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In 2020, Victorians rose to the challenge, taking actions big and small to create a more sustainable future. Discover the positive impact that, on behalf of the Victorian Government, Sustainability Victoria has delivered through our programs and campaigns.
Text: Sustainability Victoria 2020 Year In Review.
Hiker (Presenter): This year, Victorians have risen to the challenge, as never before, taking actions big and small to create a more sustainable future.
Text: Enabling resource recovery and re-use.
Text: Research Development and Demonstration Grants. SV funded 22 research projects to develop new products made from recycled materials.
Site worker: At Reservoir Station, construction materials have incorporated recycled glass sand in concrete. It’s a great example of the circular economy at work.
Woman with car: Detox your home is a great way to dispose of household chemicals and it’s even safer now with a drive through and contactless service.
Text: Changing the way we manage our waste.
Text: Detox Your Home Program. 200 tonnes of unwanted household chemicals diverted from landfill.
Steve Morris (Close the Loop): With Sustainability Victoria’s help, we’ve expanded this recycling plant, which means we can make more and supply more. Like this polymer, made from post-consumer recycled plastics, which is then used to make asphalt roads – showing once again the circular economy at work.
Text: Building recycling and reuse capability and capacity across Victoria.
Text: Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund. 76 projects funded worth over 21 million.
Rebecca Lamble (East Gippsland Shire): Here in Bairnsdale, Sustainability Vic has assisted us in installing 71 kilowatts of Solar PV and LED lighting into our Arts Hub and sporting facilities. The results have been spectacular and great for the environment.
Text: A zero-net carbon economy to combat climate change.
Text: Local Government Energy Saver. Delivering $815,000 in annual energy savings to councils.
Simon Dunstan (Builder): We’re building Zero Net Carbon Homes so families like this one can enjoy low bills, increased comfort, and also curb carbon emissions.
Text: Working with industry to produce affordable sustainable homes.
Text: Zero Net Carbon Homes Pilot Program. Building homes that produce enough renewable energy to off-set their annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Student 1: Here at Mount Waverley Primary, we’ve earned our 5-star sustainability certification through a range of programs, in the classroom and out.
Student 2: This includes tree planting in our own constructed national park, recycling, and Environment Club too.
Text: Sustainable education for a brighter future.
Text: ResourceSmart School of the Year 2020: Mount Waverley Primary School. Over 630 schools participated, reaching over 150,000 students in Victorian schools.
Kate Dundas (Sustainability Victoria Data Team Representative): Our data insights help us to create Victoria’s circular economy. For example, data from our Resource Recovery Market Bulletin helped us double Victoria’s domestic glass recycling capacity.
Text: Identifying future opportunities through data insights.
Text: Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund. Over $4 million to glass projects over the next four years.
Apartment resident: Our apartment buildings are turning organic waste into energy, using food dehydration technology. Not only does it take the load off kerbside collection, it also means less emissions, cleaner air and a healthier environment for residents. It makes a big difference.
Text: Circular economy at work – from waste to energy.
Text: Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund. 21 food dehydrators installed in residential and commercial buildings across Victoria.
Dad: (in Hindi) Yes! In the recycling bin… (in English) Sustainability Vic launched Know Your Recycling, which helps Victorians to know what they can and cannot recycle. Putting the right thing in the right bin means more of our recycling can be made into new products.
Text: Educating Victorians about correct recycling behaviours.
Text: Know Your Recycling Campaign. Reducing recycling contamination means more can be made from our recycling.
Darren McCubbin (Gippsland Climate Change Network): Here in the Latrobe Valley, Sustainability Victoria helped us develop a plan and secure funding to install solar street lighting. It’s part of the Community Power Hub initiative.
Text: Enabling communities to create local climate solutions.
Text: Community Power Hubs. Estimated to save communities $437,000 a year in electricity cots.
Hiker (Presenter): In such a hard year, we’ve been inspired by so many Victorians taking actions that have a had a big impact on improving our lives and our environment. Together we’re creating the State of the Future.