Innovation Award

This award recognises outstanding new technology, design or research.

This may include but is not limited to:

  • cutting edge sustainable technology
  • new industry practices, process, product or service
  • ground-breaking research
  • the design of infrastructure design
  • improving the ability to use, store or save natural resources
  • circular economy projects
  • social innovation.

Open to businesses, individuals, NSW public sector, NSW local councils, community organisations, partnerships between business, non-government organisations (NGOs), government and community groups, research groups, academics and recipients of funding from the NSW Environmental Trust and other bodies.

Meet your winner

HealthShare NSW: HealthShare Sustainable Service Delivery

Winner: HealthShare NSW

The supply of meals in NSW hospitals is undergoing a transformation. Previously, menus were left with patients 24 hours before meals. Choice was limited to one to three options, and almost half the food went uneaten. In the HealthShare NSW pilot now been rolled out across the state, food service staff take orders directly from patients on iPads only four hours before each meal with patients now having up to 18 choices. The system is managed by specialised ordering and tracking software. The new model allowed staff to more than double the time with patients and has significantly increased the likelihood of patients receiving the necessary nutrition. Significant reductions have been achieved in the quantity of food and packaging waste previously sent to landfill, as well as reductions in water use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Winners' comment: 'Recognition of HealthShare NSW's commitment to reducing our environmental impact and taking action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2,3,9 and 13... It challenges the perception regarding government's ability to collaborate with industry and innovate to improve society.' Carmen Rechbauer, Director, Food and Patient Support Services, HealthShare NSW

Meet your finalists

Junglefy: Junglefy Breathing Wall

Finalist: Junglefy

Junglefy believes that living infrastructure provides cities with natural beauty, living design and healthier people. Since 2009 the company has designed, installed and maintained green walls, roofs, facades and podiums for the built environment. The Junglefy Breathing Wall has been tested by University of Technology Sydney scientists which showed how well the new system removed toxic pollutants and particulate matter from the air, with the Junglefy Breathing Wall recording some of the highest photosynthetic carbon dioxide removal rates observed to date.

The Junglefy Breathing Wall was recently installed for the first time in Lendlease's new global headquarters at Barangaroo South.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority: Sydney Olympic Park Sustainable Leachate

Finalist: SOPA

Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) manages 430 hectares of important recreational open parkland in the demographic centre of Sydney. This parkland includes 105 hectares which has been transformed from its beginning as Sydney's largest uncontrolled landfill.

As waste breaks down within landfills, contaminated wastewater (leachate) is generated which must be continuously extracted and treated. Rather than send all the leachate to a high-cost, high-energy offsite treatment plant, SOPA has developed two treatment systems that use bacteria within natural wetlands to biologically break down the pollutants in the leachate.

The process also provides new wetland habitat for native plants and animals, water for irrigation and educational opportunities for visitors.

This innovative approach is not currently used elsewhere in Australia and has generated interest from other landfill managers.

University of Technology, Sydney: Australia's First Off-site Solar Corporate Power Purchase Agreement

Finalist: UTS

In a partnership thought to be the first of its kind in Australia, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will buy electricity directly from a Hunter Valley solar farm.

The new model of renewable energy purchasing will see the Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building source 12% of its annual electricity from the 200-kilowatt Singleton Solar Farm.

This is the first Australian power purchase agreement between a large energy customer and an off-site solar farm.

Large electricity users like UTS often have limited opportunities for on-site renewable energy generation.

This new customer-led renewables model means that large electricity users such as universities, hospitals, corporates or councils can become customers of renewable energy operators.

Page last updated: 07 February 2017