Canberra Urban Honey wins at ACT Sustainable Cities Awards 2014

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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 0416 768 387



Canberra Urban Honey has won the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Award 2014 for their awareness raising community project about the bee population in Canberra. An initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful National, the awards are open to community, business and all levels of government in the ACT.

Now in its 10th year, the awards celebrate achievements in litter reduction and the broader sustainability agenda including environmental advocacy and renewable energy. The awards were announced at an event held at the ANU Commons in Canberra earlier today.

As well as winning the overall award, Canberra Urban Honey took home the Young Legends award. At the age of 18, Mitchell Pearce is a Director of The Canberra Urban Honey project and is Australia’s youngest commercial urban beekeeper. He has been pivotal in the success of how Canberra Urban Honey increases the number of bees in Canberra by creating micro-apiaries throughout Canberra. This is helping to overcome the pollination problems associated with the lack of bees in Canberra.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said, “its pleasing to celebrate so many great examples of practical sustainability in the ACT after 10 years of running the program.”

“Well done to Canberra Urban Honey – Bees are a great opportunity to practice sustainability since it’s something which interacts with all other parts of the environment.”

The morning was attended by guest speakers Dorte Ekelund, Director-General, Environment and Sustainable Development ACT Government; Dr Shane West, Manager Sustainability Office, Facilities & Services Division, ANU; and a well received highlight local sustainable fashion designer, Alice Sutton.

Manager of ANU Sustainability Office Dr Shane West said, “we are pleased to continue supporting the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards. It is very appropriate that we are hosting the function in the Lena Karmel lodge as it itself was a recipient of the awards in 2013 for Sustainable Building (Commercial).”

“We look forward to a long and fruitful association with the Sustainable Cities Awards in the ACT and wish all this year’s participants well for their contribution to improving the Canberra environment and recognising their significant sustainability achievements,” Mr West went on to say.

The Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards are an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful National, sponsored by the Do The Right Thing program, Category sponsor Environment & Sustainable Development Department of the ACT, and Event sponsor ANUgreen. 

 ACT Sustainable Cities 2014 Category Winners

Category Winner Commendation
Community Action, Partnerships and Culture ACTEW Water and Southern ACT Catchment Group Isabella Plains Early Childhood School – Backyard Rangers Program
Environmental Stewardship No entries in 2014
Resource Recovery and Litter Prevention Hindmarsh Construction Australia
Environmental Advocacy and Innovation Urban Agriculture Australia Canberra College
Sustainable Buildings – Commercial Hindmarsh Construction Australia
Sustainable Buildings – Residential Jigsaw Housing – Modular Jigsaw Housing – Thorn Place
Young Legends Canberra Urban Honey Canberra College
Wildcard Kokonut
Water Conservation No entries in 2014
Renewable Energy Innovation
(Sponsored by ACT Gov ESDD)
  1. SolarShare Canberra
  2. Armada
Overall Winner Canberra Urban Honey



Canberra Urban Honey – Mitchell Pearce 0438 749 998

Peter McLean, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful National 0416 227 158

2014 ACT Sustainable Cities Entrants:

  • ACTEW Water
  • ACTEW Water + Southern ACT Catchment Group
  • ACTSmart Business Sustainability Expo 2013
  • Armada
  • Boy & Girl Co
  • Calwell Early Childhood Centre
  • Canberra Urban Honey
  • Hindmarsh Construction Australia
  • Isabella Plains Early Childhood School: Backyard Rangers
  • Jigsaw Housing: Thorn Place House
  • Jigsaw Modular
  • Kokonut Pacific
  • Lyneham High School
  • ANU: Move Out Recycling
  • Move Out Recycling Committee at ANU
  • SEE-Change INC
  • Solar Share Canberra
  • The Canberra College
  • Canberra City Farm: Urban Agriculture Australia
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia : Volunteer Interpreter program at Tidbinbilla and Namadgi
  • Weetangera Primary School

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