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EPA Sustainability Award 2014

15 May 2014

The 2014 Community Achievement Awards are now open and nominations are sought for the EPA Sustainability Award.

The Awards Australia – Community Achievement Awards for Tasmania are about recognising individuals, organisations and groups who are making a difference in our local communities and State.

The EPA Sustainability Award recognises businesses and organisations that share a passion and commitment for sustainability and to reducing environmental impacts on their business and the community.

EPA Board Members Helen Locher and Louise Cherrie attended the 2014 launch on Wednesday morning to talk about the role of the EPA Board and why the Board decided to sponsor the Sustainability Award category.

“The EPA’s vision is a Tasmania that is clean, healthy and sustainable. Waste management and resource efficiency are key elements of this,” Helen said.

“The EPA Sustainability Award acknowledges businesses and organisations who have developed and implemented initiatives that have demonstrably delivered measureable improvements in waste and resource efficiency.”

“Regardless of the sector you work in, the EPA would like to recognise businesses who have demonstrated leading and best practice in this area and who reap the environmental, economic, and community benefits of focusing on waste and resource efficiency."

Submissions for the EPA Sustainability Award should be for a project or initiative that results in measurable improvements in waste and resource efficiency – reduce, reuse, recycle – not only for the business or organisation but with wider community or sector benefits.

Nominations opened on Wednesday 14th May and they close Wednesday 20th August.

The winners of the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards will be announced at a gala presentation dinner in Hobart on Friday 21st November 2014.

The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary at Brighton was the 2013 winner of the EPA Sustainable Innovation in Industry Award.

Bonorong Director Greg Irons said the wildlife sanctuary has already trialled and implemented several sustainability issues and is always looking out for more.

“I am very passionate about acting in a sustainable way and enjoy seeing how little changes we can make in everyday life can result in change,” Greg said.

“For example, we are currently phasing out plastic bottle caps for sale in our gift shop. Most of the drinks in our fridges are in glass bottles with metal lids, although we have had trouble sourcing glass alternatives for some essentials such as water. We have recently found a source of glass-bottled water and are looking into the feasibility of using these.”

“Another step we have taken involves reducing overall plastic use and stopping all plastics going into rubbish bins,” Greg said.

“The garbage bins we have in the park at the moment require a plastic bag liner to catch the rubbish. These are emptied daily. We try to re-use any plastic liners that are in a fit condition but this system means that we do go through a large number of plastic bags every week.”

“What we hope to do is phase out these plastic liners and replace the bins with non-lined ones that can be easily emptied, hosed out and then re-used. This is part of our hope to reduce the number of disposable items we use and replace them with reusable, more durable alternatives.”

“These initiatives are an excellent way to educate people about a broad range of issues and to trigger some further discussion on the way we treat our environment,” said Greg.

To find out more about Awards Australia and the 2014 EPA Sustainability Award visit: The Awards Australia website

For more information about the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary go to: the Bonorong website