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Why should you enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards? Melbourne Health tells why.

New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change.

Sustainability Victoria Chief Executive, Stan Krpan says the Premier’s Sustainability Awards provided a channel for passionate individuals, communities and businesses to share their great work with all Victorians. 

“One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians can demonstrate their commitment is by entering the annual Premier’s Sustainability Awards,” he said.

“With 10 categories in this year’s program, there’s an opportunity for a range of organisations to celebrate their sustainability leadership with the wider Victorian community.”

Previous finalists and winners say that their involvement in the Awards has led to improved staff morale, acknowledged green credentials with their customers and stronger relationships in their communities.

Melbourne Health won the 2016 Health category for their project “Reducing Waste one Dialysis Patient at a Time” that recycles PVC products used in kidney treatments.

Melbourne Health partnered with the Vinyl Council of Australia to find ways to collect and re-purpose PVC. They have reduced their clinical waste in their nephrology service by some 35 per cent.

“The Premier’s Sustainability Awards were very easy to enter, it was all online and supported,” says Monika Page, Sustainability Manager at Melbourne Health.

Helen Millicer, Vinyl Industry Recycling Strategy Manager from the Vinyl Council of Australia, agrees and says that we have to be far more sensible in the way we use our materials.

“The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are a great way to show that,” she adds.

Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards promotes the success stories of schools, businesses, organisations, community groups and social enterprises that have introduced sustainability into what they do, providing great role models for all.

“People all over the health sector are doing really fantastic and innovative things in sustainability,” says Mr Krpan. 

“With community support for climate change action at a record high, now is the time for you to enter your sustainability project in Victoria’s most high profile environmental awards program and be recognised for your contribution.”

Entries close Wednesday 21 June 2017. For more about how to enter the awards and to book for a free information session, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

 

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