuart Wenham, Director, ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence - University of New South Wales

Professor Stuart Wenham is one of the world's most influential researchers in the field of photovoltaics. He has set the international benchmark for first, second and third generation solar cell performance as an energy source.

His latest technologies are now entering full-scale commercial production.

These follow on from the success of the buried contact solar cell which is the most successfully commercialised solar cell technology in the past 20 years with sales exceeding USD $5 billion.

For the past 25 years Professor Wenham has been involved in both the scientific innovation of the technology as well as its application.

His achievements have placed Australia at the focal point of renewable energy research and commercialisation - winning many accolades and international awards along the way.

Media Award for Excellence in Sustainability Communication

Republic For Everyone - Tails for Whales Campaign

Sydney-based communications agency, Republic For Everyone's groundbreaking social media campaign was designed to motivate the community to support the International Fund For Animal Welfare's (IFAW) anti-whaling campaign.

What started off as a simple petition turned into a global phenomenon with endorsement from international celebrities such as SilverChair's Daniel Johns and model Twiggy, as well as involvement of the IFAW's global CEO, Fred O'Regan.

The Tails for Whales campaign utilises a broad range of media including TV and press advertising, but was also the first of its kind to leverage social media and free internet sites such as blog sites, facebook and flickr.

Excellence Awards

Climate Change Leadership Award

The Total Environment Centre - Existing Buildings Project

The Total Environment Centre has joined forces with Australia's commercial property sector to design and coordinate the Existing Buildings Project which is the largest existing building upgrade program of its kind in the world.

It has already reached its initial target of encouraging 10 per cent of Australia's investment grade office buildings to reduce their carbon footprint by up to 40 per cent below the market average by 2012.

Some of the world's biggest names in business are participating including GPT Group, Macquarie Office Trust, the Australian Prime Property Fund and Brookfield Multiplex, accounting for around 100 office towers throughout Australia's major CBDs.

Once these emissions targets are achieved Australia's annual greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by over 100,000 tonnes.

Premier's Award for Sustainability

The Ethnic Communities Council of NSW

The Ethnic Communities Council has made an outstanding contribution to raising awareness of sustainability issues among ethnic communities in New South Wales.

The not-for-profit group has partnered with a number of organisations to break down language barriers when running environment projects, such as the waterless woks.

The program which began in 2006 continues to use bilingual educators and a rebate from the NSW Government to engage Asian communities and encourage responsible environment management and water savings.

The success of its programs is mainly due to effective and meaningful community engagement processes, support and participation from community networks and role models, publicly recognising and celebrating achievements, utilising community media and the strong communication of environmental messages.

Long-term Sustainability Recognition Certificate

The new long term achievement recognition is only open to past award winners who have also demonstrated a 10-year or more commitment to sustainability.

Each year, the long-term achievement recipients will be chosen by our independent judging panel, based on DECC research of their ongoing sustainability achievement.

The 2009 long-term achievement winners are:

  • AGL
  • South Tweed Heads Bowls Club

Page last updated: 26 February 2011