The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has picked up two gongs at the United Nations Association of Australia’s 2017 Climate Action Awards.
The ATA received awards for Climate Change Leadership for its work informing and encouraging people on home sustainability over 37 years and the Climate Education and Engagement award for its work making Sustainable House Day a national success.
CEO Donna Luckman thanked the UNAA and said the awards were recognition of the work of many people over the years.
“It’s great to have the ATA’s leadership on climate change over a long period of time acknowledged,” Ms Luckman said.
“Particular thanks to our founding members for their foresight on taking practical action to create healthier, more sustainable homes and communities.”
Ms Luckman said the Climate Education and Engagement Award showed Sustainable House Day was having a strong impact around Australia.
“A big thank you to Sustainable House Day homeowners who generously share their homes and knowledge and make the day such a success. We also acknowledge all our community group, local government partners and sponsors.”
Climate Change Leadership Award judges commended the ATA’s use of a “wide range of channels and activities (from magazines to advisory services and public events) to deliver tangible support and value to households, community and business.”
“They are increasingly active in disadvantaged communities and developing countries. ATA members have played the role of ‘venture consumers’ through successive waves of clean technology, and use their individual technical expertise and experience to support system change (including through regulatory processes).”
On the Climate Education and Engagement Award, judges said:
“Sustainable House Day is exceptional in matching a growing community interest in domestic sustainability practices with those enthusiastic and talented people who have successfully made their homes more sustainable.”
In 2016 the ATA won the UNAA’s Clean Energy Award for its work bringing solar-powered lighting to remote villages in East Timor.