Friday, May 24th, 2019 - Catherine Newell Corporate Communications

Government and health stars say now’s the time to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Previous entrants in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards say that their involvement has led to better staff morale, improved profiling with their customers and stronger community relationships.

Recent research by Sustainability Victoria says that entrants not only demonstrate increased energy efficiencies and reduced bills through their sustainability projects, by telling their stories through the Awards they enjoy a range of other benefits.

Last year’s winner of the Government category award was a consortia lead by the City of Melbourne, the City of Moreland, the City of Port Phillip and the City of Yarra, known as the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.

The members – local governments, cultural institutions, universities and corporations – have collectively committed to purchased renewable energy, 88 GWh of electricity per year, from a new facility to be built Crowlands Wind Farm near Ararat.

City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood said, “As the first group in Australia to implement a renewable energy power purchasing agreement we're immensely proud of what we've achieved.

“Being recognised in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards was a great endorsement of our hard work and commitment to the environment.

“The Awards recognised our leadership and helped us reach a wider audience and encourage others to make the switch to 100 per cent renewable energy.”

Health category finalist in the 2018 Awards was Western Health for their work converting the type of anaesthetic gases they use to those that have lower global warming potential.

Sustainability Officer, Catherine O’Shea, said “The Premier’s Sustainability Awards was the validation for the investment in a project that provided us great credibility while providing a platform for motivating and inspiring others.

“Being a finalist helped internally to justify a business case for investment – showing it was the right thing to do and giving us the confidence to do it.

“The recognition was well received internally and externally and has even helped profile us internationally. The Premier’s Sustainability Awards is a benchmark program and there is nothing like it in the heath sector.”

Sustainability Victoria assists entrants throughout the nomination stage, then finalists and winners are provided with media releases, social media graphics, professional photos and other promotional collateral.

“Our 2018 finalists and winners tell us that the Awards’ process improves engagement and marketing opportunities at every stage. From the time they complete their entries through to the announcement of finalists, then at the prestigious ceremony to announce winners and beyond, entrants report a really positive experience,” Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, said.

In the Awards’ 17-year history, businesses, schools, organisations and community groups have enjoyed the chance to not only demonstrate their sustainability success, but to promote it.

“Now is the time for any group doing good sustainability work to highlight their sustainability through the Premier’s Sustainability Awards,” Mr Krpan adds.

Entries close at 5pm Thursday, 13 June, 2019.

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