2014 Green Ribbon Award winners

The winners of the 2014 Green Ribbon Awards were announced by the Minister for the Environment, Hon Amy Adams, on 16 June 2014. The 2014 winners in each category are listed below.

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The winners of the 2014 Green Ribbon Awards were announced by the Minister for the Environment, Hon Amy Adams, on 16 June 2014. The 2014 winners in each category are listed below.

 

Supreme winner

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

 


Protecting our biodiversity

Genesis Energy National Whio Recovery Programme

Genesis Energy National Whio Recovery Programme

The Genesis Energy National Whio Recovery Programme is a partnership between the Department of Conservation, Genesis Energy, Forest and Bird and the Central North Island Blue Duck Trust focused on the protection and recovery of the Whio, a threatened native bird. The programme supports 14 Whio protection sites across New Zealand.

Sponsorship from Genesis Energy has enabled the 10 year recovery plan to be delivered three years ahead of schedule. By 2016, the target of 400 protected Whio pairs will be reached. Additionally, the target number of Whio pairs to be protected at Recovery Sites has increased from 100 to 200 pairs.

The Whio Recovery Programme also funds WHIONE projects (Whio Operation Nest Egg) which allows wild Whio populations to be boosted with ducklings hatched and raised in safe havens, then released back into the wild.

Find out more on the Whio Forever website

 


Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions

Kāpiti Coast District Council

Kāpiti Coast District Council

Kāpiti 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 also delivered significant economic benefits, with Council’s energy costs in 2012-13 reduced by $350,000 (compared to 'business as usual') due to the energy saving programme.

Find out more about Kāpiti Coast District Council on their website

 


Caring for our water

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 (SCIRT). 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 waste water over-pumping on all projects, and 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 initiatives has contributed significantly to improving environmental performance across the delivery teams.

Find out more on the SCIRT website

 


Minimising our waste

Joint winner: Christchurch City Council Target Sustainability

Christchurch City Council Target Sustainability

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

Joint winner: Serco Mt Eden Corrections Facility

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 of the organic and inorganic waste produced onsite by prisoners and staff. Without the worm farm and the recycling bay, all of 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

 


Protecting our coasts and oceans

Dune Restoration Trust of New Zealand

Dune Restoration Trust of New Zealand

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

 


Communication and education

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

 


Community focus

Urban Ecoliving Charitable Trust - Tread Lightly Caravan

Urban Ecoliving Charitable Trust - Tread Lightly Caravan

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

Sustainability Trust - Forresters Lane Fit-out

Sustainability Trust - Forresters Lane Fit-outSustainability 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

 


Large business leadership

Coronet Peak Ski Resort

Coronet Peak Ski ResortCoronet 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 last three years Coronet Peak has reduced fuel consumption by more than 60,000 litres and has 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

 


Public sector leadership

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

In 2011 and 2013 the Western Bay of Plenty District Council de-sludged the Waihi Beach and Katikati 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

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 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

 


Stewardship champions

Auckland Council & Forest and Bird - Ark in the Park

Auckland Council & Forest and Bird - Ark in the Park

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

Reviewed:
23/07/14