The Blue Star Sustainability Awards 2017


The Blue Star Sustainability Awards are Keep NSW Beautiful's sustainability awards program. Through the Blue Stars we recognise and celebrate the hard work of NSW citizens who promote responsible environmental management in their local area.

Being truly 'sustainable' means addressing the entire spectrum of environmental, social and economic factors. So our awards recognise civic pride, community spirit and future planning in establishing the best projects and programs to come out of NSW communities.

There are nine different award categories, each with a regional and a metropolitan winner.  

To enter a project, you must first register online. Once you have done this and created your profile you can enter one or more projects in any of the award categories.

Your progress will be saved, and you can return to this page at any time before 30th June 2017 to complete or edit your submission.

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Blue Star Award Categories

Hey Tosser Litter Action Award

Hey Tosser Litter Action Award - Sponsored by NSW EPA.

The Hey Tosser Litter Action Award recognises a project or program that tackles litter through:

  • Prevention and/or reduction;
  • Effectively managing litter;
  • Incentivising behaviour change to stop littering.

Projects should demonstrate inventive techniques that specifically address their local litter issues, with quantifiably effective outcomes.

Programs/projects that address any form of litter in any environment.

Projects may be submitted by:

  • Individuals and Community groups;
  • Local Councils;
  • Businesses.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted.

  • A litter reduction campaign which involves the community.
  • A project or program aimed at specific section of the community - for example, children, young people; culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, Indigenous communities;
  • A project aimed at addressing litter with a long term solution based in community social marketing findings.
  • Different strategies to target litter for example signage, phasing out plastic bags/bottles etc.
  • Community Litter Grant applicants are encouraged to enter their projects.
  • Partnership applications are welcome but one organisation needs to be the applicant rather than a joint application.

Please also look at past projects on our website knswb.org.au/previous-winners/

Waste Less, Recycle More Award

The Waste Less, Recycle More Award- Sponsored by NSW EPA.

The Waste Less, Recycle More Award recognises a project or program that tackles a range of waste and recycling problems through:

  • Waste minimisation and reduction;
  • Effective and innovative waste and recycling programs - including education and infrastructure projects;
  • Incentivising behaviour change to stop illegal dumping.

Projects may be submitted by:

  • Individuals and Community groups;
  • Local Councils;
  • Businesses.

Partnership applications are welcome but one organisation needs to be the applicant rather than a joint application.


Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted:

  • Projects that use recycling and avoid material going to landfill.
  • The development of a Waste Management Strategy.
  • A local group addressing the problem of food waste in their community.
  • The planning and implementation of a program that facilitates appropriate disposal of items through free drop-offs and management of event sites to help tackle illegal dumping

Please also look at past projects on our website knswb.org.au/previous-winners/

Cultural Heritage Award

The Cultural Heritage Award

Sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

The Cultural Heritage Award recognises built and cultural heritage projects which show best practice heritage management.

Projects may be submitted by:

  • Community groups;
  • Local Councils;
  • Businesses.

Partnership applications are welcome but one organisation needs to be the applicant rather than a joint application.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted:

  • Built heritage projects which change or upgrade heritage sites;
  • Sympathetic design of new buildings or structures within heritage conservation;
  • Restoration or conservation of a heritage place - built, Indigenous or other and
  • Projects that support traditional trades that are in decline;
  • Local heritage projects - research and development of locally significant projects such as pioneer walks, booklets, local heritage walks,
  • Partnerships between local volunteer committees, regional council, and sponsors to acknowledge and honour the contribution of pioneers to a region.
  • Digitisation of old area records, cataloguing museum artefacts or presenting exhibits of cultural significance.
  • Projects that may shine a light or restore an important and significant parts of the area's cultural history.
  • Establishing and developing educational information to be made public to students, tourists, and locals about the history of the area or communities within it.

Going Green Education Award

We know how important education for sustainability is. With the Going Green Education Award we're looking to reward institutions or groups for campaigns or practices which incorporate environmentalism in their operations, through either:

  • Environmental education, and/or;
  • Environmentally conscious features.

Projects may be directed towards:

  • Individuals including children, young people, students adults;
  • Community groups

Projects may be submitted by:

  • Businesses who provide environmental education;
  • All education institutions;
  • Local councils.

Partnership applications are welcome but one organisation needs to be the applicant rather than a joint application.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted.

  • Eco Living Projects that help communities achieve sustainability by fostering community awareness and behaviour change.
  • Engagement with the community that takes the form of information, practical demonstrations and education workshops about household sustainability.
  • Campaigns that raise awareness of particular local environmental issues or renewable energy options;

Please also look at past projects on our website knswb.org.au/previous-winners/

Habitat Wildlife Guardianship Award

The Habitat Wildlife Guardianship Award is all about giving recognition to projects that protect and/or enhance natural habitats and wildlife populations. It will award effective stewardship of our natural surrounds over a range of actions, including re-vegetation, dune care, marine rescue programs, wildlife conservation, bush care and more.

Projects can be general, or can specifically address the needs of local species and ecosystems. Projects should encourage local ownership of the natural environment.

Projects may be submitted by:

  • Individuals including private land holders;
  • Schools & community groups;
  • Local councils;
  • Businesses;
  • Consortia made up of different groups.

Partnership applications are welcome but one organisation needs to be the applicant rather than a joint application.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted.

  • Wetland conservation & rejuvenation works;
  • Best practice land management projects that have trialed new techniques;
  • Works carried out by organisations such as Conservation Volunteers Australia, Landcare, Bush Care, Dune Care and others;
  • Biodiversity corridors;
  • Nesting box installation and monitoring plans;
  • National Tree Day plantings;
  • Festivals, training workshops, and other events with a specific conservation focus.

Please also look at past projects on our website knswb.org.au/previous-winners/

Sustainable Systems Award

The Sustainable Systems Award is designed to celebrate projects:

  • that bring sustainability to town planning, business practice and/or to the community.
  • renewable energy;
  • sustainable water use, and other urban landscape features.

Projects should aim to demonstrate inventive and innovative techniques to tackle a range of sustainability issues, with quantifiably effective outcomes.

Projects may be submitted by:

  • Community groups;
  • Local Councils;
  • Organisations;
  • Businesses.

Partnership applications are welcome but one organisation needs to be the applicant rather than a joint application.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted.

  • Innovative approaches to embedding sustainability throughout an organisation, including, but not limited to, creative business processes and activities to include and encourage sustainability in every day operations.
  • Implementation of energy savings plans or installation of renewable energy systems at an individual / organisational level,
  • Development or redevelopment projects incorporating green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations.
  • Projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions.
  • Promotion and access to public transport and bike/foot and other shared paths, the promotion and use of bike & car share programs, bike racks, and designated parking spaces for car shares or eco-friendly vehicles.

Please also look at past projects on our website knswb.org.au/previous-winners/

Environmental Achievement Award

The Environmental Achievement Award acknowledges individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to their environment.

The recipient of this award will be an individual (aged 26+) who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the environment.

They may improve the sustainability and general health of the environment around their local area, or show initiative, leadership and strength of character in pursuing environmental outcomes in their personal life and/or impacting on the wider community.

Individuals can be nominated by:

  • Councils,
  • businesses,
  • community groups,
  • environmental organisations.


Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted.

  • A local individual that has successfully won a grant used to support the natural environment of an urban recreation reserve
  • An individual leading an initiative to free their town of litter or protect a native species.
  • Individuals coordinating efforts to rehabilitate local environments.
  • A local environmental individual who coordinates tree planting or other community environment days.
  • An individual who has made a long term commitment to a renewable energy or environmentally sustainable project


Please also look at past projects on our website knswb.org.au/previous-winners/

Young Environmental Achievement Award

The Young Environmental Achievement Award recognises groups and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the environment.

The recipient of this award will be an individual or youth group (with 75% or more of the members aged 25 and under) that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the environment.

They may improve the sustainability and general health of the environment around their local area, or show initiative, leadership and strength of character in pursuing environmental outcomes in their personal life and/or impacting on the wider community.

An individuals or group can be nominated by:

  • Councils,
  • schools,
  • tertiary institutions,
  • businesses,
  • community groups,
  • environmental organisations.

Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted.

  • An individual or young Bushcare group, school group, Scouts and Guides who carry out environmental projects.
  • A local Youth Council that has successfully won a grant used to support the natural environment of an urban recreation reserve
  • An individual named as a Youth Litter Ambassador for their home town who helps with local environmental initiatives
  • A local youth group leading an initiative to free their town of litter or promote a program to address sustainability.
  • Individuals coordinating efforts to rehabilitate local environments.
  • A local environmental collective or individual who coordinates tree planting or other community environment days.

Community Environment Achievement Award

The Community Environment Achievement Award recognises community groups and businesses that demonstrate outstanding commitment to their environment. They may improve the sustainability and general health around their local area. They may also show initiative, leadership and embody community spirit in pursuing sustainable and environmental outcomes in their group and/or impacting on the wider community.

Projects/programs may be submitted by:

  • Community groups;
  • Local Councils;
  • Organisations;
  • Businesses.

Partnership applications are welcome but one organisation needs to be the applicant rather than a joint application.


Please note that the following lists are not exhaustive, they're just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted.

  • A local sustainability network established to coordinate local participation in the annual Australia-wide Sustainable House Day, or similar.
  • A volunteer action group trained to discuss the return on investment and reasons for the installation of a council's new solar panels.
  • A local supermarket which has committed to phasing out single-use plastic bags, or business adopting sustainable practices for community benefit or to set a best practice example for sustainability in their local area.
  • A local business which has completed a full environmental audit and is working through the suggestions to reduce their energy and water consumption while looking at appropriate means to reduce waste as much as possible.

Why Enter?

Who doesn't like to win? But as well as earning a feather in your cap, there are some additional benefits to participating in the Blue Stars:

  • Bring your community together around a common goal, boosting morale and civic pride.
  • Engage people from your community in your project or program.
  • Spread education about environmental awareness, and specifically your own hard work.
  • Tell your story to other groups across the state.
  • Get your project into local media and gain publicity.
  • Attract visitors to your town.

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