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MSDI wins Research & Academia Banksia Award

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Monash Sustainable Development Institute has won the Research & Academia category at the 2018 Banksia Sustainability Awards.

The award recognises MSDI’s innovative and world-leading interdisciplinary approach to catalysing sustainable development solutions to some of the world’s most significant challenges.

The expert panel of judges was impressed by the Institute’s innovative approach to linking university and industry together towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The judges said MSDI’s entry stood out for “it’s very extensive and legitimate connections to the SDGs, as well as its strong collaboration efforts and resilient partnerships.”

MSDI Interim Director Professor Rod Glover accepted the prestigious award from City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood at a gala dinner in Melbourne on Thursday, November 29.

In receiving the award, Professor Glover dedicated the award to MSDI’s immediate past Director Professor Rebekah Brown for her “incredible leadership and vision”.

He also highlighted the ongoing need to find innovative ways to collaborate and partner to achieve the SDGs by 2030, claiming “no one organisation can achieve them on its own”.

This year the Banksia Awards celebrated their 30th year, making them the longest-running sustainability awards in the world.

Hosted by the Banksia Foundation, the awards recognise Australian individuals, communities, business and government for their innovation and excellence in environmental and social stewardship.

To mark their 30th year, the Banksia Foundation restructured the awards to align with the SDGs and highlight Australia’s contribution to the international endeavour for sustainable development.

Banksia Foundation CEO, Graz van Egmond said: “We were thrilled with the calibre of entries to the Awards, and the winners’ commitment to progressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

“It’s wonderful to be able to connect their work here in Australia with a global drive for change. They should be very proud of the impact they are having,” he said.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, which is hosted by MSDI, was also a finalist in the Research & Academia category.

SDSN Australian, New Zealand & Pacific was recognised for its hugely successful Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities guide, produced in partnership with Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).

Find a full list of 2018 Banksia Award Winners here.