The Logan Eco Awards recognise those in the community that are taking steps to help Logan become a more environmentally sustainable city. Winners receive $250 and public recognition as the environmental leaders in their community.
2019 Logan Eco Awards
Nominations for the 2019 Logan Eco Awards are closed.
There are four categories:
Eco Champion - 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
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
Eco Business - 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
Eco Organisation - 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
The awards are open to all residents, businesses, schools and organisations within the City of Logan! Winners of the Logan Eco Awards were acknowledged for their efforts at LEAF. Details of the eco-actions undertaken by the winners and by those of previous years are provided below.
Previous Logan Eco Awards Winners
2019 Logan Eco Award Winners
|Eco Champions Award||Norman Joseph Smith|
- Held a Sustainable House Open Day for the past 3 years, teaching others about sustainable products and methods including efficient heating system, methane biogas plant, converted bicycle to electric bike, young edible food forest and method for catching rainwater run off for grey water use.
- Founded and moderates the Permaculture Brisbane Facebook group that promotes sustainable events.
- Offers free monthly honey bee workshops and has helped others establish honey bee and native bee hives.
- Propagates Bunya tree seedlings for free distribution to Land for Wildlife
- Moving towards off grid solar electric, have panels and battery
- Saving for an electric van as a mobile home to live on other properties in winter and help others live more sustainably
|Junior Eco Champion Award||Ciarna Thorn|
- Written two books about animals and how others can help and protect them.
- Share her knowledge with her friends.
- Spends many days at Karawatha Park or Daisy Hill Park connecting with nature.
- Attends co op workshops about the environment such as Sustainable Super Hero Clean Up Australia Day, Brisbane Council recycling program and a clothing swap at Logan Village.
- Raises funds for various environmental awareness and conservation projects including Blue - the documentary and Turtles Rehabilitation centre in NSW which she visits annually as part of a community group.
|Eco Business Award||Natural Elements Early Learning Centre|
- Set up a vegetable garden to teach children how to grow their own food.
- Involved in the Little Garden Growers program each year which helps them to plant the right crops for the season in our veggie gardens and teaches the children about sustainability.
- Set up a worm farm and compost bin to help support food garden.
- Set up a recycling system to allow them to reduce all waste and recycle accordingly, each room ensures paper and card is separated, glass, cans, bottles ect are again separated and then general waste.
- Two of educators attend the EnviroCom waste, recycling and composting seminar and training session.
- Achieved four certificates in the Small Green Steps program.
- Set up a One world clothing bin in their car park for the community to donate unwanted used clothing.
- Reduced their environmental footprint by installing LED lights throughout the building, dual flush toilets, low flow taps and one sheet auto cut off recycled paper towel dispenser.
- Gardens are full of native plants which attract the wildlife.
- Reducing reliance on city water by installing two large water tanks that collect rainwater.
- Attend monthly Bush Kinder Excursion to explore and learn about the surrounding wildlife, bush area, flora and fauna, wetlands and caring for the environment.
|Eco Organisation Award||Boronia Eco Club|
- A group of students including Juniors, Seniors and the Earth Keepers (students who attend a 3 day Environmental Leadership Camp) who undertake different roles and responsibilities.
- Contribute to gardening
- Collect and recycle waste including; paper, cardboard, food for their worm farm and containers that they can exchange for money to fund the next Environmental Leadership Camp.
- Run a recycling shed which students cleaned up, painted and furnished with second hand furniture. This is where students meet to discuss ways to lead their school to a more sustainable future.
- Perform and teach other students an ecological themed rap song and dance routine to raise awareness about Earth Hour which was performed at LEAF 2019.
- Created posters for the Logan World Environment Day Poster Competition 2019 Habitat Connections.
2017 Logan Eco Award Winners
|Eco Champions Award||Kim Downs and Liz Hall-Downs|
- Undertaken weed control and revegetation while allowing much of their nine acres to naturally self-manage.
- Upcycled materials and appliances in their house wherever possible including the bathtub, washing machine, wood stove, glass, tiles, bricks, slate, flooring and insulation.
- Had a composting toilet, solar hot water system, fruit orchard, worm farm, compost bins, and a vegetable garden.
- Participated in Land for Wildlife for sixteen years.
|Junior Eco Champion Award||Savannah Christopher|
- On extra hot days she placed dishes of water in the backyard for animals to drink.
- In the car she was always on the lookout for injured or orphaned wildlife.
- She didn't ask for toys for Christmas but instead for donations to local wildlife carers.
- Her bedroom didn't even have a toy box but it did have a cardboard box and towel ready just in case she found an injured animal that needed care.
|Eco Business Award||Bushcare Services|
- Planted approximately 100,000 plants per year across South East Queensland.
- Implemented an Environmental Management System that was certified under ISO14001 (international quality accreditation).
- Recycled plastic pots and corflute tree guards.
|Eco Organisation Award||Logan River Branch of Native Plants Queensland|
- Had 30 members that met monthly to share advice, discuss cultivation, and propagate native plant species.
- Grew native plants at their nursery which they gave away or sold to the community at events including LEAF.
- Authored the widely used book on native vegetation "Mangroves to Mountains".
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)||Substation 33|
- 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.
Terms and Conditions
1. Nominees must be a resident/business/school within the City of Logan.
2. Nominators must have the permission of the nominee.
3. Council employees and/or elected members are ineligible to apply.
4. All data collected will be retained by Logan City Council and may be used for marketing purposes where applicable (personal details will not be used).
5. Late nominations will not be accepted.
6. Previous winners are eligible to apply in future years however will only be judged on eco actions taken since previous win.
7. Where relevant, a Council Officer may request to meet with nominee to verify content.