Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2015 categories and entry open date to be announced in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards ceremony held on Thursday 2 October at Peninsula, Docklands celebrated the achievements and dedication of Victorians working towards building a more environmentally sustainable and liveable future for Victoria. Congratulations to all finalists and winners, their commitment, innovation and hard work is to be commended.
See below for highlights of the awards ceremony:
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2014 winners are:
Cleaner Yarra and Bay
Port Phillip EcoCentre
Life Support for the Bay
Life Support for the Bay is Port Phillip EcoCentre’s call to the Melbourne community to be more aware of the critical relationship between the catchments and the bay. The choices people make in waste disposal, transport options, horticultural practices, pet waste and energy use all have an incremental effect on Victorian waterways. Life Support for the Bay is a project that features large-scale community involvement to collect and analyse small Port Phillip Bay pollutants.
Knox City Council, Alpine Shire, City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip and Yarra Ranges Council
Seedlings: Sustainability in the Early Years
Seedlings: Sustainability in the Early Years, developed by Knox City Council, Alpine Shire, City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip and Yarra Ranges Council, is a simple, effective framework and tools for use across a range of early childhood contexts. The program provides for adaptability and flexibility so that it can be implemented in any service type such as Maternal and Child Health, Playgroup, Family Day Care, Long Day Care, Preschool or Integrated Service, under any management structure.
St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School Aspendale
St Louis de Montfort’s Leaders in Sustainable Education
St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School, Aspendale creates a one-of-a-kind educational program and sustainable precinct that supports a whole school approach to developing active environmental citizens. The St Louis de Montfort’s Leaders in Sustainable Education program, partnering with the City of Kingston, Melbourne Water, South East Water and the Dolphin Research Institute, places a strong emphasis on utilising the school site and local area within their curriculum, including a strong focus on building leadership skills.
Barwon Water, Plenary Environment and Water Infrastructure Group
The Barwon Water Biosolids Management Project
The project, delivered by Barwon Water, Plenary Environment and Water Infrastructure Group, provides a sustainable, long-term management solution for the beneficial use of 100 per cent of the biosolids produced at Barwon Water’s seven water reclamation plants. The project, based around a Thermal Drying Facility, has delivered a 30 per cent decrease in Barwon Water’s sewage treatment emissions. The project is a model for sustainable biosolids management to address the environmental issues associated with biosolids stockpiling, disposal and reuse.
Infrastructure and Buildings
Regional Rail Link Authority
Regional Rail Link Project
The Regional Rail Link Project is removing major bottlenecks in Victoria’s rail network by untangling metropolitan and regional tracks from Melbourne’s west to the heart of the city, benefitting both metropolitan and regional passengers. Key sustainability successes of the project include reducing construction-phase energy and carbon by 20 per cent; achieving over 80 per cent recycling/reusing of construction and demolition waste and innovative use of materials and consequent changes to railway standards for future projects.
Innovative Products or Services
Fieldtech Solutions Pty Ltd
Fieldtech Solutions (FTS) is a manufacturer and supplier of biodegradable and recycled plastic products. Specialising in the contaminated land industry, FTS replaces imported non sustainable plastic products with its own manufactured, sustainable products. For short life disposable plastic items, biodegradable versions are produced and for long life items, the items are made from recycled plastic. The biodegradable products made by FTS will be gone in a few years when disposed to landfill, whilst non-biodegradable plastics will last many 100s of years. FTS supplies other state distributors with these products to reduce Australia’s plastic foot print.
Toyota Motor Corporation Australia
Sustainability – Toyota’s Next Big Step
Toyota’s Next Big Step is a portfolio of significant projects, designed to improve the sustainability of the business, community and environment. Next Big Step has included the installation of 500kW solar PV installation – one of the largest such installations in Australia; a pioneering partnership to install a world leading biological treatment process which has led to a 45 per cent reduction in prescribed waste; and continuing ISO 14001 certification with 15 years of consecutive zero non-conformances.
Small and Medium Enterprises
Interface Constructions Pty Ltd
Interface Constructions Pty Ltd is Australia’s first carbon neutral building company and works on a range of high quality commercial, retail and hospitality projects. The company represents a pioneering new social business model, focused on positive environmental and community outcomes. Recent projects including the Melbourne CBD’s Emporium development, restaurant B’Stilla, and 84 Kerr Street – awarded the only platinum eTool rating of 2013. Interface is showing just how versatile a green-focused building company can be.
Healesville Sanctuary, a leading zoo-based conservation organisation, is regarded internationally for integrating environmental education with the tourism experience. The sanctuary attracts over 340,000 visitors each year and offers them the opportunity to walk through tranquil tracks and meet over 200 species of Australian animals. From the moment they enter the sanctuary, visitors are engaged in the importance of sustainability and conservation. Campaigns such as Wash for Wildlife and Wipe for Wildlife engage visitors in sustainable practices.
Premier’s Regional Recognition Award
Earthco Projects Pty Ltd
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award is awarded to a regional finalist who has demonstrated notable sustainability benefits for regional Victoria.
Premier’s Recognition Award
Port Phillip EcoCentre
The Premier’s Recognition Award is awarded to one of the winners of the nine categories who showcases exemplary innovation in sustainability.
For photos of the awards ceremony, see the below slideshow:
2014 Key Dates
Monday 3rd March
Monday 2nd June
Thursday 2nd October