Monday, September 30th, 2013 - Sustainability Victoria

For the first time members of the public will be able to participate in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards, Victoria’s most prestigious sustainability awards program, by casting a vote for the People’s Choice.

By visiting the People’s Choice website, members of the public can vote for their favourite finalist in one or more of the seven award categories.  In addition to the official Premier’s Sustainability Award winners announced on Tuesday 22 October, the People’s Choice in each category will also be revealed.

The People’s Choice does not form part of the official judging of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards.  It has been designed as a way for Victorians who care about sustainability to get involved with the awards program.

There are seven LEDified LED home lighting packs, valued at $500 each, up for grabs as part of the People’s Choice.  Winners will be drawn from those who voted for the People’s Choice winner in each category.

Voting for the People’s Choice opens today and closes midnight on Friday 11 October.  Cast your vote here.

Now in their 11th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action.

Finalists have been chosen in seven categories: Innovative Products or Services, Infrastructure and Buildings, Education, Environmental Protection, Small and Medium Enterprises, Large Business and Community.

Winners will be announced at the awards night on Tuesday 22 October, at Peninsular Shed A, Shed 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands.  Tickets are available online from now until Monday 14 October.

Full finalist profiles, images and awards night information are now available at www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au


Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 Community Finalist, Ascot Vale Housing Estate Recycling.  The other Community category finalists are ClimateWatch, a new mobile phone app developed by Earthwatch Institute Australia and St Kilda Mums.



Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 Education finalist, The Patch Primary School.  The other education category finalists are Bentleigh Secondary College and Monash Sustainability Institute.



Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 Environmental Protection category finalist, the Shire of Yarra Ranges HabitAT Schools program.  The other environmental protection category finalists are Phillip Island's Penguin Protection Plan and the Mallee Catchment Management Authority Hattah Lakes Watering Program.



Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 Infrastructure and Buildings category finalist, the RMIT Swanston Academic Building.  The other infrastructure and buildings category finalists are Glen Eira Sports & Aquatic Centre and the Surf Coast Shire Community Civic Precinct.



Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 Innovative Products or Services category finalist, the Schools Water Efficiency Program.  The other innovative products or services category finalists are Earthco Projects PolyCom stabilising aid and Flame Shield from Modwood.



Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 Large Business category finalist, Cabrini.  The other large business category finalists are Mirvac Group's Victorian portfolio and Victoria Carpet's Bendigo Plant.



Premier's Sustainability 2013 Small and Medium Enterprises finalist, Rae-Line.  The other small and medium enterprise finalist is GWMWater, operator of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project.