This award recognises outstanding community leadership and commitment from not-for-profit organisations whose environmental and sustainable initiatives are locally relevant, have a strong social impact and have widespread benefits for communities.
Only open to not-for-profit organisations in New South Wales.
2018 Green Globe Award joint winners
ClearSky Solar Investments
'ClearSky literally gives power back to the community. Its energy solutions platform is highly scalable and by-passes energy retailers and commercial banks to bring energy solutions to communities.'
Green Globe Awards Judging Panel
ClearSky Solar Investments believes that the goal of 100% renewable energy for Australia is worth pursuing, one roof at a time.
With an investment-led model for smaller investors, ClearSky is bringing solar energy to organisations that would otherwise find it unaffordable. They are commended for their single-minded efforts to create opportunities and share knowledge in the drive towards renewable energy.
And what a success it's been. They have 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.
The Social Outfit: Sustainable Fashion with a Difference!
'Winning an Award is a wonderful way to build further trust with our customers, students, staff and the public, because it's an independent endorsement for what we're trying to achieve.'
Jackie Ruddock, CEO, The Social Outfit
The Social Outfit is a fashion label that embraces the talent, creativity and commitment of refugee and new migrant communities. It's a sustainable business, giving new life to fabric remnants from fashion brands that were destined for landfill, and uses natural fibres where possible.
Based in Newtown, Sydney, it provides employment in ethical clothing production, retail, design and marketing - celebrating multicultural Sydney and bringing people from diverse communities together and provides many with their first Australian training, work experience and employment.
Being a values-led organisation, The Social Outfit is determined to produce unique fashion that showcases the talents of the community, and demonstrate transparent sustainability practices.
And of course, the finished pieces are distinctive, stylish, high quality and very desirable.
COREM: Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby
COREM is a unique community-owned renewable energy organisation, providing local community engagement and positive proactive solutions to environmental threats. This includes making the switch to community-owned renewable energy easier, cheaper and more socially-energising. They motivate businesses and households in the Byron area, communicating the benefits of renewable energy and thereby creating demand. 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.
Positive Change for Marine Life: Honour the Ocean
Positive Change for Marine Life is 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. Based in Byron Bay but with a world-wide reach, it has now engaged more than 12,000 volunteers and run 16 campaigns across six countries. It also engages schools, businesses, groups and individuals to reduce waste and landfill, collect debris from waterways, and run plastic-free businesses.