Entries are currently open for the 2013 World Environment Day Awards and this year, Swinburne University of Technology is sponsoring a new award for product design.

Annually – in support of UNEP World Environment Day on June 5 – the United Nations Association of Australia, recognises via a range of award categories the most outstanding and innovative initiatives and environmental programs in Australia, as well as the crucial work of Australian environmental leaders, in its World Environment Day Awards.

The new Swinburne University of Technology Excellence in Sustainable Product Design Award will recognise a product that embodies holistic life cycle thinking and that can demonstrate the capacity to reduce human impact on the natural environment and/or encourage sustainable behaviour change.

“This award highlights the role of designers as catalysts for change, and by sponsoring this award Swinburne is demonstrating our support and commitment to sustainable design,” said Swinburne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kristjanson, who stands beside the other major sponsors – Australian Government, NSW Government and Virgin Australia – to support the World Environment Day Awards.

Entries are open to sustainable products designed in Australia and available in the marketplace. This includes packaging, consumer goods, industrial and commercial applications, transportation design, manufacturing equipment, etc. The event invites nominations from businesses and organisations, individuals and journalists, as well as local councils, schools and community groups whose work serves to protect, manage or restore the natural heritage of the country.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages people to reduce their carbon ‘foodprint’. The awards play an important role in raising awareness about fundamental environmental challenges and issues, and also in motivating and inspiring people, businesses and organisations to take positive steps towards sustainability and environmental excellence in their homes, schools, communities and workplaces.

Nominations for the two Prime Minister’s Awards close on Monday 22 April and on Wednesday 1 May 2013 for the Excellence in Sustainable Product Design Award, as well as all other categories. Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday June 7 at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

Click here to nominate for the 2013 World Environment Day Awards.

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