Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2018 finalists revealed

The finalists have been announced for the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards, which recognise individuals, communities, organisations and businesses that are driving a sustainable future.

Winners will be announced at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards gala dinner at The Forum on Melbourne on 11 October.

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There are ten different categories for the awards with Premier Daniel Andrews selecting two overall winners of the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award and the Premier’s Recognition award.

Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the finalists in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards are an especially diverse group from every sector in Victoria.

“I congratulate all finalists for their innovative work – using resources wisely and promoting sustainable practices here in Victoria,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

The Finalists for 2018 are:

Built Environment

  • City of Greater Bendigo, Lovell Chen, Nicholson Construction – Bendigo Soldiers’ Memorial Institute Passive House
  • Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP, Aurecon, Level Crossing Removal Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne – Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal
  • RMIT University – RMIT Sustainable Urban Precincts Program

Community

  • Enable Social Enterprises – Expansion – Greener Futures Employability Program
  • Kelly Mrocki – The Girl Who Saved the Frogs Incursion
  • Kensington Compost – Kensington Compost

Education

  • Albert Park Preschool Centre – Keeping Our Promise to Bunjil
  • Beeac Primary School – Brolga Pathways
  • Dunkeld Kindergarten – Educating Future World Leaders

Environmental justice

  • Department of Health and Human Services – Elenara House Sustainable Rooming House Upgrade
  • GWMWater (Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water Corporation) – Memorandum of Understanding with Dja Dja Wurrung – South West Loddon Pipeline
  • Moreland City Council and Moreland Energy Foundation – Cooling Communities

Environmental protection

  • Extreme Dents – Eso-friendly Automotive RepairPOD
  • Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste
  • Zoos Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks – When Balloons Fly

Government

  • City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra, City of Moreland – Melbourne Renewable Energy Project
  • Department of Justice and Regulation – Recycle, Reuse, Donate Woodwork Program
  • Gannawarra Shire Council – Gannawarra Large Scale Solar

Health

  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian Branch – Nursing for the Environment
  • Beaconsfield Dental – Beaconsfield Dental Health
  • Western Health – Changing Anaesthetic Gases at Western Health

Innovative products or services

  • BCH – Whole Garment Design
  • PonyUp for Good – PonyUp for Good
  • Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

Large business

  • IKEA Richmond – IKEA Richmond Refurbishment Project
  • Telstra Corporation – Murra Warra Wind Farm harnessing long-term renewable energy supply

Small and medium enterprises

  • Extreme Dents – Eco-friendly Automotive RepairPOD
  • Revolution Apps – Compost Revolution
  • Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

City of Port Phillip expands e-waste service

Melbourne’s City of Port Phillip is leading the charge on the recyclability of e-waste, with a new service to include power cords and batteries.

Residents can now place all personal items that have a power cord or a battery, in their hard waste collection piles for recycling, or drop them off at council’s transfer station in South Melbourne.

Mayor Bernadene Voss welcomed the expanded service.

“This initiative places us at the forefront of diverting hazardous material from landfill, well ahead of next year’s state-wide ban on e-waste going to landfill.

Cr Voss said common cord and battery items include keyboards, computer mice, remote controls, hairdryers, toasters, children’s toys, kitchen appliances and technology equipment with batteries.

“The newly included items are in addition to our usual e-waste products like TVs, computers and mobile phones. All of these items can now be picked up for free from residents who make a hard waste collection booking, or dropped-off for free at our South Melbourne transfer station.”

Council stressed that e-waste items cannot be placed in the household recycling bin and that all recyclables collected, including residents’ e-waste, go to accredited reyclers.

The council’s move comes as the Victorian Government this week announced its consultation on its proposed approach to managing e-waste in Victoria, including a statewide ban on e-waste going to landfill starting July 2018.

Council has received a Sustainability Victoria Improving Resource Recovery grant to part-fund the creation of a video to explain the new e-waste definition and upcoming e-waste landfill ban to residents; along with how and where to safely dispose of and recycle these items in Port Phillip.

Image: Mayor Bernadene Voss announces that residents are already able to have more e-waste items recycled for free by Port Phillip Council.