Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the Bentleigh Secondary College staff and
students team for their world-class work in sustainability.
"Sustainability is a focus and driving force for the teaching and learning program that supports Bentleigh Secondary College's role in the wider community. As examples, the recently constructed Meditation and Indigenous Cultural Centre, located within the school's Moorooboon Wetland, is a focus for delivery of the National Curriculum Cross-Curricular priorities," he said.
“The 850-student school is also home to an Urban Forest - a habitat restoration project featuring vegetation present prior to European settlement. They have also installed 175,000 litres of water tanks to harvest rainwater for toilet flushing and use data loggers to monitor water use and help identify leaks within the system - initiatives which have reduced total water usage by 91 per cent.
“It’s great to see one of the leading schools in the ResourceSmart initiative recognised for their outstanding achievements,” Mr Krpan said.
In recognition of their outstanding work, in November 2012 Bentleigh Secondary College overcame competition from Canada, the US and the United Arab Emirates and was named as the Most Sustainable Education Institution at the International Green Awards in London.
Now in their eleventh 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.
Overall winner for the night, recipient of the Premier’s Recognition Award, was a project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre for introducing recycling to a community housing estate.
For the first time in the awards' history, the Premier also chose Victoria Carpets as the winner of the inaugural Premier's Regional Recognition Award.
The full list of winners of the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 are:
- Innovative Products or Services Award - ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
- Infrastructure and Buildings Award - RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
- Environmental Protection Award - Mallee Catchment Management Authority's project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes
- Education Award - Bentleigh Secondary College - a world recognised, very sustainable school
- Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Rae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
- Large Business Award – Victoria Carpets for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant
- Community Award - Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents
- The Premier's Regional Recognition Award - Victoria Carpets