Winners of the 10th Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence were announced on Friday 30 May 2008 at the annual awards dinner at Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart.
The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, presented her special Minister's Award to the Tasmanian Landcare Association for its Extra Hands "dating agency" volunteer placement program. The Premier's inaugural Award for Climate Action was won by the Cascade Brewery Co Pty Ltd for its sustainability program and production of a carbon neutral beer.
Winners for 2008, in each category, are:
Winning projects focus on sustainability
This year's Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence attracted a competitive and diverse range of entries representing a host of innovative projects across the state. The judging panel from the Banksia Environmental Foundation praised the quality of entries in the six award categories and the high-profile Premier's Award for Climate Action.
Winners across all categories have been nominated for the 2008 national awards to be presented by the Banksia Environmental Foundation in July this year.
The 2008 category winners and their projects are:
Large Business Sustainability Award
Cascade Brewery Company Pty Ltd - Sustainability Program
Cascade has been driving environmental improvements to reduce its carbon footprint for over a decade. In the last six years, it has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 16 per cent and reduced water use by three per cent per unit of production. Environmental improvement opportunities have been highlighted in the supply chain of Cascade products, particularly water and greenhouse gas emissions. It has recently introduced Cascade Green, a 100 per cent carbon offset beer.
Small Business Sustainability Award
at+m integrated marketing - Rethinking Environmental Initiatives
An Environmental Management System across its entire business has enabled at+m integrated marketing to offer clients environmentally responsible marketing solutions, including the Rethink printing process. The company has reduced its chemical use by 20 per cent, trade waste by 41 per cent, and its overall output of waste by 39 per cent. It is setting new industry standards, particularly in recycling, where 97 per cent of all the waste generated within the business is now recycled.
Tasmanian Landcare Association - Extra Hands: A Dating Agency for Sustainability
Volunteers are lining up to join the Extra Hands casual volunteer placement program that links them to activities for environmental work. It has strategically targeted schools and other educational institutions matching education-focused environmental activities to "care" groups. Extra Hands offers a wide range of custom-designed environmental activities to deliver educational outcomes while contributing to the sustainable management of Tasmania's land and water.
Tasmanian Landcare Association - Extra Hands: Volunteer Placement Program
The Extra Hands volunteer placement program links people who want a casual volunteer experience with places that need assistance. It provides Tasmanians with an easy and safe way to volunteer by providing insurance coverage, on the job training and an opportunity to build practical skills. Most of all, it offers a positive, obligation-free, casual volunteer experience that contributes to the sustainability of Tasmania's environment.