2015 Winners


Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance – Watts Working Better

Street lighting represents the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions for most local councils. Watts Working Better is an innovative street lighting project replacing over 13,000 energy inefficient lights, reducing energy use by 3.6 million kWh per year and saving an estimated $15.6 million across nine Victorian regional councils. The project will see 12,661 street lights upgraded to more energy efficient lighting, slashing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90,000 tonnes over the project’s 20 years life. more


St Kilda Mums, Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums – Recycle, Reuse, Rehome

St Kilda Mums, Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums are voluntary networks of parents who collect and sort donations of baby and young children’s essential nursery equipment, clothing, prams and strollers, car restraints, highchairs, toys and books. These items are then re-distributed by Maternal & Child Health Nurses and Family Case Workers from dozens of welfare agencies to families in need across metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat. By reusing pre-loved children’s gear, the groups share the joy of parenthood whilst minimising waste to landfill.  more


The University of Melbourne – The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne

Innovative methods are required to help Melbournians adapt to climate change and maintain the mantle as the world’s most liveable city. The University of Melbourne, Inner Melbourne Action Plan and the State Government partnered to develop The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne, a free, comprehensive and practical guide to the construction of green walls, roofs and facades. Released in February 2014, the Guide has achieved significant success in Australia – with more than 70,000 website downloads – and has been translated to Spanish and Chinese. more


Darebin City Council – Darebin Solar Saver

Darebin City Council has made solar power more accessible to low income residents through the Solar Saver program – the first of its kind in Australia enabling households to install solar PV systems and pay them off through Council rates, interest free over 10 years. As a result, 1,476 tonnes of greenhouse gas will be prevented annually by participating households, savings that will continue for 20 years, and 292 heat-stress vulnerable households will be provided low-cost energy sources and efficiency advice, decreasing the cost of cooling in summer. more


Robert Bosch Australia– Reclamation of Copper from Prescribed Industrial Wastewater

Robert Bosch Australia is part of a global group which researches, develops and markets a range of technology products and services. The reclamation of copper project is an in-house treatment process which enables Bosch in Victoria to reclaim dissolved copper from manufacturing wastewater – the copper is then recycled and the treated wastewater used onsite. The project aims to eliminate 40 tonnes of manufacturing waste going to hazardous waste landfill and reclaim 1.2 tonnes of high grade solid copper per annum from the wastewater. more


Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group and Moira Shire Council – Overcoming Barriers to Effective Household Kerbside Garden and Food Organics Recovery

The single largest type of waste in Goulburn Valley household garbage bins is organic waste and it is the biggest generator of methane in landfill. Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group and its six councils have worked together for over six years to develop a business case to introduce household food and garden collections across the region. Moira Shire Council was the first to introduce the service, successfully reducing garbage by over 40 per cent and demonstrating that under 1 per cent of contamination is achievable in household waste. more


Monash Health – Cleaning Without Chemicals in Healthcare

Monash Health has transformed their environmental cleaning procedure by embracing cleaning without chemicals across the entire health service. The technology, using microfibre and steam has resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in water used for cleaning, savings of over $250,000 per annum, elimination of 709 litres of hypochlorite and 6,154 litres of detergent per annum. An overall 5 per cent improvement in cleaning standards and a range of human health benefits for staff, patients and visitors, cleaning without chemicals is easily transferrable to other industries. more


Living Fundraisers – Closet Cleanout

Living Fundraisers is an eco-friendly initiative that offers alternative fundraising through a clothing recycling service called Closet Cleanout. In its inaugural year, more than 22,000 families across Melbourne contributed to a reduction in local waste. Through its partnership with schools and other fundraising groups, the program has been able to ship almost 50 tonnes of unwanted clothes, accessories and soft toys that may otherwise have ended up in landfill, overseas to developing countries. more


Yarra Valley Estate – Yarra Valley Estate

A conference, wedding and accommodation centre, Yarra Valley Estate is located at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. To ensure continual improvement, Yarra Valley Estate has measured its footprint and benchmarked operations locally and globally. Through EarthCheck, the travel and tourism environmental management and certification program they have seen minimised footprint over time. Yarra Valley Estate have formalised policies and procedures to offset the business to carbon neutral and they also contribute 11 percent of net revenue to community programs. more



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