“The judging panel was impressed with the diverse range of nominations – from large-scale inner-city developments to small but remarkable regional projects – that underscore sustainability as a strategic business opportunity,” Green Globe Awards Judging Panel Chair, Robin Mellon said.
· The Green Globe Awards are the leading environmental awards in NSW, recognising businesses, government, community organisations and individuals who have integrated environmental practices and resource saving initiatives into their day-to-day operations.
· The NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards are in their 15th year.
· Over 130 nominations were received for the 2014 Green Globe Awards, the best ever, and a short-list of 53 finalists have been announced.
· There are 16 nominated categories and three not-for-nomination categories (Regional Sustainability Award, 10-year Sustainability Award and The Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence).
· Winners are decided by an independent panel of experts from the fields of energy, water, waste, sustainability, environmental research and academia. Judges are the sole determiners of the winners of all awards.
· The Award ceremony is an invitation-only event, hosted by the Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for the Environment. It will be held at NSW Parliament House on October 30, 2014.
· For more information on the awards and details on all the finalists, visit the Green Globe Awards website<http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/greenglobes/>
The Illawarra Environmental Education Centre's Switched on Energy program has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Awards.
The switched on energy program has engaged over 1840 students and 71 teachers across 27 schools in southeast NSW. The program focuses on energy use in schools and the home and what individuals, including students and teachers, can do to reduce consumption. Teachers are given resources for professional development prior to an incursion from the Illawarra Environmental Education Centre where students explore a variety of alternative energy devices in the Energy Trailer. The trailer contains bicycle-powered light bulbs, solar devices, mini wind turbines, basic circuitry sets, a mini hydro system and a solar-powered toy race car set, all of which students can experiment with. Following the visit, students can audit their classroom’s energy use and prepare a proposal for energy-saving initiatives at their school.