Sustainability Champion Award

Celebrates sustainability leaders who encourage and support others to make positive change.

This award recognises people who have been instrumental in delivering successful environmental projects. They demonstrate leadership in influencing and changing community or organisation views on sustainability and/or guiding change in sustainable practices.

Open to individuals who are 31 years or older, living in New South Wales.

2018 Green Globe Award joint winners

Ed Maher: Charles Sturt University

Ed Maher'Receiving an Award is a great privilege and provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate sustainability achievement in the company of many brilliant individuals and highly committed organisations.'

Ed Maher, Manager CSU Green

As Green Manager at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Ed Maher inspires students and staff to act sustainably at work, home and in their future careers.

His tireless campaigning brings positive, measurable change to the university's sustainability record and encourages other campuses nationally, to follow.

Ed's achievements include leading the CSU to be the first university to be certified carbon neutral. His War On Waste campaign resulted in more than half of coffees being sold in reusable cups across nine campus cafes, later rolled out to regional cafes. He also led CSU to set aside land for conservation and convert to solar power, successfully seeing the installation of one of Australia's largest roof top solar systems at CSU Wagga in 2017.

Jackie Ruddock: The Social Outfit

Jackie Ruddock'Jackie has taken steps to address sustainability from local production to diverting waste from landfill. Her leadership demonstrates that it is viable to have a successful business which supports social impact.'

Green Globe Awards Judging Panel

Jackie Ruddock, founder of The Social Outfit, is a pioneer of ethical fashion in Australia. Her inspiring business celebrates multicultural Sydney, employing refugees and new migrant women to create unique, quality garments. Her holistic view on sustainability is achieved by using fabric remnants from established brands, that would otherwise have gone to landfill and natural fibres where possible.

Jackie's successful business model is also highly adaptable to other Australian companies. She embraces positive social impact and resource sustainability, seen through employment of 18 people from the refugee and new migrant community, 30 young people from greater western Sydney participating in creative design projects and training more than 194 new migrant and refugee people in specialist sewing programs.


Rob James: Direct Group Industries

Rob JamesRob James lives for recycling as owner of NSW's only fully integrated and sustainable wood pallet reuse and timber recycling facility, Direct Group Industries at Ingleburn. He is now a major supplier of recycled timber products including poultry and horse bedding, along with renewable energy fuels, spray grass base and freeway and estate gardens mulch. Rob's facility has successfully diverted over 35,000 tonnes of material including waste wood, pallets and metal from landfill, saving money and resources.


Dr Tein McDonald: Australian Association of Bush Regenerators

Dr Tien McDonaldFor over 40 years Tein has championed ecological restoration and improved biodiversity, motivating action from government, industry bodies and individuals. She has actively participated in the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators since the 80's and is one of the first people to be awarded a PhD in bush regeneration. She instigated the first annual Korinderie Bush Regeneration Week and embraced indigenous management of ecosystems working with the Bandjalang people to help manage their land and conserve their language and culture.


Romilly Madew: Green Building Council of Australia

Romilly MadewAS CEO of the Green Building Council if Australia Romilly is passionate about creating sustainable buildings and communities and cities. She is highly committed to working collaboratively across government and industry to deliver healthier, more productive, sustainable and resilient places for people. Romilly holds several awards including 2017 World Green Building Council Chairman's Award, 2015 International Leadership Award, Telstra Business Women's Awards and is an Honorary Fellow by the Planning Institute of Australia.