On November 29 the Inner West Council hosted its first annual Business Environment Awards at the Petersham Service Centre. Local innovators came together to celebrate the steps businesses are taking to secure the health of the planet.
After only a few months into our sustainability journey, we were happy to be awarded finalist positions in the Energy Smart Award, the Sustainability Leadership Award, and the Rethink Waste Award.
The best part of the night was hearing about the range of initiatives currently actioned by other sustainably-minded local companies.
Sustainability Leadership – For actions over a range of initiatives and taking a holistic view of sustainability.
Winner – The Bower Reuse and Repair Cooperative in Marrickville – for their valuable contribution to waste reduction, skills development and community collaboration. The bower continues to demonstrate continual improvement and looks beyond resource savings.
The Bower’s main focus is on reducing how much general waste is going into landfill. Check out their bespoke Christmas trees made from recycled timber!
Rethink Waste – For avoiding, reducing, reusing and recycling waste.
Winner - Access Hair in Balmain and Summer Hill. The salons are part of the Sustainable Salons initiative, and are taking a sustainable approach in their product choice, and recycling 90% of their waste.
Energy Smart – For energy efficiency of gas and electricity and renewable energy.
Winner - CHOICE in Marrickville for installing LED lighting, upgrading their air-conditioner, and investigating solar panel installation.