The finalists in the 2019 Sustainability Awards have been announced.
This year Knauf is a proud sponsor of the brand new Women in Sustainability Category. The Award will be presented to a woman who has made a significant contribution to built environment sustainability in Australia over the past 5 years.
Read more about the remarkable women who were shortlisted for this award.
Since joining The Star in 2013, Amanda Visser has introduced a sustainability strategy, and energy efficiency targets. Her leadership on sustainability issues has resulted in The Star being recognised as a global leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in the ‘Casinos and Gaming’ Industry for the 3rd year in a row. Amanda’s contribution to innovation has resulted in The Star’s properties adopting technologies, products and procedures that further sustainable practices and reduce carbon and water use including run-around heating coils and ‘waterless’ woks. She has also introduced Green Star and NABERS benchmarks and delivered certified ratings and run training sessions for project teams on sustainable design.
Helen King has over 20 years’ experience working in the environmental industry in South Australia. Her expertise is wide-ranging, and she has spent time as an environmental consultant, a regulator within the EPA and currently is the Director of Environmental Services within Renewal SA (formerly the Land Management Corporation). Helen has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of team leadership, working with regulators, compliance, property due diligence, policy, hydrogeology, site contamination assessment and remediation. Helen’s experience, expertise and success is well respected and she has a presence on environmental committees and regularly provides input into EPA guidelines and legislation changes.
Natasha is the Sustainability Manager for West Village, the $1 billion urban renewal project in Brisbane’s West End. Natasha’s passion for creating liveable cities has influenced all facets of West Village. In 2017 Natasha achieved a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating for the project, the highest recognition for master-planned precincts in Australia and demonstrating world leadership in sustainability. Natasha is a Green Star Accredited Professional and plays a leading role promoting sustainability both within her organisation and to external stakeholders.
Sandra Furtado is an inspiring voice on sustainability issues, particularly in those related to the design of our cities and built environment. She regularly participates as a speaker at industry events, raising awareness around the practice of architecture and resilient design. More recently, as part of an Architecture and Design podcast series, she talks about how sustainable architecture can create value through good design and the role of architects in society. Sandra teaches design at Sydney universities, sharing her knowledge and experience with students and raising awareness around sustainable practice.
Winners in all the categories will be announced at the Gala Night on November 7 at The Star in Sydney. Click here for the full list of the Sustainability Award finalists.