Glossies Awards go Climate Friendly
Nominations are open and the hunt is on again for Noosa's most environmentally responsible homes and landscapes, and this year the Living Smart team is going one step further by making the 2007 Glossies Awards event on June 22, climate friendly.
"Climate neutral is the usual term, but it's hard to achieve in reality" says Coordinator, Jo Turner. "Nearly every aspect of Australian life uses fossil fuel and contributes to global warming, so trying to calculate every scenario is impossible, but these days it's pretty easy to work out the major impacts of running large events like the Glossies. Then it's a case of reducing energy consumption where possible, and sourcing what you do use, responsibly.
We'll invest $500 in renewable energy projects, to offset the global warming caused by our power usage, transport for the judging days and Eco Homes Bus Tour, our drinks and food at the event (which will be local of course), and most importantly, the flights of our speakers (who won't be)".
This years theme is 'F3' (or 'F-cubed' - form, function, future). Following on from the Floating Lands week, New Zealand designer and sustainability educator David Trubridge, will lead the discussion on the role of form and function in the future of our buildings and how we design our communities. "I can't think of a time when this type of discussion has been more necessary and urgent" said Jo. " Noosans are facing the global warming 'awakening' at a time when our own community values are under the microscope. How do we want our kids to remember us and the buildings we created? Over the next year or so we'll be electing people federally and locally who will face some of the toughest decision-making in history. As a community, we need to continue educating ourselves about how our built environment affects global warming and other major issues, in order to support them in making good decisions on our behalf."
"We're inviting people to let us know about people who should be recognized for attempting to 'live a bit lighter' through their house or landscape design and we'll congratulate them and invite them to formally nominate for an Award. I really want to see people get behind this concept - taking a few minutes to tell someone you think they've done a good job, is always time well spent" added Jo.
As well as the forum and awards, this year's Glossies will also celebrate the launch of an offshoot project between Noosa and Caboolture Council where homeowners can earn 'stars' for their homes by implementing energy and water efficiency measures.
"We had positive industry feedback and sponsorship offers after last year's event, but we are also seeking a Glossies Patron. The opportunities to grow the scope of the event and benefits to the community are only limited by the number of hands we have to do the work at the moment, and a Patron would help enormously at this point. Either that, or someone who can invent the 36-hour day!"
To nominate yourself or someone else for an Award see the categories and criteria at the Living Smart Noosa website. Go to June 22 at 'What's On' and click the event name for full details. Nominations close mid May.