The winners of the 2011 Green Ribbon Awards were announced by the Minister for the Environment, Hon Dr Nick Smith on 9 June 2011. The ceremony, held at Parliament was attended by 150 guests including the Green Ribbon Award finalists.
The 2011 winners and categories are listed below.
View photos from the evening.
Eco Stock Supplies
Eco Stock Supplies is a small business making a difference in waste minimisation by turning food waste into a high quality food product for livestock. Eco Stock Supplies collect food waste from processors, retailers, importers, and transport companies, and instead of going to landfill, it is processed into high-quality stock food at their plant in South Auckland.
Eco Stock Supplies currently services the upper North Island, and in the past 12 months has diverted 25,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill. Eco Stock Supplies is an example of an innovative small scale commercial operation helping to minimise waste for measurable environmental benefits. Eco Stock Supplies won the 2011 Green Ribbon Award in the category 'small business making a difference' and also was a finalist in the 'minimising our waste category'.
Category: Reducing our Carbon Emissions
Winner: Wellington City Council, 2010 Climate Change Action Plan
Wellington City Council’s 2010 Climate Change Action Plan sets out how the city will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the likely impacts of climate change. The plan contains specific actions across seven sectors: adaptation, buildings and energy, transport, waste, forestry, council operations, and aviation. Many actions are already underway, including:
- the introduction of production electric vehicles into Wellington
- assessing the vulnerability of the city to impacts from climate change
- programmes to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency in homes and businesses, and
- monitoring to track changes in emissions.
The Council recognises that it cannot carry out this work alone, and is taking an active collaborative approach involving all sectors of the community in the process.
Category: Caring for our Water
Winner: NZ Landcare Trust
The NZ Landcare Trust has been working with New Zealand communities for the last 15 years to engage private land owners in environmental protection and improvement. Some of their achievements include improving farm management in the Waikato to help restore rare shallow peat lakes, and working with government, communities and iwi to improve water quality and reduce erosion in the Kamai catchment, Bay of Plenty.
NZ Landcare Trust have also undertaken a large scale community water resource management project based on the Upper Taieri River in Otago, to help water users manage their own water allocation and maintain water quality. The work of the Trust has significantly contributed to improvements in freshwater management across the country, and their long term focus ensures that the benefits of their work will continue well into the future.
Category: Managing our Waste
Winner: Conscious Consumers
Conscious Consumers is an incentive scheme for cafes in Wellington to reduce waste, recycle and use biodegradable packaging.
Cafes are awarded various badges which can be put on display for demonstrating a commitment to environmentally and socially responsible business practice.
The scheme means consumers can make an informed choice about where to buy their coffee. Twenty-two cafes in the Wellington region and forty - eight businesses that supply goods and services to cafes are involved in the scheme.
The scheme is now expanding into Auckland and the Waikato. By encouraging and rewarding good business practices, Conscious Consumers is helping to reduce waste and raise awareness of waste issues.
Category: Improving our Air Quality
Unfortunately this year there were no nominations that demonstrated substantive and long-term air quality improvements. To maintain the integrity of the Green Ribbon Awards, there will be no award in this category this year.
Category: Protecting our Coasts and Oceans
Winner: Sustainable Coastlines Incorporated
Sustainable Coastlines are making a real difference to New Zealand's coasts and oceans. They improve the coastal environment through beach and coast clean ups, removing debris and rubbish that poses a risk to coastal and marine flora and fauna, as well as human health. They also educate people and raise awareness about how to look after our coastlines.
In only two years of operations, Sustainable Coastlines has motivated more than 12,000 people to remove over 95 tonnes of rubbish from the coast.
Sustainable Coastlines work with a large number of volunteers from all areas of the community, and have developed online tools for other groups to use which have lead to 17 other clean up events in New Zealand since December. They are a group committed to protecting New Zealand's coasts and oceans.
Category: Community Action for the Environment: Young People
Winner: Brittany Packer
19 year-old Brittany Packer has been advocating for environmental issues since she was 13 years old.
Some of her exceptional achievements include attending the United Nations Children's World Summit for the Environment in Japan in 2005, and being selected for the New Zealand Youth Delegation to the International Conferences on Climate Change in Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancun 2010.
Brittany has a strong passion for environmental issues, and has brought this passion to her work with organisations such as the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Enviroschools, Forest and Bird, Soroptimists, and the World Wildlife Fund.
Her personal drive and commitment has helped to raise the profile of environmental issues and how young people are making a difference both locally and internationally.
Category: Community Action for the Environment: Volunteers and Not-for-Profit organisations
Winner: Mana Recovery
Mana Recovery is a not-for-profit organisation based in Porirua, Wellington that supports people with mental health needs, with a sustainability focus. They operate the Trash Palace Resource Recovery Centre at Porirua landfill.
With support from the Porirua City Council, Trash Palace diverts waste from landfill for reuse or recycling, and houses a metal and e-waste recycling facility, diverting over 1500 tonnes of waste a year from landfill.
Mana Recovery also run school education programmes advocating the five Rs - rethink, reduce, reuse, recover, and recycle. Mana Recovery is a clear leader in sustainable social enterprise. They have a strong waste minimisation and sustainability focus and provide a social, economic and environmental benefit in partnership with the local community.
Category: Environment in the Media
Winner: Emma Heke
Emma Heke wrote, filmed, edited, directed and produced the OURS New Zealand Nature DVD for children.
The DVD, released in April 2009, teaches children about conservation, sustainability and environmental care and has been screened by TVNZ, SKY and Air New Zealand.
The DVD covers 55 topics, ranging from waste minimisation to biodiversity and conservation.
It gets children to think about environmental care and introduces them the wildlife of New Zealand.
Emma has sought to share her love of the environment with a young audience and provide them with information they can carry for the rest of their lives.
Category: Small Businesses Making a Difference
Winner: Eco Stock Supplies
Eco Stock Supplies is a small business making a difference in waste minimisation by turning food waste into a high quality food product for livestock.
Eco Stock Supplies collect food waste from processors, retailers, importers, and transport companies, and instead of going to landfill, it is processed into high-quality stock food at their plant in South Auckland.
Eco Stock Supplies currently services the upper North Island, and in the past 12 months has diverted 25,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill.
Eco Stock Supplies is an example of an innovative small scale commercial operation helping to minimise waste for measurable environmental benefits.
Eco Stock Supplies is also the 2011 Supreme Winner.
Category: Environmentally Responsible Large Organisations
Winner: Downer NZ
Downer NZ provides engineering and infrastructure management services to customers operating in the resource, water, energy, transport, communications and social infrastructure sectors, in Australia, New Zealand, Asia-Pacific and the UK. Downer is setting an example in environmental responsibility by implementing a wide ranging environmental sustainability programme across the company operations in New Zealand.
Downer's initiatives focus on education, reduced resource use, energy efficiency, waste and water minimisation, and incentivising sustainable achievements. Downer has adopted energy efficient technology upgrades and is using best practice erosion and sediment control at their Ruby Bay project near Nelson. They have site-based Sustainable Development Action Plans and have set targets for fuel and energy efficiency. Downer measures sustainability progress with regular environmental audits and reporting, and their embedded continual improvement ensures that progress will continue to be made.
Joint Winner: Meridian Energy and Department of Conservation, Project River Recovery
Project River Recovery is a joint project by the Department of Conservation and Meridian Energy. Project River Recovery is improving and protecting the unique braided river habitat around Twizel, Tekapo and Omarama in Canterbury and Otago. The work has lead to significant successes in the eradication of weeds, protection of flora and fauna and has contributed greatly to the scientific knowledge available on these unique New Zealand ecosystems. The project also involved a number of local education initiatives to raise awareness about these unique braided river habitats and how others can help to protect them.
Category: Central and local government stepping up
Winner: Kapiti Coast District Council
Kapiti Coast District Council has undertaken an extensive range of sustainability initiatives within its own operations and throughout the district over the last five years. Some initiatives that the Council has adopted include:
- installation of a wood-fired boiler for sewage sludge drying to reduce council carbon emissions by 23%
- upgrading a number of pensioner homes with insulation and solar water heating systems
- Holding an annual ‘Sustainable Home and Garden Show’ to promote environmentally friendly lifestyles
- providing support for the Clean Technology Centre New Zealand to open in November 2010, and
- Providing a range of grants and practical support to community groups, schools, businesses and individuals for environmental protection.
These initiatives demonstrate the Council’s commitment to reducing their environmental impact beyond statutory obligations and are providing measurable benefits for the environment and the community of Kapiti Coast.
Protecting our biodiversity
Winner: Pomona Island Charitable Trust, Haast Kiwi (Tokoeka) Crèche
Since 2005, the volunteers of the Pomona Island Charitable Trust have worked to create pest free sanctuaries on Pomona and Rona Islands in Lake Manapouri, Fiordland. The Trust has undertaken an extensive pest eradication programme, removing stoats, rats, mice, possum and deer, and continues trapping to prevent re-invasion of the islands. These islands are now supporting nationally endangered species recovery programmes by providing a safe habitat for threatened Yellowheads (Mohua) as well as acting as a crèche site for the critically endangered Haast Kiwi (Tokoeka). The Trust works in partnership with the Department of Conservation and local businesses to maintain these island sanctuaries, so that locals and visitors can see, hear and learn about New Zealand's native flora and fauna.
Joint Winner: Tuhoe Putaiao Charitable Trust
The Tuhoe Putaiao Charitable Trust has been carrying out environmental protection work in the Bay of Plenty for many years in collaboration with the Department of Conservation, local iwi, the Regional Council and forestry operators.
The Trust has been instrumental in the restoration of wetlands and indigenous forests through pest trapping and native flora and fauna protection.
The partnerships and cooperation they have fostered means they are now a resource for advice and information on conservation for the other Marae within their valley.
The Tuhoe Putaiao Charitable Trust is demonstrating conservation leadership in the Bay of Plenty leading to lasting environmental and social benefits.