Townsville’s annual Environmental Excellence and Sustainability Awards recognise the environmental and sustainability contributions, achievements and commitments of local schools, community groups, individuals and businesses to achieve a sustainable future for Townsville. The awards recognise project, initiative, program and personal dedication to the local community in shaping Townsville into a clean, green and sustainable place to live and work. Nominate someone you know or nominate your school, your community group or your business and organisation for outstanding achievements and contribution to our environment and sustainability in Townsville.
You can now submit your awards submission through our online nomination form or download the nomination form and guidelines in pdf version.
Nominations are now extended until COB Friday 10 May 2013
Winners announced at the Townsville Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo - Saturday 1 June 2013 between 11am and 4pm
Sustainability in Business Award
Sponsored by Townsville City Council
For innovative schemes undertaken, facilitated or planned by business and industry, whether they be simple or complex, that strive to improve the quality of the environment or contribute to sustainability or nature conservation in Townsville. This may be in relation to energy or water savings, environmental designs for the tropics, water quality, pollution control, or an environmental product or service.
Individual Initiative Award
Sponsored by Queensland Nickel
For an individual who has made a significant contribution towards environmental protection and improvement in Townsville. This is an award of recognition of a person who has worked tirelessly to improve our natural environment. Examples include dedication to environmental programs, volunteer time on environmental projects, working with and leading the community on environmentally-based projects outside of normal work or business requirements.
Neighbourhood/Local Resident Award
Sponsored by Lions Club Northern Suburbs
For an individual who has made contributions towards environmental protection and improvement at a local neighbourhood level. This is an award of recognition of a person who, or small neighbourhood group that, has worked on a local scale to improve a piece of our city. Examples include being part of a neighbourhood revegetation project, volunteering time on small community environmental projects or volunteering time at community environmental events.
Community Group Award
Sponsored by North Shore by Stockland
For a community group that has made a significant contribution towards environmental improvement, nature conservation or sustainability in Townsville. Example projects are restoring local vegetation, environmental monitoring, community education, ecological fire management and water quality.
Junior Schools Award –Preschools & Primary Schools
Sponsored by Willows Shopping Centre
For projects, programs or plans which foster environmental awareness and involvement for Townsville preschool and primary school students. This may be in relation to native vegetation restoration, recycling, energy savings, water quality, sustainability, wildlife programs or other efforts.
Senior Schools Award – High School, Tafe and University
Sponsored by Willows Shopping Centre
For projects, programs or plans which foster environmental awareness and involvement for Townsville secondary, TAFE and university students. This may be in relation to native vegetation restoration, recycling, energy savings, water quality, sustainability or wildlife program.
What should I keep in mind when preparing my nomination?
Your submission for the awards will be judged by a selection panel that may not have any prior knowledge of the nominated project/initiative/program or nominee, or the contribution made to the environment and community.
When preparing your submission, consider the following:
- In 150 words a nomination summary must clearly explain why the nominee is deserving of this award. The summary highlights the key points of your nomination including the benefits to the community and the long term impact of the project/initiative/program.
- Make sure your entry addresses each of the listed judging criteria in your attached submission.
- f you are nominating a group, who was involved? e.g. participants, volunteers.
- What were the results or outcomes of the project/initiative/program?
- What contribution has the individual/group/organisation made to Townsville’s natural environment and/or sustainability vision?
- What is it that is outstanding about this nominee/nomination?
- Include supporting materials (e.g. photos, media clipping) to boost your nomination.
Who/What is eligible for nomination?
Nominations are open to the public and are encouraged from schools, University/TAFE College, community groups, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and businesses.
Nominations must be related to environmental and sustainability projects, initiatives and programs that are being undertaken within the Townsville Local Government Area.
Nominations must be related to environmental and sustainability projects, initiatives and programs that have been completed in the twelve months prior to June 1 or are being undertaken at present.
The following criteria will be used to judge the nomination in all categories
- The degree to which the project/initiative/program successfully achieved environmental and/or sustainability outcomes in Townsville
- The degree to which the project/initiative/program contributes to environmental education and awareness in Townsville
- The degree to which the project/initiative/program contributes to positive change behaviours towards the environment and sustainability in Townsville
- The extent of partnerships and collaboration achieved through the project/initiative/program
- The degree of community/participant engagement achieved through the project/initiative/program
- The sustainability of the project/initiative/program (i.e. whether it is long term or a one-off project/initiative/program)The following criteria will be used to judge the nomination in all categories
Conditions of Entry
- Entries for the Junior Schools and Senior Schools Awards can be submitted in the form of creative artwork e.g. poster, sculpture, short movie, diorama, collage etc. A separate project description should be attached. This short project description should address the key judging criteria as outlined in the nomination guidelines. Extra points will be awarded for overall students’ engagement in submission preparation and overall creativity.
- Entries for Sustainability in Business, Individual Initiative, Neighbourhood, and Community Group Awards should be submitted in the form of text with description of the project, initiative, program or individual’s achievement accompanied by description addressing judging criteria (maximum 4 x A4 pages).
- Entries can be for completed, existing or future projects and should include proposed activities, outcomes, community involvement, budget outline, start and completion dates and environmental benefits.
- Entries relating to planned projects must demonstrate a high level of preparation and networking.
- Townsville City Council may use submissions and entries for display and promotion at and before the Townsville Eco Fiesta and Smart Lifestyle Expo on Saturday 1 June 2013.
- Late submissions will only be considered at the discretion of the judging panel.
- The decision of the judging panel is final.
The Environmental Excellence and Sustainability Awards 2013 is proudly sponsored by: