ACT Sustainable Cities Awards now open

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Monday 17 March 2014
Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 02 8626 9396


The Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards opened today. 2014 marks the 10th year of the awards having been held in the Nation’s Capital, which recognise the efforts made by residents, community based organisations, businesses and local government agencies in achieving sustainability in the ACT. The territory finalist, announced in July, will go on to enter the Australian Sustainable Cities awards towards the end of the year.

These awards have grown over the years to encompass sustainability activities as diverse as waste reduction and recovery, sustainable buildings, conserving water, and a Young Legends category. There is also a Wildcard category, which allows more people to apply for any initiatives that don’t match the existing criteria but believe that they address environmentally sustainable issues.

National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful Peter McLean has urged all ACT sustainability programs to enter, saying “the awards recognise and celebrate everyday actions taken by Canberra’s communities to improve, maintain and sustain their local environments.”

Previous successful winners include:

  • Last year the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group took home the award for their trapping program over the last 7 years, which have reduced mynas from the 3rd most abundant bird to the 20th.
  • In 2012 Merici College’s kitchen garden program that took a year to establish. They made many large garden beds which are used to grow produce for the canteen. This in turn offers students and staff healthy, cheap, locally sourced, freshly cooked meals and snacks on a daily basis.
  • In 2009 OzHarvest Canberra, now “The Yellow Van,” continues to collect excess food from restaurants and supermarkets, which would otherwise be discarded, and distribute it to charities and refuges around Canberra. Each month The Yellow Van rescues more than 16,000 kilograms of otherwise wasted food from more than 90 regular food donors.
  • In 2006 the ANU SLIVER Cell project won – now a key player in Australia’s role in global solar energy innovation with the unveiling on their new high-efficiency solar cell. Two years of research have culminated the delivery of 24.4% efficiency.

ACT Chief Minister and patron of the awards Katy Gallagher MLA said “the success of the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group at the 2013 national awards is a testament not only to the effort and resilience of this group, but also to the care and commitment which the people of Canberra have for their city looking forward.”

The Chairman of the ACT Sustainable Cities judging Committee Rolfe Hartley said that “for the past 10 years, the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards have showcased and celebrated the achievements of citizens and organisations at all levels in making sustainability the norm for Canberra.”

“I am always excited to see the innovation and dedication that each year’s entries demonstrate. The awards have come a long way since 2004.”

Canberra has just been announced as Australia’s most liveable city due to its rating as a clean, well-maintained, unpolluted city that ranked first on its approach to environmental sustainability.* These awards give the capital the chance to further lead the way.

The Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Awards are an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful National, sponsored by the Do The Right Thing program of the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum.

Entries can be made online by visiting



* Auspoll for the Property Council of Australia

The Categories

  • Community Action, Partnerships and Culture
  • Resource Recovery and Litter Prevention
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Environmental Advocacy and Innovation
  • Water Conservation
  • Sustainable Buildings (Residential)
  • Sustainable Buildings (Commercial)
  • Young Legends
  • Wildcard

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With over four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with the organisation Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, The LITTLE Committee, Australia’s Litter Action Plan and Keep Australia Beautiful Week.

The KAB National website is where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.

The ACT Sustainable Cities Awards are sponsored by

The Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, works with partners across the nation to deliver industry recycling, litter reduction and education programs on behalf of its members, Australia’s major beverage companies and their packaging suppliers. The Forum’s highly successful Do the Right Thing anti-litter campaign is recognised by more than 80% of people.

Patron of the ACT Sustaianble Cities Awards

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher

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