Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 - Catherine Newell Corporate Communications

Congratulations to the 2018 finalists Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Sustainability Victoria has announced finalists in the 2018 Premier's Sustainability Awards. With more entries than ever before in the Awards history, this year's finalists by category, are:

Built Environment

City of Greater Bendigo, Lovell Chen and Nicholson Construction – 'Bendigo Soldiers' Memorial Institute Passive House. An addition to a heritage-listed building that houses the Soldiers Memorial Institute is expected to be the first government building in Australia built to Passive House standards – the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction.

Lendlease, CPB, LXRA, WSP, Aurecon and MTM – Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. A massive program to ease traffic congestion on Melbourne roads through the removal of rail crossings is also providing greenfields linear parkland to local communities.

RMIT – Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP). The Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP) was conceived in 2008 by RMIT as a vehicle to reduce its emissions using sustainable built environment practices. At completion in 2017, RMIT was on track to achieve annual emissions savings of 39 per cent.


Enable Social Enterprises – Expansion - Greener Futures Employability Program. Enable is a social enterprise with a vision for a socially, environmentally and economically connected community without disadvantage. During 2017, Enable created 1,741 paid work hours through an e-waste enterprise, supporting disadvantaged workers whilst diverting 53.2 tonnes of e-waste from landfill.

Kelly Mrocki – The Girl Who Saved the Frogs Incursion. An incursion for Early Childhood Education Services, run by Early Childhood Co-Educator and Author/Illustrator Kelly Mrocki provides hands-on experiences such as sorting waste, cleaning water, making homemade cleaning sprays and planting seeds.

Kensington Compost. Kensington Compost started in 2016 when a resident posted on a community Facebook page, asking where they could dispose kitchen scraps to prevent them going to landfill. Fifteen drop off points were soon established, all maintained by volunteers. In 2017, the group had more than 150 households regularly use the communal drop off points and composted over 18 tonnes of food waste.


Albert Park Pre-School – 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

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.

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. It is the first Early Learning Centre in Victoria to achieve recognition as a 5 Star ResourceSmart School.

Environmental Justice

Department of Health and Human Services – Elenara Rooming House. 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.

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. Large portions of the pipeline would cut through the Country of the Dja Dja Wurrung clans. The resulting MOU has laid the foundation for a cooperative partnership that will continue to benefit both parties into the future.

Moreland City Council and Moreland Energy Foundation – Cooling Communities. Moreland Energy Foundation and Moreland City Council undertook the Cooling Communities project to help mitigate Urban Heat Island Effect impacts on social housing residents – people who are particularly at risk from heat stress.

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.

Yume Food - Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste. Yume is a wholesale online marketplace for surplus food that reduces wastage and landfill impacts while providing a wide variety of discounted food products to consumers. The result means good food is enjoyed by more consumers at cheaper prices while saving hundreds of thousands of kilograms of product going to landfill.

Zoos Victoria and Phillip Island Nature Parks – When Balloons Fly. The campaign encourages the use of bubbles to replace balloons at outdoor events, reducing plastic pollution and saving marine life.


City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra, City of Moreland – Melbourne Renewable Energy Project. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) 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 at Crowlands Wind Farm near Ararat.

Department of Justice and Regulation – Recycle, Reuse, Donate Woodwork Program. TheRecycle, Reuse, Donate Woodwork Program was established as an environmentally sustainable project that contributes to waste avoidance, while teaching offenders serving Community Correction Orders valuable new skills and creating an avenue for them to give back to the local community.

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. A key project is Gannawarra Shire’s first large scale solar farm and battery storage in Victoria.


Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian Branch – Nursing for the Environment. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian Branch has developed a two day course for nurses and midwives, Nursing for the Environment, which emphasises how sustainability fits in with their scope of practice.

Beaconsfield Dental Health – Beaconsfield Dental. A mixed dental practice that prioritises sustainability in a range of ways. In 2017, 126 solar panels saved approximately 10 tonnes of CO2. Water tanks have 17,000 litre capacity and supply the indigenous garden and toilet flush, saving over 40,000 litres of water per year. Patients are encouraged to bring in their old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste and floss containers that are then recycled by Colgate.

Western Health - Changing Anaesthetic Gases at Western Health. The gases used as anaesthetics have similar clinical effects and can be interchanged, although each has a markedly different global warming potential. This program 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. 

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. Founded on a desire to transform the way people buy, wear and dispose of clothing, A.BCH provides full disclosure as to how each of their garments came to be, while garment life is extended via their Care, Repair, Wear program.

PonyUp for Good – PonyUp for Good. A social enterprise that rescues technology waste and uses its residual value to provide meals through SecondBite to needy individuals and families, and gives access to secondhand technology for those unable to afford it new.This unique business has so far collected 30,669 kilos of waste technology.

Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste. This year in Australia, 9.5 million tonnes of food will go to waste. The Yume online marketplace for surplus food is reducing wastage and landfill impacts while providing discounted food products to consumers and food donations to recuse organisations.

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. The rebuilding of the showroom, the installation of a cafe and improvements in store navigation involved recycling of approximately 85 per cent of all construction materials.

Telstra Corporation – Murra Warra Wind Farm harnessing long-term renewable energy supply. A new renewable energy purchasing power agreement by a Telstra-led consortium will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia by about 900,000 tonnes per year. The agreement covers the 226 megawatt (MW) first stage of the Murra Warra Wind Farm near Horsham in western Victoria.

Small and Medium Sized Business

Compost Revolution – Revolution Apps. Compost Revolution is an online community education and logistics platform designed to scale household organics recovery. It provides residents with composting, worm farming and bokashi fermentation skills and access to subsidised equipment, delivering products to their door on behalf of councils.

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.

Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste. Yume was established in 2014 to mitigate the amount of food that’s wasted in the commercial food sector. Operating as an online marketplace, 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.

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are the highest profile program of their kind in Victoria.

All finalists will be invited to the Awards ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday 11 October.

The Premier will also personally select two overall winners of the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award and the Premier’s Recognition Award, to be announced on the night.

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