Are you one of the many people who are coming up with fresh ideas to make your business or project more sustainable across New South Wales?
The good news is: there are awards you can apply for that will give your ideas wider recognition and help others learn from your example.
The Green Globe Awards are an annual celebration of excellence in environmental sustainability.
Five reasons to nominate for a Green Globe Award
1. Focus on your achievements
The application requires you and your team to articulate what your project is and how it has made a difference.
“Winning starts at the application process when you congratulate yourself and your team for all you’ve achieved,” says Cate McQuillan of mememe productions, winner of the 2016 Resource Efficiency Award for its ‘Get Grubby’ Project. “It’s lovely to reflect on your values and your sustainable achievements.”
2. Build your networks
A Green Globe Award is great way to build your networks according to Will Brooks, General Manager of Brook Farm, whose ‘solar-powered’ muesli saw him win the 2015 Small Business Award. “It is a great opportunity to test your business and practice to see how you stack up against other people or organisations [and] a good networking opportunity to see what others... are doing in the sustainability space”, he said.
3. Get recognition for work well done
As an award winner, mememe productions received extensive local media coverage that boosted its profile and status. Cate McQuillan says the Green Globe “opened the doors for bigger conversations” with other businesses, and she notes that since its win, mememe productions went on to host an online Costa’s Compost Academy Award, with 300,000 children participating.
Customers take notice too. Will Brooks says that Brook Farm has received a lot of positive feedback from customers about its Green Globe Award win. “Sustainability has always been at the core of our business since our family bought the farm in 1988,” he says. “The win has allowed my parents to achieve their goal for the business. After 20 years, it is great to be recognised for it.”
For the Bega Valley Shire Council, winning the Climate Change Leadership Award also has resulted in “great promotion for the Shire Council,” according to Daniel Murphy, Environmental Management Coordinator. He notes a ‘roll-on’ effect:
“Being a Green Globe winner shows the broader community Council’s commitment to working with them. This commitment will be further exhibited with the upcoming installation of solar panels at Tathra Public School as a result of savings from the Tathra Community Solar Farm.”
4. Build company pride
Winning an award benefits the whole organisation, according to Derek Lath, Institutional Affairs Director of Ferrero Australia, winner of the Environmental Innovation Award in 2015. “Our involvement has helped us communicate to our staff and our external stakeholders on who we are, what we stand for and what we have achieved.”
The benefits don’t stop there: Derek Lath notes that Ferrero Australia is seen as a leader in the field and is invited to address forums on sustainability. “This type of recognition contributes to our story of Ferrero being a great place to work“, he said.
5. Show you are a leader
Nothing beats the sense of personal achievement in being an individual winner. Josh Gilbert, Consultant at PWC Indigenous Consulting won the Young Sustainability Champion Award in 2016.
Josh says it made him proud that a young Aboriginal person won this award, and he enjoyed sharing it with his family and community.
“It as much about the success of the people I work with in the Aboriginal community where I am from - and being able to share their sustainability knowledge - to show that is valued and important,” he says. Commenting on the value of his award-winning work, Josh Gilbert says, “The climate change policy has allowed farmers to open up and speak honestly about climate change through all the media coverage in agricultural news”.
About the Green Globes
Applications are welcome from organisations and individuals for their sustainable projects in business, community or the public sector. To nominate visit the Green Globe Awards website. Hurry applications close 5pm Tuesday 27 June.