Green Globe Awards celebrate success

Have you heard of the Green Globe Awards? These are held every year in NSW and celebrate Australians who are going above and beyond to  ensure that the world we leave behind is a sustainable one.

If you need any of your own ideas for sustainable innovation, the finalists and winners are a great source of inspiration. Not only do they show how it's important to care for the planet, but they also reveal how, in light of high electricity prices, taking the eco-friendly road can actually help you to achieve substantial savings on your energy bills. Who wouldn't want that?

The gala award ceremony was held at Parliament House on September 24, hosted by Robyn Parker, minister for the environment and heritage.

"It's exciting to see this year's winners sharing their knowledge and ideas with others, helping businesses, communities and Government become more sustainable," said Ms Parker.

"Congratulations to all winners for their 'leadership by example' and for demonstrating how sustainability brings social and economic benefits to NSW."

The winner of the Energy Efficiency Award was Hunter TAFE, for its solar cooling and energy innovation project. It integrated business, industry, staff and students for the world's largest Solar Desiccant Cooling System at the Hamilton campus, an extensive LED lighting upgrade, and a real-time energy monitoring and reporting trial to drive engagement in energy efficiency.

The project has reduced electricity use by 6 per cent at 736,000kWh, saving about $110,000 in fifteen months, making it a great example of energy efficiency.

Another category, the Local Government Sustainability Award, was taken out by the City of Sydney. This was won for its Green Business Program, which encourages businesses to reduce their water, energy and waste. 

"Cities are the greatest contributors to climate change, and businesses must work together if we are to make a positive difference to the environment for our future generations," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

"We have 241 small to medium-sized businesses involved in the program, and it’s growing fast. These businesses are leading the way by reducing their waste, reducing their water consumption, improving their energy efficiency, while saving them money."

Now a target has been set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent, before the year 2030.

Are you feeling inspired to be more energy efficient in your own home? Once you get started, it will become a way of life.

Posted by Charlie Moore