Resource Efficiency Award

Organisations that are leading the way to conserve resources and reduce waste in New South Wales.

This award recognises organisations that have implemented practical solutions for clean energy, water saving and conservation, waste avoidance, resource recovery and/or recycling practices.

Nominations have now closed for the 2018 Green Globe Awards.

2017 Green Globe Award winners

Revolution Apps & Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils: Compost Revolution

Two young children standing next to a worm farmAlmost half of what we throw out each year is compostable organic material, generating 3% of Australia's greenhouse emissions.

The Compost Revolution, operated by Revolution Apps, is an innovative online community education and logistics program that helps households turn food waste into soil and fertiliser.

Starting in 2010 as a partnership between social venture Revolution Apps and founding councils Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra, Compost Revolution is now a national program which has recruited over 24,000 households, and diverted around 40 tonnes of organic waste every week. The platform helps local councils meet landfill reduction targets with order logistics and sophisticated multichannel marketing. Money that was previously collected for tip fees, transport and other costs is now diverted into organics recovery infrastructure.

Scaling home organics recovery to many thousands of households is much cheaper than carting organic waste to landfill.

For residents, the Compost Revolution app provides fun online tutorials and an easy-ordering system to choose composting gear and have it delivered straight to the home.

This project has been supported by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils: Light Years Ahead

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils community eventIt’s one of Sydney’s largest energy reduction projects – replacing mercury-vapour street lighting across 136 suburbs with energy-efficient LED lights.

Light Years Ahead is a cooperative project in Sydney’s west led by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and nine local councils with funding from the Australian Government.

Street lighting is a major cost to local councils, but fixing the problem isn’t easy. Even though councils pay for the power, the lights are owned by utilities. And the high upfront cost and long payback times are often substantial barriers.

To date the project has replaced more than 14,000 high-emission street lights with long-life LEDs and saved 4.4 million kWh a year.

Some 91,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions and almost $20 million in energy costs will be saved over the 20-year life of the lights.

Councils have also had flow-on benefits – greater awareness and support for sustainability initiatives, and a greater understanding of the commercial dynamics of purchasing energy and paying maintenance costs.