Winners announced for Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020

The winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020 were today announced by The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. The online ceremony celebrated the businesses, government and community groups leading sustainable innovation and practices in Victoria.

This year, the Awards received a record number of entries, with Sustainability Victoria CEO, Claire Ferres Miles, commending the quality of regional and metropolitan submissions.

“The calibre, diversity and volume of submissions this year demonstrate that Victorians are actively working individually and collectively to achieve a more sustainable Victoria,” Ms Ferres Miles said.

“From an entire town engaging in energy self-sufficiency to the integration of technology into sustainability programs, this year we received inspiring submissions that will deliver enduring climate change action.”

“The Awards are a testament to the commitment of Victorians to transition to a climate resilient, circular economy, and an inspiration and blueprint for others to do the same.”

The 2020 list of winners include a regional town producing their own energy, a fully reusable music festival, a large-scale diversion of hospital curtains from landfill, and Australia’s first ever washing plant for construction waste.

Premier Daniel Andrews personally selected the winners of the two overall awards. The Premier’s Recognition Award was awarded to Yarra Riverkeeper Association and Cleanwater Group for their efforts in mitigating the negative impacts of litter and polystyrene pollution in the Yarra river. The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was awarded to Totally Renewable Yackandandah for their installation of a virtual power plant.

To view the ceremony and profiles of all the finalists and winners, visit the Premier’s Sustainability Awards website.

Winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020

Premier’s Recognition Award

Yarra Riverkeeper Association and Cleanwater Group

Litter and Polystyrene Pollution in the Yarra

Premier’s Regional Recognition Award

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Yackandandah Virtual Power Plant

Built Environment Category

Frasers Property Australia

Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre

Community Category

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Yackandandah Virtual Power Plant

Education Category

Deakin University – Blue Carbon Lab

#BlueCarbonArmy: Education by immersive wetland citizen science

Environmental Protection Category

Yarra Riverkeeper Association and Cleanwater Group

Litter and Polystyrene Pollution in the Yarra

Environmental Volunteering Category

Volunteers of Bellarine Catchment Network and Volunteers of the Queenscliff Music Festival

QMF’s War on Waste

Government Category

City West Water

Stormwater Harvesting for a Greener West

Health Category

Bendigo Health

Reducing Waste to Landfill via Recycling Curtains

Innovative Products or Services Category

Repurpose It

Australian-first Washing Plant

Large Business Category

Alex Fraser

Laverton’s Sustainable Supply Hub

Small and Medium Enterprises Category

Repurpose It

Australian-first Washing Plant

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