Community Green Achiever Awards open

Nominations are now open for the City’s new Community Green Achiever Awards.

The City has established the awards program to recognise community-led action that promotes environmental sustainability, supports biodiversity and protects our environment.

Greater Geelong Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan said the initiative would recognise innovations addressing climate change, waste, biodiversity and water conservation.

The awards will celebrate the innovative contributions being made at a grassroots level across Greater Geelong.

Highlighting the great environmental sustainability work being done locally will hopefully encourage further action in this space.

Nominations for projects, initiatives, activities or campaigns are being accepted in the following award categories:

  • Climate Action Award – recognising leadership, action or innovation in responding to the impacts of climate change in our region.
  • Waste Reduction Award – recognising leadership, action or innovation in reducing and eliminating waste.
  • Biodiversity Award – recognising leadership, action or innovation in protecting and enhancing the biodiversity values of our urban areas, rural and natural landscapes and coastlines.
  • Water Conservation Award – recognising leadership, action or innovation in the conservation of our region’s waterways and water resources.

Cr Jim Mason, Chair, Environment portfolio, said the awards program built on the Council’s work to lead the community transition to a green economy.

Our Sustainability Framework and Action Plan highlights the vital role the community plays in helping us reduce our collective footprint.

The Community Green Achiever Awards will showcase the clever and creative projects that are having positive impacts on our local environment.

TheSustainability Framework is designed to create a culture of sustainable practice that will help us address significant future challenges, such as climate change.

The supporting action plan outlines the 66 actions that will help us achieve the region’s key sustainability priorities.

To be eligible for an award, the nominated project or campaign must have been delivered by volunteers or not-for-profit community organisations within Greater Geelong during the past 12 months.

Nominations are open until 5pm on 30 April 2021.

Winners will be announced on World Environment Day, 5 June.

More information on the Community Green Achiever Awards can be found at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/greenachiever/

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