Australia Accepting Applications For Most Sustainable Cities

Deadline Extended For Sustainability Award

Participants now have until June 24th to prepare their submissions for the 2013 Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards Program. To complete an entry and submission, please visit the awards categories page.

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Penrith City Council is the current title holder of the Sustainable Cities Overall Council Winner for NSW. The Council’s ‘Sustainable Penrith – Working Towards a Sustainable City’ plan saw the council recycle over 22,000kL of water, reduce landfill waste by 5,500 tonnes and compost 32,000 tonnes of food and garden organic waste. To hear more about Penrith and why they won and how the Sustainable Cities Awards Program can benefit your organization view the ‘2012 Sustainable Cities Overall Winner – Penrith’ YouTube video.

Since 1994, the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards Program has celebrated environmental initiatives delivered by local government authorities, schools, business, community groups, and individuals. The awards inspire communities to make lasting contributions to their local area and form partnerships to enhance the environment around them. In addition to Penrith City Council overall win last year, other projects as diverse as Sydney Theater Company’s water conservation program, Robert Townson High School’s student based environmental/sustainability team, and OzHarvest were recognized. A full list of winners is available on our 2012 Sustainable Cities page.

Each year Keep Australia Beautiful NSW is looking for the most innovative environmental and sustainability projects that address challenges, improve the standard of living and quality of life, and promote education and partnerships in metropolitan areas.

Entries are still open and FREE in all categories.

• Sydney Water Overall Sustainable Council Award
• Sydney Water Sustainable Water Award
• Office of Environment and Heritage Environmental Education Award
• Heritage Council of NSW Heritage Award
• Sustainable Waste Management Award
• Sustainable Youth Award
• Sustainable Business Award (NEW)
• Biodiversity Conservation Award
• Sustainable Garden Award

To assist with your submissions Keep Australia Beautiful NSW will be offering a workshop at the NSW Teachers Federation at 23-33 Mary Street in Surry Hills on 3 June from 2.00pm-3.30pm. The 2013 Sustainable Cities workshop is for any organisation or individual that would like more information about Keep Australia Beautiful NSW and the Sustainable Cities Awards Program.

The workshop will review who we are, what programs we run, changes to the 2013 Sustainable Cities Program, how to enter, the judging process, key dates, examples of previous winners, and more. If  you are considering participating this year or in the future, or if you would just like to find about more about the organization and how you can get involved, this workshop is for you! Please RSVP for this as soon as possible as space is limited to sustainablecities@kabnsw.org.au.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, you have another opportunity to get more information about the program. We are running a live webinar on June 4th at 11 am, detailing the same information as above, and you will be able to view a non-live version on our website as of 6 June as well. Please RSVP and register for the webinar here.

The 2013 Sustainable Cities Awards Program will culminate at an awards ceremony on Friday, July 26th hosted by 2012 Overall Sustainable Council winner, Penrith City Council, at Mamre House in St. Marys. Mamre House will be providing sustainable event management throughout all aspects of the evening and some examples are below:

  • All foods and drinks will be sourced locally
  • All recyclable packaging will be recycled and all organic waste will be composted on site
  • Gifts for guests to take home are made from produce grown on-site, picked, prepared and bottled by participants in the Mamre Refugee social enterprise program and Mamre Disability Services
  • Centerpieces for the tables are being made by participants in the Mamre Farm Program and also Mamre Disability Services
  • Green Energy has been sourced for this event
  •  Water on the tables will be bottled in recyclable Sydney Water glass bottles
  • The “green carpet” has been maintained using recycled organic compost

The event will start with a tour focusing on some of the successful sustainable initiatives that Penrith City Council has recently implemented. Details of the event and tour are below:

About Gary Chandler

Gary R. Chandler is a sustainability author and strategist. Follow him on Twitter @Gary_Chandler
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