20151015 CEFE and BVSC Win Green Globe Award

CEFE'sPrue Kelly, BVSC's Daniel Murphy and Green Globe's Judging Panle Co-chair Matthew Bell at the awards ceremony in Sydney on October 15
CEFE’sPrue Kelly, BVSC’s Daniel Murphy and Green Globe’s Judging Panle Co-chair Matthew Bell at the awards ceremony in Sydney on October 15

CEFE was one of 17 organisations across the state to be awarded a prestigious Green Globe award at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday October 15. Green Globes recognise excellence in initiatives to promote sustainability and protect the environment. The CEFE award, which was shared with Bega Valley Shire Council was in the category Excellence in Leadership and Innovation, sub-category Leadership in Climate Change.

Here is the citation:

This project, a partnership between the council and a local community group, Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE), is Australia’s first community solar farm.

A 30 kilowatts ground-mounted solar installation, arrayed to form the word ‘IMAGINE’ can be clearly seen by passing flights. The energy generated by the panels offsets electricity used by the Tathra sewerage treatment plant and the savings are placed into a fund managed by CEFE for future community projects. This approach not only ensures that these projects are efficient and well-targeted, but maintains a clear community connection and engagement throughout the solar farm’s lifetime.

CEFE and BVSC has signd an MOU which will ensure that the the ‘value’ of  the donated panels, in the form of electricity payments that BVSC no longer needs to pay for grid power to supply the treatment plant will be returned to CEFE to fund further community solar projects in the shire.  The Tathra Community Solar Farm is the first project where CEFE has collaborated with BVSCj but is ust the most recent of many many initiatives that CEFE has undertaken entirely on its own or in collaboration with the Tathra Enduro, to equip surf clubs, pre-schools, RFS shed, community halls and churches since 2007.

 

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CEFE shortlisted for IAG Eureka Prize 2009

Matthew Nott, Juklia Mayo-Ramsay and Chris Kowal attend the 2009 Eureka awards with Pilippa Rowland and Prue Kelly, to hear that we would be an unsuccessful finalist for the third year in a row
Matthew Nott, Juklia Mayo-Ramsay and Chris Kowal attend the 2009 Eureka awards with Pilippa Rowland and Prue Kelly, to hear that we would be an unsuccessful finalist for the third year in a row

Extract from Bega District News.

IT MAY be a case of third time lucky for Clean Energy for Eternity as once again the group has been short listed in the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the award rewards excellence in the fields of scientific research and innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism and communication.

The group is nominated in the DECC Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change.

Last year the group was runner up in the same category.

Clean Energy for Eternity founder Matthew Nott said for the first two years CEFE was the only non-funded group in the running for the award.

“We are a group that isn’t paid to do what we are doing,” he said.

“To my knowledge were the only unfunded group to be represented as a finalist.

“Being short listed really is a tribute to a large group of people who have been working tirelessly with CEFE for the last three years.

“It’s also a tribute to the support we have got from local communities.”

Mr Nott said a win this year would further promote the group and give it even more credibility and substance.

“We are always hoping to win and it is a privilege to be short listed as a finalist,” he said.

“We would love to win a national award like this as it demonstrates we are a respectable mainstream community group.

“Taking out the award would give us more weight in talking to politicians and it would strengthen the South East’s position on climate change in demonstrating the economic opportunities afforded by being pro-active about climate change in regional communities.”

However, just by being a finalist in the awards provides opportunities.

“In the first year we had a long talk with Malcolm Turnbull and last year we were able to meet Peter Garrett,” Mr Nott said.

“CEFE is a community group looking at climate change and is different in that we are a mainstream, respectable organisation looking at it in a dispassionate way as opposed to a passionate and alarmist view … we stick to the facts and the science.

“We’re all about the economics of climate change and politicians are interested in that,” Mr Nott said.

Winning an award will no doubt give the group more national exposure.

However not winning the award won’t deter the members from the group’s main objectives.

“We will continue on with our three main aims, that is, to increase awareness of climate change; continue with the group’s involvement in the lifesaving club’s energy campaign; and make further progress on the solar farm initiative.

“We will also continue to push the 50/50 by 2020 target adopted by the Eden-Monaro region, which showcases our belief that climate change is all about opportunities.”

The recent solar bulk buy deal offered across SE NSW is such an example.

“1200 households signed up for this and as a result of the deal 20 x two kwatt community installations will be up and running within the next nine months.

“This is how we communicate with local groups, by actually showing them the advantages of renewable energy.”

CEFE wins major community award 2008

Philippa Rowland accepting the Award
Philippa Rowland accepting the Award

Climate change group, Clean Energy For Eternity (CEFE), has won the Environment and Landcare category for the 2008 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards announced in Coffs Harbour on 8th November 2008.

The award marks a watershed week, just four days after Federal funding was confirmed for CEFE’s feasibility study into Australia’s first community solar farm.

The Award, sponsored by Prime Television and the Commonwealth Bank, acknowledges individuals and organisations that show a proven passion and dedication to reducing environmental impacts in rural and regional areas.
Award judges recognised CEFE for its catalytic role in inspiring community action on climate change.
The organization has demonstrated a commitment to pursuing innovative local solutions to a global challenge now recognized as a major risk to the security of people around the world.
CEFE founder Dr Matthew Nott, received the award saying; “This recognition is a great reminder of what local communities can achieve in Australia if they take courage and exercise leadership.

“Climate change is a priority issue in our rural Shires, where major economic keystones are tourism and agriculture.

“Our local community in south-east New South Wales was stirred into action because we realised that normal, everyday people could make a difference to the threat that climate change poses to our livelihoods and those of future generations.”

Five Shires across regional NSW (Bega, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Palerang and Snowy River) and two Sydney suburbs (Mosman and Manly) have committed to CEFE’s ambitious but achievable community target of 50/50 by 2020 – to reduce energy consumption by 50% and produce 50% of our energy from clean renewable sources by the year 2020.

“With the current volatility of the markets and financial instability it’s tough for many individuals and families, particularly in regional areas where ongoing drought and decreasing supplies of water are taking their toll on farming communities and regional centres.

“It is exciting to see CEFE moving forward into a new phase, one that will bring new investment, training and employment opportunities into our region,” said Dr Nott.

Last Wednesday’s signing of the Funding Agreement with the Federal Government’s Green Precincts’ Program marks the formal beginning of the solar farm project.

“After twelve months solid work by a committed band of volunteers, it’s exciting to get the funding and get cracking on the research,” said interim Project Manager and CEFE’s Public Officer, Philippa Rowland.

“It’s a great step forward for the Bega community. Since our aim is to develop a replicable model, the project will also assist other communities throughout Australia interested in the transition to renewable energy.

“We already have a solar group in Jindabyne hot on our heels and keen to develop Australia’s second solar farm.

“The Bega and Mosman CEFE groups are working together in an urban-rural partnership to bring this solar project into fruition. It’s a unique chance to use our country’s solar resource to create sustainable regional development for the future.

“We are starting a renewable energy revolution. Seeing the opportunities and finding practical solutions are close at hand helps to overcome paralysis and turns apathy into inspiration.

“This race against time is a race worth winning – for all of us!”

Tathra Clean Beaches Award 2008

Tathra Beach on the NSW South Coast has won the Community Action and Environmental Innovation awards at the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches Awards, announced in Sydney last night.

Tathra, a close knit coastal village of just over 1500 people, has a long history of community based action to protect and enhance its magnificent coastal environment. Tathra Beach, one of the Shires premier tourist beaches, is backed by an extensive coastal reserve system for its entire length.

Local and district residents flock to Tathra year round, to take advantage of the diversity of coastal ecosystems and reserve facilities. The beach environment ranges from natural dune systems and remnant vegetation communities, to developed recreational areas, surf club and a caravan park.

According to the Australian Clean Beaches Judge, Chris Tola, “The Bega area is well known for community activity and Tathra Beach is cared for by many active and dedicated community groups and individuals. Their long-term commitment guarantees innovation and a shared responsibility to the coast and wider local environment earned them the Community Action award.”

Tathra is also the birth place of the ‘Clean Energy for Eternity’ group whose focus is community based climate change mitigation actions. Beginning with a 3000 person human sign on Tathra Beach spelling out “Clean Energy for Eternity”, the group has now expanded with chapters in four neighbouring Councils and in Mosman (Sydney) and Victoria. This initiative won Tathra the Environmental Innovation award. Dr Matthew Nott, a driving force behind the initiative, also received the Dame Phyllis Frost Individual Award.

Bruce Hopkins (Hoppo) Waverley Council Lifeguard Coordinator and star of Channel 10’s ‘Bondi Rescue’ attended the national awards presentation and congratulated all participants for their efforts:

“Working as a lifeguard for over 17 years I have seen first hand how rubbish can damage our beautiful beaches. I have always been very supportive and proud of ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ and I would like to congratulate all the participants on a fantastic job in keeping the beaches clean. Keep up the great work!”

Tathra Beach was also highly commended in the Community Partnership and Protection of the Environment categories, whilst Townsville’s The Strand won the overall Clean Beaches national title for 2008.

Australia’s favourite premium spring water Mount Franklin, is celebrating individual, local and community sustainability efforts by sponsoring the Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2008.

Further information about the Australian Clean Beaches Awards can be found at www.kab.org.au

Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches, Award Recipients 2008

Australia’s Cleanest Beach
The Strand – QLD

Community Action
Tathra Beach – NSW

Heritage and Culture
Frankston – VIC

Environmental Innovation
Tathra Beach – NSW

Environmental Innovation Water
The Strand – QLD

Litter Prevention
Scarborough Beach – WA

Resource Recovery
Scarborough Beach – WA

Community Partnership
Freers Beach – TAS

Protection of the Environment
The Strand – QLD

Young Legends
Kingston, South East – SA

Dame Phyllis Frost Award
Dr Matthew Nott
Clean Energy Group, Tathra Beach – NSW

Full details for each entrant in the Australian Clean Beaches Awards 2008 can be found at www.kab.org.au/clean-beaches.

CEFE shortlisted for IAG Eureka Prize in 2008

The community-based climate change group, Clean Energy For Eternity (CEFE), was a finalist in the 2008 Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change held in Sydney on 19 August.

The Insurance Australia Group (IAG) sponsors this prestigious prize to provide a focus on climate change as one of the major risks to the security of people around the world.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of scientific research and innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism and communication.

Eureka Prize judges said CEFE demonstrated a commitment to pursuing innovative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Matthew Nott, founder of CEFE said being recognized as a finalist is a great reminder of what local communities can achieve in Australia if they exercise leadership and put their nose to the grindstone”.

“Our local community was stirred into action because we realized that normal, everyday people could make a difference to the threat that climate change poses to our livelihoods and those of future generations”.

“We have agreed on an ambitious but achievable target – to reduce energy consumption by 50% and increase the generation of energy from clean renewable sources by 50% by the year 2020.”

You can read the nomination here

CEFE Runner up for IAG Eureka Prize in 2007

Andrew Denton and friends promote 50-50 by 2020 at the Eureka Awards
Andrew Denton and friends promote 50/50 by 2020 at the Eureka AwardsClean Energy For Eternity are runners up in the IAG Eureka award for innovative solutions to climate change. It was a great honour to be there, and a tribute to the communities of SE NSW that have supported the 50/50 by 2020 campaign.There is no doubt that being shortlisted for a Eureka prize increases net working ability. We met with Malcolm Turnbull, the Federal Environment Minister. He had no idea who we were, but now has an understanding of what is happening in SE NSW when it comes to climate change. We met with Phil Koperburgh, the NSW Minister for Climate Change and Water, who expressed an interest in meeting formally with us. Andrew denton and Robin Williams, (the abc science show presenter) were happy to be photographed holding a 50/50 by 2020 bumper sticker.
Matthew Nott, Malcolm Turnbull, Philippa Rowland and Nick Graham-Higgs
Matthew Nott, Malcolm Turnbull, Philippa Rowland and Nick Graham-Higgs

It was the meetings that Clean Energy For Eternity had before the Eureka awards that were most productive. First was a meeting with the Manly Council. They are most enthusiastic about the LifeSaving Energy concept, and want to help launch the project as a national campaign with a human sign on Manly beach on 2 Dec, to coincide with Ocean Day. They hope to have at least one of their 3 surf clubs up and running with a wind turbine and solar panels by the launch day.

Next was a meetng with the Mosman Council. Mosman has had some bad press lately, with a recent Sydney Morning Herald front page headline talking about the high carbon footprint of Mosman residents. There seems to be quite a lot of interest in turning that footprint around. The Mosman Mayor wants Clean Energy For Eternity to help host a 50/50 by 2020 target meeting for Mosman in October. 50/50 by 2020 is quite achievable in a rural environment, but in an urban setting there will be different challenges. Population density means that macro renewable projects are more difficult. We will need to look at widespread uptake of micro generation, ie solar hot water, and solar photovoltaic cells. Mosman has the highest rate of ownership of 4WD cars in the country, but also the highest rate of ownership of hybrid cars.

Lots of exciting challenges ahead.