2018 Finalists

The Victorian Government and the Premier of Victoria are proud to announce the 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Awards finalists.

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

City of Greater Bendigo, Lovell Chen, Nicholson Construction – Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Passive House

An addition to a heritage-listed building that houses the Soldiers Memorial Institute is believed to be the first government building in Australia built to Passive House standards – the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction. more

Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP, Aurecon, Level Crossing Removal Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne – Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal

A massive program to ease traffic congestion on Melbourne roads through the removal of rail crossings is also providing linear parkland to local communities. more

RMIT University – RMIT Sustainable Urban Precincts Program

The Sustainable Urban Precincts Program was conceived in 2008 by RMIT as a vehicle to reduce its emissions using sustainable built environment practices. more

COMMUNITY

Enable Social Enterprises – Expansion – Greener Futures Employability Program

Enable is a social enterprise in Melbourne’s north with a vision for a socially, environmentally and economically connected community without disadvantage. more

Kelly Mrocki – The Girl Who Saved the Frogs Incursion

The Girl Who Saved The Frogs is an incursion for Early Childhood Education Services, run by Early Childhood Co-Educator and Author/Illustrator Kelly Mrocki. more

Kensington Compost – Kensington Compost

Commencing in 2016 when a resident posted on a community Facebook page, asking where they could dispose of kitchen scraps to prevent them going to landfill, fifteen drop-off points were established, all maintained by volunteers. more

EDUCATION

Albert Park Preschool Centre – Keeping Our Promise to Bunjil

Albert Park Pre-School celebrates a shared vision with the local Boon Wurrung people to keep a promise to Bunjil, an Indigenous creator deity, to take care of the children and the land. more

Beeac Primary School – Brolga Pathways

Beeac Primary School worked with environmental artist, Peter Day, to deliver the Brolga Pathways Project, an arts meets ecology program designed to educate students and the wider community about the brolga’s fragile ecosystem. more

Dunkeld Kindergarten – Educating Future World Leaders

Dunkeld Kindergarten want their children to have time to be in nature, to explore, to enjoy and to build a stronger connection to their local place and actively choose to take care of it. more

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Department of Health and Human Services – Elenara House Sustainable Rooming House Upgrade

A rooming house upgrade in St Kilda has improved the model of care for people at risk of homelessness, while reducing environmental injustice to climate change impacts and rising energy costs. more

GWMWater (Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water Corporation) – Memorandum of Understanding with Dja Dja Wurrung – South West Loddon Pipeline

In 2016 GWMWater received permission to develop the 1,300 kilometre South West Loddon Pipeline, which would cut through the Country of the Dja Dja Wurrung clans. The Memorandum of Understanding has laid the foundation for a cooperative partnership. more

Moreland City Council and Moreland Energy Foundation – Cooling Communities

The Cooling Communities project helped to mitigate Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) impacts on social housing residents – people who are particularly at risk from heat stress as they are more likely to live in poorly designed or maintained properties and have chronic health conditions. more

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Extreme Dents – Eco-friendly Automotive IQpod

An innovative vehicle damage repair centre pioneered by automotive repairer Extreme Dents filters ozone forming Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), ensuring zero emissions. more

Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

Yume solves the problem for suppliers who often have surplus food due to cancelled orders or lack of storage space, by allowing them to list surplus food products on the Yume platform to reach a large and growing network of potential buyers. more

Zoos Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks – When Balloons Fly

When Balloons Fly is a campaign that tackles plastic pollution which poses a serious threat to marine biodiversity. more

 

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GOVERNMENT

City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra, City of Moreland – Melbourne Renewable Energy Project

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project marks the first time in Australia that a group of local governments, cultural institutions, universities and corporations have collectively purchased renewable energy from a newly built facility. more

Department of Justice and Regulation – Recycle, Reuse, Donate Woodwork Program

The Recycle, Reuse, Donate Woodwork Program was established as an environmentally sustainable project that contributes to waste avoidance, while teaching offenders valuable new skills and creating an avenue for them to give back to the local community. more

Gannawarra Shire Council – Gannawarra Large Scale Solar

The Gannawarra Shire has taken a strategic approach to identifying future directions for the local economy around the platforms of nature based tourism, renewable energy and innovative agriculture. more

HEALTH

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian Branch – Nursing for the Environment

Nursing for the Environment is a two-day course for nurses and midwives that emphasises how sustainability fits in with their scope of practice. more

Beaconsfield Dental – Beaconsfield Dental Health

Beaconsfield Dental is a mixed dental practice that prioritises sustainability in a range of ways. more

Western Health – Changing Anaesthetic Gases at Western Health

A program by Western Health helped convert anaesthetists’ choice of anaesthetic agent from desflurane and nitrous oxide to sevoflurane and propofol where clinically possible, to reduce greenhouse impacts and achieve financial savings. more

 

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INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES

A.BCH – Whole Garment Design

Independent fashion label A.BCH is creating aesthetically desirable fashion garments from responsibly sourced fibres, threads and components and ethical supply chains. more

PonyUp for Good – PonyUp for Good

PonyUp for Good is a social enterprise that rescues technology waste and uses its residual value to provide meals, through SecondBite, to needy individuals and families. more

Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

The Yume online marketplace for surplus food is reducing wastage and landfill impact. more

 

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LARGE BUSINESS

IKEA Richmond – IKEA Richmond Refurbishment Project

A major refurbishment of the IKEA Richmond outlet has been achieved using key sustainability and energy saving principles. more

Telstra Corporation – Murra Warra Wind Farm harnessing long-term renewable energy supply

A new renewable energy power purchasing agreement led by Telstra, with a consortium of large energy users, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia by about 900,000 tonnes per year. more

SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES

Extreme Dents – Eco-friendly Automotive IQpod

An innovative vehicle damage repair centre pioneered by repairer business Extreme Dents filters ozone forming Volatile Organic Compounds that contribute to ozone formation, ensuring zero emissions. more

Revolution Apps – Compost Revolution

Compost Revolution is an online community education and logistics platform designed to scale household organics recovery. more

Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

Yume’s mission is to create a world without waste by facilitating the sale and donation of quality surplus food that may have otherwise been discarded. more