Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott today congratulated Woolworth’s – located at Norwest Business Park – for being named as a finalist in the 2012 Green Globe Awards announced this week.
Mr Elliott said entries for the state’s leading environment awards were received from all over NSW. Woolworth’s Aiming for “Zero Waste” project has been nominated for a Waste and Recycling Award.
“The Awards are an important state-wide program recognising sustainable practices that make good environmental and business sense,” Mr Elliott said.
“It’s a great honour to receive this recognition as it demonstrates the hard work of organisations and individuals.”
Woolworths’ ambitious sustainability targets outlined in their eight-year Sustainability Strategy,Doing the Right Thing, are well on the way to being met.
Last year Woolworths diverted 58 per cent of all waste material from landfill and recycled 183,000 tonnes of cardboard, plastic and other packaging. It also donated 2,247 tonnes of food to their Food Rescue partners including The Salvation Army, Foodbank and OzHarvest.
An independent judging panel, representing a number of top industry associations and universities, had the tough job of reviewing the nominations.
Judging panel chairperson, Dr Ronnie Harding, said it is always a difficult, but rewarding, job reviewing the nominations.
“The 2012 finalists represent a diverse and innovative group in terms of the scale and nature of their operations and the range of influence of their activities,” Dr Harding said.
“The finalists are really thinking outside the square as more and more private sector businesses, community groups and public sector organisations become increasingly environmentally savvy.”
The 48 finalists represent NSW small and large businesses, state and local government and not-for-profit organisations, as well as individuals improving environmental performance in our regions and cities.
The Green Globe Award winners will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by the Environment Minister Robyn Parker on Monday 3 September at NSW Parliament House.
The 10 year Sustainability Achievement Award will be presented to recognise previous winners who continue to show long-term environmental leadership.
The Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence will also be awarded to the most outstanding entry demonstrating a particular determination to overcome obstacles to deliver successful outcomes.
Visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/greenglobes for more information and the full list of finalists.