2020 finalists for the Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award were:
- Glenorchy City Council, TAS for the Glenorchy FOGO Project.
- City of Whittlesea, VIC for the Local Government Supply Chain Sustainability School.
- City of Mitcham, SA for the Permeable Pavement Carpark Project.
- Shire of Mundaring, WA for the Bushfire Mitigation and Biodiversity Protection Project.
- Northern Beaches Council, NSW for the Swap for Good Program.
- Waverley Council, NSW for the Building Future Program.
- Isaac Regional Council, QLD for the Water and Waste Integrated Management System (IMS).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: City of Mitcham
WINNER: Waverley Council
The Building Future Program works directly with selected strata stakeholders to identify and implement cost-effective energy-saving solutions, empowering this traditionally hard-to-access sector to take actions to help deliver Council’s ambitious net zero emissions target by 2050. Each building receives expert energy assessments, NABERS rating, costed efficiency upgrade recommendations, waste advice, matched funding, expert implementation support, training and networking opportunities, and recognition for achieving targets. Recent data shows that as a result of energy-saving retrofits, the program has achieved an average 24% energy reduction, avoided 651 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, and saved around $13k on an average bill each year for each building. Paybacks on investment are as little as 6 months, and average around 2.5 years, making this an attractive and beneficial program to encourage the implementation of energy efficient buildings.