TAKE2 Founding Partners big winners at sustainability awards

TAKE2 Founding Partners dominated the winners’ circle at the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards on Thursday, 20 October.

From students leading environmental action to businesses taking a sustainable approach to their work, six Founding Partners received gongs.

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition won the Community Award for their Switched on School Victoria project, which empowered thousands of high school students to take meaningful action on climate change in their local communities.

The Environmental Justice Award was won by Voices of the Valley for their community support following the Hazelwood mine fire. This inspiring group was formed to deal with the effects of the 2014 blaze, achieving justice for their community.

The City of Boroondara, on behalf of the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action Councils, won the Government Award for monitoring biodiversity in Melbourne's east and developing a framework for it.

Solvup won the Innovative Product or Service Award for its efforts to build a sustainable retail global standardusing Victorian technology for retail stores and call centres to encourage 100 percent lifecycle from all products.

TAKE2 Founding Partner Yarra Valley Estate received the Small and Medium Enterprises Award for conducting certified sustainability programs including energy, water, and waste and community development.

Government agency, Melbourne Health, took out the Health Award for significantly reducing the clinical waste their kidney treatment service produces each year.

The Bendigo Sustainability Group received the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award for its work in bringing the community together to act more sustainability across the region.

The top gong - the Premier’s Recognition Award – as well as the Education Award, went to Winters Flat Primary School in Castlemaine. While not a Founding Partner, the school has made the TAKE2 pledge, as have all other Premier’s Sustainability Award winners.

Winters Flat won for its Students Leading Change Sustainability Program. Students took the lead, encouraging school staff, families and the community to reduce their carbon footprint. Sustainable practices also became part of the school’s curriculum.

The Environmental Protection Award went to Geelong Cemeteries Trust for the Moonah Memorial Walk at Queenscliff Cemetery, which features a carefully planned nature reserve offering unique burial and cremation memorials within a protected coastal woodland.

Other TAKE2 pledgers who also took home awards include 38 Westbury Street, which won the Built Environment Award for their green roof in the city, created by apartment residents making big changes to their physical environment and the quality of their lives.

Crown Melbourne, also a TAKE2 sign-up, received the Large Business award for the policy, strategy actions and outcomes that drive sustainability across Crown Melbourne's operations. 

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said the Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognised Victorians who have made a difference to the environment.

“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,” Mr Krpan said.