Premier's Sustainability Awards – 2018 winners and finalists

Last updated: 13 May 2021
Premier's Recognition Award winner: Yume Food – Build a marketplace exclusively for surplus food to reduce food waste

The full list of the 2018 Premier's Sustainability Awards category winners and finalists.

Built Environment

Winner: Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP, Aurecon, Level Crossing Removal Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne

Project: Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

The Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project will transform the previous brownfield rail corridor into 22.5 hectares of new linear park beneath the structure, and embraces holistic sustainability from design through to construction and operation.

Finalists

  • City of Greater Bendigo, Lovell Chen, Nicholson Construction – Bendigo Soldiers’ Memorial Institute Passive House
  • RMIT University – RMIT Sustainable Urban Precincts Program

Community

Winner: Kelly Mrocki

Project: The Girl Who Saved the Frogs Incursion

Kelly Mrocki runs an incursion for Early Childhood Education Services, reading from her books and providing hands-on sustainability experiences for our youngest citizens.

Finalists

  • Enable Social Enterprises – Expansion – Greener Futures Employability Program
  • Kensington Compost – Kensington Compost

Education

Winner: Beeac Primary School

Project: Brolga Pathways

Students from Beeac Primary School worked with environmental artist Peter Day to develop an art project that educates the community about the brolga – a local threatened species.

Finalists

  • Albert Park Preschool Centre – Keeping Our Promise to Bunjil
  • Dunkeld Kindergarten – Educating Future World Leaders

Environmental Justice

Winner: GWMWater (Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water Corporation)

Project: Memorandum of Understanding with Dja Dja Wurrung - South West Loddon Pipeline

A Memorandum of Understanding between GWMWater and Dja Dja Wurrung clans proves that respect for country and major infrastructure development can work hand in hand.

Finalists

  • Department of Health and Human Services – Elenara House Sustainable Rooming House Upgrade
  • Moreland City Council and Moreland Energy Foundation – Cooling Communities

Environmental Protection

Winner: Zoos Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks

Project: When Balloons Fly

A campaign known as When Balloons Fly encourages people to use bubbles instead of balloons at outdoor events, reducing plastic pollution and saving marine life.

Finalists

  • Extreme Dents – Eso-friendly Automotive RepairPOD
  • Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

Government

Winner: City of Melbourne, City of Moreland, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra

Project: Melbourne Renewable Energy Project

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project marks the first time in Australia that a group of local governments, cultural institutions, universities and corporations have collectively purchased renewable energy.

Finalists

  • Department of Justice and Regulation – Recycle, Reuse, Donate Woodwork Program
  • Gannawarra Shire Council – Gannawarra Large Scale Solar

Health

Winner: Beaconsfield Dental

Project: Beaconsfield Dental Health

Beaconsfield Dental Health is leading the way in sustainability through features including solar panels, water tanks, energy efficient fittings, product recycling program and an electric car charger

Finalists

  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian Branch – Nursing for the Environment
  • Western Health – Changing Anaesthetic Gases at Western Health

Innovative Products or Services

Winner: Yume Food

Project: Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

Yume Food is an online marketplace for quality surplus food products that connects suppliers with buyers and ensures all good food is enjoyed, which is better for consumers and the planet.

Finalists

  • BCH – Whole Garment Design
  • PonyUp for Good – PonyUp for Good

Large Business

Winner: IKEA Richmond

Project: IKEA Richmond Refurbishment Project

A major refurbishment of the IKEA Richmond outlet used key sustainability and energy saving principles, and is now used to teach the value of sustainability to customers and staff.

Finalist

  • Telstra Corporation – Murra Warra Wind Farm harnessing long-term renewable energy supply

Small and Medium Enterprises

Winner: Yume Food

Project: Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

Yume Food is an online marketplace for quality surplus food that connects suppliers with buyers to help mitigate the 9.5 million tonnes of food that annually goes to landfill.

Finalists

  • Extreme Dents – Eco-friendly Automotive RepairPOD
  • Revolution Apps – Compost Revolution

Premier's Recognition Award

Winner: Yume Food

Project: Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste

Yume Food is an online marketplace for quality surplus food products that connects suppliers with buyers and ensures all good food is enjoyed, which is better for consumers and the planet.

Premier's Regional Recognition Award

Winner: Gannawarra Shire Council

Project: Gannawarra Large Scale Solar

The Gannawarra Shire Council has developed a direction for its economy, based on sustainability themes of nature-based tourism, renewable energy and innovative agriculture – a feature is Victoria’s first large-scale solar farm and battery storage facility.

People's Choice

Winner: Revolution Apps

Project: Compost Revolution

Compost Revolution is an online community education and logistics platform designed to scale household organics recovery.

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