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Winners announced in the 2017 Victorian Premiers Sustainability Awards 

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27 October 2017

Chemical free eWater Systems wins two Premier’s Sustainability Awards

The 2017 Premier’s Recognition Award has been presented to Melbourne business eWater Systems’ for developing chemical-free ‘water splitting’ technology used to clean and sanitise facilities like hospitals, schools, manufacturing businesses and restaurants.

Earlier at the Awards’ ceremony, eWater Systems won the Innovative Products or Services category.

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are now in their 15th year and recognise individuals, organisations and businesses working to create a better world.

In 2016, eWater Systems prevented the use of seven million litres of chemicals and diverted some 10 million plastic containers from landfills while reducing the carbon footprint from chemical plant manufacturing and transporting products.

It also increased awareness of the impact of chemicals on our environment, human health and climate change and provided safe technology for businesses, enabling them to meet targets for sustainability and workplace health and safety.

eWater Systems, a Melbourne-based small business, has been recognised as being among the world’s best globally certified sustainable businesses by B Corp which requires companies to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. It is Australia’s only business in the chemicals/cleaning products category.

The Premier's Regional Recognition Award was presented by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Lily D’Ambrosio to Exemplar Health, which developed Bendigo’s new hospital, regional Victoria’s largest. The project integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of the site’s design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment.

Sustainability Victoria’s interim Chief Executive, Stephanie Ziersch, said the Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognised Victorians who had made a difference to the environment by implementing measures to better manage their waste, water and energy.

“Victoria has an excellent track record of delivering innovative projects that benefit our environment and the community, particularly in relation to efficient waste management, resource recovery and new technologies for clean energy.”

“We congratulate all winners for paving the way.”

For more information on this year’s finalists and winners go to www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

The 2017 Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards winners are:

Built Environment

Nightingale Housing – Nightingale 1 (Brunswick)

The Nightingale model is a new housing development system that enables like-minded architects to develop design-led, multi-residential housing that is environmentally, financially and socially sustainable.

Community

The Nature Conservancy Australia – Shuck Don’t Chuck Recycling Project (Greater Geelong)

A reef restoration project that is regenerating the natural environment by rebuilding shellfish reefs with leftover oyster shells collected from local seafood restaurants.

Education

CERES – Sustainability and Alternative Pathways (East Brunswick)

This sustainability leader celebrates 35 years of community-based learning and action. CERES’ work benefits the environment, is socially just, economically and culturally satisfying and helps to deliver better ways of living together.

Environmental Justice

Friends of the Earth - Coal and Gas Free Victoria (Collingwood)

An awareness campaign run across regional Victoria through more than 100 forums alerts communities to the potential threat of fracking and addresses the question of unconventional gas drilling.

Environmental Protection

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park – Orange-bellied Parrot Breeding for Recovery Program (Mornington Peninsula)

Development of a 20-aviary complex for up to 40 breeding birds resulted in 25 offspring from 12 pairs in the first season. This project is helping to save this endangered species from extinction.



Government

Moreland City Council – Moreland Urban Heat Island Effect Action Plan (Moreland)                            

A 2016 – 2026 plan sets a clear approach for Council. It maps out vital projects needed for Moreland to transition to a cooler, greener and more resilient and liveable city.

Health

Western Health – Single Use Metal Instruments Recycling Program (St Albans)                                

This program recycles single-use metal instruments (SUMIs) which are an obvious waste of high-quality metals. The program has recovered around 500kgs of recycled steel, representing approximately 80% of all SUMIs purchased. This project can be used in any hospital.

Innovative Products or Services

eWater Systems – eWater Systems (South Yarra)                                                                            

eWater Systems is a world-recognised company that has developed a ‘water-splitting’ technology that is used to clean and sanitise facilities like hospitals, schools, manufacturing businesses and restaurants.

Large Business

Exemplar Health (NBH) Partnership - New Bendigo Hospital (Bendigo)

Victoria’s largest regional hospital integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of its design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment.

Small and Medium Enterprises

Kingfield Galvanizing – Sustainable Hot Dip Galvanizer (Somerton)                                                      

A large, sustainable and highly automated galvanizing plant produces significantly low emissions through a fully enclosed facility that re-uses waste, reclaims furnace heat and recycles.

For more information on the Awards visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

For media, contact Cath Newell on 0423 587 478.

 

 

 

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