Regional Sustainability Award

Celebrates an exceptional person or organisation making a difference in regional NSW.

This award is a ‘Best of the Best Award’ that celebrates the outstanding achievements of an organisation, project or person who has come up with an original and successful sustainability or environmental initiative in regional or rural areas within New South Wales.

All nominees from the 12 open-for-nomination categories located outside greater metropolitan Sydney are automatically considered for this award.

2019 winner

University of Wollongong: Team UOW – Desert Rose House

Three Team University of Wollongong members at the Green Globe Awards 2019Over 420,000 Australians live with dementia and the disease is the leading cause of disability for those over 65. 

To meet the challenges of an ageing population, the University of Wollongong conceived and built Desert Rose House: the first environmentally sustainable home designed specifically to help older and dementia-affected Australians age in place. Working with Kiama Dementia Alliance and Illawarra-based suppliers and sponsors, Team UOW has produced a ‘House for Life’.

The eco-friendly design combines technological innovations with wheelchair-accessible dimensions and elderly-friendly fittings and lighting to allow occupants to live independently for as long as possible. Desert Rose House is particularly notable for its scalability, demonstrating how local lessons and partnerships can be expanded nationally and potentially globally.

“Team UOW is dedicated to creating an innovative and sustainable future that celebrates life. To have our students, researchers and collaborators recognised for their outstanding contribution to this mission with a Green Globe Award is exceptional. We are astounded!”
Clayton McDowell, Project Manager / Student Lead Team UOW Australia – Dubai