Local Government NSW welcomes entries to the annual Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards. These awards recognise outstanding achievements by NSW councils in managing and protecting the environment across 16 categories.

The Awards culminate in two prestigious Local Sustainability Awards: one for overall council performance, and one to recognise the individual achievements of a council staff member or elected councillor in the field of sustainability.

 

The entry form and the conditions of entry provide the terms and eligibility relating to all entries.

For each of the awards there are three divisions based on a council's population base. These divisions are:

Division Council Population
Aless than 30,000
B30,000 - 70,000
Cmore than 70,000

If a project has been undertaken by a regional group of councils or other council-based organisation, then the division is based on the combined population bases of all councils within the region or organisation.

Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each division and all category award winners will receive a trophy.

The prize for the overall winner of the Local Sustainability Award is an overseas study tour or a professional development program for council staff valued at $10,000 (plus GST). A proposal will be developed by the winning council for approval by LGNSW before 30 April 2020. The prize must be claimed by 30 November 2020. The delegates on the study tour or the participants in the professional development program will be expected to present their findings at the following year's event.

The prize for the Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability will be a certificate and the winner's choice of a prize of $700 (including GST) to one of the following:

  • An accommodation/meal package for two at Crystal Creek Meadows, Kangaroo Valley, finalist in the 2018 Green Globe Awards, or
  • An accommodation/meal package for two at the Observatory Hotel, Port Macquarie, winner of two Green Globe Awards including the Premier's Award 2014, or
  • A similar package at an ecologically focused venue / resort of the winner's choosing (by agreement with LGNSW).

Entries should be submitted via the online portal by following the steps outlined below:

  1. Click on the Submit an entry button at the top of the page to access the online portal.
  2. Follow the instructions to create an account - be sure to save your email address and password so you can log in at a later date.
  3. Select the category in which you wish to submit an entry.
  4. Read the eligibility requirements and conditions of entry before commencing your entry.
  5. Address the entry criteria through the online entry form - this can be saved along the way and completed at a later date. You will need to log back in to complete it.
  6. Upload material to support entries - details are provided in the conditions of entry.
  7. You will receive an email to confirm that your entry has been received.

The entry form and the conditions of entry documents provide the terms and conditions relating to all entries.

Award Categories

Bronze Award sponsored by SafeWork NSW

This award recognises outstanding achievement in developing or implementing an initiative that will improve the management of asbestos. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Risk management processes including management plans or policies
  • Asbestos removal and remediation projects
  • Staff engagement, education or training programs
  • Community education or awareness raising campaigns
  • Managing illegal dumping of asbestos
  • Asbestos waste management

Projects that are planned or delivered in partnerships with other organisations are eligible.

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Environment Protection Authority.

This award recognises outstanding behaviour change initiatives in waste and recycling.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Innovative behaviour change programs with demonstrated waste outcomes such as waste avoidance, increased reuse, increased recycling, decreased recycling contamination and decreased litter or illegal dumping
  • Other targeted education and awareness raising or capacity building programs to deliver improved waste and recycling outcomes

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives undertaken to address climate change risks and vulnerabilities. The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Council programs and policies to manage climate change risks to their communities and their operations.
  • Empowering community and/or business to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
  • Programs that increase the capacity of species, ecosystems and landscapes to adapt to climate variability

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives that have informed the community and increased peoples' capacity to be active participants in moving society towards sustainability. Initiatives could form a component of a broader sustainability strategy, or focus on specific environmental issues.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Environmental education programs, including resources and activities for schools, community groups or industry/business
  • Initiatives which address: community consultation - committees, processes, etc

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Environment Protection Authority.

This award recognises outstanding waste service delivery initiatives that have resulted in or will lead to significant environmental outcomes. This category includes projects which focus on the delivery of waste services to the community. These are waste management actions carried out by council up to and including the collection of waste from the community.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Projects that increase the variety or quantity of materials recovered through kerbside collection and otherwise
  • Innovative on-ground actions to avoid waste and increase reuse in the community
  • Outstanding on-ground illegal dumping or litter projects/programs
  • Superior management of local government waste services to holistically deliver improved benefits to the local community and environment

Bronze Award Sponsored by the NSW Ministry of Health

This award recognises excellence and innovation in achieving environmental outcomes through environmental and population health programs/ initiatives. Programs that demonstrate achievements beyond regulatory requirements are eligible.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to, development and implementation of programs that reduce risks to the community such as extreme heat mitigation, vector control, community sharps management, pollution control etc.

Bronze Award sponsored by WolfPeak.

This award recognises innovation in the application of integrated environmental management and sustainability practices in planning, policies and decision making. This includes both local land use and strategic planning initiatives.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Plans or policies which integrate, protect or enhance environmental and sustainability outcomes for the built and natural environment. Examples include management plans for individual species, specific issues or areas, the use of planning instruments, and design approaches to achieve these outcomes
  • Resources, tools or support materials to assist councils make high quality decisions to manage their natural resources and improve local environmental outcomes
  • Activities across local land use and strategic planning initiatives

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Department of Primary Industries.

An award to recognise innovative and effective initiatives and programs to manage invasive plants and animals in NSW.

Initiatives and programs may include eradication programs, education/awareness raising programs, capacity building and training programs, applied research programs, development of strategies, and biological and alternative control methods.

Silver Award sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Government Super.

This prestigious award recognises outstanding achievement by a NSW council to implement Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and strive for a sustainable future for their local community.

As a pre-requiste, councils entering this category need to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by entering in at least 3 bronze categories in the current or previous years.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Whole-of-council approach to sustainability implemented through the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, and may include embedding the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Environmental Management Systems, sustainability actions plans, and/or other projects which demonstrate a whole-of-council commitment to sustainability principles.
  • Initiatives in managing for a sustainable environment including policies and development projects demonstrating sustainability principles, including monitoring and evaluations tools to assess progress towards sustainability

Award sponsored by Local Government Super.

This award recognises individual achievement by a council officer or elected councillor in contributing to environmental improvement and sustainability.

The award is named in honour of Louise Petchell, Sustainability Manager at Penrith City Council, who sadly and unexpectedly passed away in 2009. Louise was respected across the local government sector and was pivotal in the success of Penrith City Council in many Excellence in the Environment Awards.

Please note information provided in this nomination will be kept confidential, and permission will be sought from the winning nominee before any information is published. Self-nomination is permitted.

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding "on-ground" initiatives to conserve, protect and enhance the local environment on public and/or private land. The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Projects that protect, conserve, and enhance natural environments, ecosystems and wildlife habitat, and rehabilitating and restoring degraded areas
  • Community involvement in environmental management, including Bushcare and similar programs
  • Protection of endangered and protected species and their habitats
  • Waterway and riparian corridor restoration and rehabilitation projects and stormwater improvement programs in an urban environment that have improved the health and amenity of the waterway
  • Projects which reduce pollution, reduce the impacts of pollution, and/or remediate land

Bronze Award.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives that have resulted in or will lead to significant increases in resource recovery or improved environmental outcomes. This category includes projects which are carried out by council following the collection of waste from the community.

The award incorporates but is not limited to projects or initiatives that:

  • Implement sustainable transport methods for recovered materials
  • Establish or enhance innovative sorting techniques at the facility
  • Provide innovative processing methods which improve recovery benefits or capture additional materials
  • Deliver outstanding environmental outcomes through reduced emissions or the reduction of other contaminants entering the environment
  • Practices that promote the circular economy within council's supply chain

Bronze Award Sponsored by the NSW Roadside Environment Committee.

This award recognises on-ground achievements in roadside environmental management, as well as strategic initiatives that build capacity to deliver these achievements over time and across tenures.

This award recognises activities which:

  • Improve the condition of roadside vegetation, including through the management of threats
  • Build capacity to deliver on-ground roadside environmental management initiatives
  • Promote co-operation and collaboration in roadside environmental management across tenures
  • Build and/or disseminate knowledge about roadside environmental values and management

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives that integrate environmental and sustainable practices into the design, construction or management of community buildings and infrastructure.

The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Improving efficiency across a number of resources/consumables (e.g. energy, water, waste, construction materials)
  • How well end user's needs have been considered, such as the engagement of staff and the community, indoor environment quality or adaptability for future needs
  • Improving environmental outcomes
  • Improving resilience of the asset

Bronze Award sponsored by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

This award recognises outstanding initiatives undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The award incorporates, but is not limited to:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency actions, demand management and renewable energy.
  • Empowering community and/or business to reduce emissions.

Bronze Award sponsored by the Water Directorate.

This award recognises excellence in practical solutions for sustainable water management. The award incorporates a wide range of water management initiatives including, but not limited to:

  • Water savings achieved in the provision of water supply and sewerage services by local water utilities through demand and/or supply side projects/measures. Nominations will demonstrate (actual or forecast) savings per year
  • Integrated water management initiatives to improve efficiency and/or water quality (recycling or stormwater harvesting schemes; retrofitting or constructing water efficient buildings and precincts; retrofitting or constructing new water/wastewater treatment facilities to deliver better environmental outcomes; water sensitive urban design).
  • Water and sewerage projects that provide for enhanced environmental outcomes that would not have otherwise been achieved without the completion of the water or sewer related project

Keydates

Date
Entries Open 5 June 2019
Entries Close 5pm 29 July 2019
Awards presented 3 December 2019 at Waterview, Bicentennial Drive, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park

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