LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards showcase sustainability and innovation

Sydney, 17 November 2021: Active Super is proud to be a sponsor of the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Excellence in the Environment Awards which showcase community innovation when it comes to sustainability and environmental protection.

Phil Stockwell, Active Super Chief Executive Officer, said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists recognised in the Excellence in the Environment Awards which highlight the outstanding ingenuity and tremendous talent that exists within NSW’s local government community.

“As a superannuation fund that has managed the long-term savings of NSW Local Government employees for almost 25 years, Active Super is thrilled to be involved with these awards which highlight the commitment and hard work that councils and local individuals deliver on behalf of their communities every day,” he said.

Active Super sponsors the two Silver Awards – the Local Sustainability Award and the Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability.

Award winners

Wollongong City Council took out the 2021 Local Sustainability Award, which recognises achievements in the field of sustainability and is the highest accolade for a council. It comes with $10,000 in prize money for professional development. 

Zaman Shamsuz from Randwick City Council is the 2021 winner of the Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability, the highest award for an individual which comes with a $700 voucher for a sustainable getaway. 

“The ground-breaking efforts of Zaman and Wollongong City Council exemplify the key characteristics that are critical when it comes to making a difference and a positive impact on the environment,” Mr Stockwell said.

The ‘Sustainable Wollongong 2030’ initiative showcased the Council’s commitment to sustainability for both council operations and the community. 

“It is an overarching document that brings together and plays an important role in providing direction and support for council’s many and varied environmental strategies, programs and plans. Engagement with the Aboriginal community also enabled council to incorporate invaluable stories and artwork into the strategy,” the council said.

Zaman, Randwick's sustainable water champion has been working with the council for about 14 years. The water savings from Zaman’s cumulative efforts are now in the order of 350 and 550 million litres of potable water each year. Plus, financial savings are also currently in the order of $1 million per annum.  

He has worked on and implemented a diverse range of projects, including the design, construction and maintenance of many of council’s alternative water re-use projects.

ESG commitment

Moya Yip, Active Super Head of Responsible Investment, said: “The underlying principles of these awards are aligned with Active Super’s own approach to sustainability and our responsible investment philosophy.

“The companies we invest in are assessed for their ability to deliver strong financial performance, as well as for their environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact on the world. Likewise, the recipients of these awards are being recognised for their commitment to sustainability and desire to make the world a cleaner, safer and better place in which to live.”

The Northern Beaches Council was also highly commended for adopting ambitious targets in its Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Local Strategic Planning Statement to help it achieve net zero emissions. 

More information about the 2021 winners in the LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards can be found here

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