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  • Banksia Finalists Herald Bright Future for Sustainability in Australia

    3 Mar 2022 12:42 pm

    The line-up of finalists for the 33rd Banksia National Sustainability Awards – Australia’s longest-running and most prestigious sustainability awards – is more diverse and dynamic than ever!

    From a start-up with a revolutionary technology for infinitely recycling plastic waste to a global cosmetics company working on gender equity, a changemaker redesigning the food system and a reality TV show that celebrates sustainable design, this year’s finalists are changing life in Australia, for the better.

    “The future of sustainable development in Australia is bright. It is fantastic to see such a wide range of inspiring initiatives and an outstanding group of innovative leaders for sustainability,” says Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond.

    “The finalists share a drive to empower individuals to make a difference, whether that be ensuring decision-makers have tools to operate sustainably or offering customers products that won’t harm the environment.”

    The finalists across 15 categories include people and organisations designing the future of cities, forging pathways to carbon net zero and accelerating the transition to a circular economy.

    The finalists also include:

    • an eco-resort that offers unique nature-based tourism as well as protects and enhances the surrounding environment

    • a research institute that is creating living seawalls using 3D printing technology to revive marine life

    • a government initiative that uses recycled glass, asphalt and brick to build major road infrastructure

    • a company harnessing the power of drone technology to pioneer autonomous environmental monitoring

    A list of all the finalists and their inspiring projects is available here on the Banksia website.

    This year, as a special offer by the Banksia Foundation, presentations by the finalists can be viewed online for free from 21 to 22 March. See here for the schedule of presentations and a registration link to join the sessions.

    The 33rd Banksia National Sustainability Awards winners will be announced at a gala event at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre on 31 March. Dr Cathy Foley and Dr Alan Finkel AC, the present and former Chief Scientists of Australia, will be headlining the event. Tickets to attend this special in-person event are available here.

    At GECA, we’re proud to support the Banksia Sustainability Awards because we share their aims of using the SDGs as a framework to unite world businesses, governments and citizens to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and protect the planet.

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