Applications close at 5pm on Friday 16 March and the winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner in June 2012.

Queenslanders are invited to nominate their energy, water and waste savings projects for the 2012 Premier?s ClimateSmart Sustainability Awards.

Environment Minister Vicky Darling launched the awards and a new category for waste reduction and resource efficiency, in Brisbane today at the grounds of a 2011 winner landscape supply business Nursery Traders.

Ms Darling, who opened the awards on behalf of the Premier, said it was important to highlight the achievements of Queenslanders who are taking the lead in developing and implementing sustainable practices.

?Now in their third year, the Awards recognise Queenslanders who champion sustainability and develop innovative approaches to climate change abatement,? Ms Darling said.

?These Awards profile some of Queensland?s most efficient and sustainable rural landholders, engineering companies, schools, community groups, individuals, miners and retailers.

?Winners of each category will receive $5,000 to support their sustainability projects and be added to the Awards Sustainable Leaders honour board.?

Managing Director of Nursery Traders and recipient of the 2011 Industrial Eco-efficiency ClimateSmart Award, Tim Bunker, said the win had been good for business.

?The increased exposure we have received has grown our sales leads and networks, built our business reputation, opportunities and relationships and helped us to brand our company as a sustainable enterprise,? Mr Bunker said.

Ms Darling encouraged all Queensland businesses, industry, schools, individuals, and community groups to nominate their achievements against the categories for the 2012 awards.

?Last year?s Awards attracted 154 nominations across 11 categories ? and some of those projects are on track to change Queensland,? she said.

?Take for instance the eco-friendly alternative to concrete developed by the Wagners group of companies in Toowoomba.

?This product has the potential to transform the global construction industry and cut emissions from concrete by up to 90 per cent.

?Development of the concrete is an inspirational story and just one example of what Queenslanders can accomplish.?

The Premier?s ClimateSmart Sustainability Awards support the Queensland Government?s Toward Q2 Green and Strong targets: protecting our lifestyle and environment and creating a diverse economy powered by bright ideas.

The 2012 award categories are:

  • ClimateSmart Waste Reduction and Resource Efficiency Award (new 2012 category ? to recognise outstanding achievement in waste management)
  • ClimateSmart Community Award
  • ClimateSmart Partnership Award
  • ClimateSmart Small Business Award
  • Business Eco-efficiency ClimateSmart Award
  • Corporate ClimateSmart Award
  • ClimateSmart Built Environment Award
  • Innovation in ClimateSmart Technologies Award
  • ClimateSmart Clean Energy Innovation Award
  • ClimateSmart Rural Award
  • Minister?s Award for ClimateSmart Leadership

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 16 March and the winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner in June 2012.

For more information, or to apply online, visit www.derm.qld.gov.au/premiersawards