UOW has received a number of environmental awards over the years in recognition of our achievements with the latest being the 2015 Green Globe 10 year Sustainability Award.
2015 NSW Green Globe Awards - 10 Year Sustainability Award
This award was presented by the NSW Minister for the Environment, Hon. Mark Speakman MP on the 15th October 2015. This award honours winners from the 2005 Green Globe awards that can demonstrate long-term environmental achievement and successful program delivery and outcomes between 2005 and 2015. It recognises the hard work and dedication of current and past staff in the Environmental Unit and Facilities Management Division, environmental champions and other staff and students at UOW who have been involved and supported environmental and sustainability initiatives over the last 10 years.
2013 Green Gown Awards Australasia - Highly Commended - Carbon Reduction
This award recognises the implementation of sustainable transport initiatives (such as carpooling, cycling and end of trip facilities, and bus services) to reduce the carbon footprint of staff and students commuting to UOW.
2010 Green Gown Awards Australasia - Highly Commended - continuous improvement specific area
This award recognises the collaboration of the Environment Unit and Performance Indicators Unit and the use of utility metering, business intelligence and education in energy conservation at UOW.
2010 Green Gown Awards Australasia - Highly Commended - continuous improvement institutional change
This award was received in recognition of UOW's commitment to implementing sustainability.
2010 Green Globe - Public Sector Sustainability Achievement Award
UOW's commitment to implementing sustainability was also recognised by a Green Globe Public Sector Sustainability Achievement Award.
2006 Every Drop Counts Business Award for Significant Achievement
Mr Chris Hewitt (now retired) Manager Maintenance & Energy, Facilities Management Division at UOW won an individual award for significant achievements in introducing a number of water saving initiatives at UOW including plans to harvest rainwater to irrigate the sports fields and using vacuum systems that do not use water in chemistry laboratories.
2006 Every Drop Counts Business Award
Mr Paul Manning, Executive Director of URAC also received an award on behalf of the University for an innovative waterless wet dressed artificial grass hockey field which will save an estimated 16kL per day. URAC is the first in Australia to use the wet dressed artificial grass surface which combines the durability of traditional sand filled artificial surfaces with the playing surface of the "wet" fields.
2005 Gold Green Globe Award
Significant energy savings at UOW were recognised by the NSW Government with the Minister for Utilities, Mr Carl Skully, awarding UOW a Gold Green Globe Award at the Energy and Water Green Globe Awards in 2005.
2003 Silver Green Globe Award
The Minister for Energy and Utilities, the Hon Frank Sartor MP, presented a Silver Energy Smart Business Award to UOW for commitment to reducing greenhouse gases at the Energy Smart Green Globe Awards held at Parliament House.
2001 Bronze Green Globe Award
Energy Savings at UOW were recognised by the NSW Government awarding UOW a Bronze Green Globe Award at the Energy and Water Green Globe Awards in 2001.