Glossies Awards close on Monday
  • Wednesday 18 May 2011

There are only days to go before submissions for the 2011 Sunshine Coast Council Living Smart Glossies Awards close and council is calling on residents, businesses and community groups to submit their entries online.

If you or someone you know has been innovative in their approach to sustainability council wants to hear from you. Entries can be made online at www.livingsmartawards.net.au before 30 May.

The awards recognise and celebrate the sustainability achievements in the following categories:

  • building design and construction
  • creating edible landscapes
  • sustainable transport initiatives
  • greening business
  • resource management and
  • in the new category of ‘Greening the Arts’.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said the Glossies are a great way to recognise those who are helping to create a more sustainable Sunshine Coast.

"And because sustainability comes in many forms, it’s not just those who are really green that can win; engineers, innovators, educators and inventors stand an equally good chance," Cr Jones said.

"The great thing is your motives don’t really matter, because by nature sustainable achievements benefit other areas.

"For example if you design a building, which utilises solar, recycled materials and water tanks for the primary reason of saving money, you are still benefiting the environment, so it’s a win-win.

"It’s certainly worth taking the time to apply – winning an award can do wonders for your business or community group and is a great way to share your experiences.

"With more and more people measuring businesses by their environmental merits, a Living Smart ‘Glossies’ Award is a great way to strengthen your environmental credibility – it’s also an exemplar to others," Cr Jones said.

The Glossies are one of the most important on our annual calendar and this year, the awards will culminate in a night-of-nights at the Award Ceremony on 17 June with guest speaker, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Dr Karl will share his views on the importance of sustainability practices, the interconnectedness of the climate to human achievements as well as covering a number of interesting scientific developments, which will no doubt enthral the audience.

Businesses and residents can submit entries or nominate for the awards online this year at www.livingsmartawards.net.au. Entries close at 5pm on 30 May.