A NSW primary school and water company are two of the winners of the 2022 NSW Sustainability Awards, it was revealed yesterday.

The Banksia Foundation announced the winners in 11 categories at a gala in Sydney. Now in their second year, the NSW Sustainability Awards celebrate businesses, communities, individuals and governments who are leading the way in NSW’s transition to a circular, net-zero and climate-resilient economy.

Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond said the 2022 winners as exceptional.

“From creating a unique web tool that allows farmers to protect birdlife on their property to tackling antimicrobial resistance in livestock production with antibiotic-free feed supplements, the impressive crop of winners is a picture of ambition, creativity and innovation,” Ms van Egmond said.

The winners included:

  • a water company that creates genuine conversation and behavioural change around the issue of flushable products through a creative campaign
  • an e-commerce platform that combats food waste by creating reusable, natural and compostable storage bags to keep fruit and vegetables fresh for longer
  • a clean technology company that transforms carbon dioxide into building materials and other valuable industrial products for the circular economy.

“Our judges were impressed by the calibre of this year’s winners and especially, the young leaders who are inspiring local communities to take climate actions,” Ms van Egmond said.

There are some impressive young people among this year’s young champions. They include Joshua Gilbert a Worimi man, cattle farmer and academic, who has been recognised for his passionate advocacy for Indigenous agriculture; and Anika Molesworth from Climate Wise Agriculture.

St Brigid’s Primary School Waste Warriors (pictured) were awarded the Minister’s Young Climate Champion, presented by NSW Treasurer Matthew Kean. This recognised their commitment to waste reduction and ongoing efforts to get greater parental and teacher involvement.

2022 NSW Sustainability Awards winners




Biodiversity Award

ANU Sustainable Farms

Sustainable Farms has created a powerful tool, BirdCast, that helps farmers identify management actions that could support threatened birds on their properties.

Circular Transition Award


CurbyIt, the future of recycling

Clean Technology Award

MCi Carbon

MCi Carbon (MCi) is a world-leading Australian clean technology company that transforms carbon dioxide into building materials and other valuable industrial products for the circular economy.

Communications for Impact Award

Hunter Water Corporation

Respect the throne: Flushing out problem behaviours from the bottom up.

Future Cities Award

Sydney Metro

Sustainable design excellence for new Sydney Metro stations.

Large Business Transformation Award

Port Authority of New South Wales

Port Authority of NSW - embedding, influencing, partnering and collaborating to drive greater sustainability outcomes.

Net Zero Action Award


Orica Kooragang Island striving towards net zero emissions by 2050.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Award


"Know What Your Food Eats", ProAgni tackles antimicrobial resistance with antibiotic-free feeds supplements that improve animal performance and reduce methane.

Small, Medium Enterprises Transformation Award

Swag Australia

Swag Australia is the parent company to the brands, The Swag and Veggie Saver. The Swag and Veggie Saver are intelligent, 100% natural, non-toxic, patented produce bags, scientifically proven to keep fruit and vegetables fresh for two weeks or more crisper of the fridge.

Youth as our Changemakers Award

Joshua Gilbert

Joshua Gilbert pursues transformation through modern truth-telling, bringing new concepts to the forefront through the acknowledgement of the past.

Anika Molesworth, Climate Wise Agriculture

A knowledge sharing platform that is building resilient and sustainable farming systems.

Minister's Young Climate Champion Award

St. Brigid’s Primary School

What started as an effort to reduce our waste developed into a whole school environmental action plan.

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