ACT Sustainable Cities Awards entries close Monday: sustainable online business

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Thursday 15 May 2014
Contact Alice Morgan
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Entries for the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards 2014 close on Monday 19 May.

2014 marks the 10th year of the awards having been held in the Nation’s Capital, which recognise the efforts made by residents, community based organisations, businesses and local government agencies in achieving sustainability in the ACT. The territory finalist, announced in July, will go on to enter the Australian Sustainable Cities awards towards the end of the year.

These awards have grown over the years to encompass sustainability activities as diverse as waste reduction and recovery, sustainable buildings, conserving water, and a Young Legends category. There is also a Wildcard category, which allows more people to apply for any initiatives that don’t match the existing criteria but believe that they address environmentally sustainable issues.

This year, new category Renewable Energy Innovation has been included, sponsored by Environment & Sustainable Development Department of the ACT. The award recognises and rewards individuals and organisations for leadership and excellence on innovative approaches and/or engagement on renewable energy topics, achieving a greater uptake in renewable electricity use.

National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful Peter McLean has urged all ACT sustainability programs to enter, saying “the awards recognise and celebrate everyday actions taken by Canberra’s communities to improve, maintain and sustain their local environments.”

Reasons to enter include:

• Put your group, project or business forward and gain recognition as a sustainability leader in the ACT

• Gain expert assessment of your project

• Network with fellow green leaders

• Impress potential investors

• Help attract quality staff and volunteers

• The winner will go on to represent the ACT in the Australian Sustainable Cities Awards.

ACT Chief Minister and patron of the awards Katy Gallagher MLA said “as our city grows to a population of 500,000, it is becoming increasingly important for us to address the challenges of creating a resilient and responsive place for all Canberrans as we move into the 21st century.”

“The Award categories this year provide the opportunity for the dedication and creativity of groups and individuals in the ACT engaged in a variety of activities to be recognised and promoted amongst our community and at a National level.”

The Chairman of the ACT Sustainable Cities judging Committee Rolfe Hartley said that “for the past 10 years, the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards have showcased and celebrated the achievements of citizens and organisations at all levels in making sustainability the norm for Canberra.”

“I am always excited to see the innovation and dedication that each year’s entries demonstrate. The awards have come a long way since 2004.”

The Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards are an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful National, sponsored by the Do The Right Thing program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum, Category sponsor Environment & Sustainable Development Department of the ACT, and Event sponsor ANUgreen.

Entries can be made online by visiting www.kab.org.au/act

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The Categories

• Community Action, Partnerships and Culture

• Resource Recovery and Litter Prevention

• Environmental Stewardship

• Environmental Advocacy and Innovation

• Renewable Energy Innovation

• Water Conservation

• Sustainable Buildings (Residential)

• Sustainable Buildings (Commercial)

• Young Legends

• Wildcard

Previous successful winners include:

Last year the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group took home the award for their trapping program over the last 7 years, which have reduced mynas from the 3rd most abundant bird to the 20th.

In 2012 Merici College’s kitchen garden program took a year to establish. They made many large garden beds which are used to grow produce for the canteen. This in turn offers students and staff healthy, cheap, locally sourced, freshly cooked meals and snacks on a daily basis.

In 2009 OzHarvest Canberra, now “The Yellow Van,” continues to collect excess food from restaurants and supermarkets, which would otherwise be discarded, and distribute it to charities and refuges around Canberra. Each month The Yellow Van rescues more than 16,000 kilograms of otherwise wasted food from more than 90 regular food donors.

In 2006 the ANU SLIVER Cell project won – now a key player in Australia’s role in global solar energy innovation with the unveiling on their new high-efficiency solar cell. Two years of research have culminated the delivery of 24.4% efficiency.

EDITOR’S NOTES:

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With over four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with the organisation Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, The LITTLE Committee, Australia’s Litter Action Plan and Keep Australia Beautiful Week.

The KAB National website is kab.org.au where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

The ACT Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by:

The Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, works with partners across the nation to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their packaging suppliers. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is recognised by more than 80% of people.

Category sponsor Environment & Sustainable Development Department of the ACT. The ACT Government has established the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate to consolidate and build on its capacity to respond to climate change. The Australian Capital Territory is Australia’s Bush Capital and its natural environment is rich in content, from the landscape to the native vegetation and animals.

Event sponsor ANUgreen is the Australian National University’s award-winning environmental management program, managed by the ANU Facilities and Services Division. Established in 1999 under the ANU environment policy, ANUgreen is responsible for implementing the University’s Environmental Management Plan by working directly with the University community, educating and empowering staff and students to playing an active role in reducing the collective environmental impact.

Patron of the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards Katy Gallagher MLA

“It gives me great pleasure to once again accept the role of patron of the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards. Now in its 10th year, the awards provide an excellent opportunity for the efforts of our local community groups, businesses, industry and government to be recognised in their work towards achieving a sustainable future for Canberra.”

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