As the curtain closed on the 2015 Green Globe Awards organisers immediately began to focus on next year – and how to keep building on this highly successful event.
Tom Grosskopf, director, metro branch at Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) said the standard of entries this year maintained the consistently high level over recent years.
“Across the board we had a really strong set of candidates,” he says.
And the Awards attracted widespread interest across the board – from large corporates to SMEs and community groups
“There is now a real groundswell around it. The Green Globes are now an important part of the (sustainability) calendar, says Mr Grosskopf.
“Businesses now have a long term vision and shared social values.”
Mr Grosskopf says the awards have helped to change “old school thinking” that if it’s good for the environment, it will cost more.
“Now more businesses realise what is good for the environment is also good for business.
“Improving energy efficiency can increase productivity and save costs.”
Mr Grosskopf says the key reason for conducting the awards is to recognise excellence in sustainability.
“We want to show people there is real value in pursuing these pathways.
“In business it is all about making a profit, but it is also about doing it in the most sustainable way possible.
“What we are trying to do through the Green Globes is to identify those that are achieving excellence.
“We run the Green Globes so we can showcase that excellence.”
Would he encourage more manufacturers to nominate for the awards?
“Absolutely – I think there are some great stories out there – and we want to hear them.”
Nominations for next year’s awards open in May/June, with the awards ceremony scheduled for October.
Mr Grosskopf says regular updates will be posted through social media and on the official Green Globes website.
Entry into the Green Globe Awards is free and winners are determined by an independent judging panel of experts.
“The commitment shown by our voluntary judges panel is incredible,” said Mr Grosskopf.
“They put in much time and effort to determine the select group of finalists and award winners.”
Judges are selected for their knowledge, expertise and objectivity.
“It’s important to ensure there is no conflict of interest.”
This year, there were 17 categories, under three divisions: Excellence in Energy, Water and Waste Efficiency, Excellence in Sustainability and Excellence in Leadership and Innovation.
Mr Grosskopf thanked the major sponsors – Celestino, GPT Group and NSW EPA – for their support.
He also acknowledged media partners Industry Update and Business Environment Network for their contribution.
So what can we expect next year?
“We are planning to ramp it up to another level in terms of engagement with the business sector, says Mr Grosskopf.
Just watch this space.