Victorians who have demonstrated leadership in sustainability are invited to enter the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013.
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. Entries are open in eight categories, including three completely new categories:
Infrastructure and Buildings - Excellence in contribution to innovative design, construction/delivery and/or operation of sustainable infrastructure and buildings; whether it is a new structure or re-imagining of existing form.
Tourism - Outstanding achievements in sustainable tourism which contributes to the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Victoria’s natural landscapes, ecology and local cultural heritage and/or provides tourism services through sustainable and efficient practices.
Education - Development and delivery of educational programs and institutional practices that address and contribute to a more sustainable Victoria for current and future generations.
Environmental Protection - Leadership, commitment and excellence by an individual, community group, business, organisation, or government (including local government) to protect and/or enhance the natural environment.
Innovative Product and Services - Outstanding innovation in product and/or services that reduce environmental impact from a lifecycle perspective.
Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) - Outstanding achievements in small-medium business (less than 200 employees) for their adoption of sustainable measures and minimising their environmental footprint.
Large Business - Outstanding achievements by a large business (more than 200 employees) in adopting and implementing sustainability principles.
Community - Leadership, commitment and excellence in delivery of sustainable projects or programs which have demonstrated widespread benefits for Victorian communities.
In addition to these category awards, the Premier will personally select two special winners: the Premier's Recognition Award and the Premier's Regional Recognition Award.
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award will focus on a regional finalist who has demonstrated significant benefit for regional Victoria.
The overall winner will receive the Premier’s Recognition Award, which focuses on exemplary leadership and innovation in sustainability. All award winners, whether regional or metropolitan will be eligible for the Premier’s Recognition Award.
"I would encourage any business, institution, organisation, government or individual with a commitment to sustainability to enter the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013.
"The awards showcase people who demonstrate practical efforts to reduce their everyday environmental impact, contributing to a more sustainable and liveable Victoria for us all," said Mr Krpan.
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 details on how to enter, queries and award information sessions. Follow @sustainvic for all the latest Premier's Sustainability Awards news and information.
Sustainability Victoria & The Premier's Sustainability Awards
Sustainability Victoria's statutory objective is to facilitate and promote environmental sustainability in the use of resources. Established under the Sustainability Victoria Act 2005, we are a statutory authority with a board appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. SV has obligations under the Environment Protection Act 1970 for state-wide waste management strategy and planning, as well as managing the Sustainability Fund. The Premier's Sustainability Awards are managed by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government and the Premier of Victoria.
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