Logan City Council is looking for those in the community that are taking steps to help Logan become a more environmentally sustainable City.
The Logan Eco Awards are open to all residents, businesses, schools and institutions in Logan. You can nominate yourself or your business or organisation, or you could nominate other eco-champions, businesses or groups in one or more of the categories.
The categories for the 2017 Logan Eco Awards are:
Open to all City of Logan residents that have taken steps to help the natural environment in some way. A nominee may be rescuing injured native animals, leading a Bushcare group or other environmental group, improving the eco-efficiency of their house, restoring or protecting bushland on their block of land, or be a community advocate for environmental sustainability, for example.
2. Junior Eco-Champion
Open to all City of Logan school age (primary or secondary) residents that have taken steps to help the natural environment in some way. They may have lead or participated in environmental activities at school, at a youth, social, sports or cultural group or helped the environment in some other capacity outside of school.
Open to all City of Logan businesses that have taken steps to help the natural environment in some way. They may have reduced the environmental footprint of their operations by reducing energy consumption or waste generation, conducted staff education regarding environmental issues, demonstrated leadership to the community on an environmental issue, or taken other environmentally beneficial actions.
4. Eco-Organisation (not for profit)
Open to all City of Logan based not for profit organisations such as schools or environmental groups and community groups that have taken steps to help the natural environment. They may have reduced the environmental footprint of their operations, conducted student or community environmental education activities, or undertaken environmental advocacy for example.
Nominations can be made on-line here.
Nominations close at 5pm on 31 March 2017.
Winners will be announced at LEAF on 28 May 2017. The winner of each category will receive a prize of $250.
If you are unable to use the on-line nomination form please contact Council via 3412 4491 and an alternate nomination method will be provided.
Conditions of Entry
- Nominees must be a resident/business/organisation located in Logan City.
- Nominators must have the permission of the nominee.
- Council employees or elected members are not eligible to win an award.
- All documentation will be retained by Logan City Council.
- Permit the details of winning entries such as names and the steps they have taken to be used in promotions.
- Late nominations will not be accepted.
- Previous winners will be eligible but will only be judged on steps taken since their last win.
- Where relevant, Council Officers will visit the premises of finalists to verify nomination content.
Applications will be judged by a panel of environmental experts. They will assess the level of effort made and the environmental benefit achieved by the nominee.
Details of previous winners are provided below.
2015 Logan Eco Awards
2015 Logan Eco Award Winners
|Sustainable Household Award||The McVicker Household|
Since winning this category in 2014 the McVickers have achieved two impressive milestones:
- Net Zero Energy: By increasing the size of their solar PV system they were able to feed more electricity into the grid than they purchased from it
- Net Zero Water: Already independent from the water and waste-water grids, they further improved rainwater harvesting and water efficiency so that they were able to collect more water than they used in the house
|Community Eco Action Award||Roxanne Ives|
|Sustainable School Award||Griffith University|
- As part of the Slacks Creek Restoration Project over 7,000 trees were planted on-site allowing several environmental education activities to be undertaken
- Developed a landscaping strategy for the campus
- The free "Grows at Griffith" smart-phone App helped users to identify native South East Queensland plant species
|Sustainable Business Award (Winner 1)||IKEA|
- IKEA's massive 789 kW solar PV system was by far the largest PV system in Logan
- Provided customer recycling bins for light bulbs, cork, and batteries
- Circulated rainwater through chilled beams reducing the need for air conditioning
- Had sustainable purchasing policies that included environmental audits of suppliers
Sustainable Business Award(Winner 2)
- Have collected and dismantled 300,000 kilograms of electronic waste since January 2013
- By sorting waste materials into 40 different categories for recycling, they were able to ensure that less than 10% was sent to landfill
- Had ISO14001 certification (for environmental management)
|Sustainable Food Business Award||Teys Beenleigh|
- Commissioned a $12M waste-water treatment system that is expected to save over 33,000 tonnes of CO2e annually, and produce biogas enabling a reduction in their consumption of natural gas by 75,000 gigajoules a year
- Installed energy saver lights, timers, and daylight sensors
- Participated in ecoBiz
2014 Logan Eco Awards
2014 Logan Eco Award Winners
|Sustainable Household Award||The McVicker Household|
Since winning this category in 2013 the McVickers have undertaken further additional actions including:
- Installed three "Redwater" water saving diverters
- Increased water, waste water, and energy monitoring including live data automatically updating to the internet
- Reduced 'peak demand' electricity by having an electrician hardwire appliances to an off-peak tariff
- Hosted an information session covering the sustainability attributes of the house at the Hyperdome Library
|Conservation Partner Award||Berrinba Sanctuary|
- Removed weeds and revegetated with native species
- Conducted monthly koala surveys
- Assisted with Council's community tree planting events
- Hosted open days on the site as well as a stall at LEAF
|Community Eco Action Award||Haley Thorn|
- Administered a Facebook page called "Upcycle with Style" promoting crafty and ingenious re-use of household items
- Hosted an Earth Day event
- Organised a Clean Up Australia Day event
|Sustainable School Award||Chatswood Hills State School|
- With the help of an EnviroGrant constructed the "Helen Streadfeild Koala Walkway" within the school grounds
- Planted Koala friendly trees
- Hosted visits by rangers from the Daisy Hill Koala Centre
- Ran programs that educate students on environmental issues
|Sustainable Business Award||Spyder Displays|
- Installed a 54 kilowatt solar PV system
- Recycled all waste including aluminium
- Reconditioned used displays and gave them away to charity groups
- Used water based inks
|Sustainable Food Business Award||Healthy Cooking Company|
- Sourced fresh and organic seasonal produce
- Grew their own herbs on site
- Installed highly efficient cooking equipment
- Operated a staff "Green Team" to identify and implement sustainability and eco-efficiency opportunities
- Participated in Council's Becoming an Eco-Efficient Food Business in Logan Program
2013 Logan Eco Awards
2013 Eco Award Winners
|Sustainable Household Award||The McVicker Household|
- Used a solar passive house design that minimises heating and cooling requirements
- Extensively used louvers to maximise natural air flow through the house during summer
- Exclusively used LED lighting technology
- Installed water tanks allowing 100% water self sufficiency
- Used both solar hot water and solar PV systems
|Conservation Partner Award||John Reed|
- Been a member of Land for Wildlife since 2005
- Removed 30 Cadaghi trees (a pest species)
- Begun installing fencing to reduce the area that stock can access on his property
|Community Eco Action Award (Winner 1)||Patricia Ferguson|
- Undertook bird surveys with the results incorporated into Council's biodiversity database
- Hosted a stall at LEAF
- Took part in National Tree Day
- Led the Moffatt Park Bushcare Group since 2006
|Community Eco Action Award (Winner 2)||Lyn Buffett|
- Established the Logan Food Gardeners (LFG) in August 2011
- Created the interactive LFG website which uses social media tools to connect local community gardens
- Given presentations on gardening in the Logan Libraries
- Hosted stalls at events including LEAF
|Sustainable School Award||Boronia Heights State School|
- Reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by around 50%
- Helped to construct garden beds and subsequently planted, weeded, and harvested food
- Planted over 150 species to create a bush tucker garden
- Students performed 'eco-raps' at LEAF
- Students attended a three day camp focussing on environmental leadership
|Sustainable Business Award||Bristol Paints|
- Installed a 25 kW solar PV system
- Sourced additional grid supplied electricity from renewable sources
- Utilised natural breezes and ceiling fans to minimise air conditioning requirements
- Implemented a store wide recycling program
- Collected waste water which is treated and disposed of by a regulated contractor
|Sustainable Food Business Award||Snap Fresh|
- Reduced mains water consumption by 39% through capture, reuse, and redirection of water
- Reduced electricity consumption by 13% through energy efficient lighting, variable speed drives, and the rationalisation of equipment
- Reduced gas consumption by 25%
- Reduced the waste sent to landfill by an incredible 70% through increased recycling and an industry leading composting program
2012 Logan Eco Awards
2012 Eco Award Winners
|Sustainable Household Award||The Hunter household of Mount Warren Park|
- Installed a 3 kW solar PV system
- Collected rain water to top up the pool
- Planted native species in the garden
|Conservation Partner Award||Lynne and Terry Hamill of Veresdale|
|Community Eco Action Award||Rod Bloss, founding member of BrisBOCA (the Brisbane branch of Bird Observation & Conservation Australia)|
- Played a leading role in the conservation of Eagleby Wetlands
- Undertook hundreds of presentations to schools, Bushcare Groups, and community members
- Undertook countless bird surveys which have been incorporated into Council's biodiversity database
|Sustainable School Award||John Paul College|
- Cut annual water consumption from 88 million litres per year to 18 million litres per year
- Cut waste production by 30% via a school recycling program
- Planted native vegetation on site
- Installed a 9 kW solar PV system and energy monitoring equipment
- Incorporated all of these steps into the curriculum
|Sustainable Business Award||Suzi Auto of Springwood|
- Have taken normal petrol cars and converted them to 100% electric cars for customers
- Recycled much of their waste materials
- Installed a 5 kW solar PV system which powers their fleet of electric cars and the workshop
- Installed energy efficient lighting
- Operate a staff 'Green Team'
|Environmentally Relevant Activity Business Award||Tennyson Group Printery of Crestmead|
- Use an Environmental Management System
- Have achieved Level 3 of Sustainable Green Print certification
- Recycle or sell almost all of their waste materials
- Participated in the 2012 Logan ClimateSmart Business Cluster
|Sustainable Food Business Award||Flannery's of Loganholme|
- Source locally produced certified organic fruit and vegetables
- Have a 'no plastic bags' policy
- Provide a bulk purchasing option for customers
- Have local farmers pick up food waste rather than sending it to landfill