The City of Sydney’s Smart Green Apartments program has taken out the built environment category at NSW’s annual Green Globe awards, held last week.
The program identifies opportunities for environmental savings in high-rise apartment buildings and provides retrofitting for similar buildings across Australia.
Investing in energy, water and waste savings can be difficult for people living in apartment building because of the differing interests of building owners, individual unit owners and tenants.
The City of Sydney said it would continue to help relevant projects and buildings get the necessary approvals to begin energy savings, showing owners the results through a data portal provided by the program.
“Understanding and navigating the necessary approvals needed under strata legislation can often be a major barrier to retrofitting,” the council’s sustainability engagement coordinator Kimberly Crawford said.
“We help participating buildings through the retrofitting process, and give support in getting the necessary approvals from owner corporations.”
Other winners included the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), which was awarded the Climate Change Leadership award.
ATA has educated Australians about the use of fossil fuels and pollution since 1980, and now engages with more than 250,000 people each year. They have a network of 15 branches, hundreds of volunteers and project partners to help publish two sustainability magazines, run an advice service, produce online tools and speak to people in its events program.
“The ATA can’t solve the problem of climate change. No one organisation can,’ ATA chief executive Donna Luckman said.
“But we believe that the future of life on earth is too important to be left to politicians and vested interests.”
A Regional Sustainability Award was also given to Enova Community Energy, Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy retailer, for buying excess energy from community renewable projects and successfully creating local jobs and recycling half the profits back into the community.
The company, with about 1100 shareholders, also overcame regulatory barriers and placed legal and compliance arrangements from power plant ownership, generation and distribution, to retailing and purchasing.
The Green Globe awards are a NSW government-led event recognising people and businesses working on environmental sustainability.
“I’m inspired by the pioneering projects and the dedicated people and organisations across our state who are committed to driving us towards a better future for our planet and the next generation,” NSW office of environment and heritage chief executive Anthony Lean said.
Other winners included:
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