Environmental leaders recognised
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Green Globe Awards!
Environment Minister Mark Speakman tonight announced the winners of this year’s Green Globe Awards, which recognise environmental excellence, leadership and innovation.
Mr Speakman congratulated this year’s 21 winners across 19 categories for their role in leading sustainable development across the economy and community.
“Some of the projects and causes for which this year’s winners were recognised include a world-first portable solar system, a high school student sustainability champion and Australia's first and largest community solar project,” Mr Speakman said.
A family owned northern rivers macadamia producer won the Awards’ highest commendation, the Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence, for its commitment to sustainable processing operations.
“The prestigious Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence was awarded to Byron Bay’s Brookfarm,” Mr Speakman said.
“Brookfarm has 288 solar panels, it saves 160 kilolitres of water a year through recycling rainwater and has planted more than 30,000 trees that have collectively stored over 2,310 tonnes of carbon.”
The Young Sustainability Champion award went to Liverpool Girls High’s Seda Hamoud for her devotion to raising awareness of sustainability issues. Three Sydney organisations were recognised; namely, The University of Technology Sydney, the City of Sydney and the Sydney Opera House. The Sustainability Champion award, given posthumously, acknowledged the tireless and passionate work of Dr Chris Reardon, who passed away in November last year.
“This award honours Dr Reardon’s work over two decades developing several influential sustainable housing training programs,” Mr Speakman said.
An independent panel of environmental experts helped select this year’s winners. The awards are considered the leading environmental awards in NSW and have been running for 16 years.
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