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Sustainability Awards

By Sustainability Victoria

Foodbank Victoria, a finalist in last year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards, is encouraging all Victorians with a commitment to sustainability to enter this year’s awards program.

Foodbank Victoria is an independent organisation that delivers healthy food to individuals and families experiencing hardship.  Its Wodonga program, “Street Harvest”, was recognised by the Premier’s Sustainability Awards in 2012 for its work in rescuing excess fruit and vegetables from residential and community gardens, and redistributing it through local emergency relief agencies and community organisations.

“We entered the awards last year because they are a wonderful canvas to showcase our work and the way we are being innovative in rescuing food for those in need,” says Catherine Byrne, Street Harvest Coordinator. 

“At the same time we wanted to engage young people in learning about food security and sustainability practices. The awards gave us a great platform to achieve those goals.”

Now in their 11th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. Entries are open in eight categories for any business, community group, organisation or individual with a commitment to sustainability.

CEO of Sustainability Victoria, Stan Krpan, said that the awards are a great way to recognise and celebrate leadership in sustainability.

“It’s not only that the Premier’s Sustainability Awards are the most prestigious environmental awards in the state, completing an entry form also gives organisations the opportunity to review their sustainability practices and to put their story down on paper.”

“Finalists and winners receive valuable recognition from the Victorian government, their communities and customers. They will be able to use their involvement in the program to demonstrate a genuine and practical commitment to sustainable innovation.” Mr Krpan said.

This year the awards provide even more opportunities for recognition.  The eight categories are Infrastructure and Buildings, Tourism, Education, Environmental Protection, Innovative Product and Services, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), Large Business  and Community.

“If an organisation is looking at getting recognition for its good work and innovation it is worth entering these awards,” says Foodbank’s Catherine Byrne. “I would really encourage it.”

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are managed by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government and the Premier of Victoria.

Entries close at 2pm Monday 15 July.

Visit sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au for entry criteria and kits, and queries.