The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) wants to hear from Tasmanians who are championing sustainability, innovation and eco-efficiency.
EPA chair John Ramsay says there are lots of innovative projects being undertaken by industry, community groups and individuals which deserve to be highlighted and rewarded.
“The EPA is putting out a call to all sectors working to protect, manage and restore the environment to share their great work by entering this year’s Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence,” Mr Ramsay said.
“The Awards provide a great opportunity to gain recognition for work accomplished over the past two years and to show the state and the nation what has been achieved locally for the benefit of the global community.
“We want to hear from community groups, organisations, industries, individuals and business about examples of environmental excellence.”
Mr Ramsay said seven award categories in 2011 would cater for a variety of award entries and, as in previous years, the Environment Minister’s Choice Award would be presented to the most outstanding nomination.
“Last year’s Awards attracted an amazing scope of projects from an astounding demolition site resource recovery initiative to protecting habitat for wedge-tailed eagles,” he said.
“We know there are many more great initiatives being taken across Tasmania that foster leadership and would encourage others to adopt measures to protect our air, water, soil and ecosystems.”
“As well as welcoming nominations from previous entrants, the EPA would particularly like to hear from individuals and industry, education, local government and community groups that have not considered entering the Awards in the past.”
The former Environment Minister Brian Wightman said he was looking forward to being involved in the Awards for the first time this year and awarding a special prize for the most outstanding nomination.
“Everyone has the opportunity to be part of the push towards a sustainable future and the Awards provide a platform to highlight commitments to environmental innovation in this state,” he said.
“I encourage community groups, the public and private sectors and individuals to share their achievements and enter the Awards.”
The categories for the 2011 Awards are: Large Business Sustainability; Small Business Sustainability; Environmental Stewardship; Education; Local Government; Community; and Leadership in Climate Change Action. Category winners will be nominated for the national Banksia Awards.
Award winners will be announced on 3 June to coincide with World Environment Day celebrations.
The Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence are free to enter. Nominations close on 8 April 2011.
Entry kits and more information about the Awards are available at www.epa.tas.gov.au/taee