The Banksia Awards is given out by the Banksia Environmental Foundation, a national not-for-profit organisation, which promotes environmental excellence and sustainability through its Awards program and other associated initiatives.
The Banksia Environmental Foundation was founded in 1989 by a diverse group of 44 Australians who shared a common goal to do more to support and recognise members of the community for their positive contribution to the environment.
Entries to the Banksia Awards are now open with submissions closing on 24 August 2012 at 5 pm.
The Banksia Awards are designed to recognise and support Australia’s leading environmental sustainability initiatives by individual Australians as well as organisations that are determined to make Australia a more environmentally sustainable country.
The Banksia Awards comprises of eight award categories that acknowledge various important areas of focus. These include:
  • Education Award - Raising the Bar: Sponsored by Publishers National Environment Bureau
  • Land and Biodiversity Award - Preserving Our Ecosystems
  • Water Award - Our Most Precious Resource: Sponsored by MMG
  • Agriculture and Food Award - From Paddock to Plate Sustainably: Sponsored by Closed Loop Recycling
  • Built Environment Award - Harmonious Manmade Landscapes
  • Clean Technology Award - Harnessing Opportunities: Sponsored by AusIndustry
  • Leading in Sustainability  - Setting the Standard for Large Organisations Award: Sponsored by Fujitsu
  • Leading in Sustainability - Setting the Standard for Small to Medium Businesses Award: Sponsored by Australia Post
The Banksia Awards have been making a difference to numerous community groups through to large organisations. According to Graz van Egmond, Executive Director, Banksia Environmental Foundation, a Banksia Award can assist initiatives to move to the next level and get recognition creating greater awareness.
The 2011 Built Environment Award Winner Hepburn Wind is already experiencing the benefits of winning this prestigious award. Simon Holmes a Court, Chairman at Hepburn Wind explains that the Banksia Award provides recognition for the 1900+ members that have made their project possible. National recognition of their achievements through the Banksia Awards now assists them in explaining the benefits of locally owned renewable energy to a large number of communities.
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