The Victorian Government has revealed the 28 finalists for the 2020 Premier’s sustainability awards, recognising three education entities as leading the way in the delivery of educational programs that contribute to a more sustainable Victoria.
Sustainability Victoria chief executive officer Claire Ferres Miles celebrated the continued growth of the awards and lauded the quality and innovation of submissions spanning regional and metropolitan Victoria.
In a record-breaking year, the innovations range from 400 metres of footpath constructed from recycled glass to a large-scale hospital revolutionising their clinical waste disposal, there is no shortage of inspiring sustainable activity being undertaken in the state.
“The continued year-on-year growth of the awards reflects optimism and momentum to achieve Victoria’s commitment to transition to a circular and zero net emissions economy to reduce, re-use and recycle,” Ferres Miles said.
“From volunteer groups dedicating countless hours to large businesses taking action, it is inspiring to see the quality of varied and innovative submissions this year.”
As part of the 28 finalists, three fall under the education section with Deakin University, Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub and Mount Waverley primary school being shortlisted.
Mount Waverley primary school has built a sustainability hub for students and staff to learn about sustainability and become environmentally aware, responsible citizens.
The outdoor and nature-based learning hub saw engagement in nature, gardening, cooking and waste reduction. The space is a showcase of sustainability initiatives, with water tanks, a five-stream recycling system and drought tolerant indigenous gardens.
Deakin’s HSBC blue carbon citizen program, funded by HSBC, Deakin University and Earthwatch, educates Australia’s corporate executives in climate change knowledge, empowering them to build a sustainable future and value Australia’s coastal ecosystems.
Monash has established Victoria’s first dedicated local climate column titled Changing Climates which is a dedicated local climate column that was published weekly to 1.5 million readers across 25 Leader Community News mastheads.
Now in its 18th year, the awards include categories ranging from environmental protection to health and education, with each category being judged by a panel of environmental experts selected for their sustainability and industry expertise.
Winners will be announced at the Premier’s sustainability award’s online ceremony to be held next month on December 16.