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Winters Flat Primary School wins top Premier’s Sustainability Award

Winters Flat Primary School in Castlemaine has won the top award in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards – the Premier’s Recognition Award for their Students Leading Change Sustainability Program.

Led by its students, the program engaged staff, families and the community to reduce their carbon footprint and include sustainable practices within the school’s curriculum.

Last year, student leaders engaged with other schools in the Youth Leading the World Congress, and introduced new school-wide polices such as limiting excess food packaging.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said the Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognised Victorians who have made a difference to the environment by implementing sustainable measures to better manage their waste, water and energy consumption.

“The awards aim to encourage innovation across all sectors, with a focus on delivering a triple bottom line – environmental, economic, and social benefits for our state.

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

“It has been inspiring to see the awards continue to grow and strengthen throughout their history,” Mr Krpan said.

The Premier also chose Bendigo Sustainability Group as winner of the Premier's Regional Recognition Award for their work in bringing the community together to implement more sustainable practices across the region.

The Premier's Sustainability Awards are now in their 14th year running and are still Victoria's most highly recognised annual sustainability awards across business, government, health, education and the community.

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

The winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2016 are:

Built Environment Award

38 Westbury Street - Green Roof in the City - This upstairs backyard green roof shows the monumental changes a community of apartment residents can make to their physical environment and the quality of their lives.

Community Award

Australian Youth Climate Coalition - Switched on Schools Victoria - Building a generation wide movement by empowering thousands of high school students to engage with climate change and take meaningful action in their communities.

Education Award

Winters Flat Primary School - Students Leading Change Winters Flat Sustainability Program - A regional state primary school harnesses the power of community, their student voice and deep environmental respect to drive inspiring work. 

Environmental Justice Award

Voices of the Valley - Community Support Following the Hazelwood Mine Fire - Voices of the Valley was formed in response to the impacts of the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire. As advocates, they have achieved justice for their community.

Environmental Protection Award

Geelong Cemeteries Trust - Moonah Memorial Walk at Queenscliff Cemetery - A carefully planned nature reserve offering unique burial and cremation memorials within a protected coastal woodland.

Government Award

City of Boroondara on Behalf of the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action Councils - Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne's East - Local councils, researchers, agencies and government develop a framework for monitoring biodiversity.

Health Award

Melbourne Health - Reducing Waste One Dialysis Patient at a Time - Melbourne Health champions a range of waste reduction initiatives to significantly decrease the amount of clinical waste their kidney treatment service produces each year.

Innovative Products or Services Award

Solvup - Building a Global Standard for Sustainable Retail – Victorian developed technology used by retail stores and call centres encourages 100 per cent lifecycle from all products, leading the sustainable retail return movement.

Large Business Award

Crown Melbourne - Crown Earth – Policy, strategy actions and outcomes that drive sustainability across Crown Melbourne's operations. Business partners, employees and contractors all play vital roles.

Small and Medium Enterprises Award

Yarra Valley Estate - A conference, wedding and accommodation centre conducts certified sustainability programs spanning energy, water, waste and community development.

 

 

 

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