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Premier’s Sustainability Award Winners 2013

Posted in Models, Movements by Jessica Bird on October 28th, 2013


From the media release ‘Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre win Premier’s top sustainability award‘:

A project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre has won the top Premier’s Recognition Award in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 for introducing recycling to a community housing estate. The Ascot Vale Housing Estate Household Recycling project defied previous failed attempts to introduce recycling and established a successful, ground-breaking model using targeted and broad-ranging community engagement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and lower Socio Economic Status (SES) groups.

The project won the Community category of the awards and then went on to win the night’s overall award. […]

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre project team for their innovative work which delivered recycling to estate’s residents, of whom 55 per cent were born overseas. “A key initiative of this project was the focus on engaging residents from many cultural backgrounds with varying competency in English, in the importance of recycling,” he said. In its first six months, 52 tonnes of recyclables were recovered. Three of the 11 residents who worked on the project secured jobs as a result of their experience.

Now in their eleventh year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. The full list of winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 are:

The Premier’s Recognition Award – Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award – Victoria Carpets, for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant
Innovative Products or Services Award – ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
Infrastructure and Buildings Award – RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
Environmental Protection Award – Mallee Catchment Management Authority’s project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes
Education Award – Bentleigh Secondary College – a world recognised, very sustainable school
Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Rae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
Large Business Award – Victoria Carpets
Community Award – Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre.

>>> For more information on the winners and finalist entries visit the Premier’s Sustainability Awards website.

UNAA World Environment Day Awards 2013

Posted in Seeking by UNAAVictoria on March 6th, 2013



Nominations for the 2013 World Environment Day Awards are NOW OPEN

This year we are pleased to announce the two new Prime Minister’s Awards and the Swinburne University of Technology Award (see below).

Businesses, local governments, community organisations, individuals, schools and the media are invited to nominate in the following Award categories:

  • *New* Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award (Entry Deadline Monday 22 April)
  • *New* Prime Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year Award (Entry Deadline Monday 22 April)
  • *New* Swinburne University of Technology Excellence in Sustainable Product Design Award
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Leadership Awards
  • Virgin Australia Community Award
  • Biodiversity Award
  • Business Awards
  • Environmental School Award
  • Excellence in Sustainable Water Management Award
  • Green Building Award
  • Local Government Awards
  • Media Award for Environmental Reporting
  • Sustainability Education Award

Nominations close on Monday, 22 April for the two Prime Minister’s Awards – For all other categories nominations close Wednesday 1, May 2013.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held on Friday, 7 June 2013 at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

For more information and to enter, visit



2011 Melbourne Awards

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on March 2nd, 2011

The 2011 Melbourne Awards will once again celebrate companies and individuals who have contributed to making Melbourne a more environmentally sustainable city. Contributions may include advancements in sustainable innovation and design or the development of new environmental projects or programs. Also eligible are programs that change community behaviour and educate or inspire individuals and businesses to work towards making our city more sustainable. The Awards also recognise contributions to Melbourne’s community and profile. If you’ve worked hard to make a difference, or know someone who has, the City of Melbourne encourages you to enter today.

Nominations must be received no later than Monday 2 May.

Winners will be honoured at a prestigious Gala Awards Ceremony at the Town Hall on 27 August. Visit and download an entry form or call 9658 9348 for more information.

2011 Yarra Sustainability Awards: nominations now open

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on January 12th, 2011

Photo: 2010 Sustainable Garden Winner, Luscious Lane

The Yarra Sustainability Awards celebrate the Yarra community’s innovative efforts towards environmental sustainability.  Whether it is forward-thinking architectural design that cuts energy use, a scheme to recycle food waste or something you have done in your own home or business, Council wants to hear about it and spread the word.  Categories include environmentally sustainable design, community action, business, home and garden (renters and home owners) and schools and children’s centres.  Winners of the awards will be announced at a celebration at the Richmond Town Hall in June 2011.

To coincide with the call for nominations, a poster exhibition featuring finalists and winners from the 2010 awards will be on display at Richmond Town Hall until 4 February.  The 27 posters on display highlight some of the outstanding environmental initiatives happening in Yarra right now.  To nominate yourself or someone you know, or to find out more about the awards click here.  For the Innovation in Sustainable Design category click here.

Entries close 31 March 2011.

Further information: Rachel Oliphant, Community Sustainability Officer
Ph: 9205 5769  Email:

Seeking nominations for the 2009 Riverprize – the world’s largest river restoration award!

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on March 3rd, 2009

Community groups and catchment authorities working on restoration of rivers across Australia can apply for the award until 30 April 2009. The National Riverprize ($200,000) is now funded by an Australian Government grant under its Water for the Future plan. Australians can apply for both the national and international award. All finalists are invited to present their projects at the International Riversymposium – the preeminent international conference on freshwater resources management in Brisbane (21-24 September 2009).

Nomination forms and entry guidelines are available at International Riverfoundation’s website .

Outcomes from a Churchill Fellow on Green Roofs and Sustainability

Posted in Research by Rob Eales on January 13th, 2009

Melbourne resident and Victorian Coordinator of Green Roofs Australia, Ben Nicholson was selected as a 2008 Churchill Fellow, an Australian Trust established in 1965 whose principal object is to perpetuate and honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill by the award of Travelling Fellowships known as Churchill Fellowships. This award gave Ben an opportunity to pursue his interest in green roofs and sustainability, as he was able to spend two months  visiting green roofs and walls and meeting with the pioneers in this emerging eco-industry around the world.

A copy of Ben’s report is attached for your information. The report is a short read of 12 pages, but if you have limited time, go straight to the Executive Summary for the key points.

Ben strongly encourages anyone with an interest in contributing to Australias future to consider applying for a Churchill Fellowship. It is truly a life-changing experience!  For more information about the Churchill Fellowships click here.

View the report