This award recognises outstanding public sector organisations in NSW that have successfully integrated environmental management and sustainable practices into their planning, operations, product or service delivery.
Only open to NSW public sector organisations.
Parkes Shire Council: Forging a Sustainable Water Servicing Future
Recurring water shortages, ageing infrastructure and climate change have prompted Parkes Shire Council (PSC) to overhaul its water supply and wastewater schemes. PSC views the $100 million capital works program as an opportunity to show leadership by embedding sustainability into the design and construction of the works, paving the way for other regional councils and water utilities to follow suit. Ongoing, long-term benefits include significant reductions in water loss, waterways pollution, energy consumption and emissions, and increased water security.
Sydney Metro: A Sustainable Future for Transport
Sydney Metro is a mega public infrastructure project that, by 2024, will increase the city’s rail network capacity by 60%. Recognising its influential position, Sydney Metro has engaged deeply with industry, government and the community to set new sustainability benchmarks for public works. Innovative contracts and procurement processes, such as the Green Products Purchase Agreement that enables North West Metro emissions to be 100% offset by Beryl Solar Farm, have embedded sustainability throughout the project supply chain ensuring carbon-neutral operations.
Sydney Opera House
Building on the sustainability vision of architect Jorn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House continues to be a source of leadership and inspiration with the completion of its three-year Environmental Sustainability Plan. During this time, the Opera House has achieved carbon neutral status five years early supported by major partner Energy Australia; upgraded to a 5 Star Green Star rating; and through its annual electricity spend is investing $2.4 million annually into renewable energy via 7 year Power Purchase Agreement. The Opera House also installed an artificial reef in partnership with UTS, and funded by the NSW Government's Environmental Trust, to increase marine biodiversity; removed single-use plastics bags and straws from site; and trialed the introduction of reusable drinkware for key events to avoid the use of around 30,000 single use cups.
Taronga Conservation Society Australia: Treading Lightly for the Wild!
Taronga Zoo’s commitment to conservation and sustainability is a source of inspiration for its 2 million annual visitors. It is the world’s first zoo to achieve a Green Star rating and is directly benefiting wildlife and habitats by driving behavioural change on the individual and corporate levels. The zoo’s sustainable seafood campaign has reached over 1 million patrons and it has engaged thousands of schools, businesses and key individuals to preserve waterways habitats by reducing plastic pollution.
Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils: Solar my School Program
In 2017, Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Councils identified three key barriers — trust, time and knowledge — that prevent schools from installing solar power. In response, the councils developed Solar My School to provide free, expert advice to simplify the process for schools. Solar My School has increased solar capacity by 4.3 megawatts and, through partnerships with eight other councils, now reaches 91 schools city wide. Survey results show 70% of these schools would not have gone solar without help from Solar My School.