Sustainability Champion

This award recognises outstanding individuals who have been instrumental in delivering environmental projects and demonstrating leadership in influencing and changing community or organisation views and/or driving change in sustainable practices.

Open to individuals who are 26 or older, living in NSW. Individuals can be nominated by a third party or self-nominate.

Meet your winner

Sue Turner: The Uniform Exchange

Winner: Sue Turner

Sue Turner is the brainchild behind The Uniform Exchange, a shop front and online market place that buys and sells second-hand school uniforms and other school items such as books, sporting equipment and musical instruments. Sue created a business model geared around behaviour change, encouraging her customers to 'rethink' before buying new, and re-use quality second-hand goods. Adopting a 'nothing goes in the bin' policy, Sue makes sure that items are either fixed or donated to not-for-profit partners delivering clothing and equipment to charities in Swaziland, Vanuatu, PNG and the Solomon Islands. Profits are also donated to these partners.

Judges' comment: 'The judges found this a scalable and replicable example of activing locally and thinking globally, with measureable impacts that went beyond the neighbourhood to the online world. The initiative addresses a real need by taking the problem, finding a solution and turning it into a viable business.'

Meet your highly commended

Jeff Angel: Total Environment Centre

Highly Commended: Jeff Angel

Jeff Angel has worked at the forefront of Australia's environment movement for more than 30 years. Through the Total Environment Centre (TEC), Jeff has initiated campaigns to halt wood-chipping of old-growth forests, expand the network of NSW national parks and reserves, and protect urban green space and rural biodiversity from unregulated development. He has raised the alarm on chemical toxicity in urban areas and impacts of marine plastic pollution. Under his leadership TEC initiated awareness campaigns have grown into major public issues including long-wall mining, chemical contamination of underground water in Port Botany, and native vegetation clearing. His trademark intelligent, dogged pursuit of product stewardship, producer responsibility, and effective infrastructure is best illustrated in the long-running campaign for a Container Deposit Scheme in NSW - a campaign near fruition following the recent introduction of legislation by the NSW Government.

Meet your finalist

Sue Lennox: OzGREEN

Finalist: Sue Lennox

For over 50 years Sue Lennox has strived for a sustainable peaceful world. Social entrepreneur, high school teacher and food-grower, Sue is co-founder and CEO of OzGREEN, an independent not-for-profit operating in Australia, South Asia, Timor Leste and Central America. Since 1992, Sue's work through OzGREEN has touched hundreds of thousands globally, equipping them to tackle sustainability challenges.

OzGREEN's unique approach incorporates citizen science, sustainability education, participatory leadership and community development. It enables people to develop sustainability solutions themselves, and to adopt leadership roles in their schools, communities and workplaces.

Page last updated: 07 February 2017