Business Environment Awards

The Inner West Business Environment Awards recognise the contributions made by our local businesses to become more sustainable.

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Nominations for the 2018 Inner West Business Environment Awards have now closed.

The Business Environment Awards are free to enter. There are seven award categories:
  • Energy Smart - For smart energy use, low carbon emissions and supporting renewable energy (preview form)
  • Water Saver - For water saving actions that increase efficiency and water sensitive design (preview form)
  • Rethink Waste- For avoiding, reducing, reusing and recycling waste (preview form)
  • Community Partnership- For partnering with community to solve environmental issues (preview form)
  • Beyond our Four Walls - For influencing supply chains beyond their operations for sustainable outcomes (preview form)
  • Sustainable Innovation - For exploring new and creative sustainability solutions (preview form)
  • Sustainable Leadership - For actions over a range of initiatives and taking a holistic view of sustainability (preview form)

Nominations closed on Friday 5 October 2018, with the Awards Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 28 November 2018.

Please email Anne Abbott at or Amy Croucher at if you would like to know more information about the awards.

Small Business Month - special event for Inner West Businesses

3 ways to save your business money in energy and waste
When: Wednesday 31 October, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Guest speaker Barbara Albert specialises in assisting businesses to save money and make a difference.
Eligible attendees will be able to register for a sustainability consultation undertaken by Barbara’s firm and paid for by Inner West Council.
If you can’t make it to the talk, but want to register your business for a free sustainability consultation, please visit our website.

2017 Winners and Finalists

The 2017 Inner West Business Environment Awards were held on Wednesday 29 November at Camperdown Commons. Our guest speaker was Laura Dalrymple, Co-founder of Feather and Bone. Butcher, provedore and purveyor of ethical and sustainable meat, Feather and Bone are innovators when it comes to sourcing whole, pasture-raised livestock directly from farms committed to sustainable soil, plant and animal health.

More than 20 local businesses were recognised as winners or finalists in six award categories. Congratulations to our 2017 winners and finalists!

Rethink Waste

For avoiding, reducing, reusing and recycling waste. 


For applying a sustainable, waste-free ethos to their business practice. Through media and face-to-face engagement, Cornersmith actively upskill and influence thousands of people and organisations. BEA2017-RethinkWasteAward- Cornersmith-400px


Energy Smart

For energy efficiency of gas and electricity and renewable energy.


For its outstanding community solar project with Pingala which sets a new direction for local ownership of solar generation in the inner west. Young Henrys is also committed to reducing their carbon footprint through high efficiency brewing systems and reducing their ‘keg miles’ through Kegstar. 


Community Leadership

For taking leadership on community and social issues.


Reverse Garbage

For its leading role in community sustainability and collaborating with over 35 groups. Their Sponsorship and Partnership program provided $25,000 worth of practical support to 60 deserving projects this year. By connecting communities, Reverse Garbage fosters a culture of trust and sharing in the Inner West. 


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For influencing supply chains for sustainable outcomes.


For being an influential advocate for sustainable brewing. Their participation in the innovative Kegstar program minimises waste and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from transport. Young Henrys actively seeks and invests in reusable products and services. By selling 17 000 reusable growlers and refills, they have prevented the production of nearly 100 000 stubby bottles. Every day, one tonne of spent grain from their brewing is diverted from landfill and used to feed animals, grow mushrooms and make pickles.


Sustainable Innovation AwardBEA2017-SustainableInnovationAward-PocketCityFarms-400px

For exploring new and creative solutions to sustainability opportunities.


For its trail-blazing and highly visible project that has transformed an unused bowling green into a productive urban green space with 3 tonnes of food harvested this year. Their community food forest, compost bays, greenhouse, rescue chooks, and demonstration garden connects people with sustainable food systems and shares knowledge with a wide range of organisations.


Sustainability Leadership AwardBEA2017-SustainabilityLeadershipAward-ARCCO-400px

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


For sustainability work that encompasses energy, water management, food waste reduction and urban forest management. Through strong partnerships, the centre ensures the success of innovative projects like the Food Pantry and Urban Habitat Tree. The Centre takes local practical action while also advocating at a wider community level on environmental and social issues.


For further information about the awards, contact Anne Abbott on 9392 5341 or email

Check out the 2016 Business Environment Awards winners and finalists.

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