Premier's Sustainability Awards – 2017 winners and finalists

Last updated: 13 May 2021
Premier's Recognition Award winner: eWater Systems – eWater Systems

The full list of the 2017 Premier's Sustainability Awards category winners and finalists.

Built Environment

Winner: Nightingale Housing

Project: Nightingale 1

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.

Finalists

  • The Cape – The Cape Sustainable Housing Precinct, Cape Paterson

  • Glen Eira City Council – Booran Reserve

Community

Winner: The Nature Conservancy Australia

Project: Shuck Don't Chuck Recycling Project

The Nature Conservancy Australia's reef restoration project represents a regenerative approach to the natural environment by rebuilding shellfish reefs with leftover oyster shells collected from local seafood restaurants.

Finalists

  • Enable Social Enterprises – Greener Futures Employability Program
  • Soap Aid Ltd – Hotel to Hands Soap Recycling Program

Education

Winner: CERES

Project: Sustainability and Alternative Pathways

Sustainability leader CERES celebrates 35 years of community-based learning and action that creates environmentally beneficial, socially just, economically satisfying, culturally enriching and spiritually nurturing ways of living together.

Finalists

  • Box Hill Institute – Box Hill Institute CLT Timber
  • St Louis de Montforts Primary School – Steps to Sustainability Conference

Environmental Justice

Winner: Friends of the Earth

Project: – Coal and Gas Free Victoria

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

Finalists

  • Enable Social Enterprises – Greener Futures Employability Program
  • Rosamond Special School – Seeds Kitchen Garden Program

Environmental Protection

Winner: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Project: Orange-bellied Parrot Breeding for Recovery

A 20-aviary complex for up to 40 breeding birds and 100 offspring opens at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Results from the first season from 12 pairs was 25 offspring, helping to save this endangered species of birds from extinction.

Finalists

  • The Cape – The Cape Sustainable Housing Precinct, Cape Paterson
  • Yarra Valley Water – Waste to Energy Facility

Government

Winner: Moreland City Council

Project: Addressing Urban Heat in a Warming Climate – Moreland Urban Heat Island Effect Action Plan

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

Finalists

  • Great Ocean Road Committee – Coast Guardians
  • Municipal Association of Victoria – Local Leadership Driving Sustainability in Planning

Health

Winner: Western Health

Project: Single Use Metal Instruments Recycling Program

Western Health's replicatable program recycles single-use metal instruments (SUMIs) – an obvious waste of precious metals achieves approximately 500kg of recycled steel, representing approximately 80 per cent of all SUMIs purchased.

Finalists

  • 3000 Acres – Improving Access to Healthy Food and Building Community
  • Epworth Hospital Richmond – Perioperative Services Going Green and Diverting Waste from Landfill

Innovative Products or Services

Winner: eWater Systems

Project: eWater Systems

eWater Systems developed a ‘water-splitting’ technology used in food production as an alternative to packaged chemicals that kills bacteria without affecting food taste – for companies committed to sustainable, organic processing and food waste reduction.

Finalists

  • Sustainable Salons Australia
  • TIC Mattress Recycling – Putting Mattress Recycling to Bed

Large Business

Winner: Exemplar Health (NBH) Partnership

Project: New Bendigo Hospital

The new Bendigo Hospital integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of its design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment for all users.

Finalist

  • Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Small and Medium Enterprises

Winner: Kingfield Galvanizing

Project: Sustainable Hot Dip Galvanizer

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

Finalists

  • Environmental Monitoring Solutions – Fuelsuite
  • The Farmers Place – From Little Things Big Things Grow

Premier's Recognition Award

Winner: eWater Systems

Project: eWater Systems

eWater Systems developed a ‘water-splitting’ technology used in food production as an alternative to packaged chemicals that kills bacteria without affecting food taste – for companies committed to sustainable, organic processing and food waste reduction.

Premier's Regional Recognition Award

Winner: Exemplar Health (NBH) Partnership

Project: New Bendigo Hospital

The new Bendigo Hospital integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of its design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment for all users.

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