TAKE2 members are often well represented at the annual Premier’s Sustainability Awards and 2018 is no exception. With nods in three categories, Yume Food is a particularly strong contender. It runs an online marketplace where surplus food can be purchased from commercial suppliers at below wholesale prices. The model is proving that edible food need not end up in landfill.
Helping to stop waste of a different kind is PonyUp for Good, which rescues and reuses unwanted technology. Like Yume Food, it has been recognised for its innovative approach to doing business. So far, more than 30,600 kilograms of e-waste has been collected, with much of the profit going towards meals for individuals and families in need.
TAKE2 member Kelly Mrocki is author and illustrator of The Girl Who Saved the Frogs and a finalist in the Community category. As part of her work in early childhood education, Kelly offers hands-on eco experiences for kids. These include sorting waste, cleaning water, making homemade cleaning sprays and planting seeds.
In the Health category, an environmentally-focused course for nurses and midwives has earned the Victorian branch of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation a place on the shortlist, alongside Western Health, for leading the switch to anaesthetics that use less harmful greenhouse gases. Another TAKE2 member and finalist, Beaconsfield Dental, saved around 10 tonnes of carbon and 40,000 litres of water last year, through a range of green initiatives.
The refurbishment of IKEA’s Richmond store, which included the installation of an impressive 2,364 solar panels, could see the global company take out the award for Large Business. Fellow industry giants Lendlease and Aurecon are up for the Built Environment award, as is RMIT University, which is on track to cut its annual emissions by 39 per cent thanks to efforts around building efficiency.
A campaign by Zoos Victoria and Philip Island Nature Parks, encouraging people to blow bubbles instead of balloons at outdoor events, is in with a good chance in the Environmental Justice category. So too is Moreland City Council and the Moreland Energy Foundation’s Cooling Communities project.
As in previous years, the great work of local government is being showcased, with many TAKE2 member councils at the forefront. In contention this year are Gannawarra Shire Council, with its large scale solar project, City of Greater Bendigo, for an Australian-first ‘passive house’ building, and a partnership between TAKE2 Founding Partners City of Port Phillip, Moreland City Council, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra to purchase renewable energy.
The winners of the 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 11 October. For a list of all the finalists and their projects, go to sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au.
You don’t need to be nominated for an award to win at sustainability. Completing your TAKE2 actions will contribute towards helping Victoria reach zero net emissions by 2050.