David Baggs, chief executive of GreenTag and ecospecifier

15 October 2013 — Winners of the 25th Banksia Sustainability Awards for 2013 included ecospecifier’s Global GreenTag, which won the Built Environment award, with the Gold Banksia going to the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

The TSRA’s Land and Sea Management Unit won the Gold Banksia for its Indigenous community-based management approach to protecting the Torres Strait region’s unique island and marine biodiversity, and the cultural values and customary knowledge governing significant places and species.

“The judges have found this an overall outstanding program based on its scale, breadth of vision, holistic approach to land and see management, international relevance, key partnerships and cultural sensitivity,” said the award citation.

“This project has truly demonstrated the positive way in which traditional cultural practices of caring for the land combined with modern practices can achieve outstanding biodiversity significance.”

The presentation of the Gold Banksia

The Built Environment award  was won by ecospecifier’s Global GreenTag for its product certification system.

The Brisbane-based company’s “whole-of-life, whole-of-sustainability” green product rating and certification system uses life cycle analysis to comparatively rank the performance of eco- and health-preferred products, with a focus on built environment and interiors products but with emerging standards covering personal, baby, cleaning, paper, packaging and clothing products.

“The judges were impressed that it includes metrics on energy and water efficiency, indoor environment quality, pollution prevention, resource use, producer responsibility and detailed health impacts,” said the award citation.

The Energy Efficiency and Carbon Management award went to Climate Wizard for its “technological breakthrough” in airconditioning.

“Climate Wizard’s revolutionary approach slashes up to 80 per cent off the power costs of traditional (refrigerated) airconditioning and uses only water as a natural refrigerant,” the award synopsis stated.

“This technology could mean the end of peak power issues in hot weather, as Climate Wizard’s energy efficiency is many times greater than refrigerated systems and does not require additional power to cool as temperatures rise, unlike refrigerated systems.”

Other winners included:

  • The Richard Pratt – Banksia CEO Award: Ravi Naidu, Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment
  • Land and Biodiversity – Preserving Our Ecosystems Award: Gondwana Link
  • Water – Our Most Precious Resource Award: Mallee Catchment Management Authority, Victoria
  • Education – Raising the Bar Award: Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Western Australi
  • Indigenous Award – Caring for Country Award: Torres Strait Regional Authority, Queensland
  • Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Large Organisations Award: Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, NSW
  • Leading in Sustainability – Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses Award: Australian Ethical, NSW
  • Agriculture and Food – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably Award: Cecconi’s Cantina, Victoria
  • Business and Not-for-Profits – In Collaboration Award: Phillip Island Nature Parks, Victoria, in partnership with Victoria University
  • Innovation Award: Yun Liu, The Australian National University, ACT
  • Local Government Sustainability Award: Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland
  • Climate Adaptation Award: City of Melbourne, Victoria
  • Waste Minimisation Award: Dunlop Flooring, Victoria

The Banksia Awards recognises leading sustainability initiatives, and aims to raise the profile of the current sustainability issues facing Australia.

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