Environmental Justice

Demonstrated leadership to ensure the fair treatment of disadvantaged members of the community through their active participation in environmental justice initiatives.

2018 Finalists

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


Eligible entries:

Projects, programs, individuals or groups that engage in environmental justice activities.

For this category, environmental justice is defined as ensuring:

– Environmental benefits and harms are distributed fairly

– Affected communities are able to participate in the decision-making process.


Eligible entries include initiatives that could have been undertaken by:

– Individuals

– Community groups

– Businesses

– Not-for-profit organisations

– Government


Entry requirements:

– Entry needs to comply with the eligibility requirements for the selected category, as per above

– The majority of demonstrable results must have occurred during the calendar year of 2017

– If started prior to 2017, major new initiatives or significant differences must have occurred during 2017

– The demonstrable activities and results associated with the entry must be within Victoria.