Banksia Sustainability Award winners announced
The ABC TV series War on Waste has won the highest Banksia Sustainability honour in Australia, the Gold Banksia Sustainability Award, at the 2017 Banksia Sustainability Awards that were held in Sydney on Wednesday 1 November.
The Banksia awards is Australia’s first and foremost sustainability celebration that brings together and recognises the most innovative, effective and outstanding people contributing to improving Australia’s sustainability and elevates and encourages their ongoing involvement. The Gold Award recognises the ‘best of the best’ of all Banksia Sustainability award winners in 2017.
War on Waste was produced by KEO Films Australia, and the Banksia judges say that it “created a groundswell of interest that soon turned to a tidal wave of action. It designed an innovative, winning formula that combined a credible yet relatable host that presented the facts in a way that made the issues feel real, relatable and local to the viewers.”
The program reached a massive 2.6 million people, which is comparable to a football game… on a finals night.
The Banksia Sustainability awards are run by the Banksia Foundation, which has been bringing together the most innovative and effective people in sustainability in Australia and are the longest running awards of this nature in the world.
“After 29 years of rewarding excellence in sustainability, it is becoming clear that more and more organisations and individuals simply ‘get it’, and are implementing sustainability into their processes themselves,” comments Banksia’s CEO Graz van Egmond.
“It’s also very pleasing to see how many entries were aware of the Sustainable Development Goals that Australia has signed up to, and that they are already mapping progress against these goals, integrating them into their strategy and operational plans. It won’t be long [before] this activity will be mainstream across business, government and social society.”
War on Waste is joined by 10 other winners over 12 categories of the Banksia Sustainability awards, including the Victorian town of Yackandandah, which won the Banksia Sustainable and Resilient Communities Award for setting the task of generating 100 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2022.
Hon Josh Frydenberg’s Award selected Sundrop Farms for the Minister’s Award for the Environment. Sundrop is an innovative form of agriculture growing fresh fruits and vegetables using renewable inputs, and offers meaningful insight into the way we can progress in Australia’s sustainable agricultural practices. Sundrop Farms also won the Banksia SMART Award, truly impressing judges on the ingenuity of their process making Australia’s harsh, dry land viable for agricultural production.
|Minister’s Award for the Environment||
Sundrop is a leader in sustainable agriculture growing fresh fruits and vegetables using renewable inputs.
|Banksia Communication for Change Award||War On Waste (KEO Films Australia)||A provocative, controversial documentary series that uncovers how much waste we produce as a nation.|
|Banksia Food for Sustainable Thought Award||Cullen Wines||Cullen Wines, certified biodynamic, carbon neutral, naturally powered and sustainable.|
|Banksia Sustainable Cities Award||Fitzroy Gardens Redevelopment (City of Melbourne)||An integrated design-led approach to sustainability, education and public realm expansion.
|Banksia SMART Award||Sundrop Farms
|Sundrop is a leader in sustainable agriculture growing fresh fruits and vegetables using renewable inputs.
|Banksia Sustainable & Resilient Communities Award||Reaching 100 percent with Australia’s First Commercially Operating Community Mini Grid (Totally Renewable Yackandanda in collaboration with AusNet Services)||The Yackandandah community has a history of achieving ambitious community goals. With the support of the volunteer community group Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) it has now set itself the task of generating 100 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2022.|
|Banksia Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award||AccorHotels Australia||Driving Positive Hospitality, creating sustainable connections, embracing and educating their 6 million guests each year.|
|Banksia Small to Medium Sustainability Leadership Award||Austral Fisheries (Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd)||Seafood that is sustainable, healthy, and carbon neutral.|
|Banksia Natural Capital Award||Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund (The Nature Conservancy Australia)||The Nature Conservancy established the Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund to provide water security for Australian farming families while protecting culturally significant wetlands that support threatened species.|
|Banksia Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability Award||Arnhem Chair (Winya Indigenous Furniture Pty Ltd)||The most socio-environmental focused furniture in Australia.|
|Banksia Leadership in the Circular Economy Award||Yarra Valley Water – Converting Waste to Energy (Yarra Valley Water)||Organic waste destined for landfill is being turned into energy at Yarra Valley Water.|
|Banksia Gold Award||War On Waste (KEO Films Australia)||A provocative, controversial documentary series that uncovers how much waste we produce as a nation.|
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Lead image: team from Yarra Valley Water, winner of the Banksia Leadership in the Circular Economy Award