Entries open for Premier’s Sustainability Awards, 2017 

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New research by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business, and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change. 

Sustainability Victoria chief executive Stan Krpan says the Premier’s Sustainability Awards provided a channel for passionate individuals, communities, and businesses to share their great work with all Victorians.   

“One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians can demonstrate their commitment is by entering the annual Premier’s Sustainability Awards,” he said. 

“With ten categories in this year’s program, there’s an opportunity for a range of organisations to celebrate their sustainability leadership with the wider Victorian community.” 

Previous finalists and winners say that their involvement in the Awards has led to improved staff morale, acknowledgment of their green credentials from their customers, and stronger relationships in their communities. 

Residents living in a 1950’s apartment block in East St Kilda, 38 Westbury St’ won the 2016 Built Environment award for retrofitting their rooftop into a stunning community garden. 

Spokesperson, Sonia Bednar says that the Premier’s Sustainability Awards were an avenue to spread the word in the hope that other people follow suit.  

“Being at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards was a wonderful celebration for the achievement of a small community. The program shows you don’t have to be part of a big corporation to be honoured,” she says. 

“On the night of the ceremony, for one fleeting moment, we felt like rock stars!” 

Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards promotes the success stories of businesses, organisations, community groups and social enterprises that have introduced sustainability into what they do, providing great role models for all. 

“People all over the built environment sector are doing really fantastic and innovative things in sustainability,” says Mr Krpan.   

“With community support for climate change action at a record high, now is the time for you to enter your sustainability project in Victoria’s most high profile environmental awards program and be recognised for your contribution.” 

Entries close Wednesday 21 June 2017. For more information about how to enter the awards and to book for a free information session, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au  

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