2014 Green Globe Award categories

Nominations for the 2014 Green Globe Awards closed on Monday 21 July 2014. Nineteen Green Globe Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony hosted by the Minister for the Environment on Thursday 30 October 2014. Sixteen of the award categories were open for public nomination. 

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 and innovation in the development and delivery of clean energy, energy saving initiatives, products and services beyond mandatory requirements. Initiatives 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
  • promotion of clean energy or energy saving practices through education or delivery of products or services to improve energy efficiency.

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

Water Efficiency Award

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

  • successful development and production of a new technology to improve water efficiency
  • successful implementation of significant water savings
  • promotion of water savings practices through education or delivery of products 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 and innovation in waste avoidance or resource recovery beyond mandatory requirements. Initiatives may include, but are 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

Business Sustainability Awards

These awards honour outstanding NSW businesses or corporations that haves successfully integrated environmental management and sustainable practices into their strategy, planning and operations, or service delivery, including staff, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Medium to Large Business Sustainability Award

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. These initiatives may be developed and managed from NSW with impacts both in NSW and beyond.

Small Business Sustainability Award

Eligible entrants: NSW businesses with 50 or fewer employees with the majority located within NSW.  If your business has operations outside NSW, your entry must detail your initiatives as applicable to NSW.  These initiatives may be 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, products or service delivery,  including key stakeholders and suppliers.

Eligible entrants: NSW public sector organisations.

Community Sustainability Award

This award recognises an outstanding not-for-profit organisation demonstrating community leadership in the development and delivery of sustainability initiatives that protect and enhance the environment. Entrants should include information on the number of paid and unpaid members and 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.

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.

Built Environment Sustainability Awards

These awards recognise organisations that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in environmental management and sustainable practices in designing, constructing, retrofitting and managing buildings and tenancies, and infrastructure.

Infrastructure: new

Eligible entrants: developers, designers, builders, owners and operators of infrastructure in NSW, including but not limited to:

  • infrastructure developers
  • architects and designers
  • infrastructure portfolio managers
  • builders and operators of transport, water, communication and energy infrastructure.

Commercial and Residential Properties

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

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

Heritage Buildings

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, while retaining the asset’s heritage values.

Eligible entrants: the project must relate to heritage buildings listed on the World Heritage List, National Heritage List, NSW State Heritage Register or State Agency Heritage Register, or in a local environmental plan. Entrants are requested to provide details of the statutory heritage listing for the requested organisation profile in their application. Please also supply a Statement of Heritage Impact obtained for any nominated building modification works, along with relevant plans and photos. Nominations can come from owners, tenants or architects.

Natural Environment Sustainability Award: new

This award honours organisations that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in protecting and enhancing natural ecosystems. Initiatives include protecting and conserving native flora and fauna, natural habitats, forests, water resources, land systems and soils, and biodiversity.

Eligible entrants: businesses, NSW local councils and community groups including, but not limited to:

  • developers and businesses, including those responsible for managing and rehabilitating sites
  • NGOs, NSW local councils and community groups involved in projects to protect and restore the natural environment, including initiatives that prioritise community involvement, planning for long-term site management, interpretation and accessibility
  • recipients of funding from the NSW Environmental Trust and other bodies
  • partnerships between business, NGOs, government and community groups.

Excellence in Leadership and Innovation

Sustainability Champion Awards

These awards honour individuals who have been instrumental in delivering environmental projects, demonstrating outstanding leadership in influencing and changing community views, or driving change in sustainable practices.

Sustainability Champion

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

Young Sustainability Champion: new

Eligible entrants: individuals up to the age of 25 years living in NSW. Individuals can be nominated by a third party or self-nominate.

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 or 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. Initiatives may include but are 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 independent assessor reports and two references as supporting information to inform the judges.

Eligible entrants: NSW research groups, academics, business, public sector or 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 2014 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 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. Entrants will be prompted in the contact details section to enter the postcode of the actual project or organisation location if it is different from the head office address.

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 2004 Green Globe Awards that can demonstrate long-term environmental achievements and successful program delivery and outcomes between 2004 and 2014.

Eligible entrants: 2004 Green Globe Award winners by invitation only.

More information

Refer to the nomination guide (PDF 770KB) and the FAQs for more information. 

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

Page last updated: 22 July 2014