Nominations are now open for the 2016 Premier's Sustainability Awards with Sustainability Victoria encouraging those committed to the environment to enter and share their stories.

Open for state and local government, businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals who are leading the way in sustainable innovation and practices, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards honour Victorians who have shown leadership in sustainability and a commitment to improving the environment.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan says the awards are a great way of acknowledging groups and individuals who have made innovative developments in reducing their environmental impact, and are contributing to a more sustainable future. He also noted that the awards encourage innovation across all sectors, with a focus on delivering a triple bottom line – environmental, economic, and social benefits for Victoria.

The Premier's Sustainability Awards have been continuously promoting leadership and innovation in sustainability, and encouraging a broader adoption of these practices by all Victorians over its 14-year history.

The 10 award categories for the 2016 Premier's Sustainability Awards include: Built Environment; Community; Education; Environmental Justice; Environmental Protection; Government; Health; Innovative Products or Services; Large Business; and Small and Medium Enterprises.

Additionally, the Premier will personally select two overall winners for the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award.

Entries close Monday 27 June, 5pm.

Image: 2015 Built Environment category finalist – a University of Melbourne project for the Melbourne School of Design, a state-of-the-art academic facility committed to sustainability and green architecture that sets a new standard in design education.