Who can enter Sustainable Cities Awards?
The Sustainable Cities Awards are open to councils, community groups and individuals. Category entrants include (but are not limited to) Councils, Individuals, Progress Associations, Youth Organisations, Landcare Groups, Chambers of Commerce, Local Authorities, Tourism Associations, Schools, Business, Small Enterprises and Industry, Registered Clubs and Service groups.
While projects may be ongoing, they must have recent significance with results shown over the financial year. Previous overall and category award winners are welcome to enter again, but projects must have progressed from the previous entry, and those new achievements or outcomes must be demonstrated.
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Don’t be a Tosser! Litter Action Award
The Don’t be a Tosser! Litter Action Award is for a project or program that reduces or prevents litter. This could include projects that use one or more of these approaches:
- Behaviour change techniques to stop littering;
- New or effective ways to communicate about litter and its impacts;
- Build partnerships or networks to prevent litter;
- Enforcement techniques to reduce litter;
- Create effective infrastructure and place design to reduce litter (signage, bins, other landscaping).
Projects should demonstrate inventive techniques that specifically address their local litter issues, with quantifiable outcomes. Projects that use more than one approach will be highly regarded. Projects can address any form of litter in any environment.
Waste Less, Recycle More Waste Award
The Waste Less, Recycle More Award is for a project or program that tackles a range of waste and recycling problems through:
- Waste minimisation and reduction;
- Effective and innovative waste and recycling programs – including education and infrastructure projects;
- Incentivising behaviour change to improve waste management, recycling and stop illegal dumping.
Projects should demonstrate inventive techniques that specifically address local waste problems, with quantifiably effective outcomes.
Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award
The Return and Earn Litter Prevention Award is for a program or project that provides for and encourages the use of the Return and Earn scheme in a local area, through:
- Development and promotion of Return and Earn facilities for the return of beverage containers under the NSW Container Deposit Scheme;
- Community engagement and involvement in the development, design and set up of the system. This includes knowledge sharing with individuals and groups in the community;
- Innovative use of the Return and Earn Scheme to benefit a particular community or group. For example, a refugee group, a school, indigenous group or sporting group who may not have participated in litter prevention initiatives previously.
Habitat and Wildlife Conservation Award
The Habitat and Wildlife Conservation Award is for projects which create, restore and sustain biodiversity of our native flora and fauna in urban environments, creating wildlife corridors and encouraging habitat conservation, through:
- Leadership and innovation in the promotion and advocacy for conserving local biodiversity;
- Actions which improve the wildlife and habitat in an area, through community participation. For example, Landcare, Bushcare, Dunecare, Land for Wildlife and Marine Rescue;
- Partnerships that encourage the community to be proactive in the conservation of biodiversity;
- Policy or mission that supports the protection of local biodiversity in an area.
Heritage and Culture Award
The Heritage and Culture Award is for community projects that enhance and protect our unique, and built heritage, including celebration of a regions heritage, through:
- Commitment to the conservation of a communities built heritage;
- Building and other infrastructure restoration
- Conservation and actions which promote and support indigenous heritage;
- Education and research into an areas heritage
- Proactive long-term planning that allows an areas heritage to be preserved.
NEW: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Award
The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Award is for community projects that enhance and protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in a local area including:
- Conservation actions which promote and support indigenous
- Education and /or research into a district’s Aboriginal heritage
- Proactive long-term planning that allows an area’s Aboriginal heritage to be preserved
Young Legends Environmental Award (under 25)
The Young Legends Environmental Award is for an individual or groups of individuals (25 years and under who demonstrate outstanding commitment to their environment and show leadership in pursuing environmental outcomes in any of the preceding categories e.g. Litter, wildlife conservation waste minimisation etc., through:
- Advocating for change in the local area, through participation on committees or clean-up activities, volunteering at community nurseries or Bushcare etc.;
- Working in partnership with other organisations to make significant change in relation to the environment.
Schools Environmental Achievement Award
The Schools Environmental Achievement Award is for New South Wales schools that can demonstrate outstanding sustainability achievement, sustainable practices, reducing their environmental impact and leading the community by example through:
- Programs that encourage mentoring and development of sustainability throughout the school and in the community;
- Environmental programs or sustainability initiatives where students have led or participated in awareness raising campaigns;
- The adoption of sustainable methods in operations such as retrofitting school infrastructure or undertaking whole of school behaviour change programs.
Environmental Communication Award
The Environmental Communication Award is for programs and projects that inspire environmental action, through:
- Raising the awareness in environmental sustainability, such as energy, water, and waste reduction to create empowerment and behaviour change amongst the target audience;
- Developing and building partnerships that enable sharing of resources, ideas and knowledge;
- Creation of spaces and places for environmental education that demonstrate ideas and practical solutions for the community.
Recycled Organics Award
The Recycled Organics Award is for projects and programs that minimise the loss of organics to landfill and supports the community to avoid, reduce and recycle organics, through:
Development of improved technologies for the separation of organics from the waste stream;
- Education that supports community participation, by making composting/worm farming accessible and easy to use;
- Innovative ideas and action for the use of compost.
Coastal and Waterways Protection Award (incorporating Clean Beaches)
The Coastal and Waterways Protection Award is for programs and actions that create, restore and enhance our natural waterways and beaches, through:
- Actively advocating coastal and waterway protection through education, action, data collection and partnerships;
- Developing projects that encourage community participation in the protection of waterways and beaches;
- Sustainably managing water resources within the community, through improved infrastructure, systems and planning;
- Improving water quality and reducing litter;
- Sustainable coastal use and development for healthy habitats;
- Planning for a changing climate;
- Protecting the cultural values of the marine estate;
- Sustainable fishing and aquaculture.
Circular Economy Award
The Circular Economy Award is for operationally viable projects in the circular economy which do, or could potentially, divert solid materials, fluids or energy from waste streams and return them to the productive economy.
Sustainable Projects Award
This award is for projects in Sustainable Development and recognises innovations in, and the application of, technology to achieve improved environmental performance, within their spheres of influence.
The Renewable Energy Award is for progress and achievements in developing products or services associated with renewable energy.
Response to Climate Change Award
The Response to Climate Change Award recognises actions taken by communities to tackle climate change, through:
- Providing real and practical solutions to meet the challenges of climate change in their area;
- Planning long term for the management of climate change events, which includes partnerships, collaboration and community engagement;
- Educating communities and building capacity about the causes and effects of climate change and what individuals can do to take action;
- Acting to combat existing climate change events and improving infrastructure etc to improve an areas resilience.
Response to Climate Change Award
Overall Award – NSW Most Sustainable City
The Overall Award is awarded to councils that have successfully undertaken projects or actions in a number of areas of environmental sustainability and social inclusion.