Inner West Business Environment Awards

The 2016 Inner West Business Environment Awards were held on Tuesday 29 November 2016. The awards recognise local business for actions to be more sustainable. More than 20 local businesses were recognised as winners or finalists in the seven award categories.

The 2016 event featured inspiring guest speeches from Jason McDermott, Co-founder of Dresden Optics; and Angela Michaelis of local environmental advocacy group, Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle.

2016 Winners and Finalists

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre receiving Sustainability Leadership AwardSustainability Leadership Award

For actions over a range of initiatives and taking a holistic view of sustainability

Winner

For their valuable contribution to waste reduction, skills development and community collaboration. The Bower continues to demonstrate continual improvement and looks beyond resource savings.

Finalists

Dare and Kirsten from Reverse Garbage being presented the Sustainable Innovation Award from Suji Jadhav of the Green Living CentreSustainable Innovation Award

For exploring new and creative solutions to sustainability opportunities

Winner

For their innovative educational project ‘Replay’. Providing waste education resources and workshops for educators, they have so far engaged with almost 9000 young children in the community, pushing for a shift towards better waste behaviour

Finalists

  • MakerSpace & Co – Marrickville
  • The Icicycle Bicycle Co – Marrickville

Jade Kemety accepting the Water Saver Award from Paul Mulley, Manager People and Places with Sydney WaterWater Saver Award

For water efficiency, rainwater tanks and water sensitive urban design

Winner

The theatre recently connected their three large rainwater tanks to flush six onsite toilets and most sinks as part of their on-going eco-plan

Highly Commended

Finalists

Silvia and Troy from Access Hair accepting the Rethink Waste Award from Kate Napier, Manager Environmental Services with Inner West CouncilRethink Waste

For avoiding, reducing, reusing and recycling waste

Winner

The salons are part of the Sustainable Salons initiative, and are taking a sustainable approach in their product choice, and recycling 90% of their waste

Finalists

Matthew Steen of CHOICE accepting the Energy Smart Award from Lina Gomez, Project Officer with the NSW Office of Environment & HeritageEnergy Smart

For energy efficiency of gas and electricity and renewable energy

Winner

For installing LED lighting, upgrading their air-conditioner, and currently investigating solar panel installation

Highly Commended

Finalists

Andrew and Chris from Batch Brewing Co accepting the Beyond Our Four Walls Award from Sarah Mandelson, CEO of Serendipity Ice CreamBeyond our Four Walls

For influencing supply chains for sustainable outcomes

Winner

For developing their strong relationship with NSW farmers, and sourcing their key ingredients locally.

Highly Commended

Finalists

The team from The Trading Circle with the Community Leadership AwardCommunity Leadership

For taking leadership on community and social issues

Winner

For empowering women and their communities in developing countries. They also provide employment and skills development for young people from local schools.

Highly Commended

Finalists

Local businesses can be supported by Inner West Council to be more sustainable. Contact Council’s Senior Environment officer on 9335 2061 or email chris.weston@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

 

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