Council calls for nominations in sustainability awards
  • Wednesday 03 April 2013

Nominations are open for Sunshine Coast Council’s 2013 Living Smart ‘Glossies’ Awards, which will be held on Saturday 29 June.

The Glossies recognise sustainability excellence in a range of areas including building design and construction, eco efficiency in business operations, greening the arts, innovation in services and products, and edible gardening.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Glossies showcased and celebrated the outstanding sustainability achievements of residents, businesses and community organisations.

“The fantastic collective efforts of the community in helping us work toward becoming the most sustainable region in Australia should be recognised,” he said.

“The Glossies Awards provide the perfect platform for us to appreciate this hard work.

“Continual improvements in areas such as sustainable business practices, the way in which we live and the development of Cleantech Industries can be a win for the environment and the community.

“It’s also a win for businesses that will benefit from eco-efficient operations and creating green products and services. Small changes can make a big difference.

“I encourage all people who have made smart and effective sustainable choices in their business, home or within their community to enter this year’s Glossies Awards.”

Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said there were a few exciting changes to this year’s categories.

“New this year is the Creekside Greening Award. This is open to not-for-profit community groups from the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions that have contributed to the health of local waterways,” he said.

“Moreton Bay Regional Council is a partner in the Living Smart program. For the first time, Moreton Bay will be eligible to enter this community category that is sponsored by Unity Water.There’s a $2000 cash prize up for grabs which will hopefully be a great incentive to potential nominees.

“I’m also pleased to announce that this year the Glossies’ highest accolade - the Golden Glossy - will be awarded to the most outstanding individual, business or organisation from across all Award categories, selected by a specialist judging panel.

“The Hall of Fame is also open to community nominations for the first time.”

Residents, organisations and businesses can self-nominate in the categories of Excellence in Sustainable Design, Affordable Living, Living Smart Solutions, Sustainable Business, Greening the Arts, Creekside Greening and Edible Landscape. Visit the Living Smart website to nominate. Entries close Friday 24 May.