Victoria's Sustainability Champions Announced

Published: 25 November 2021

The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, congratulated the finalists and winners of the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2021 on Tuesday 23 November. Now in its 19th year, the awards recognise Victorians who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in sustainable practices.

Fourteen winners were announced at the online awards ceremony that was hosted by Will Tait and the crew from Future Crunch.

The 2021 winners include:

  • an Ambulance Victoria paramedic for her work recycling uniforms for those in need
  • a business that developed world-leading software allowing multiple apartment residents to connect to a single rooftop solar system
  • a Melbourne secondary school that reduced their greenhouse gas emissions from 540 tonnes to zero.

Premier Daniel Andrews personally selected the winners of two special awards. The Premier’s Recognition Award was awarded to The Nature Conservancy Australia for their volunteer-led initiative to restore oyster reefs in Corio Bay. Macedon Ranges Shire Council received the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award for an innovative program that builds the capacity of local farmers to implement regenerative agriculture techniques.

To view the profiles of all the finalists and winners, visit 2021 Winners and Finalists.

Winners of the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2021

Premier's Recognition Award

The Nature Conservancy of Australia

Bringing Back Victoria’s Lost Oyster Reefs

Premier's Regional Recognition Award

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock

Clean, affordable, and secure energy

Community Champion: Black Stump Technologies

Renewable Energy UPS – Major Projects Victoria

Industry leader: Allume Energy

SolShare: Unlocking Solar for Apartments

Climate action

Community Champion: Brentwood Secondary College

Towards Zero Bremissions

Industry leader: The Cape

The Cape – Climate Action

Healthy environment

Community Champion: First Friends of Dandenong Creek

Short film – The Eels of Dandenong Creek

Industry leader: The Nature Conservancy Australia

Bringing Back Victoria's Lost Oyster Reefs

Social and economic justice

Community Champion: Yarra Valley ECOSS

Yarra Valley ECOSS

Industry leader: Melbourne Water, Aqua Metro Services and Wara Paring Civil Construction

Wara Paring

Sustainable places

Community Champion: Yarra Valley ECOSS

Yarra Valley ECOSS

Industry leader: Cardinia Shire Council

Deep Creek Reserve

Waste reduction and the circular economy

Community Champion: Jo Algie, Advanced Life Support Paramedic and Team Manager of Ambulance Victoria

Uniform Recycling Program

Industry leader: OzHarvest

Food Rescue and Redistribution