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2011 winners and finalists

Premier’s ClimateSmart Award

WINNER—Wagners CFT Manufacturing Pty Ltd

A new low emission concrete, developed by Wagners, is set to revolutionise the construction industry.

Branded Earth Friendly Concrete, or EFC, the concrete does not contain ordinary Portland cement which is responsible for the carbon emission intensity of normal concrete. EFC is developed from an eco-friendly alternative known as Geopolymer Binder, which is created from the chemical activation of two industrial waste by-products—blast furnace slag and fly ash.

This alternative binder produces a staggering 80-90 per cent less CO2 emissions than Portland cement and has the same, if not better, engineering and construction properties as normal concrete.

ClimateSmart School Community Award

WINNER—Gordonvale State School

Gordonvale State School’s innovative curriculum initiative called Excelsior: A Whole Community Approach to Sustainability creates a culture of environmental sustainability within the school and local community, with an emphasis on long term behavioural change.

The school’s Excelsior Team collects data through audits, surveys and observations of biodiversity, energy, water and waste and have set a community carbon emission reduction target of more than 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

FINALIST—Bulimba State School

Bulimba State School has had a long term commitment to reducing its impact on the environment over 15 years. From Prep to Year 7, children learn from practical outdoor experience and in the classroom they are making decisions which impact the environment.

The school has committed large areas for edible gardens, outdoor learning classrooms, and physical activity while building necessary infrastructure with sustainability as a driving force. Bulimba is the state demonstration school for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, which teaches students how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food.

FINALIST—Bungunya State School

Bungunya State School is a small, remote school in south-west Queensland. Through its Earth Smart Science program, students produced an action plan to encourage local sustainability.

Students became sustainability auditors, and recognised focus areas in need of improvement, began improving green zones, and reduced consumption levels at school. They informed the community on ways to reduce spiralling energy costs, water consumption, and waste levels.

FINALIST—Moreton Bay Boys’ College

Moreton Bay Boys’ College established a five and a half hectare Nature Refuge on its grounds to protect rare and threatened species including the koala.

The school’s 'Eagle Eye’ environment program for Prep to Year 9, helps students design and implement a weed management and habitat enhancement strategy in areas of the nature refuge. This will enhance its value and importance as a wildlife corridor.

ClimateSmart Partnership Award

WINNER—Project Catalyst

Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between Reef Catchments, Coca-Cola Foundation, World Wide Fund for Nature and Mackay/ Whitsunday sugarcane farmers to improve water quality and reduce the impact of pollution on the Great Barrier Reef.

Adopting innovative land management practises has greatly decreased soil, nutrients, and chemicals reaching the reef. Project Catalyst growers adopt a precision Agricultural Plan to address their farms risk to local market economies and the environment.

Precision application of chemicals has reduced nutrient pollution by 60 per cent, herbicide pollution by 95 per cent, and satellite controlled machinery has reduced the volume of run-off from heavy clay soils by 20 per cent.

FINALIST—Brisbane City Council: Green Heart CitySmart Initiative

Green Heart CitySmart initiative is dedicated to engaging, informing and assisting Brisbane's residents and businesses to take action to reduce their levels of greenhouse gas emissions across key areas of energy, waste, transport and water.

The initiative empowers people to adopt lifestyles and practices that contribute to Brisbane achieving its sustainability target by accessing $50 ClimateSmart Home Service vouchers, Lord Mayor’s Sustainability Grants, sustainability fairs and waste reduction strategies.

FINALIST—Moreton Bay Regional Council: ResourceED

Moreton Bay Regional Council develops community partnerships towards sustainability and climate change abatement through its three education and engagement programs - 'ResourcEd Schools', ‘Community Waste Education’, and ‘Education for Sustainability' programs.

The programs focus on waste minimisation actions, recycling programs, energy efficiency plans, and practices to improve and protect the Region’s biodiversity.

Nine schools have so far implemented waste minimisation action plans—most achieving 25 per cent waste diversion rates from landfill.

ClimateSmart Community Award

WINNER—Sustainable Jamboree

The aim of Sustainable Jamboree is to reduce the ecological footprint of the Jamboree Ward in the western suburbs of Brisbane City by promoting sustainability in partnership with householders, schools, and businesses.

The group’s Energy Savers’ project included monthly information forums, public workshops, films and practical open house and market days to educate the local community on ways to reduce energy use.

36 electric bicycles were purchased through the project for city commuters and an Energy Saver's Awards scheme was established to reward community leaders.

FINALIST—Noosa Community Training Centre: Brite Side Industries

What began in 1999 as an initiative to reduce landfill in the Noosa Shire, has grown into a self sustaining enterprise operating seven days a week, employing three full-time and six part-time staff.

Noosa Community Training Centre’s Brite Side Industries has developed a system of redirecting items destined for landfill, in turn reducing waste and creating sustainable employment and skill development opportunities for disadvantaged members of the community.

Useable materials are recycled and repurposed, and sold through a shop located at the Noosa Shire Council Eumundi Road Landfill Site. Over 17 000 cubic metres of waste has now been saved from landfill, generating 165 000 sales with a turnover of two million dollars.

FINALIST—Pine Rivers Climate Action Network

Pine Rivers Climate Action Network is a volunteer run, community based network, passionate about taking real and effective action on climate change. The network works with residents, schools and businesses to raise awareness of climate change to create a sustainable future, starting at home.

The group focus on promoting energy efficiency and supporting renewable green power options, while promoting material efficiency through reducing, reusing and recycling. Pioneering programs such as the Green Street Project and Sustainable Shopping Tours, as well as being involved in the national 100 per cent Renewable Campaign and other local community events, are helping their community create a cleaner and greener future.

ClimateSmart Built Environment Award

WINNER—Arup, MGF Consultants (NQ) & Gilboy Hydraulic Solutions (William McCormack Place, Stage 2)

Stage two of the William McCormack Place office building in Cairns is the first building in the tropics to be recognised with a World Leader 6-Star Green Star Office Design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

It combines existing best practices with a number of futuristic innovations to reduce its environmental impacts.

The building is predicted to reduce energy emissions by approximately 60 per cent and reduce potable water use by 75 per cent, while providing improved air quality, daylight, and high-comfort electric lighting.

FINALIST—Eastern Busway Alliance: Department of Transport and Main Roads, Leighton Contractors, AECOM and S.K.M

The Eastern Busway Alliance set out to deliver a one kilometre section of busway as a catalyst for future urban development and growth in the Brisbane suburbs of Buranda, Stones Corner and Coorparoo.

Sustainability concepts were integrated into the project culture including internal project governance, systems design and processes, and in turn have set new benchmarks for future infrastructure projects. The alliance is hoping to permanently elevate sustainability within the construction industry.

FINALIST—HQ: Leighton Properties and Leighton Contractors

HQ is a landmark 6-star Green Star Development in Brisbane's emerging city fringe suburb of Fortitude Valley. It includes two world class office towers providing commercial office and retail space around a central public plaza.

HQ features Australia's largest co-generation power plant in a commercial application capable of providing all energy requirements, excellent potable water efficiency via rainwater harvesting and water-efficient fittings, and outstanding daylight penetration. 94 per cent of all onsite waste in the construction of HQ was recycled.

Innovation in ClimateSmart Technologies Award

WINNER—Wagners CFT Manufacturing Pty Ltd

A new low emission concrete, developed by Wagners, is set to revolutionise the construction industry.

Branded Earth Friendly Concrete, or EFC, the concrete does not contain ordinary Portland cement which is responsible for the carbon emission intensity of normal concrete. EFC is developed from an eco-friendly alternative known as Geopolymer Binder, which is created from the chemical activation of two industrial waste by-products—blast furnace slag and fly ash.

This alternative binder produces a staggering 80-90 per cent less CO2 emissions than Portland cement and has the same, if not better, engineering and construction properties as normal concrete.

FINALIST—Project Catalyst

Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between Reef Catchments, Coca-Cola Foundation, World Wide Fund for Nature and Mackay/ Whitsunday sugarcane farmers to improve water quality and reduce the impact of pollution on the Great Barrier Reef.

Adopting innovative land management practises has greatly decreased soil, nutrients, and chemicals reaching the reef. Project Catalyst growers adopt a precision Agricultural Plan to address their farms risk to local market economies and the environment.

Precision application of chemicals has reduced nutrient pollution by 60 percent, herbicide pollution by 95 per cent, and satellite controlled machinery has reduced the volume of run-off from heavy clay soils by 20 per cent.

FINALIST—The NovaGrey domestic water recycling system: WaterGurus Australia

The NovaGrey domestic water recycling system was developed to help households reduce their water consumption and costs by reusing wastewater.

The innovative system, which uses the WaterGurus’ patented MembraneSafe™ technology, enables a high proportion of household wastewater to be treated and recycled on site for non-potable applications, such as toilet flushing, car washing and irrigation.

The system is predicted to save the average household around 600 litres of water a day, equating to a huge saving of 300 000 litres per year.

ClimateSmart Rural Award

WINNER—Gaia Farms

Gaia Farms is a 95 hectare banana farm, bordered by Cowley and Liverpool Creeks, near Silkwood in North Queensland.

Over the past five years, a number of new, environmentally sustainable management practices have been implemented to maintain the farm’s productivity while benefiting neighbouring wetlands and the downstream Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Practises include: the application of heavy compost and the establishment of inter-row grass cover to prevent runoff and retain soil moisture; and optimising fertiliser and water use to avoid waste and overuse. A new, two and a half hectare wetland has been purposely built to capture and treat any runoff.

FINALIST—Project Catalyst

Project Catalyst is a pioneering partnership between Reef Catchments, Coca-Cola Foundation, World Wide Fund for Nature and Mackay/ Whitsunday sugarcane farmers to improve water quality and reduce the impact of pollution on the Great Barrier Reef.

Adopting innovative land management practises has greatly decreased soil, nutrients, and chemicals reaching the reef. Project Catalyst growers adopt a precision Agricultural Plan to address their farms risk to local market economies and the environment.

Precision application of chemicals has reduced nutrient pollution by 60 per cent, herbicide pollution by 95 per cent, and satellite controlled machinery has reduced the volume of run-off from heavy clay soils by 20 per cent.

Industrial Eco-efficiency ClimateSmart Award

WINNER—Nursery Traders

Since implementing water harvesting and energy efficiency programs from 1998, landscape supply business  Nursery Traders is now water and energy self reliant.

Its latest water recycling project takes the business to an estimated 97.2 per cent potable water savings. In 2010 alone, the business saved more than 58 megalitres—without using any potable water to irrigate its 12 000 square meter nursery for six months of the year.

Its solar power generation system remains the largest privately owned solar power system in Queensland with excess green power sold to the Queensland power grid.

FINALIST—Downer EDI Mining: Commodore Mine

Commodore Mine, owned by InterGen and operated by Downer EDI Mining, has trialled and successfully adopted research, development and deployment of a broad range of eco-efficient technologies and practices.

Key sustainability actions include: becoming one of the first open cut coal mines to switch its total fuel use to biodiesel; reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of the mine’s operational activities; being self sufficient in its water usage; and leading emissions measurement performance techniques.

FINALIST—Rio Tinto Alcan

The Yarwun cogeneration facility will more than double the existing capacity of the company’s alumina production. It converts natural gas energy via a large gas turbine to produce electricity and steam for the Yarwun refinery.

The gas turbine is linked to a 160 megawatt electrical generator, which produces all the electricity needed to power the refinery processes. The facility will allow the company to reduce its greenhouse intensity, while being able to feed surplus electricity back into the power grid.

Corporate ClimateSmart Award

WINNER—Downer EDI Mining

Downer EDI Mining is one of Australia's major providers of mining and mine development services including open-cut and underground mining.

As a specialist in operating mines, it is at the forefront of understanding and tackling minerals industry sustainability challenges and opportunities.

A sustainable business framework informs all the company’s decision making, and aims to exceed compliance and foster sustainability initiatives. This framework is supported by sustainability drivers incorporated into the day-to-day management of all business activities.

FINALIST—Alex Fraser Queensland: recycled road base material for pavements

The Alex Fraser Group is Australia’s leading construction and demolition materials recycler manufacturing a range of recycled construction products including specification road bases.

Following the successful introduction of recycled road base into road projects around Australia, the Alex Fraser Group has worked with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to develop a recycled material for pavements specification.

The Group provided technical knowledge on extending the use of recycled material beyond just roads and car parks to now being included in residential and industrial subdivisions, along with major road infrastructure projects currently underway and in the future.

FINALIST—Leighton Contractors Northern Region: Environmental Sustainability

Leighton Contractors Northern Region’s goal is to integrate sustainability into all aspects of its construction business to create a ClimateSmart company which considers sustainability in all of its operating and governance decisions.

Following the success of its region-wide green office program which has reduced fuel consumption, minimised water use, and diverted more than 90 per cent of its waste from landfill. Leighton Contractors’ primary objective for 2010 and 2011 is to make ‘Sustainability sustainable’ and promote this through its supply chain.

Leighton’s Northern Region recently become one of the first Australian organisations, and the first construction company, to achieve verification against the highest standard for greenhouse gas emissions measurement and reporting.

ClimateSmart Small Business Award

WINNER—Buyequip: Electronics Recycling

Buyequip is a Brisbane-based recycler of used IT equipment, established to assist clients reduce their carbon footprint for financial gain.

Since1998, Buyequip's ability to adapt to the ever-changing IT industry has seen it grow to be one of Queensland's largest end of use IT service organisations.

From April 2009 to February 2011, Buyequip diverted nearly 250 tonnes of eWaste from Ipswich City Council's landfill and recycled it into re-useable commodities. Its mission is to provide the best possible environmental outcomes for end-of-use and end-of-life electronic waste.

FINALIST—Cityfood Growers

Cityfood Growers provides services and tailored online information to support a more localised and organic food supply. Its goal is to empower people to become more productive at growing their own food.

Cityfood Growers’ interactive website provides organic gardening information which can be localised to anywhere in Australia, using recent climate information—enabling food gardeners to adapt more easily to climate change.

It facilitates local and global connections between food gardeners enabling consumers to find locally grown food via an online local growers market.

FINALIST—Nursery Traders

Since implementing water harvesting and energy efficiency programs from 1998, landscape supply business  Nursery Traders is now water and energy self reliant. Its combined water, energy and waste initiatives are beyond industry best practice.

Its latest water recycling project takes the business to an estimated 97.2 per cent potable water savings. In 2010 alone, the business saved more than 58 megalitres—without using any potable water to irrigate its 12 000 square meter nursery for six months of the year.

Its solar power generation system remains the largest privately owned solar power system in Queensland with excess green power sold to the Queensland power grid.

ClimateSmart Clean Energy Innovation Award

WINNER—Aussie Paddington: Solar Powered Home Loans

Aussie Paddington has developed an innovative way to achieve significant household savings by using solar power to save money on their home loan.

This will help more householders to upgrade to solar power, reduce carbon emissions, and reduce their mortgages. By using the money saved on electricity bills and or the solar rebates from installing solar panels, and applying these savings to a home loan, householders can afford a bigger better solar energy system and pay off their home loan sooner.

FINALIST—Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort: Climate Change Action and Education Program

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort’s Climate Change Action and Education Program has reduced the resort’s carbon footprint by 75 per cent; and was awarded an Advanced Ecotourism Certification from Ecotourism Australia for its climate change adaptation strategies.

The installation of an off grid three-phase Hybrid Solar Power Station has reduced the use of diesel fuel by over 50 per cent and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 300 tonnes annually.

The eco-resort plans to double the size of the solar station in 2011. Their goal is to power the Island by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2015—making it one of the first island resorts in Australia to move entirely to renewable energy.

FINALIST—The University of Queensland: Solar PV Array Project

The University of Queensland has designed and built an innovative solar photovoltaic Micro-Grid. The Micro-Grid is one of the most sophisticated solar-systems in the world and contains the largest PV flat panel array in Australia.

The centrepiece of the system is a 1.22 mega watt flat-panel PV array deployed across four buildings at the St Lucia campus. Other features include a large 400 kilo watt hour RedFlow battery for storage; an array of latest generation smart modules; state-of-the-art inverters; and a Solar Research Resource Centre.

Minister’s Award for ClimateSmart Leadership

WINNER—Alex Fraser Queensland

The Alex Fraser Group is Australia’s leading construction and demolition materials recycler.

Following the successful introduction of recycled road base into road projects around Australia, the Alex Fraser Group has worked with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to develop a recycled material for pavements specification.

The Group provided technical knowledge on extending the use of recycled material beyond just roads and car parks to now being included in residential and industrial subdivisions, along with major road infrastructure projects currently underway and in the future.

FINALIST—Eco Queenslander

Fraser Coast's Eco Queenslander, is a classic 'craftsman built Queenslander' style holiday home that was restored and retrofitted with energy and water efficient appliances in 2009.

The sustainable holiday home is now carbon neutral and was selected by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation to represent best practices for ecotourism in the Asia Pacific region.

FINALIST—Cundall

Cundall has become a leading Ecologically Sustainable Design consultancy company, having led over 75 sustainable developments in Queensland alone.

Cundall’s expertise in sustainable design based on specialised daylight, thermal comfort and natural ventilation modelling, was instrumental in completing Queensland’s first 6-Star design rated building—ENERGEX HQ at Newstead.

FINALIST—Ben O’Callaghan

Ben O’Callaghan is a Queensland leader in sustainability and climate change abatement.

As sustainable design consultancy Cundall’s Queensland State Manager, he is overseeing eight of the State’s largest green building projects.

Ben lectured in sustainable design at Bond University, and is also working with Cundall to develop education tools for industry to assist developers, builders and architects—to build more efficient buildings using proven engineering principles. His own sustainable house won the HIA GreenSmart Energy Efficiency Award in 2009.

FINALIST—YES 2010

YES 2010 was an education and activity program adopted by 31 Catholic schools across the Townsville Diocese for the year 2010’s Year of Sustainability.

Collectively, the schools produced a list of eco-actions with over 1000 suggestions for individuals and groups on how to reduce their carbon footprints. Each school was audited on whole school planning, curriculum integration, management of resources, school groups and community inclusion and service.

The program educated over 11 500 students, parents and community members about practical sustainability and lowering carbon footprints, reducing greenhouse gas emissions across households and schools.

FINALIST—Bulimba State School: Young minds grow in this garden

Bulimba School has had a long term commitment to reducing its impact on the environment over 15 years. From Prep to Year 7, children learn from practical outdoor experience and in the classroom they are making decisions which impact the environment.

The school is committed to developing informed citizens and leaders of tomorrow. The school is also committed to keeping maximum space available for gardens, outdoor learning and physical activity while building necessary infrastructure with sustainability as a driving force.

The school is the state demonstration school for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, which teaches students how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food.

Last reviewed
27 March 2012
Last updated
10 June 2011