Premier's Sustainability Awards – 2019 winners and finalists

Last updated: 20 April 2021
Premier's Recognition Award winner: Enable Social Enterprises - Enable IT Recycling

The full list of the 2019 Premier's Sustainability Awards category winners and finalists.

Built Environment

Winner: Monash University

Project: Gillies Hall

Monash University’s new Gillies Hall is a six level, 150-bed residential accommodation complex and the first large scale building in Australia to achieve Passive House certification.

Finalists

  • Gannawarra Shire Council – Sustainable Gannawarra

  • HIP V. HYPE and Six Degrees Architects – Nightingale 2.0

Community

Winner: Renew

Project: Hepburn Z-NET

Partnering with Renew, the Hepburn Shire has a bold plan to be the first zero-net energy shire in Australia and to reach zero-net emissions in 10 years.

Finalists

  • Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions, Bendigo Sustainability Group, Gippsland Climate Change Network – Community Power Hub: Inspiring Innovation and transition

  • Enable Social Enterprises – Enable IT Recycling

Education

Winner: River Nile School

Project: Sustainability across VCAL Curriculum

The River Nile School offers programs delivering the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) curriculum to re-engage refugee and asylum seeker school-aged women, embedding the topic of sustainability.

Finalists

  • Ballarat Tech School – War on Waste – Precious Plastic Program
  • St Aloysius Primary School, Queenscliff – Stewards of Swan Bay

Environmental Justice

Winner: AMES Australia and Parks Victoria

Project: Working Beyond the Boundaries

Migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES Australia works with Parks Victoria to regenerate an historic garden, providing work opportunities, social, physical and mental health benefits to refugee and other local communities.

Finalists

  • Enable Social Enterprises – Enable IT Recycling
  • Renew – Hepburn Z-NET

Environmental Protection

Winner: Greening the West

Project: 1 Million Trees Project

Greening the West is a collaboration that aims to deliver positive health, social and livability outcomes in Melbourne’s west by a planting one million trees.

Finalists

  • Booth Transport – Strathmerton Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Environmental Monitoring Solutions – Fuelsuite

Environmental Volunteering

Winner: Electrifying Industry Volunteer Working Group

Project: Electrifying Industry

Electrifying Industry is a report by Beyond Zero Emissions’ expert volunteers: a world first, that shows how to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing.

Finalists

  • Colleen Hughson – Good Will Nurdle Hunting
  • Park Guide Volunteers – Volunteer Park Guides

Government

Winner: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Project: Victorian Renewable Energy Target Reverse Auction

Victoria’s first renewable energy auction is supporting the development of more than 900 megawatts of new clean energy and will ensure that 25% of our electricity generation comes from renewable sources by 2020, 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

Finalists

  • Barwon Water – Barwon Water's Zero Emissions program
  • Greening the West – Greening the West – 1 Million Trees Project

Health

Winner: Melbourne Health

Project: Reducing hunger and food waste in our community

Melbourne Health’s surplus patient meals are collected and delivered to community food hub, Northpoint Centre, helping people in need and mitigating food waste.

Finalists

  • Drukshini Dissanayake – Aluminium Suture Packet Recycling
  • Western Health and Donations In Kind-Rotary International – Equipment Reissue Program for Hardship

Innovative Products or Services

Winner: Enable Social Enterprises

Project: Enable IT Recycling

Enable is an innovative social enterprise that integrates environmental, social and economic impact, creating employment opportunities and positive customer results through an e-waste recycling business.

Finalists

  • Soap Aid – Hotel to Hands
  • Sustainable Australia Fund – Better Building Finance

Large Business

Winner: Downer

Project: Reconophalt

Downer has created an asphalt pavement material that incorporates non-traditional repurposed materials to reduce environmental impact without compromising product performance and is perpetually recyclable.

Finalists

  • NEXTDC – Organisational Sustainability Projects and Facilities Upgrades
  • Veolia Environmental Services – Waste Pioneers Program

Small and Medium Enterprises

Winner: Kia Ora Merino – BP, SS, JP & N Finnigan

Project: E.S.P. Wool Production

E.S.P. or Ethical, Sustainable, Profitable wool production is now a feature of the Kia Ora Merino family farm and features practices such as reducing chemical use, changing the genetic selection of sheep and sowing permanent pastures.

Finalists

  • retub – Premium reusable takeaway containers
  • Smart Recycling – Pioneers in Innovative Recycling

Premier's Recognition Award

Winner: Enable Social Enterprises

Project: Enable IT Recycling

Enable is an innovative social enterprise integrates environmental, social and economic impact, creating employment opportunities and positive customer results through an e-waste recycling business.

Premier's Regional Recognition Award

Winner: Kia Ora Merino – BP, SS, JP & N Finnigan

Project: E.S.P. Wool Production

E.S.P. – Ethical, Sustainable, Profitable – wool production is now a feature of the Kia Ora Merino family farm and features practices such as reducing chemical use, changing the genetic selection of sheep and sowing permanent pastures.

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