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Nominations for the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards have now closed.

The 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards program includes ten award categories targeting community and industry achievements.

All 2016 award categories have specific criteria upon which they will be judged.

The pinnacle award, the Premier’s Award, is decided by the official judging panel. Applicants cannot apply for this award.

Built Environment Award

This award is given to an organisation that has created innovative sustainable business practices in urban design, construction, waste minimisation and development.

Category criteria

  1. Describe your project and the environmental functions and benefits it has created in an urban development or built environment.
  2. Detail the leadership and innovation your organisation has shown in creating and promoting built design and sustainable development solutions.
  3. Explain how your initiatives/practices can be adopted by others to help benefit the Queensland community.

Business Eco-efficiency Award

This award is given to a business for outstanding performance in improving its operational efficiency by applying environmentally beneficial processes, systems or practices.

Category criteria

  1. Provide details of the eco-efficiency improvements your business has made.
  2. Describe how eco-efficiency has helped your business strategy. Please describe what you have done to achieve eco-efficiency (e.g. by referring to quantitative data in business plans, reports, independent assessments, electricity or water bills and other measurements of resource consumption or waste reduction, proven results from participation in a business efficiency development program such as ecoBiz, and anecdotal evidence such as testimonials or photos).
  3. Explain how your business is planning to continually improve its business eco-efficiency.

Community Award

This award is given to a Queensland community group or a community partnership for achievements in environmental care and nature resource stewardship.

A community group is defined as a group of interacting people, generally in social units larger than a household (volunteer organisations, councils) and possibly living in close proximity that shares some common values.

A community partnership is defined as a consortium of community groups working in partnership to achieve community-based environmental and sustainability targets.

Category criteria

  1. Outline how your community group or partnership is working together to care for the environment,
    reduce resource consumption and increase reuse and recycling of resources.
  2. Describe how your initiatives have contributed to:
    • caring for the environment
    • reducing resource consumption
    • increased reuse and recycling of resources
      (attach relevant documents, photographs, plans, testimonials, news articles).
  3. Explain how your community group or partnership has promoted and encouraged care for the environment and sustainable environmental practices (e.g. community activities, promotion, newsletters). Provide evidence (attach relevant documents, photographs, plans, newspaper articles, etc.).
  4. Outline your community group or partnership's commitment to following sustainable practices (e.g. participation of members in natural resource stewardship programs, resource conservation and education programs, including recycling or conducting water and energy audits).

Innovation in Sustainable Technologies Award

This award is given to an organisation or individual developing and/or applying technology that goes beyond current best practice to achieve environmental benefits and improve business sustainability (e.g. energy or water savings, waste reduction, or reduced environmental impact).

Category criteria

  1. Describe your initiative and the degree of innovation in the technology used including how it extends current best practice to achieve environmental benefits (attach relevant background explanation, photos, diagrams, etc).
  2. Explain the potential environmental benefits to be achieved by the new technology or process improvement. Provide evidence of the environmental benefits (attach test data, calculations, reports or independent assessments).
  3. Outline the potential for the new technology or process improvement to be adopted by other businesses. Describe the status of the technology/process (e.g. currently under development, demonstration unit in operation, being sold or licensed etc) and provide details about how the technology/process is/will be sold, licensed or otherwise promoted to other potential users.

Minister's Award for Leadership in Sustainability

This award is given to an individual or organisation for outstanding leadership in driving eco-efficiency and resource recovery to promote a healthy environment and thriving economy.

Category criteria

  1. Describe how you have shown innovation and leadership in applying sustainability principles and practices in your business or community work. Provide examples.
  2. Explain how you have increased awareness of sustainable environmental principles in your business or community sector. Provide examples.

Rural Award

This award is given to a primary producer for sustainable production and conservation of natural resources.

Category criteria

  1. Explain how you have shown leadership and innovation in developing a sustainable agricultural business delivering environmental benefits and improved farm performance. Provide examples.
  2. Describe your efforts to reduce your agricultural business’ impacts on local water quality, particularly waterways within the Great Barrier Reef and other sensitive coastal catchments. Provide examples.

Small Business Award

This award is given to a small business for achievement and leadership in adopting sustainability practices that reduce its environmental impact and strengthen its commercial viability.

A small business is defined as one with less than 20 employees.

Category criteria

  1. Describe how sustainability practices have been integrated into your planning and decision making.
  2. Outline what you have done to reduce the environmental impact of your operations. Provide supporting information (such as details of energy and water savings, waste reduction, greenhouse gas emissions reductions).
  3. Outline the potential for your practices to be adopted and used by other companies and how these practices can benefit the broader Queensland community?
  4. Explain how you partnered with other organisations to reach your goals.

Sustainability in Education Award

This award is given to a Queensland educational institution —state and non-state schools or early child hood centre or environmental education centre for its efforts in energy efficiency, minimising waste, conserving water and maintaining or improving the biodiversity of natural systems within and around its boundaries.

The award also recognises educational programs and activities that embed environmental education for sustainability across the whole school curriculum and promote awareness and capacity building of sustainable living practices in the wider school community.

This may include staff, students, parent groups, local organisations and businesses undertaking activities that support their local school or centre.

Category criteria

  1. Describe how your school or centre has promoted and encouraged an understanding of environmentally sustainable practices through its teaching and learning programs, leading to reduced environmental impacts throughout the school or centre community (such as through educational activities, events). Provide details such as what was set up for classroom/whole school or centre programs, who was involved, what they have been doing, and any reduction in the use of resources.
  2. Demonstrate how your school or centre has reduced its energy and water consumption and waste generation or improved biodiversity in the grounds or around its boundaries. Please describe what you have done by referring to figures from electricity or water bills, operation of waste facilities or other measurements such anecdotal evidence including testimonials, diaries or photos.
  3. Explain how your school or centre community has committed itself to maintaining its physical environment, both within its boundaries or in adjacent landscapes. Provide details of how your school or centre has demonstrated this commitment.
  4. Illustrate the level of community engagement and capacity building that the school or centre has engaged in to promote sustainable living practices in the wider school or centre community.

Sustainable Heritage Award

This award is given to an individual or organisation for outstanding conservation, which may include preserving, restoring, reconstructing, adapting and re-purposing, of a place entered in the Queensland Heritage Register using innovative sustainable management practices.

Category criteria

  1. Describe how you have demonstrated leadership in environmental, social and economic sustainability by applying innovative management practices based on continual improvement and excellence.
  2. Explain how your initiative has achieved energy and water efficiency, and/or embodied energy and embedded carbon savings, in conserving a heritage place.
  3. Explain how your initiative has integrated innovation and the use of new technologies with best-practice conservation measures.
  4. Demonstrate your contribution to local economies by providing opportunities for cultural tourism or training in heritage-related trades’ skills.

Young Achiever's Award

This award is given to a young Queenslander (under 25 years of age) for promoting environmental sustainability or practical solutions in the efficient use of water, resources and energy, waste management and recycling practices.

Category criteria

  1. Explain how you have demonstrated environmental leadership.
  2. Describe your efforts to promote environmental sustainability and/or solutions for more efficient use of resources. Provide examples.

Premier's Award

The Premier’s Award is awarded to an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting and advancing sustainability in Queensland. Applicants cannot apply for this award.

Last updated
18 July 2016