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2016 Sponsors

Built Environment Award


CitySmart was created by Brisbane City Council to help make Brisbane our nation's most sustainable city. The organisation works with government and corporates to deliver sustainability outcomes for our cities and regions.

CitySmart is currently delivering $25 million worth of projects, with over $230 million in projects in development, all designed to contribute to economic growth and make Brisbane a clean, green city.

Visit the CitySmart website.

Business Eco-efficiency Award

Carlton and United Breweries

Carlton and United Breweries continues to strive to reduce its environmental footprint and to lead in sustainable business practices, in particular at Yatala Brewery in South East Queensland. The site prides itself on water and energy efficient brewing. Our onsite waste treatment plant delivers a methane rich bio fuel to supplement natural gas supplies to the site allowing a significant reduction in Fossil Fuel usage and provides over a million litres a day of recycled water for non-product use throughout the brewery. The brewery’s current thrust is to maximise beneficial re-use of all wastes from the plant, concentrating on segregation at source to minimise down-stream handling of materials and enhance the value of recycling.

Visit the Carlton and United Breweries website.


Community Award

Queensland Water and Land Carers

In the paddocks and backyards, on balconies and beaches of Queensland, citizens are working together in their local communities to make a difference.  The many thousands of voluntary members of Queensland Water and Land Carers make a significant and visible contribution to the environmental, social and economic health of the state.

More than 300 groups and 30,000 volunteer members across Queensland demonstrate the enormous value of people collaborating to make a difference. The natural landscapes Queenslanders treasure, from the reef and ranges to the red dust, are all enhanced by the practical on-ground achievements of this community of many hands.

Visit the Queensland Water and Land Carers website.


Innovation in Sustainable Technologies Award

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)

The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is the state's peak association for employers in any industry. CCIQ is a not-for-profit organisation run by business owners, for business owners.

CCIQ help its members with business tools, events and advice that make a difference to their life and their bottom line.

Since 1868 CCIQ has made it its business to represent, protect and nourish Queensland businesses by taking the lead role in creating the best possible environment for Queensland businesses to succeed, and ensuring that everyone can reach their full potential.

Visit the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland website.


Minister's Award for Leadership in Sustainability


Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities. The group's operations comprise more than 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets and agricultural facilities.

Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, including automotive manufacture, steel, power generation, oil and food processing. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities.

Almost half of Glencore's Australian workforce of 16,000 employees are based in Queensland.

Glencore operates five coal mining complexes and a coal export terminal in the state, while our Mount Isa copper and zinc operations underpin the North West Queensland minerals province.

In 2015, Glencore contributed almost $4 billion to the Queensland economy.

Visit the Glencore in Australia website.


Rural Award

NuGrow Pty Ltd

NuGrow Pty Ltd (NuGrow) has been a market leader in organic waste recycling, composting and soil conditioner manufacturing for the last 15 years. With four major facilities state wide, NuGrow is leading the way in sustainable waste management and land rehabilitation. NuGrow's beneficially produced composts and soil conditioners are a viable alternative to traditional synthetic fertiliser use - reducing costs for farmers, while greatly improving run off into our waters ways and reef catchments.

Visit the Nugrow website.

Small Business award

Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

Through the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) the Queensland Government provides support to around 406, 000 Queensland small businesses by creating the environment for businesses to start, grow and employ. Small business employs almost 43 percent of the private sector, making them key economic drivers and a vital part of communities. DTESB also provides leadership in making Queensland a highly attractive destination for tourists, investment and events, and is coordinating the delivery of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Find information, services and support available to business through the Business and Industry Portal by visiting or follow BusinessQLDGov on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games website.

Sustainability in Education Award

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a leader in online and distance education within Australia. Recognised as Queensland’s number one university for graduates in full-time work (Graduate Destinations Survey 2012-2014) and ranked in the top 5 MBA programs in Australia (Financial Review Group, 2015), USQ is internationally recognised for world-class research that delivers global impact.

With options for study online or on-campus (Toowoomba, Springfield, and Ipswich), full-time or part-time, at USQ you will not only gain knowledge, but discover belief.

Visit the USQ website.

Sustainable Heritage Award

Queensland Heritage Council

The Queensland Heritage Council is the state’s independent advisor on non-Indigenous heritage matters.

As the key decision-maker about places of cultural heritage significance to Queensland, the Council decides what is entered in or removed from the Queensland Heritage Register.

The Queensland Heritage Council also:

  • provides strategic advice on heritage matters to the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
  • works with government departments and community organisations to conserve culturally significant places and spaces
  • advocates on behalf of owners of heritage places
  • educates and informs the community about Queensland’s cultural heritage.

Visit the Queensland Heritage Council website.


Young Achievers Award

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

QUT’s global reputation is based on real-world learning experiences and research solutions. QUT’s Institute for Future Environments (IFE) brings together researchers and students from science, engineering, mathematics, law, business and the creative industries to work on transdisciplinary research and innovation projects relating to our natural, built and virtual environments.

IFE researchers and postgraduate students work on projects addressing some of the grand challenges facing humanity— from feeding the world’s booming population to managing scarce natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint. IFE’s state-of-the-art facilities are used to monitor the environment, model and visualise complex systems, test equipment and processes, and analyse the properties of solids, liquids and gases.

Visit the QUT website.


Premiers Award

Expanded Polystyrene Australia (EPSA)

Expanded Polystyrene Australia (EPSA) is the national industry body for all manufacturers and distributors of expanded polystyrene (EPS) products across Australia.

EPSA supports and advocates EPS as the sustainable choice for packaging, insulation and building offering significant energy and resource-saving benefits, helping cut our carbon footprint and reduce the cost of doing business in Australia.

EPS is light, durable and recyclable, making it the smart, green and sustainable choice for packaging, insulation and building needs.

Visit the Expanded Polystyrene Australia website.


Insulated Panel Council Australasia Ltd. (IPCA)

Insulated Panel Council Australasia (IPCA) Ltd represents all manufacturers, installers and distributors of insulated sandwich panel products.

IPCA is a not-for-profit industry association and a third-party certification body, supporting the EPS insulated panel industry.

It’s estimated that over 100 million square metres of EPS insulated panels have been installed in Australia over the last 50 years.

EPS insulated panels are economical, durable, low maintenance and energy efficient, making them the best choice for insulation.

Visit the Insulated Panel Council Australasia Ltd website.

Last updated
31 October 2016