22/07/2013

2013 Sustainable Cities Awards Dinner Commences Friday

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The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2013 Sustainable Cities Awards program culminates this Friday, 26 July at the eagerly anticipated awards ceremony.  The event will be hosted by last year’s Overall Sustainable Council Award Winner, Penrith City Council at Mamre House, Orchard Hills.

The event will also include a tour of Mamre Homestead, and of some of the successful sustainable initiatives that Penrith City Council recently implemented to win the 2012 Overall Sustainable Council Award.

Since 1994, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards have celebrated environmental initiatives delivered by local government authorities, schools, business and community groups. The awards inspire communities to make lasting contributions to their local area. Projects not only enhance the environment, but improve the standard of living and quality of life for urban communities.

The dinner will be hosted by Costa Georgiadis from ABC’s Gardening Australia and ABC 702 Weekend Presenter, Simon Marnie.

Distinguished Guest Barry Buffier, Chair and CEO of the NSW Environment Protection Authority will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include;

  • Syd Smith – Director and Vice Chair of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW
  • David Imrie – CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW
  • Councillor Mark Davies – Mayor of Penrith City Council
  • Emmanuel Vivant – Executive Director, Infrastructure of SITA Australia
  • Ben Connell – Business Development Manager, Infrastructure of SITA Australia
  • James Talarico – Head Chef at Mamre House

There are nine awards up for grabs including;

  • Overall Sustainable Council Award – recognises councils who are innovative in tackling the full range of environment issues that relate to their local government area.
  • Sustainable Water Award – recognises sustainable water management within communities, combining innovative water efficiency and water re-use initiatives.
  • Environmental Education Award – recognises effective environmental education campaigns or projects which motivate the community to participate in sustainability actions to conserve or protect our environment.
  • Heritage Award – recognises heritage projects which demonstrate best practice heritage management in metropolitan environments and promote heritage values, education, heritage linking and innovative strategies.
  • Sustainable Waste Management Award – recognises, supports and promotes effective waste management in residential, construction, industrial, community and/or commercial waste streams.
  • Sustainable Youth Award – recognises schools, clubs, community groups or individuals with youth involvement in sustainability programs or projects.
  • Sustainable Business Award (NEW) – recognises businesses from any industry that are incorporating sustainability into their products, services or operations.
  • Biodiversity Conservation Award – recognises innovative and effective community projects which sustain and enhance biodiversity in urban environments.
  • Sustainable Garden Award – recognises innovative community and communal garden projects with good social and environmental outcomes through planning, partnerships and promotion.

The awards program is presented in partnership with Sydney Water.

For more information on our 2013 Sustainable Cities Awards Program please contact sustainablecities@knswb.org.au

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