The Logan Eco Awards recognise those in the community that are taking steps to help Logan become a more environmentally sustainable City.
The winners of the 2017 Logan Eco Awards were publicly recognised and thanked for their efforts at LEAF. Details of the eco-actions undertaken by these winners and by those of previous years are provided below.
2017 Logan Eco Awards
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 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)||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.
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.