Thursday, October 27th, 2011 - Banksia Environmental Foundation
A new era in environmental awards; it is all about setting the standard for others to follow.

This year’s award theme is the Art of Sustainability. To reflect the theme of Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards will be held at NIDA, Parade Theatre on 28 October 2011 commencing at 6.30 pm

The Art of Sustainability is a celebration of the individual brushstrokes that the award nominees and finalists make to ensure that our great land remains the masterpiece that it is. Every effort has been made to ensure that this year’s event demonstrates mindful and sound sustainability practice. Suppliers with proven sustainable philosophies and methodologies have been sourced to deliver the awards this year.

During the course of the evening you will witness Charles Billich, multi-award winning artist, putting the final brushstrokes on his painting ‘Ecotopia’. We are privileged to have Allan Zavod, internationally renowned pianist and composer, play his new composition ‘Flying Willow’, also specifically created for the 2011 Banksia Awards. ‘Tannos Choice’ one of Australia’s up and coming contemporary choreographic teams have created a dance piece that through three distinct parts celebrates Australia - ‘The Beginning’, ‘The Destruction’ and ‘The Art of Sustainability’. The Elliotts will perform Robbie Elliotts new composition ‘Favourite Place’ as a kind of love song metaphor where the struggle for maintaining a relationship and love can be viewed through the same lens as our struggle to take care of the world around us.

Let us present some of the members of the amazing team that has taken Banksia’s vision and made it real for all to enjoy.
Ant Hampel from a-live events is recognised as one of Australia's leading event producers with over 22 years’ experience locally and internationally.
“We are proud to be producing the Banksia Awards this year and in particular, to be creating a platform for some of Australia’s best, recognised and soon to be discovered talent to share their self-expression in the name of sustainability.” He also added “This year we have worked with Banksia to also minimize the environment impact of staging this prestigious event. I would like to personally thank our entire team and ‘extended family’ of suppliers who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the event to life.”

“We are proud that the Parade Theatres are this year’s venue of choice for the annual Banksia Environmental Awards. The Banksia Environmental Foundation through its award program underlines the importance of striving for best practice, particularly in the arts and cultural industries which are often characterised by short term and single usage of materials.” said Lynne William Director / CEO, NIDA

Ian Martin from the Avocado Group has gone to great length to cater for the guests in the most sustainable manner. “We attempt to identify the source of our produce and use farming systems that minimise harm to the environment. Where possible we use ingredients that are seasonally available locally therefore minimising the transportation required. Our fish products are sourced only from sustainable sources and consideration is given to the environmental cost in getting produce from the farm to the plate.”

Eight Acres wine supplied by Taylors is proudly 100% Carbon Neutral, which places this winery at the leading edge of global best practice. “As a winner of the Leading in Sustainability Award in 2010 we are well aware of the crucial role the Banksia Foundation plays in raising environment awareness. As a family owned business we’re committed to preserving the local environment and moving our winery towards broader sustainability” Mitchell Taylor Managing Director, Taylors Wines.

“Without these amazing people our vision would be just that… instead, tonight we will be living the art of sustainability in action” remarks Graz van Egmond Executive Director Banksia Environmental Foundation.

This year the Banksia Awards event is not just about celebrating the achievements of amazing Australians who are working to works a sustainable Australia. It is about demonstrating how a group with a vision can create an amazing work of art in a sustainable manner.

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Banksia Environmental Foundation

The Banksia Environmental Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation, overseen by a national Board of Management, which promotes environmental excellence and sustainability through its Awards program and other associated initiatives.

The Banksia Environmental Foundation was founded in 1989 by a diverse group of 44 Australians who shared a common goal to do more to support and recognise members of the community for their positive contribution to the environment.
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the Banksia Awards

The Banksia Awards program celebrates the achievements of Australians who have made a significant contribution to the sustainable future of this country in “living better” and “working better”; through their leadership and innovative ways in managing environmental and societal improvements.

From a total of 58 finalist representing individual, community and organisational initiatives winners will be announced for: -
• The Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year Award (sponsored by Australian Government)
• The Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year Award (sponsored by Australian Government)
• The Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award (sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific)
• The 10 Banksia category awards
• The Origin Banksia Gold Award (the best of the 10 category award winners) (sponsored by Origin)
• The Banksia Community Grant Award (sponsored by The GTP Group)
• The Banksia People’s Choice Award (sponsored by Australia Post)

The Banksia Environmental Award entries go through a three part judging process by Banksia’s national volunteer team of judges. Banksia judges are experts in their field and their expertise are matched to the relevant category.


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