Emerald Community House: 2022 Finalist – Sustainable places and destinations

Last updated: 31 August 2022
one male and two female adults wearing masks standing behind a table of autumn gourds and vegetables Emerald Community House is a finalist for a Community Champion award in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2022 – Sustainable places and destinations category.

A community not-for-profit grocery in Emerald is now powered by clean, green, off-grid solar energy. Listed by the National Trust, the once derelict Old Emerald Bakehouse is the only off-grid business operating solely on solar power, without any mains power connection, in the largest and oldest town in the Dandenong Ranges.The off-grid solar system provides renewable power to the Dig In Community Grocery.

Operated by Emerald Community House, the grocery sells food that is organic, locally grown or locally produced, cutting down on the cost and impact of transportation. It also provides free food to those on a tight budget or doing it tough.

Sustainable places and destinations 2022 finalists