The ACT Sustainable Cities Award winners have been decided

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Friday 7 June 2013
Media Contact Alice Morgan
Phone 0416 768 387


On the 4th of May, the Keep Australia Beautiful ACT Sustainable Cities Award entries closed, and 22 community groups, schools, individuals, and businesses put forward their stories. A panel of judges made up of 8 representatives from civil and environmental engineering, property development, environmental planning, and sustainability backgrounds, have carefully scrutinized every submission to decide upon the category winners, and ultimately, who will be crowned the ACT’s most sustainable winner for 2013.

All participants will be invited to attend an awards ceremony on 5 July where they will be given excellent networking opportunities, and presented with case studies from other Australian Cities and recognised for their successful efforts.  The guest of honour will be Dr Chris Bourke MLA, who has a 25 year history as an active member of his local community. He was the first Aboriginal person to complete a dental degree in 1982, as well as being the ACT’s first Aboriginal Legislative Assembly Member.

National Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australian Beautiful Peter McLean said “often we find that people and organisations don’t promote themselves enough or receive recognition, so these awards mean we can share the inspiration and great ideas with others who are looking to build and improve their own local sustainability projects and partnerships.”

Award categories include:

  • 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

Everyone is welcome to attend the awards, and learn from best practice sustainability projects across the ACT. You can RSVP to

The overall winner of the 2013 ACT Sustainable Cities Award will then be going up against every state and territory Sustainable Cities winner for the Australian Award, which is being announced in November. The 2012 award winner in the ACT was Merici College for their sustainable kitchen program. The ACT Sustainable Cities Awards Program has been operating since 2006.

The 2013 awards are sponsored by the Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and Australian National University ANU green.

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For further media comment or to arrange a media interview, please contact Peter McLean on mobile 0416 227 158.

The list of entrants for the ACT Sustainable Cities Awards include:

  • Englobo Group
  • Canberra Indian Myna Action Group Inc
  • Hawker Primary School
  • Able Organic Recycling
  • Jigsaw Housing
  • Move Out Recycling- ANU Student and Staff Committee
  • 2020 Vision: Imagining a Sustainable Canberra
  • The University of Canberra
  • Digital Sustainability Outreach at ANU
  • ANU Lena Karmel Lodge
  • ANU Environmental Management Plan 2009-2015
  • Australian National University Green Precincts Project
  • ACTEW Water
  • ACTSmart Business & Office Program – Cleaner’s initiative
  • Canberra Clean Energy: SolarShare
  • Weston Creek Children’s Centre
  • McDonalds Gungahlin
  • ANU Rio+20 Project on Sustainable Development
  • MAG Construction + DNA Architects + Industrious Designs
  • ACTEW Water Giving to our source of living
  • Friends of Aranda Bushland

The KABNA 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.

Keep Australia Beautiful’s mission is to ‘to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment.’  They are Australia’s leading national organisation for 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, The LITTLE Committee, National Bin Network and KAB Week.

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