2014 Green Ribbon Award finalists

The finalists of the 2014 Green Ribbon Awards are listed below.

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Protecting our biodiversity

Auckland Council and Forest and Bird - Ark in the Park

Ark in the Park is a collaborative project between Forest and Bird and the Auckland Council. The project restores the ecology of the Cascade Kauri Park in the Waitakere Ranges to its natural state.

Auckland Council and Forest and Bird - Ark in the Park

Covering more than 2000 hectares, Ark in the Park showcases how natural values can be protected and enhanced through community involvement, inter-agency collaboration, and public commitment. Six hundred volunteers have contributed over 90,000 work hours to conserve natural, recreational, historical and cultural features of the Waitakere Ranges. Ark in the Park benefits the region by giving visitors the opportunity to experience natural ecosystems.

Find out more on the Ark in the Park website

 

Department of Conservation Ahuriri Napier – Poutiri Ao ō Tāne

Department of Conservation Ahuriri Napier – Poutiri Ao ō Tāne

Poutiri Ao ō Tane, Tāne's Pillars of Knowledge, is a large collaborative ecological and social restoration project that restores mountain-to-sea ecosystems, bringing native species back to the Maungaharuru- Tutira catchment.

The project covers more than 8000 hectares just 60km north of Napier.

Since 2011, the project has successfully returned native bird species to the area, retired farmland throughout the region, initiated re-vegetation projects, and provided innovative research which demonstrates new and efficient ways to undertake pest control over a variety of landscapes.

The Poutiri Ao o Tane programme of restoration incorporates both the cultural and natural environment in its biodiversity recovery programme.

Find out more about the Department of Conservation on their website

 

Genesis Energy National Whio Recovery Programme (winner)

Genesis Energy National Whio Recovery Programme

Poutiri Ao o Tane, Tane's Pillars of Knowledge, is a large collaborative ecological and social restoration project that restores mountain-tosea ecosystems, bringing native species back to the Maungaharuru- Tutira catchment.

The project covers more than 8000 hectares just 60km north of Napier.

Since 2011, the project has successfully returned native bird species to the area, retired farmland throughout the region, initiated re-vegetation projects, and provided innovative research which demonstrates new and efficient ways to undertake pest control over a variety of landscapes.

The Poutiri Ao o Tane programme of restoration incorporates both the cultural and natural environment in its biodiversity recovery programme.

Find out more on the Whio Forever website

 


Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions

Auckland War Memorial Museum – Energy and sustainability initiative

Auckland War Memorial Museum – Energy and sustainability initiative

Home to millions of objects since 1852, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand's most popular tourist attractions with around half a million visitors every year.

The Auckland War Memorial Museum is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and in 2011 became the first museum in the world to achieve a Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS®) certification.

Over the past three years the museum has reduced its carbon emissions by 50 per cent, equating to approximately 1000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Waste to landfill emissions have reduced by 72 per cent.

Suitable waste is collected and sent to a processing plant that uses a specially designed biological 'digester' to turn everything into a nutrient and mineral enriched product for immediate use on the garden or farm. This fertiliser is used on the Museum grounds and is commercially available.

Find out more on the Auckland War Memorial Museum

 

Victoria University of Wellington - Energy management programme

Victoria University of Wellington - Energy management programme

Victoria University has an ongoing programme focussed on continuously reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

Initiatives include the installation of smart metering at small sites, to give greater oversight of energy use, which enables trends and issues to be identified and resolved, and the installation of Ecosash (fume cupboards) in laboratories.

Victoria University has developed 'NightWatchman' which is a software package applying energy saving policies to approximately 4700 computers. The software minimises the amount of time computers are idle but still using power, and powers down computers at night.

Find out more about the Victoria University of Wellington on their website

 

Kāpiti Coast District Council (winner)

Kāpiti Coast District Council

Kapiti Coast District Council has reduced its absolute greenhouse gas footprint by 48 per cent since 2010, due to many energy and waste initiatives.

The large reductions in emissions are associated with the reduction of waste to landfill and improved landfill gas capture rates at some facilities used by the Council. The conversion from diesel to wood fuel in sewage drying is another large contributor.

Particular successes in energy efficiency include a 26 per cent energy reduction at Waikanae Pool through better management practices. The use of heat pump heat recovery at the new Coastlands Aquatic Centre condenses water vapour from the exhaust air stream so that it can be recycled back into the pool: producing around 3,000 litres of water per day.

The programme has resulted in significant economic benefits with gas expenditure currently $105,000 lower than 10-year targets, and electricity expenditure approximately $1.2 million a year below target.

Find out more about Kāpiti Coast District Council on their website

 


Caring for our water

Auckland Council - La Rosa Reserve

Auckland Council - La Rosa Reserve

The La Rosa Reserve project is part of the Auckland Council's regional stormwater initiative to restore streams and reinstate natural ecosystems within the Auckland region. La Rosa improves the water quality, creates a recreational space, and connects the urban community both with each other and their local environment.

The La Rosa project team collaborated with the local community and other teams across council to restore the stream banks at the reserve, provide a native habitat, and retain access to the headwaters to allow freshwater invertebrates and fish to breed.

Find out more on the Auckland Council website

 

Downer New Zealand – SCIRT Downer delivery team; Operation 'Dry July' (winner)

Downer New Zealand – SCIRT Downer delivery team; Operation 'Dry July'

Downer is a major contractor in the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCRIT). The largest proportion of this work is their wastewater network repair, of which an average of three kilometres is replaced per month. Wastewater has to be temporarily over-pumped at high volumes to keep a current wastewater network operating. Silts and sewage discharge to waterways are a large risk to the environment.

The Downer team has developed best practice for planning, designing, setting up and maintaining wastewater over-pumping on all projects, that has been successfully rolled out across the major contractor teams in Christchurch.

In July 2013, Downer set a target of no dry weather overflows to rivers as part of operation 'Dry July.' This initiative will protect river ecology and fragile ecosystems from the additional pressure that the rebuild is putting on the Canterbury environment. The development of the Dry July initiative has contributed significantly to improving environmental performance across the delivery teams.

Find out more on the SCIRT website

 

Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group is a maraeled initiative with strong support from landowners and agencies working together to protect and enhance 13 kilometres of stream and its inhabitants: the long fin eel, red fin bully, giant kokopu, inanaga and fresh water crayfish. The Whangawehi catchment is the largest of the Mahia Peninsula and encompasses a number of rare and endangered habitats and species.

Practical action includes the planting of 22,000 native trees, the retirement of 30 hectares of nationally significant wetlands and several hectares of native bush on farmland, and the retirement of 10 hectares of riparian margins.

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group has engaged the community in initiatives such as the development of a community-based water monitoring programme, a comprehensive pest control strategy, and a school programme that transfers local knowledge of Matauranga Maori.

Find out more on the Hawke's Bay District Council website

 


Minimising our waste

Christchurch City Council Target Sustainability

Christchurch City Council Target Sustainability (joint winner)

The Christchurch City Council Target Sustainability programme provides a range of free resource efficiency services to businesses.

The Council's Target Sustainability services give businesses free support to help them become sustainable by reducing waste and being energy and water efficient. The range of support to businesses includes self-help guides, an online recycling directory, and tailored consultancy services. The programme has also developed freely accessible business guides on waste reduction, energy and water efficiency.

Target Sustainability is working with more than 80 building projects representing more than 475,000 square metres of floor space.

Find out more on the Target Sustainability website

 

Serco Mt Eden Corrections Facility (joint winner)

Serco Mt Eden Corrections Facility

The 'Zero to Landfill' initiative at Serco Mt Eden Corrections Facility find ways to re-use the 150,000 kilograms of waste which is produced onsite by 966 prisoners and more than 300 staff each year.

At the beginning of 2014, the prison introduced 200 'hungry bins' with more than a million worms along with a specially built recycling bay, both of which now process all the organic and inorganic waste produced onsite by prisoners and staff. Without the worm farm and the recycling bay, all this waste would have previously been sent to landfill.

Serco uses the bi-product from the worm castings to fertilise a bucket garden containing 320 planters. The vegetables which are grown in the bucket garden are used for catering by the kitchen team. Flowers grown in the bucket garden are used to help the nearby bees pollinate and create honey which is then sold, with proceeds being donated to KidsCan.

Find out more about the Serco Mt Edens Corrections Facility on their website

 

Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre Trust

Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre Trust

The Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre helps households reduce costs while improving the community's waste management through the provision of easy, accessible, efficient and cost-effective services for waste.

The centre attracts more than 500 vehicles a day, and handles more than 2000 tonnes of community waste per annum, including problem wastes such as waste oil, e-waste, tyres and batteries.

Part of the Resource Recovery Centre includes Sustainable Whanganui: a library, education and seminar room where school holiday programmes and workshops are held to educate the community.

Find out more on the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre website

 


Protecting our coasts and oceans

Dune Restoration Trust of New Zealand

Dune Restoration Trust of New Zealand (winner)

The Dune Restoration Trust promotes the restoration and management of dunes by establishing vegetation. The Trust is involved in numerous collaborative projects and provides robust, science-based, practical and cost effective guidelines for large scale restoration and sustainable management of our sand dunes.

Some of the initiatives by the Trust include the establishment of native sand binders, annual coast care programmes, and developing techniques for the sustainable harvesting of pingao to provide fibre for weaving. The Trust also runs a series of "Empowering coastal communities to adapt to Climate Change" workshops around New Zealand.

Find out more about the Dune Restoration Trust on their website

 

Te Korowai o Te Tai ō Marokura, Kaikōura Coastal Marine Guardians

Te Korowai o Te Tai ō Marokura, Kaikōura Coastal Marine Guardians

The Kaikoura Coast Marine Guardians bring together stakeholders along the Kaikoura coastline, central and local government, and non-governmental organisations. They demonstrate a strong commitment to the sustainable environmental management for the region.

The Guardians have developed an integrated strategy for managing the Kaikoura Coast. The strategy sustains customary practice through mataitai and rahui and protects the marine environment. The strategy informed the proposed Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura Kaikoura Marine Management Bill, announced by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, in March 2014. The Bill includes a new marine reserve, whale and fur seal sanctuary, five customary fishing areas and amateur fishing regulations to improve the management of Kaikoura's coast and ocean.

Find out more on the Team Korowai website

 

Veolia Water and Wellington City Council - Clearwater Contract Partnership

Veolia Water and Wellington City Council -
Clearwater Contract Partnership

Veolia Water and the Wellington City Council manage the operation of the Moa Point and Western Wastewater Treatment plants, contributing to a significant improvement to the coastal waters and ecology of the area.

Before the plants were commissioned, wastewater was discharged from a short coastal outfall generating pollution, odour and attracting large flocks of seagulls. Now, the cleaner discharge of sewage has resulted in a cleaner coastline where evidence of ecological diversity is growing.

Find out more about Veolia Water and the Wellington City Council on their websites

 


Communication and education

Genesis Energy – Schoolgen

Genesis Energy – Schoolgen

Schoolgen, New Zealand's leading solar schools programme, was established in 2006 by Genesis Energy. The programme involves the installation of a solar PV system at no cost to the school and access to an ongoing sustainable energy educational programme provided by specialist energy educators.

The initiative provides schools with free solar panels so they can reduce their energy usage and educates students on the importance of renewable energy and resources. More than 50 schools have now benefitted from solar electricity generation and close to 550,000 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy have been generated by schools in the programme.

Schoolgen also provides renewable energy and energy-efficiency educational resources for teachers. These resources are curriculum linked and cover a wide range of learning areas.

Find out more on the Schoolgen website

 

Nina Valley EcoBlitz (winner)

Nina Valley EcoBlitz

The Nina Valley EcoBlitz event involved scientists, senior high school students, university students, teachers, and helpers working together to document and discover the species of North Canterbury's Nina Valley and surrounds.

This unique event enabled high school students from 21 different schools in Canterbury and Westland to experience hands-on activities and learn scientific methods.

The EcoBlitz included 119 field activities ranging from general species searching to workshops on popular ecology topics. The event educated and inspired students and teachers and highlighted the importance of scientific methods in fieldwork.

Find out more on the Nina Valley EcoBlitz website

 

Paper4trees

Paper4trees

Together Paper4trees and Shell Todd Oil Services address the environmental issue of waste minimisation by educating schools and preschools in the Taranaki region about the importance of diverting paper and cardboard resources from landfill.

Currently, 93 schools and six pre-schools participate in the programme. They have earned more than 4500 native trees for their recycling efforts, saved more than 9500 cubic metres of landfill space, and diverted more than 1100 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill. Combined, the initiatives have prevented more than 6000 tonnes of carbon dioxide being produced.

Find our more about Paper4trees on their website

 


Community focus

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

Over the past seven years, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand have facilitated and managed an extensive amount of community engagement in practical conservation activities across New Zealand.

Since 2006, Conservation Volunteers NZ has maintained more than 150,000 metres of walking tracks, removed more than 2,300,000 square metres of weeds, collected more than 26,000 kilograms of rubbish and planted more than 510,000 stems.

Find out more on the Conservation Volunteers website

 

Project Kiwi Trust

Project Kiwi Trust

Project Kiwi Trust is a kiwi conservation initiative saving North Island brown kiwi on the Kuaotunu Peninsula on Coromandel's east coast. The first community based project in New Zealand to protect kiwi, the Trust is a flagship for kiwi conservation nationwide. The Trust is involved in pest control of rats, possums, cats, stoats and weasels which protects the kiwi as well as the biodiversity of other flora and fauna such as the New Zealand dotterel.

The Trust monitors and facilitates the hatching and rearing of kiwi chicks and their subsequent return back into their original habitat. The project has helped protect and bolster the estimated population of 500 kiwi within its operational area.

Find out more about Project Kiwi Trust on their website

 

Urban Ecoliving Charitable Trust - Tread Lightly Caravan

Urban Ecoliving Charitable Trust -
Tread Lightly Caravan (winner)

The Urban Ecoliving Charitable Trust was established in December 2007 to raise funds, design, build and operate the Tread Lightly Caravan – Auckland's only mobile environmental classroom.

Through the use of fun interactive exhibits and activities, the Caravan experience inspires visitors to live more environmentally responsible lifestyles and encourages children to consider careers in science and technology. The Tread Lightly Caravan has visited more than 14,000 students at 90 schools in the Auckland region and has attended around 15 community events.

Find out more on the Tread Lightly Caravan website

 


Small business leadership

Stormwater360 - Enviropod LT

Stormwater360 - Enviropod LT

Established in 1996, Stormwater360 has removed more than 1000 tonnes of contaminated material and rubbish from stormwater, preventing it from reaching our streams, rivers, harbours and oceans and causing pollution.

One of Stormwater360's products, the EnviroPod, removes a significant portion of trash, debris, and other pollutants from urban runoff. More than 10,000 EnviroPod's are installed throughout New Zealand and Australia, catching an estimated 30 per cent of stormwater material. Stormwater360's latest product, the Enviropod LT includes better functionality to make the clean-up easier and cheaper.

Stormwater360 works with schools, universities and research organisations to raise awareness and research stormwater pollution.

Find out more on the Stormwater360 website

 

Sustainability Trust Forresters Lane Fit-out (winner)

Sustainability Trust Forresters Lane Fit-out

Sustainability Trust has converted a large, concrete bunker into a unique 900 square metre space that brings its environmentally focussed business and community projects under one roof in Wellington.

The "Forresters Lane Fit-Out" is built using 80 per cent recycled and recovered material to create a professional, warm and creative workplace and education area. The fit- out celebrates the re-use of waste streams as building materials and includes energy efficiency and transport cost savings that come with new construction materials.

Find out more on the Sustainability Trust's website

 

Wormworx Ltd

Wormworx Ltd

Wormworx was developed in 2000 and is the largest worm farm in New Zealand. Thousands of tonnes of horticultural, primary production and supermarket waste in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes District have been prevented from going to landfill and have instead been converted into Worm Castings or Vermicast. Wormworx has successfully trialled processing dairy waste from dairy sheds and barns.

As well as preventing environmental harm, Wormworx also reduces on-farm costs.

Find out more about Wormworx on their website

 


Large business leadership

Coronet Peak Ski Resort

Coronet Peak Ski Resort (winner)

Coronet Peak Ski Resort has put in place practical actions to reduce solid waste going to landfill, reduce carbon emissions, reduce the use of salt and other chemicals, and remove noxious weeds and pests.

Some of their initiatives include a massive mountain clean up with staff and the separation of recyclables from non-recyclable waste. The ski resort has achieved energy savings through a 'Switch it Off' campaign, an expansion of the bus fleet and a visitor promotion to encourage ride sharing. Over the past three years Coronet Peak has reduced fuel consumption by more than 60,000 litres and has saved approximately 10 per cent electricity over the 2013 season. Educating staff on environmental issues and creating an environmentally-aware tourism industry is also an important component of their environmental strategy.

Find out more about Coronet Peak on the nzski website

 

Downer New Zealand – SCIRT Downer delivery team; Operation 'Dry July'

Downer New Zealand – SCIRT Downer delivery team; Operation 'Dry July'

Downer is a major contractor in the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team and carries out a lot of work on the wastewater network repair. As this work needs to be completed while keeping an operating wastewater network, wastewater is temporarily over-pumped at high volumes. Over-pumping sewage creates the risk of a discharge of wastewater to the environment. Silts and sewage discharge to waterways are one of the most significant environmental impacts of the post-earthquake infrastructure repair work in Christchurch.

The Downer team has developed and rolled out best practice for planning, designing, setting up and maintaining wastewater over-pumping on all projects.

After three overflow incidents, a target of no dry weather overflows to rivers was set in 'Operation Dry July'. The development of the 'Dry July' initiatives has contributed to improving the environmental performance across teams.

Find out more on the SCIRT website

 

Trevelyan's Pack and Cool Ltd

Trevelyan's Pack and Cool Ltd

Since 2011, Trevelyan's Pack and Cool Store, has implemented a sustainability framework and has introduced many environmental and social initiatives. Trevelyan, operating out of Te Puke has reduced their consumption of fossil fuels by making changes in their vehicle fleet and equipment, such as replacing diesel forks to electric forks in the packhouse and coolstores.

Trevelyan's Pack and Cool Store has reduced their waste going to landfill from an estimated 150 tonnes before 2011, to less than 20 tonnes in 2013. They have also reduced carbon emissions through various initiatives including preventative maintenance programmes for their equipment.

Trevelyan's Pack and Cool Store also has an onsite native bush area to encourage biodiversity which is appreciated by staff and wildlife alike.

Find out more about Trevelyan's on their website

 


Public sector leadership

Auckland Council La Rosa Reserve

Auckland Council La Rosa Reserve

La Rosa reserve is a project that is part of the Auckland Council's regional stormwater initiative to restore streams and reinstate natural ecosystems in the Auckland Region. The La Rosa initiative improves the water quality, creates a recreational space, and connects the urban community with each other and with their local environment.

The La Rosa project team has collaborated with the community and others at the Council to restore the stream banks at the reserve, provide a native habitat and retain access to the headwaters to allow freshwater invertebrates and fish to breed.

Find out more on the Auckland Council website

 

Nina Valley EcoBlitz

Nina Valley EcoBlitz

The Nina Valley EcoBlitz event involved scientists, senior high school students, university students, teachers, and helpers working together to document and discover the species of North Canterbury's Nina Valley and surrounds.

This unique event enabled high school students from 21 different schools in Canterbury and Westland to experience hands-on activities and learn scientific methods.

The EcoBlitz included 119 field activities ranging from general species searching to workshops on popular ecology topics. The event educated and inspired students and teachers and highlighted the importance of scientific methods in fieldwork.

Find out more on the Nina Valley EcoBlitz website

 

Western Bay of Plenty District Council (winner)

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

In 2011 and 2013 the Western Bay of Plenty District Council desludged the Waihi Beach and Katiakati wastewater treatment plants and applied the biosolids to land owned by the Council.

Approximately 2450 wet tonnes of biosolids were applied on to the soil both times and 100 per cent of the Council's biosolids have been diverted from landfill. As part of the project, biosolids are used as an alternative to chemical fertilisers, which maximises nutrient uptake for plant and pasture growth and minimises loss to the environment and groundwater.

Biosolids from Te Puke are vermicomposted with pulpmill solids and at Maketu, biosolids are vericomposted with pulpmill solids. The Western Bay of Plenty district Council is the first council to undertake full scale vermicomposting in New Zealand.

Find out more about the Western Bay of Plenty District Council on their website

 


Green economy

Abodo Wood

Abodo Wood (winner)

Abodo Wood has developed a range of wood cladding products that are free of wood preservatives. The products utilise renewable New Zealand plantation wood which is grown sustainably. By using a new technology called Thermal Modification combined with a patented vertical grain engineering process, Abodo have created a product that is highly durable, yet biodegradable at the end of its life.

Most locally-grown exterior wood cladding products in New Zealand use wood preservatives for durability, rendering them toxic for people and the environment. The Abodo Wood product allows the same renewable resource to be used, without the requirement for wood preservatives.

Find out more about Abodo Wood on their website

 

Donaghys Industries Ltd - N-Boost

Donaghys Industries Ltd - N-Boost

Donaghys Industries have developed a nitrogen utilisation enhancer for pasture and selected crops called N-Boost. N-Boost enables farmers to increase the efficiency of nitrogen fertiliser use on pasture.

N-Boost can help reduce nitrogen losses from dairy farms by reducing the amount of fertiliser required and increasing the efficiency of fertiliser. This can lead to reduction in the amount of nitrogen in waterways, reducing the amount of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser produced and increasing biological nitrogen fixation from the atmosphere.

Find out more about Donaghy's on their website

 


Stewardship champions

Auckland Council and Forest and Bird - Ark in the Park

Auckland Council and Forest and Bird - Ark in the Park (winner)

Ark in the Park is a collaborative project between Forest and Bird and Auckland Council. The project enhances the biodiversity and ecosystems of the Waitakere Ranges, covering approximately 2100 hectares of the Waitakere River catchment of the regional park.

Ark in the Park showcases how natural values can be protected and enhanced through community involvement, inter-agency collaboration and public commitment. Conserving the natural, recreational, historical and cultural features of the Waitakere Ranges, Ark in the Park benefits the region by allowing visitors to experience natural ecosystems.

Six hundred volunteers have contributed more than 90,000 work hours to protect the Waitakere Regional Park forest.

Find out more on the Ark in the Park website

 

Friends of Oakley Creek

Friends of Oakley Creek

Friends of Oakley Creek Te Auaunga has been the driving force behind the protection, enhancement and restoration of Oakley Creek and its surrounding environment, using a grassroots-led approach.

Oakley Creek is the longest urban stream on the Auckland isthmus and is surrounded by 50 hectares of open space with a unique Maori and European heritage.

The organisation has worked with the Council and hundreds of community volunteers to implement pest control, weed control, and re-vegetation programmes. Thanks to the efforts of the group, there has been a considerable improvement in stream ecology and a significant increase in the number of community members enjoying the creek environment.

Find out more on the Oakley Creek website

 

Keep Dunedin Beautiful

Keep Dunedin Beautiful

Keep Dunedin Beautiful is a group of volunteers committed to projects that encourage citizens to take pride in and care for their environment. The Keep Dunedin Beautiful Committee raises funds for an environmental theatre group to visit students in Dunedin.

Each year, more than 6000 primary school children learn about the importance of waste minimisation. The content, actors, songs and jokes vary each visit, but the main messages of recycling, reusing, reducing and efusing over packaged products, are the same.

Find out more on the Dunedin City Council website

Reviewed:
23/07/14