Celebrating sustainability in Victoria

The 2017 Premier’s Sustainability Awards are fast approaching, and the finalists were recently revealed. This year’s short list reads like a 'who’s who' of TAKE2, with many of our members and founding partners in the running.

Now in its 15th year, the awards showcase the ingenuity and innovation of Victorians leading the way to a sustainable future. In total, 29 finalists are being recognised across 10 categories, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony on 26 October.

Congratulations to all the finalists, particularly our TAKE2 founding partners and members. Here’s a brief look at why they’re being recognised:

CERES Community Environment Park (TAKE2 Founding Partner) for 35 years of community-based learning and action that creates environmentally beneficial, socially just ways of living.

eWaterSystems (TAKE2 Member) for pioneering ‘water-splitting’ technology, which is used in food production as an alternative to packaged chemicals and kills bacteria without affecting food taste.

Friends of the Earth (TAKE2 Founding Partner) for their regional ‘Coal and Gas Free Victoria’ awareness campaign to highlight the potential threat of unconventional gas drilling like ‘fracking’.

Glen Eira City Council (TAKE2 Member) for transforming an old, unused reservoir into Booran Reserve, a sustainable recreational space providing community health and wellbeing benefits.

Martin Builders (TAKE2 Founding Partner) for their part in creating The Cape, a housing project that harnesses energy efficient design principles and construction techniques to build sustainable, affordable, carbon neutral homes.

Moreland City Council (TAKE2 Founding Partner) for putting together a 10-year action plan for reducing the heat island effect in Moreland and transitioning to a cooler, greener city.

Municipal Association of Victoria (TAKE2 Founding Partner) for establishing the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment, which represents councils dedicated to sustainable outcomes.

St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School (TAKE2 Member) for hosting a sustainability conference with the Port Phillip EcoCentre, to educate about best sustainable and environmental practices.

The Farmer’s Place (TAKE2 Member) for demonstrating sustainability across their farm, café and farmers’ market, and sharing information with schools, community and social groups.

The Nature Conservancy (TAKE2 Member) for their Shuck Don’t Chuck recycling project, which is rebuilding shellfish reefs with leftover oyster shells collected from local seafood restaurants.

TIC Group (TAKE2 Founding Partner) for developing world-leading, large-scale, automated mattress recycling technology, to address the growing problem in Australia of the 1 million plus mattresses that go to landfill each year.

Western Health (TAKE2 Member) for recycling approximately 80% of all single-use metal instruments (SUMIs) and recovering the precious metals, which so far has produced around 500kgs of recycled steel.

See the full list of finalists.