Nominations are now open for the 2016 EPA Sustainability Award – designed to recognise businesses demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, particularly in regard to clean production, energy and water conservation, resource efficiency, waste minimisation, reuse and recycling. Nominations close on Wednesday 10 August and the winners will be announced at a Gala presentation on Saturday 5 November.
The Sustainability Award is one of several categories of the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards run by Awards Australia. The Tasmanian Awards are designed to recognise individuals, organisations and groups that are making a difference in their local communities and across the State.
The EPA Sustainability Award acknowledges businesses from any industry sector which have developed and implemented cleaner production initiatives that have delivered measureable improvements in preventing pollution, conserving energy and water, minimising waste and maximising resource efficiency. Submissions can be for a project or initiative that results in measurable improvements in any or all of these areas and results in wider community or flow-on sector benefits.
The opening of nominations for this year’s Awards was officially launched in Hobart on Wednesday 1 June by Awards patron and Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Will Hodgman MP. The EPA Deputy Chair, Tony Ferrier, gave a speech on behalf of the EPA at the Hobart event to explain about the EPA’s reasons for sponsoring the Sustainability Award category.
“The EPA’s vision is a Tasmania that is clean, healthy and sustainable – meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs,” said Mr Ferrier.
“By sponsoring the Sustainability Award, the EPA aims to encourage businesses and organisations to become environmental innovators in whatever sector they belong.
“Our particular focus is in clean production technology, waste management and resource efficiency, limiting consumption of energy, water and materials and minimising the output of wastes by reducing, reusing and recycling.
“We want to recognise Tasmanian businesses who can demonstrate innovation, leadership and best practice in clean production, waste minimisation and resource efficiency, and who have proven the economic, environmental and social benefits as a result,” said Mr Ferrier.
Nominations will close on Wednesday 10 August 2016. All nominees will receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate of encouragement, while seven category winners will receive a trophy and a prize of $1,000 from Bentleys Tasmania or advertising on Southern Cross Television.
For more information about the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards and to find out more about nominating for the EPA Sustainability Award, go to www.awardsaustralia.com and click on Tasmania.