Marine protection, sharing economies, green buildings, Indigenous employment and climate action feature strongly in this year’s crop of Banksia Sustainability Awards finalists.
The Banksia Foundation has announced the shortlist for the awards, which spans 10 categories and celebrates businesses, communities, individuals and governments that are driving change.
The finalists include:
- An Indigenous enterprise giving unwanted office furniture a new life
- Beer drinkers raising funds for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef
- A film sharing the plight of our oceans with a global audience
- An online platform supporting collaboration on sustainability issues
- A share shed lending household items to its members.
Winners for each category will be announced at the Banksia Sustainability Awards gala ceremony in Melbourne on 29 November 2018, including the special Gold Award and Minister’s Award.
Graz van Egmond, Banksia Foundation CEO, said entrants were encouraged to outline how they had contributed to one or more of the global goals.
“We’ve received entries covering a broad spectrum of social and environmental topics and it’s wonderful to see how these awards have become a barometer of Australia’s progress on these global sustainable development goals.
“We’re hoping to raise awareness of the SDGs and demonstrate how entrants are contributing to global issues.”
The Banksia Sustainability Awards are the longest-running sustainability awards in Australia. To mark its 30th anniversary, the Banksia Foundation aligned the awards with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and protect the planet.