Sustainable and innovative

The beauty of the Innovation Award finalists is their ability to span the spectrum of resources they draw upon. A blend of creativity, vision, technology and clever collaborations have propelled these organisations to be at the top of their game.

This award recognises outstanding new technology, design or research. The sort of innovation may include cutting-edge sustainable technology; new industry practices, process, product or services; ground-breaking research; infrastructure design; improving the ability to use, store or save natural resources; circular economy projects; or social innovation.

HealthShare NSW: transforming hospital meal time

The supply of meals in NSW hospitals is undergoing a transformation with a new approach piloted by HealthShare NSW at Mona Vale Hospital.

HealthShare realised that the current model of food delivery is ineffective, inflexible, resource-intensive, wastes food on a large-scale and doesn’t to satisfy patient needs.

In their pilot, food service staff took orders directly from patients on iPads only four hours before each meal with patients having up to 15 choices. The system was managed by specialised ordering and tracking software.

The pilot improved patient nutrition, food eaten increased substantially and significant savings were made in food diverted to landfill, water use and greenhouse gas emissions.

The new model will be rolled out to all NSW hospitals and is a great example of innovation producing environmental, health and financial benefits.

Junglefy: a breathing wall

The Junglefy Breathing Wall is ‘more than just another green wall’ explains general manager Hanna Gammon. ‘It’s a unique and innovative system combining technology with nature resulting in a safer, more comfortable and productive working and living environment.’

Junglefy believes that living infrastructure provides cities with natural beauty, living design and healthier people. Since 2009 the company has been designing, installing and maintaining green walls, roofs, facades and podiums for the built environment.

The wall is modules of linear, low-density polyethylene with infinite recyclability, supplied with a growing medium high in coconut fibre. Fan ventilation increases the rate of carbon dioxide drawdown and the volume of air that can be filtered and cooled by each module.

Recently installed for the first time in Lendlease’s new global headquarters at Barangaroo South, the breathing wall concept will no doubt be taken up by other developers.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority: from leachate to wetlands

Sydney Olympic Park Authority inherited a big headache. A quarter of the Homebush remediated parkland it manages was once Sydney’s largest site of uncontrolled landfill.

As waste breaks down within landfills, contaminated wastewater, known as leachate, is generated. This needs to be extracted and treated.

Instead of sending all the leachate to a high-cost, high-energy offsite treatment plant, the authority has developed two onsite treatment systems that use bacteria within natural wetlands to biologically break down the pollutants in the leachate. The process also provides new wetland habitat for native plants and animals, water for irrigation and educational opportunities for visitors.

‘Our innovative approach is not currently used elsewhere in Australia,’ says the authority’s Marianne Sheumack, ‘and it’s generated great interest from other landfill managers’.

University of Technology Sydney: Australia's first offsite solar corporate power purchase agreement

In a partnership that is unique in Australia, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will buy electricity directly from the Singleton Solar Farm in the Hunter Valley to power part of its campus.

According to UTS, this is the first offsite Australian power purchase agreement between a large energy customer and an offsite solar farm.

This new customer-led model of renewable energy purchasing means that large electricity users such as universities, hospitals, corporates or councils can become direct customers of renewable energy operators.

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An independent judging panel has decided the best nominees in NSW in the Built Environment category of the Green Globe Awards. A gala evening will be held in October to announce and celebrate the winners.

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