To mark World Environment Day, 51 NSW business leaders will be awarded for improving sustainability at a recognition breakfast hosted by the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW) at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Acting Director General, Simon Smith said the 51 businesses were being recognised as Silver or Bronze Partners for strengthening environmental performance through the Sustainability Advantage Program.

“Businesses are realising the benefits of sustainability, with a combined $13 million saved to date through improved energy and resource efficiency,” Mr Smith said.

“The 428 Sustainability Advantage members have also saved 31,000 tonnes of carbon pollution, more than 240 million of litres of water, 2,400 tonnes of raw materials and diverted 6,000 tonnes of waste from landfill,” he said.

Mr Smith will be presenting awards to regional and metropolitan Sustainability Advantage members from the manufacturing, registered clubs, tourism, aged care and community services, wineries, and tertiary education sectors.

"These businesses are leading by example, proving that productivity and profitability are directly linked with environmental performance," Mr Smith said.

“Member organisations adopt an holistic approach that goes beyond the sole focus of energy and resource savings,” Mr Smith said.

“Through careful planning and monitoring, developing close relationships with supply chains and engaging staff, organisations are setting the foundation for long term environmental gains.”

The first nine businesses to be become Silver Partners, demonstrating significant environmental achievements include:

Converga, St Leonards
The Austral Brick Company, Horsley Park
De Bortoli Wines, Griffith
Focus Press, Enfield
Marquis Bathroom Products, Taylors Beach, Port Stephens
Offset Alpine Printing, Lidcombe
Ontera Modular Carpets, Wentworthville
Schindler Lifts Australia, Alexandria
TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute, Crows Nest

This is the second year the Recognition Breakfast event has been held. The Sustainability Advantage Program has been engaging business in improved environmental performance since 2007.

Visit for more information about DECCW’s programs to help businesses cut energy use, lower power bills, improve sustainability and reduce their impact on our environment.

The following organisations are being recognised as Bronze Sustainability Advantage Partners, demonstrating commitment to business sustainability:

Organisation - Local Government Area

Offset Alpine Printing Pty Limited - Auburn Council
Albion Park RSL Memorial Club - Shellharbour City Council
Alcatel / Lucent Australia - Strathfield Municipal Council
Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT - Ryde City Council
Becker Underwood Pty Ltd - Gosford City Council
Bright Print Group - Fairfield City Council
Canon Australia Pty Ltd - City of Sydney Council
Cargill Beef Australia - Wagga Wagga City Council
Caroma Industries Limited - Fairfield City Council
CatholicCare Hunter-Manning - Newcastle City Council
Charles Sturt University - Albury City Council
Coleman Greig Lawyers - Parramatta City Council
Compass Housing Services Co Ltd - Newcastle City Council
Davis Langdon Australasia - North Sydney Council
Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW - Sydney City Council
Edstein Creative Stone - Greater Taree City Council
Geofabrics Australasia - Albury City Council
Goodman - Sydney City Council
Hunter Water - Newcastle City Council
Lake Macquarie City Council - Lake Macquarie City Council
Ligare Pty Ltd - Canterbury City Council
Macquarie University - Ryde City Council
North Coast TAFE - Port Macquarie Hastings Council
Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club - Shellharbour City Council
OI Australia - Penrith City Council
One Steel Wire - Newcastle City Council
Overall Forge Pty Ltd - Albury City Council
Rheem Australia Pty Ltd - Parramatta City Council
Riverina Cheese - Albury City Council
St George Corporate & Business Bank Western Region / St George Private Hospital - Kogarah Municipal Council
Steber International - Greater Taree City Council
Sydney Turf Club Rosehill Racecourse - Parramatta City Council
Tapex Pty Ltd - Canterbury City Council
The Laminex Group (NSW) - Ballina Shire Council
The Links Shell Cove - Shellharbour City Council
Worth Recycling - Rockdale City Council
YHA Ltd - Sydney City Council