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Winners announced in 2015 Victorian Premiers Sustainability Awards 

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St Kilda, Geelong and Ballarat Mums top Premier's Sustainability Awards

Community group St Kilda Mums, Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums has won the state's top honour in the Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards - the Premier's Recognition Award - for its program recycling, reusing and re-homing babies and children's gear, sharing the joy of parenthood and saving the earth's precious resources.

The group also won the Community Award category.

St Kilda Mums was established in February 2009.  Six years later, the expanded network of St Kilda Mums, Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums is going strong.

Voluntary groups of parents collect and sort donations of baby and young children's essential nursery equipment, clothing, prams and strollers, car restraints, highchairs, toys and books.

These items are then re-distributed by Maternal & Child Health Nurses and Family Case Workers from dozens of welfare agencies to families in need across metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat and beyond.

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan says the Awards Ceremony is a special night, rewarding and recognising Victorians who have made a difference to the environment by implementing sustainable measures to better manage their waste, water and energy consumption.

“Sustainability Victoria has managed the Awards since 2007, and since then, they have become a flagship event for industry and practitioners, attracting many creative minds over the years.”

“Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners. These projects continue to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits, as well as inspire more organisations to think about their own sustainability efforts,” Mr Krpan said.

The Premier also chose Barwon Health as winner of the Premier's Regional Recognition Award for their innovative Food Services Central Production Unit Recycling Initiatives program.

Momentum Energy, backed by Hydro Tasmania, is Principal Sponsor of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards and began the relationship with Sustainability Victoria to help recognise and encourage innovation in sustainability use. 

"The partnership is important to us," said Momentum Energy Managing Director, Paul Geason.  "At Momentum, our people recognise we're in the fortunate position to be able to talk to our customers about making good, sustainable choices."

Winners in the 2015 Premier's Sustainability Awards are:

Built Environment Award:

  • Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance - Watts Working Better

Innovative street lighting project replacing over 13,000 energy inefficient lights, reducing energy use and saving landfill across nine Victorian regional councils.

Community Award:

  • St Kilda Mums, Geelong Mums and Eureka Mums - Recycle, Reuse, Rehome

Volunteers collect, reuse and recycle pre-loved babies and children's gear, sharing the joy of parenthood and saving the earth's precious resources.

Education Award:

  • The University of Melbourne - The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne

Free, comprehensive and practical guide to the construction of green walls, roofs and facades, funded by government, industry and universities in response to changing climate.

Environmental Justice Award:

  • Darebin City Council - Darebin Solar Saver

Making solar power more accessible to low income residents - households install solar PV systems and pay them off through Council rates, interest free over 10 years. 

Environmental Protection Award:

  • Robert Bosch Australia- Reclamation of Copper from Prescribed Industrial Wastewater

In-house treatment process reclaiming dissolved copper from manufacturing wastewater, recycling it and using the treated wastewater onsite, eliminating hazardous waste to landfill.

Government Award:

  • Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group and Moira Shire Council - Overcoming Barriers to Effective Household Kerbside Garden and Food Organics Recovery

A small rural council introduces an integrated, well-researched service to remove organic waste from landfill and develop sustainable, productive uses for it.

Health Award:

  • Monash Health - Cleaning without chemicals in Healthcare

A large Melbourne health service transforms its environmental cleaning practices by cleaning without chemicals across all of its sites.

Innovative Products or Services Award:

  • Living Fundraisers - Closet Cleanout

An initiative that helps schools and organisations raise money through ethical fundraising and ships unwanted clothes and goods to developing countries.

Small and Medium Enterprises Award:

  • Yarra Valley Estate - Yarra Valley Estate

Conference, wedding and accommodation centre conducts certified sustainability programs spanning energy, water, waste and community development.

 

For photographs from the Awards dinner and more information on the winners, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au.

 

 Media contact - Cath Newell on 0423 587 478

 

 

 

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