2013 Green Globe Award categories

Fifteen Green Globe Awards will be presented in 2013, 12 of the award categories are open for public nomination. 

Public nominations for the 2013 Green Globe Awards will close on Tuesday 18 June 2013.

The 2013 Nomination Guide (130222GGNguide.pdf, 540KB) contains information on the 2013 award categories and the terms and conditions of entry.  

Excellence in Energy, Water and Waste

Excellence in Sustainability

Excellence in Leadership and Innovation

Not for nomination categories

The judging panel will decide the winners in the following not for nomination categories:

Excellence in Energy, Water and Waste

Energy Efficiency Award

This award honours superior performance in the development, delivery and innovation of clean energy, energy saving initiatives, products and services beyond mandatory requirements. This may include, but are not limited to:

  • successful development and production of a new technology to generate clean energy or improve energy efficiency
  • successful implementation of significant energy savings in the workplace
  • promotion of clean energy or energy saving practices through education or delivery of products and/or services to improve energy efficiency.

Eligible entrants: NSW public sector, business or community organisations.

Water Efficiency Award

This award honours superior performance in the development, delivery and innovation of water saving and conservation initiatives beyond mandatory requirements. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • successful development and production of a new technology to improve water efficiency
  • successful implementation of significant water savings in the workplace
  • promotion of water savings practices through education or delivery of products and/or services to help improve water efficiency.

Eligible entrants: NSW public sector, business or community organisations.

Waste and Recycling Award

This award honours an outstanding initiative demonstrating leadership in waste avoidance, resource recovery or innovation beyond mandatory requirements. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • successful development and production of a new technology or system enhancement to improve waste or recycling efficiency
  • successful implementation of significant waste savings
  • organisational commitment, policies and strategic planning
  • supply chain management/sustainable procurement, including the use of 'recycled content' products.

Eligible entrants: NSW public sector, business or community organisations.

Excellence in Sustainability

Heritage Sustainability Award

This award honours a heritage-listed building in NSW that has successfully developed and integrated environmental management and sustainable practices into the building’s fabric and management. This category rewards innovative actions taken to improve the efficiency and general environmental performance of the building, whilst retaining the asset’s heritage values.

Please nominate for this award using The Heritage Sustainability Award application form (0515heritageaward.doc, 162kB). Applications must be received by Friday 19 July 2013 - email greenglobes@environment.nsw.gov.au

The Nomination Guide (130222GGNguide.pdf, 540KB) contains other relevant information.

Eligible entrants: The project must relate to heritage buildings listed on the World Heritage List, National Heritage List or NSW State Heritage Register. Entrants are requested to provide details on their statutory heritage listing. Please add this information to the requested organisation profile in your application.

Nominations can come from owners or tenants.

Business Sustainability Award

This award honours an outstanding NSW business or corporation that has successfully integrated environmental management and sustainable practices into their strategy, planning, operations (including key stakeholders and/or suppliers), products and/or service delivery.

Eligible entrants: NSW businesses with more than 50 NSW based employees. If your business has operations outside NSW, your entry must detail your initiatives as applicable to NSW.  This may include initiatives developed and managed from NSW with impacts both in NSW and beyond.

Small Business Sustainability Award

This award recognises the achievements of a NSW small business that is demonstrating a commitment to environmental management for their adoption of sustainable practices into planning, operations, product and/or service delivery.

Eligible entrants: NSW businesses with 50 or fewer employees in total and most located within NSW.  If your business has operations outside NSW, your entry must detail your initiatives as applicable to NSW.  This may include initiatives developed and managed from NSW with impacts both in NSW and beyond.

Public Sector Sustainability Award

This award honours an outstanding public sector organisation that has successfully integrated environmental management and sustainable practices into planning, operations (including key stakeholders and/or suppliers), product and/or service delivery.

Eligible entrants: NSW public sector organisations.

Built Environment Sustainability Award

This award recognises an organisation that is demonstrating excellence and innovation in environmental management and sustainable practices in designing, constructing, retrofitting and managing buildings and tenancies.

Eligible entrants: owners, managers, developers, designers, builders and tenants of commercial or residential properties in NSW. Including but not limited to:

  • architects and environmental designers
  • property portfolio managers
  • office tenants within a property portfolio
  • retail shopping portfolios
  • hotel and hospitality portfolios and tenants.

Local Government Sustainability Award

This award honours a NSW local council that has successfully developed and integrated environmental management and sustainable practices into strategy, planning, operations and service delivery.

Eligible entrants: NSW local councils only.

Community Sustainability Award

This award recognises an outstanding not-for-profit organisation demonstrating community leadership in the development and delivery of sustainability initiatives in protecting and enhancing the environment.

Entrants are requested to include information on the number of paid and unpaid members as well as information on financial assistance (e.g. grant funding) to implement the program or initiative.

Eligible entrants: NSW not-for-profit organisations. Entrants are required to provide an ABN to confirm not-for-profit status.

Excellence in Leadership and Innovation

Sustainability Champion Award

This award honours an individual who is demonstrating outstanding leadership and commitment in sustainability beyond the mandatory requirements of their employment.

Nominations are encouraged from individuals in all sectors of the community, government and business who are influencing and challenging community views and environmental advocacy.

Eligible entrants: individuals living in NSW. Individuals can be nominated by a third party or self-nominate for this award.

Climate Change Leadership Award

This award recognises outstanding initiatives and/ or leadership in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation in NSW. This may include but is not limited to:

  • a measurable and strategic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • action to identify and prioritise climate change risks
  • action to increase the ability of the community, business and/or environment to adapt to the impacts of climate change
  • leadership in the emerging low-carbon economy
  • initiatives to influence policies, practices and attitudes
  • implementation of behaviour change programs.

Eligible entrants: NSW business, public sector and community organisations.

Environmental Innovation Award

This award recognises new technology/ design or research that results in significant resource savings, new approaches in sustainable practice or innovative change in environmental management. This may include but is not limited to:

  • the design of infrastructure
  • new agricultural practices
  • improved resource use including the ability to use, store or save natural resources
  • new technology or ground-breaking research.

Entries not commercially available or implemented are required to include at least two (2) independent assessor reports and two (2) references as supporting information to inform the judges.

Eligible entrants: NSW research groups, academics, business, public sector and community organisations responsible for new technology or design.

Not for nomination categories

Premier's Award for Environmental Excellence

This award is presented to the most outstanding nomination from the 2013 award categories, decided by the judging panel. The Premier’s award recipient is chosen for exemplary leadership, vision and innovation demonstrating a particular determination in overcoming obstacles to deliver successful outcomes.

Regional Sustainability Award

This award recognises the achievements of an organisation, project or individual that demonstrates leadership and/or innovation to deliver successful project outcomes by overcoming unique challenges in regional or rural areas.

All nominations outside greater metropolitan Sydney will automatically qualify for this award.

Eligible entrants: all nominations and/or projects located outside greater metropolitan Sydney will be considered for this award.

10 year Sustainability Achievement Award

This award honours winners from the 2003 Green Globe Awards that can demonstrate long-term environmental achievements and successful program delivery and outcomes between 2003 and 2013.

Eligible entrants: 2002 Green Globe Award winners by invitation only.

More information

Refer to the 2013 Nomination Guide (130222GGNguide.pdf, 540KB) and the FAQs for more information. 

Contact OEH greenglobes@environment.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 361 967.

Page last updated: 26 June 2013