Master Of Environment and Sustainability Wins Banksia Foundation Award

Banksia Award 2019
Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) on winning the 2019 Banksia Foundation Award in the Research/Academia category.

Congratulations to all those involved in the Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) on winning the 2019 Banksia Foundation Award in the Research/Academia category.

The MES was recognised for its new approach to interdisciplinary education and collaboration between Science, Arts, the Monash Business School and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

The degree gives graduates skills, knowledge and competencies from many disciplines to build on their passion to create a sustainable, thriving, more equitable world. The Monash vision was to collaborate with partners – institutes, industry and NGOs – to meet the complex and interconnected challenges of today.

The Banksia Award winners were announced at a gala ceremony at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney, last week.

The Awards are the longest-running sustainability awards in Australia.

The prestigious awards are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of global goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and protect the planet.

The 2019 Banksia Sustainability Awards Winners are:

Banksia Research/ Academia Award – Monash University Master of Environment and SustainabilityMonash University’s Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) has a unique focus on all 17 of the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and teaches them in ways that are experiential, transformative, and grounded in real-world experience.

Banksia Gold Award & Banksia NFP/NGO – ISCA – Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia  
ISCA is a member based NFP and social enterprise operating across Australia and New Zealand. It’s Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Scheme provides a common framework and language for sustainability requirements, which are now included as standard in all highly competitive project tenders.

Minister’s Award for the Environment – Substation33 
Substation33 is an electronic waste recycling project that provides a supportive workplace for employees and volunteers to gain skills for future opportunities, all whilst benefitting the environment by avoiding toxic landfill.

Banksia Small Business Award – How Now Dairy
How Now Dairy follows a “cow-centric” dairying model, that meets the ethical demands of welfare-conscious consumers and puts the welfare of the cow and calf first.

Banksia Small Business Award – Spell & The Gypsy
Spell & The Gypsy is a clothing label with a sustainability roadmap that encompasses supply chain transparency, transitioning to preferred fibres, eliminating hazardous chemicals, reducing climate footprint, and tackling circular fashion.

Banksia Medium Business Award – Fun Over Fifty 
Fun Over Fifty is a sustainable tour company offering luxury holidays to travellers over 50 years of age. Fun Over Fifty’s mission is to lead a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry.

Banksia Large Business Award – Fujitsu Australia Digital Owl 
Fujitsu Australia developed the ‘Digital Owl’ solution in collaboration with the NSW Government’s ‘Saving our Species’ program. The solution uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to pinpoint the population of endangered plant species.

Banksia Community Award – Tiny Trowel 
Tiny Trowel’s Seeds for Christmas was a social media campaign that called upon the Australian community to send small packets of food seeds in Christmas cards to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, STREAT, DIVRS and Food Forest Ashburton. Thousands of seeds were sent.

Banksia Government Award – Sunshine Coast Council
Sunshine Coast Council’s Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve BioBlitz was an interdisciplinary biodiversity conservation research and community engagement project, that researched and celebrated biodiversity.

Banksia Indigenous Award – “Littlewell” Mingenew Aboriginal Reserve Group
The “Littlewell” Mingenew Aboriginal Reserve Group’s Open Day and newly built heritage trail is helping Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people come together to celebrate culture, history, recognition, language, heritage, identity, and place of belonging.

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