Media Release: Cath Newell
CERES has won the Education category in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their 35 year commitment to community-based learning and action.
CERES is the largest deliverer of environmental education in Australia. Programs benefit participants, their families, the community and the environment based on the adoption of sustainable practices, behaviour change and sustainable career choices.
For many years, CERES has been a place for community-based learning and action that creates environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefits and enhance nurturing ways of living together.
Driven by a passion to educate for sustainability and the need to act now, CERES educators impart skills in living sustainably within and beyond their demonstration site ¬ an urban oasis in Melbourne’s East Brunswick.
Melbourne company, eWater Systems, won the night’s top honour – the Premier’s Recognition Award – for developing water splitting technology which is used to clean and sanitise facilities such as hospitals, schools, manufacturing businesses and restaurants chemical free.
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was presented by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Lily D’Ambrosio to Exemplar Health, which developed Bendigo’s new hospital, regional Victoria’s largest.
The project integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of the site’s design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment.
Sustainability Victoria’s interim Chief Executive, Stephanie Ziersch, said the awards showed how management of environmental issues was of growing importance for not just individuals, but businesses.
“Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards continue to discover Victoria’s best and most inspiring Victorian individuals, organisations and businesses which are developing and implementing new sustainable practices.”
“Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Your contributions will have positive long-term effects on our society and our way of life.”
The 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards winners are:
Nightingale Housing – Nightingale 1 (Brunswick)
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 Nature Conservancy Australia – Shuck Don’t Chuck Recycling Proj