The finalists have been announced in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards by the premier Daniel Andrews and the minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio and include a number well-known and also lesser-known additions to this years’ shortlist.
Now in their 15th year, the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards, recognise and celebrate those who are leading the way to a sustainable future, with this year, 29 finalists making the cut.
According to the Victorian government, the 2017 Awards has had its broadest cross section of entries in their history and showcase real ingenuity and innovation in the way Victorian’s approach sustainability.
Built Environment category
• Glen Eira City Council – Booran Reserve. An unused and inaccessible 1.6Ha old reservoir, decommissioned in the late 1970’s, is transformed into a stunning, vibrant and sustainable recreational space providing community health and wellbeing benefits.
• Nightingale Housing – Nightingale 1. The Nightingale model is a new housing development system that enables like-minded architects to develop design-led, multi-residential housing that is environmentally, financially and socially sustainable.
• The Cape – The Cape Sustainable Housing Project, Cape Patterson. A housing project harnesses energy efficient design principles and construction techniques to build sustainable, affordable, attractive, carbon neutral, climate adapted, healthy and comfortable homes and communities.
• Box Hill Institute – Box Hill Institute CLT Timber. Final year building design students explore the emerging sustainable construction technology of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) by designing a sustainable mixed-use, predominantly residential building.
• Municipal Association of Victoria on behalf of Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE)
CASBE represents councils dedicated to sustainable built form outcomes, resulting in significant projects such as local ESD Planning Policies and a Built Environment Sustainability Assessment tool.
Large Business category
• Exemplar Health (NBH) Partnership - New Bendigo Hospital. The largest regional hospital in Victoria integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of its design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment for all users.
Small and Medium Enterprises category
• Kingfield Galvanizing – Most Sustainable Hot Dip Galvanizer in the Southern Hemisphere. A large, sustainable and highly automated galvanizing plant produces significantly low emissions through a fully enclosed facility that re-uses waste, reclaims furnace heat and recycles water.
According to minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio "Each finalist is a testament to the world class sustainability work we do in Victoria and the prestige of the Premier's Sustainability Awards program."
“We’ve had the broadest cross section of entries in the Award’s 15 year history and it’s great to see such ingenuity and innovation in the way Victorians approach sustainability,” says D’Ambrosio.
"I congratulate each finalist for their exemplary work to mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce emissions," she says.
The 2017 Premier’s Sustainability Awards will be held on Thursday, 26 October 2017 in Melbourne.
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