Green Globe Award winners are protecting threatened species

Winners of the NSW Government’s 20th annual Green Globe Awards were announced on 28 November at a gala event at Taronga Zoo Centre.

Fujitsu Australia winner of the Green Globe Natural Environment Award for the Digital Owl Project. Kate Harris, Good Environmental Choice Australia; Linda Bell, Saving our Species DPIE; Blaise Porter, Fujitsu Australia

The Green Globe Awards recognise leadership, commitment and innovation in sustainability and environmental protection across NSW. Several winners were recognised for protecting threatened species.

Natural Environment Award

The Natural Environment Award was presented to Fujitsu for their Digital Owl project. Fujitsu developed the Digital Owl AI-enabled drone to monitor Mt Dangar plant life in partnership with Saving our Species. The remote area is home to endangered species of Acacia and native daisy found nowhere else in the world. The Digital Owl precisely pinpointed the plant populations, faster, cheaper and more cleanly than conventional helicopter surveys, freeing up money and manpower to use elsewhere in the project. 

“This technology could change the way we find and monitor threatened species, saving us both time and money.” said Tania Pettitt, Partnership Manager of the Saving our Species program.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Organisations

Tweed Shire Council received the new Lifetime Achievement Award for Organisations for long-term leadership, improving wildlife habitats, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and responding to climate change through adaptation and flood mitigation. The Council has planted almost 50,000 koala habitat trees and grown the population of endangered bird species.

"Tweed Shire Council is thrilled to be recognised with a Green Globe Award, having worked hard over the last 10 years to build a credible reputation as sustainability leaders by delivering tangible environmental outcomes.” said Tracey Stinson, Director Sustainable Communities and Environment at Tweed Shire Council.

Public Sector Leadership Award

The Sydney Opera House, joint winner of the Public Sector Leadership Award, was recognised for a raft of initiatives including the installation of an artificial reef in partnership with UTS to increase marine biodiversity.

Be inspired by the amazing work of this year’s Green Globe Awards winners and finalists.