Community Leadership Award

Recognises community leaders who have made a positive change to the community through their environmental work.

This award recognises outstanding community leadership and commitment from NSW not-for-profit organisations whose sustainable initiatives are locally relevant and have widespread benefits for communities.

Only open to NSW not-for-profit organisations.

2018 Green Globe Award joint winners

ClearSky Solar Investments

Team from ClearSky Solar InvestmentsThe ClearSky Solar Investment project literally gives power back to the community.

It does this by raising finance to fund installation of solar PV systems – targeting small businesses that could otherwise not afford it, and providing opportunities to invest in solar energy expansion.

Community renewable energy has proven to be a hard nut to crack in Australia.

ClearSky aims to spread enthusiasm into community projects covering public and commercial buildings, letting small investors participate in and benefit from the solar revolution.

And what a success it’s been. ClearSky has raised over $3 million to fund installations on 30 sites across the country resulting in lower energy costs for businesses, reduced carbon emissions, and a good rate of interest earned for community investors. Through ClearSky, 250 individuals from NSW communities are now participating in the renewable energy revolution.

An amazing achievement by four dedicated volunteers along with a support group. The only work contracted out is the website hosting.

The pool of investors is growing rapidly, giving great security for businesses to come on board.

The Social Outfit: Sustainable Fashion with a Difference!

The Social Outfit team at table with clothing behindHere is a fashion label with a difference … one that truly reflects the spirit of Australia.

The Social Outfit recognises and embraces the talent, creativity and commitment of refugee and new migrant communities. It provides employment in ethical clothing production, retail, design and marketing – celebrating multicultural Sydney and bringing people from diverse communities together.

The clothing store and manufacturing centre in Newtown provides many with their first Australian training, work experience and employment. New community members and young people develop their work and English language skills here before going on to find other employment.

Environmental responsibility is also on the agenda, working with fashion brands to use their end of rolls and excess materials, diverting industrial waste from landfill. Natural fibres are sustainably sourced where possible.

Being a values-led organisation, Social Outfit is determined to produce unique ethical fashion that showcases the talents of the community, and demonstrate transparent sustainability practices. However, there is still an emphasis on producing distinctive, quality clothing that people will want to buy and wear.

Finalists

COREM: Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby

Supporters of Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM)Local communities are the driver of the renewable energy revolution.

And this often requires passionate people who can take direct action to motivate businesses and households, communicating the benefits of renewable energy and thereby creating demand.

COREM is a unique community-owned renewable energy organisation, by two founding members, Ella Rose Goninan and Dave Rawlins, and based at Mullumbimby. They focus on positive proactive solutions to environmental threats.

This includes making the switch to community-owned renewable energy easier, cheaper and more socially-energising, smashing the obstacles that stand in the way. It’s taking the ‘power’ from large energy providers and putting it in community hands.

Interest in solar is growing, stimulated by low or interest-free loans to install solar, bulk buying solar equipment, encouraging neighbours to share information and community-owned solar gardens. There’s also a plan to re-activate an old hydro power plant at Mullumbimby – a legacy of past residents’ passion for clean energy.

Positive Change for Marine Life: Honour the Ocean

Three girls on a beach with piles of rubbish they have foundIn 2011, two Australian university students, Karl Goodsell and Rebecca Russo, saw a need for positive community engagement to counteract unsustainable fisheries and the dolphin hunting industry in Taiji, Japan.

Their Facebook page raised awareness, and over $4000 for the cause. They returned to Australia and formed Positive Change for Marine Life, an ocean conservation group creating community driven solutions to unsustainable marine industries, raising awareness and shifting attitudes as to how people engage with the ocean.

The group, based in Byron Bay but with a world-wide reach, has now engaged more than 12,000 volunteers and run 16 campaigns in six countries.

As well as running media and education campaigns, Positive Change for Marine Life actively engages schools, businesses, groups and individuals to reduce waste and landfill, collect debris from waterways, and run plastic-free businesses.

Its activities are active, collaborative, engaging and above all – highly effective.