The Green Globe Premier’s Award for Sustainability has been won by the Sydney Theatre Company’s Greening the Wharf project.
The award was accepted by Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.
The Greening the Wharf project aims to transform the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct into a green technology showcase. Through a range of water, waste, energy and sustainability initiatives, it will save 37.5 million litres of water and 5,000 MWh of electricity and generate 10,350 MWh of power via solar PV.
Deepa Gupta was also named the youngest ever recipient of the Green Globe Individual Sustainability Champion Award.
Gupta is co-founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network. Gupta’s work to engage young people on climate change action is having wide-reaching impacts both here and overseas. Her work in the Indian Youth Climate Network has involved her training and speaking to more than 100,000 young people about climate change over the past year.
Currently studying business at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Gupta is active in the UTS 'Flick my switch' campaign to make it Australia’s first major institution to be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy.
Other award winners include:
- Climate Change Leadership Award - AGL Energy
- Business Water Award - Caroma Industries Limited
- Business Sustainability Award - AGL Energy
- Commercial Property Sustainability Award - Investa Property Group
- Small Business Sustainability Award - Instyle Contract Textiles
- Public Sector Energy Award - Sydney Water — Energy Management and Renewable Energy Generation
- Public Sector Sustainability Award - Macquarie University — People, Planet and Participation
- Local Government Sustainability Award Joint Winners: Our River — Cooks River Sustainability Initiative; and Surry Hills Library and Community Centre