Sustainability superstar Bruce Precious of Six Capitals Consulting has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the New South Wales government’s Green Globe Awards.
The award celebrated his work “pioneering sustainability in NSW commercial buildings”, which included a 10-year career with GPT where his stewardship helped the company reduce energy consumption on a square metre basis by 40 per cent and greenhouse emissions by 58 per cent.
Other winners of Wednesday night’s awards held at Sydney’s include Downer, Vogue sustainability editor Clare Press and vertical farming outfit Sprout Stack.
A partnership between University of Wollongong and TAFE NSW called Team UoW won the Regional Sustainability and Built Environment Award for its net-zero solar-powered house Desert Rose House.
The house was the team’s submission to the Solar Decathlon Middle East held in Dubai in 2018, a global competition to create a net-zero solar-powered house.
The home is designed to withstand the harsh climate of the Middle East, and to better accommodate older people and people with early-stage dementia.
NSW department of Planning, Industry and Environment deputy secretary, energy, climate change and sustainability, James Hay, said the design has the potential to be scaled up to “improve lives across Australia and around the globe”.
Downer was awarded the Innovation award for its Reconophalt asphalt alternative made of soft plastics, glass, toner cartridges and reclaimed pavement.
Illawarra-based social enterprise Green Connect won the Community Leadership Award for its work connecting young people and refugees with environmental employment opportunities.
Sprout Stack took out the Business Leadership Award for its amazing hydroponic system for growing chemical-free vegetables. The system is 95 per cent more water efficient than traditional farming and uses 80 per cent less fertiliser.
The Climate Change Leadership award went to Sydney Metro for integrating climate resilience into its operations.
Vogue’s first sustainability editor Clare Press won the Sustainability Champion Award for her role kickstarting the sustainability revolution in the fashion industry.
Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick councils’ Solar my School program and the Sydney Opera House were joint winners of the Public Sector Leadership Award.
Twelve-year-old Shalise Leesfield won the Young Sustainability Champion Award for her work with Port Macquarie Council to combat plastic litter in local waterways.