The Blue Star Sustainability Awards 2016


The Blue Star Sustainability Awards are Keep NSW Beautiful's sustainability awards program. Through the Blue Stars we recognise and celebrate the hard work of NSW citizens who promote responsible environmental management in their local area.

Being truly 'sustainable' means addressing the entire spectrum of environmental, social and economic factors. So our awards recognise civic pride, community spirit and future planning in establishing the best projects and programs to come out of NSW communities.

There are nine different award categories, each with a regional and a metropolitan winner. There will be two separate Award Ceremonies where the regional and metropolitan award winners will be announced. In addition to these nine award categories, our judges will select three State Representatives to represent the state of NSW in the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Awards, Sustainable Cities Awards, and Clean Beaches Awards.

The Regional Blue Stars Award ceremony will be held over 4th - 5th November in Orange, NSW.

The Metro Blue Stars Award ceremony will be held on September 2016 in City of Canada Bay.

The National Clean Beaches State Representative will be announced at the Regional Awards ceremony in Orange.

 

To enter a project, you must first register online. Once you have done this and created your profile you can enter one or more projects in any of the award categories.

Your progress will be saved, and you can return to this page at any time before 31st May 2016 to complete or edit your submission.

You can return to this page any time.

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Blue Star Award Categories

Hey Tosser Litter Action Award

Hey Tosser! Litter Action Award- Sponsored by NSW EPA.

The Hey Tosser! Litter Action Award recognises a project or program that tackles litter through:

  • Prevention and/or reduction;
  • Effectively managing litter;
  • Incentivising behaviour change to stop littering.

The winning entry will demonstrate inventive techniques that specifically address their local litter issues, with quantifiably effective outcomes.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects and applicants. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Eligible projects may be directed towards:

  • Individuals including children, adults and anyone in between;
  • Identified sections of the community - for example culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups.

Examples of eligible projects may include:

  • A litter reduction campaign which depends on people power and action. Locals take bags on their walks. The council, in conjunction with the local school and wider community, introduces litter reduction education at the local school, or has secured a Protecting our Place grant to clean up and revegetate Aboriginal Land on the Peninsula.
  • A project aimed at addressing litter with a long term solution based in community social marketing findings. Different strategies to target litter, including: infrastructure change, signs, pledges, prompt cleaning, giveaways and enforcement.
  • Community Litter Grant applicants are encouraged to enter their projects.

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Waste Less, Recycle More Award

The Waste Less, Recycle More Award- Sponsored by NSW EPA.

The Waste Less, Recycle More Award recognises 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 stop illegal dumping.

The winning entry will demonstrate inventive techniques that specifically address local waste problems, with quantifiably effective outcomes.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects and applicants. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Eligible projects may be entered by:

  • Individuals and Community groups;
  • Local Councils;
  • Businesses.

Examples of eligible projects may include:

  • A local bric-a-brac/ reuse centre which is used to on-sell items that would otherwise be sent to landfill.
  • An organics collection system which produces compost and mulch for residents of the local government area.
  • The development of a Waste Management Strategy.
  • A local community group striving to make their home town plastic bag free.
  • The planning and implementation of a program that facilitates appropriate disposal of items through free drop-offs and management of event sites to help tackle illegal dumping

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Cultural Heritage Award

The Cultural Heritage Award

Sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

The Cultural Heritage Award recognises built and cultural heritage projects which show best practice heritage management.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects and applicants. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Eligible projects may include:

  • Built heritage projects which change or upgrade heritage sites, sympathetic design of new buildings or structures within heritage conservation;
  • Restoration or conservation of a heritage place - built, Indigenous or other;
  • Local heritage projects - research and development of locally significant projects such as pioneer walls, booklets, local heritage walks.

Examples:

  • Co-operative ventures between local volunteer committees, regional council, and sponsors to acknowledge and honour the contribution of pioneers to a region.
  • Digitisation of old area records, cataloguing museum artefacts or presenting exhibits of cultural significance.
  • Restoration and conservation projects – these may shine a light or restore on important and significant parts of the area’s cultural history.
  • Establishing and developing educational information to be made public to students, tourists, and locals about the history of the area or communities within it.
  • Restorations of cemeteries or buildings with historic architecture and/or cultural impact.

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Going Green Education Award

We know how important education for sustainability is. With the Going Green Education Award we're looking to reward institutions or groups for campaigns or practices which incorporate environmentalism in their operations, through either:

  • Environmental education, and/or;
  • Environmentally conscious features.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects and applicants. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Eligible projects may be directed towards:

  • Individuals including children, adults and anyone in between;
  • Student groups of all ages;
  • Community groups including, but not limited to, Scout and Guides groups, community gardens, and awareness groups.

Eligible nominations are welcome from:

  • Businesses who provide environmental education;
  • All education institutes;
  • Community groups;
  • Local councils.

Examples:

  • Eco Living Projects that help communities achieve sustainability by fostering community awareness and behaviour change.
  • Engagement with the community that takes the form of information, practical demonstrations and education workshops about household sustainability.
  • Implementation and development of ongoing waste and recycling education initiatives, such as mail outs, annual waste management calendars, information flyers and local paper articles to educate and communicate with the local community, and raise awareness on particular local environmental issues.

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Habitat & Wildlife Guardianship Award

The Habitat & Wildlife Guardianship Award is all about giving recognition to projects that protect and/or enhance natural habitats and wildlife populations. It will award effective stewardship of our natural surrounds over a range of actions, including revegetation, dune care, marine rescue programs, wildlife conservation, bush care and more.

Projects can be general, or can specifically address the needs of local species and ecosystems. The most successful entrants will encourage local ownership of the natural environment.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects and applicants. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Eligible projects may be submitted by:

  • Individuals including private land holders;
  • Schools & community groups;
  • Local councils;
  • Consortiums made up of different groups.

Examples:

  • Wetland conservation & rejuvenation works;
  • Works carried out by organisations such as Conservation Volunteers Australia, Landcare, Bush Care, Dune Care and others;
  • Biodiversity corridors;
  • Nesting box installation and monitoring plans;
  • National Tree Day plantings;
  • Festivals, training workshops, and other events with a specific conservation focus.

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Sustainable Systems Award

The Sustainable Systems Award is designed to celebrate projects that bring sustainability to town planning, business practice and/orto the community.

This category is allabout innovation in sustainability from resource management, renewable energy use, sustainable water use, and other urban landscape features.

The winning entry will demonstrate inventive and innovative techniques to tackle a range of sustainability issues, with quantifiably effective outcomes.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects and applicants. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Examples of eligible projects may include:

  • Innovative approaches to embedding sustainability throughout an organisation, including, but not limited to, creative business processes and activities to include and encourage sustainability in every day operations.
  • Implementation of energy savings plans or installation of renewable energy systems at an individual / organisational level, as a collective or cooperative or across an entire community or local government area.
  • Development or redevelopment projects incorporating green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations.
  • The use of hybrid and electric vehicles within a business, or any other type of vehicle that helps to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Promotion and access to public transport and bike/foot and other shared paths, the promotion and use of bike & car share programs, bike racks, and designated parking spaces for car shares or eco-friendly vehicles.

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Environmental Achievement Award

The Environmental Achievement Award acknowledges individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to their environment - it's really that simple!

The recipient of this award will be an individual (aged 26+) who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the environment.

They may improve the sustainability and general health of the environment around their local area, or show initiative, leadership and strength of character in pursuing environmental outcomes in their personal life and/or impacting on the wider community.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Examples:

  • A local individual that has successfully won a grant used to support the natural environment of an urban recreation reserve
  • An individual leading an initiative to free their town of litter or protect a native species.
  • Individuals coordinating efforts to rehabilitate local environments.
  • A local environmental individual who coordinates tree planting or other community environment days.

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Young Environmental Achievement Award

The Young Environmental Achievement Award recognises groups and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the environment - it's really that simple!

The recipient of this award will be an individual or youth groups (with 75% or more of the members aged 25 and under) that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the environment.

They may improve the sustainability and general health of the environment around their local area, or show initiative, leadership and strength of character in pursuing environmental outcomes in their personal life and/or impacting on the wider community.

Award recipients could include individuals or young Bushcare groups, Scouts, and Guides who carry out environmental projects.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Examples:

  • A local Youth Council that has successfully won a grant used to support the natural environment of an urban recreation reserve
  • An individual named as a Youth Litter Ambassador for their home town who helps with local environmental initiatives
  • A local youth group leading an initiative to free their town of litter.
  • Individuals coordinating efforts to rehabilitate local environments.
  • A local environmental collective or individual who coordinates tree planting or other community environment days.

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Community Environmental Achievement Award

The Community Environment Achievement Award recognises community groups and businesses that demonstrate outstanding commitment to their environment. They may improve the sustainability and general health around their local area. They may also show initiative, leadership and embody community spirit in pursuing sustainable and environmental outcomes in their group and/or impacting on the wider community.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of eligible projects and applicants. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require more guidance on eligibility.

Groups or projects which could be considered include Bushcare groups, Lions, Rotary, Men's Sheds and other community affiliations carrying out environmental projects.

Examples:

  • A local sustainability network established to coordinate local participation in the annual Australia wide Sustainable House Day, or similar.
  • A volunteer action group trained to discuss the return on investment and reasons for the installation of a council's new solar panels.
  • A local supermarket which has committed to phasing out single use plastic bags, or business adopting sustainable or ‘green’ practices for community benefit or to set a ‘best practice’ example for sustainability in their local area.
  • A local business which has completed a full environmental audit and is working through the suggestions to reduce their energy and water consumption while looking at appropriate means to reduce waste as much as possible.

Don’t forget to read the 2015 Case Studies book which highlights the 2015 Winners and Highly Commended entries.

Why Enter?

Who doesn't like to win? But as well as earning a feather in your cap, there are some additional benefits to participating in the Blue Stars:

  • Bring your community together around a common goal, boosting morale and civic pride.
  • Engage people from your community in your project or program.
  • Spread education about environmental awareness, and specifically your own hard work.
  • Tell your story to other groups across the state.
  • Get your project into local media and gain publicity.
  • Attract visitors to your town.

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