Business Sustainability Awards
Actsmart sponsors the Business Sustainability Awards to recognise those organisations that make an outstanding contribution to sustainability across Canberra and the broader ACT.
The Awards celebrate better waste management and recycling, more efficient use of water and energy, and projects in which exemplary sustainability practices have been observed.
Each year, the Business Sustainability Awards — which have grown in terms of both participation and prestige — are presented at a gala breakfast, with all registered Actsmart enterprises invited to attend.
Nominations closed 26 April 2017.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Actsmart Business Sustainability Awards.
Entering the awards is easy and a great chance to share your sustainability message. Winners are promoted to other Actsmart organisations, media and the wider Canberra community. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be recognised for your efforts and celebrate your commitment to sustainability.
How to nominate
- Decide which category or categories your project or initiative bests suits.
- Review the award categories and criteria and terms and conditions.
- Submit an online nomination or contact Carly Scott on 6207 5118 to request a hard copy and mail your entry and supporting documentation to:
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Actsmart Business Unit
2017 Sustainability Awards
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
Supporting documentation in the way of photos, graphs or statistics can be submitted through the online nomination form or can be emailed to email@example.com. Please clearly outline your organisation and the nomination it relates to.
Awarded to the organisation that has the smallest amount of waste going to landfill. This is worked out as a percentage of the overall waste composition. You can refer to your Actsmart scorecard for this information.
Three awards are available in this category to recognise the largest volume of waste diverted from landfill to recycling between 1 May 2016 to 30 April 2017. Nominations are open to:
- Organisations located in the ACT or Queanbeyan
- Small Actsmart events (less than 1000 patrons)
- Large Actsmart events (more than 1000 patrons)
Nominations for Actsmart events will be worked out as a daily average.
Energy & Water Star
Recognises a business who has implemented energy and/or water saving initiatives and successfully reduced their consumption through efficiency upgrades, staff behaviour change and/or innovative projects.
Awarded to an organisation or public event that has implemented an innovative idea or creative process to support energy and water efficiencies or improve waste management.
Awarded to an organisation or public event that has implemented an effective staff motivation system to support energy and water efficiencies or improve waste management.
Awarded to an organisation for outstanding performance in making sustainable business practices the cornerstone of its business development strategy.
Small business award
Awarded to a small business (with less than 20 full time equivalent employees) for achievement and leadership in adopting energy, water or waste practices that reduce its environmental impact and strengthen its commercial viability.
Minister’s award for leadership
Awarded to an individual for outstanding leadership in management of waste abatement and/or energy and waste efficiencies and best demonstrating the spirit of the program/s.
Top reasons to enter
Top reasons to enter
1. Recognition of your success
Be recognised by your peers for excellence in sustainable practices, to enhance your existing relationships and open doors to new opportunities.
2. Boost your reputation as a leader in sustainability
Showcase your leadership or innovation in sustainable practices to your business. If you win, you will be able to use the Actsmart winner's logo to promote your reputation for excellence in the field.
3. You - in the spotlight
Increase awareness of your efforts in sustainability and raise your profile through media coverage.
4. Celebrate the achievements of your staff and patrons
Recognise your organisation and the efforts of your staff and patrons through your application.
Conditions of entry
For further information on conditions of entry for the Business Sustainability awards, click here.
The Business Sustainability Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of businesses and public event organisers in the efficient use of water and energy, better waste management and recycling practices. It also celebrates achievements in projects representing exemplary sustainability practices.
Winner - Waste Minimisation
Brema Group specialise in demolition and excavation with a real focus on recycling. They joined the Actsmart program in April 2012 and have achieved fantastic results, diverting a staggering 97% from landfill through recycling, and reducing CO2 emissions by 1.7 tonnes per annum.
Winner - Waste Minimisation
Gaining accreditation in the Actsmart program in May 2012 saw Elections ACT see some real and tangible results. After implementing the program, the small office reduced waste to landfill from 14% to a mere 3%. A major focus was minimising waste generated by cost sharing technologies with other electoral offices and borrowing election materials where appropriate.
Winner - Biggest Recycler – Small Event
4th July Celebrations
The 4th July event is the biggest event held at the Embassy with 800 guests at the 2014 event. Installing portable Actsmart signage saw an immediate effect on visitor behaviour. 1680kg of organics and mixed recycling was diverted from landfill to recycling through the event. The success of this recycling effort is the benchmark for all future events at the embassy.
Highly Commended - Biggest Recycler – Small Event
Wanniassa Hills Primary School
The Wanniassa Hills Primary School fair held in October 2014 saw 1000 visitors having access to recycling. The team at Wanniassa Hills Primary accessed the Actsmart bin covers and set up stations around the event. Students were instructed on use of the bins to model behaviour for visitors to the event – resulting in 58% of waste being diverted into recycling.
Winner - Biggest Recycler – Large Event
National Folk Festival
The National Folk Festival has a strong background in recycling at its events, and in 2015 through partnering with Actsmart they exceeded their high standards. In 2015 a staggering 7.8 tonne of organics and 6.1 tonne of mixed recycling was sent for recycling from the 50,000 visitors who attended the event. The result was that 53% of waste was diverted away from landfill, a fantastic effort for such a large event.
Winner - Biggest Recycler
National Library of Australia
The National Library of Australia embarked on a four year journey to maximise recycling joining the Actsmart program. They installed signage in docks and kitchens, and offered recycling options in the coffee shop which encouraged staff, visitors and contractors to help reach recycling targets. The Library now recycles batteries, cardboard, metals, fluorescent and mixed lighting, organics, paper, timber pallets, printer and toner cartridges, and soft plastics.
Winner - Water Star
Cheeky Chicken Early Learning Centre
Joining the Actsmart Energy and Water program this small not-for-profit childcare centre embarked on an ambitious challenge of upgrading a 1970s building to 2015 environmental standards. All toilets and taps were upgraded, hospital grade hand sanitisers installed to reduce water usage, a 6 star rated plywood floor installed, and new roofing and gutter systems to maximise water recycling for irrigation to vegetable gardens and toilet cistern use.
Winner - Energy Star
Cheeky Chicken Early Learning Centre
This childcare centre focussed on reducing its energy use by replacing an out of date electric hot water system with a new efficient model, replacing old lights with LEDs, heavily insulating the roof, and replacing old windows to double the size of the glass and allow for 180 degree opening. This allows more light to enter the building and better ventilation - resulting in 75% of the building not requiring artificial light for most of the year.
Highly Commended - Energy Star
Class Locksmiths embarked on their energy efficiency journey with Actsmart by replacing 230 fluorescent tubes and a dozen halogen lights with LED lights. A reduction of 50% of power usage was achieved. Class Locksmiths also embraced staff behaviour and encouraged staff to turn off equipment whilst not in use, installed timers for water boiling units and applied film on large glass panels in showroom to reduce heat in summer.
Highly Commended - Energy Star
St Stephen Anglican Church Kambah
With the advice from the Actsmart audit, the church set out to convert the 1990s building to make it more comfortable as well as energy efficient. Installing an efficient split system heating system, scheduling meetings in smaller rooms that would be easier to heat, and removing vegetation from the building to allow better sun penetration has seen a dramatic reduction in energy bills. They have also raised awareness in the Parish encouraging others to take action on energy conservation at the church and in their homes.
Winner - Small Business Award
Bond Hair Religion
Joining the program in July 2014 Bond Hair Religion took on the challenge of implementing environmental practices into this Kingston salon. From the initial audit and Actsmart advice they installed eco showerheads, started using Easydry towels to reduce towel usage, updated old lights to LEDs, and implemented recycling whilst reducing the amount of packaging coming into the salon. In just over twelve months Bond Hair Religion have increased recycling from 0 to 80% and reduced electricity costs by 60%, all while increasing number of clients serviced.
Winner - Corporate Award
Turner & Townsend
Environmental stewardship is one of the four pillars of this organisations’ Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy. Committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing consumption, avoiding unnecessary business travel, reducing and recycling waste, videoing and web conferencing and walking to meetings are all encouraged. A system of continuous improvement and strong staff induction and commitment has seen a reduction of business travel emissions by 29%, waste to landfill by 92% and energy consumption by 63%.
Winner - Motivation Excellence
Belconnen Early Childhood Centre
The management ethos includes educating the future leaders of tomorrow to show respect for their environment. Daily activities include repurposing old furniture into craft centres, teaching water, waste and energy saving tips for children to take home to their families, and collecting and recycling plastic bags in the centre. This is a great example of teaching the next generation about sustainability, reaching many homes within Canberra.
Highly Commended - Motivation Excellence
TEDxCanberra is a non profit, volunteer run organisation that holds one major event in Canberra each year. The 2014 event embarked on the goal of zero waste to landfill – an ambitious target for any event. Engaging the volunteer team, addressing every level of the event and engaging suppliers to reduce generation of waste saw the event with 650 attendees send only 2 litres of waste to landfill.
Winner - Innovation Excellence
This auction portal is unique to Canberra. All auctions of obsolete equipment from local schools are available Australia wide with funds being put towards a 3D printing package including training to help that school bring future technology into the curriculum today. Any equipment with no commercial value is sent to recycling. This innovation has the ability to change behaviour and perspective of what is increasingly a throwaway society.
Highly Commended - Innovation Excellence
Australian Sports Commission
The team at the AIS worked together with local worm farmers to develop a state of the art worm farm onsite. Organic waste is collected from all sections of the AIS including athlete’s accommodation, staff kitchens, child care centres and from events. This has seen a significant reduction in waste removal costs which will be realised well into the future.
Winner - Minister’s Award for Leadership
Jancye Winter – National Multicultural Festival
Jancye has developed complex waste management contracts to address waste removal to optimise recycling at the Multicultural Festival. Her ability to innovate, collaborate and deliver this event with sustainability at front of mind is a credit to Jancye and her leadership, and has resulted in outstanding results in reducing waste to landfill from the event.