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.
Hornsby Shire Council: Hawkesbury Watch
'Hornsby Shire Council is a primary custodian of the Hawkesbury River. Hawkesbury Watch, is one of many valuable initiatives carried out. This award reflects the innovative work of Council's staff.'
The Honourable Philip Ruddock Mayor, Hornsby Shire Council
From an idea that emerged in a tinnie on the Hawkesbury River in 2001, Hawkesbury Watch has now become a major part of managing this beautiful natural asset, close to Sydney.
Hornsby Council collaborated with the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory, to develop cutting edge technology – a probe that provides real time information on swimming conditions and the health of the estuary. The data it generates is much more timely and accurate than traditional water sampling.
Today there are 6 probes deployed, and Hawkesbury Watch reports daily on swimming conditions, estuary health, water quality and algal blooms, and gives interactive access to the data.
The national and international potential of this initiative is very exciting, showcasing the importance of collaborative innovation.
University of Technology Sydney
UTS, a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, is delivering environmental and social justice initiatives. Committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020-21, UTS has made significant improvements over the past 10 years including water conservation and recycling with 89% of operation waste diverted from landfill. It is the first university building in New South Wales to be awarded a 6-star As-Built energy certification. Their Green Staff Network actively promotes and engages students to help achieve its sustainability goals.
Randwick City Council: Sustaining our City Program
Sustaining our City, successfully partners Council with local businesses and residents. So far, over 60%of Randwick’s coastal walkway has been constructed, thousands of native plants propagated and planted and almost 400 million litres of potable water saved annually through stormwater reuse. Over 200 kilowatts of rooftop solar has been installed on 12 sites and more than 14,000 residents and visitors each year participate in Sustaining our City’s comprehensive range of workshops, courses, activities and events.