Yarra Sustainability Awards - 2016

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The seventh annual Yarra Sustainability Awards celebrated innovative community efforts towards environmental sustainability.

Held on Thursday 2 June, the awards ceremony highlighted the work of individuals and organisations sharing Council’s vision for a sustainable city.

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List of winning and highly commended entries by category

Business

Winner: Computeshare Limited – Sustainable Business Operations and Staff Engagement Initiatives

Winner: Jardan – Sustainability in Practice

Building Design and Development

Highly Commended: Christopher Walsh – Veggie Raingarden protecting the river

Winner: Armsby Architects, GIW Environmental Solutions and Team Building (VIC) - Green Edge Apartments 

The Frank Fisher Award

Highly Commended: Ian Penrose

Winner: Jan Deans

Educational Services

Winner: Richmond West Primary School – Gardening Club

Community Action

Highly Commended: Solar Neighborhoods – Community Solar Program

Winner: Fareshare – Inspiring people to minimize food waste 

Local Hero

Highly Commended: Carole Wilkinson  

Winner:  Marcus Godinho 

The People’s Choice

Winner: Fitzroy High School – Native Garden Project

More about the winning and highly commended entries 

Business

Winner: Computeshare Limited – Sustainable Business Operations and Staff Engagement Initiatives

Computershare strives to conduct business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities around the world. With hundreds of employees involved in our annual Green Office Challenge, we truly make a difference to the sustainability of our head office and wider community in the City of Yarra.

Winner: Jardan – Sustainability in Practice

Jardan is a business that embraces sustainability, making small, meaningful changes everyday, aiming to create big impact over time. Jardan is committed to socially and ecologically responsible design, manufacture and total product lifecycle for their furniture, and have recently worked with Yarra Energy Foundation to install a 74 panel rooftop solar PV array for their factory / showroom in Church St, Richmond, directly reducing carbon emissions by approximately 30 tonnes annually.

Building Design and Development

Highly Commended: Christopher Walsh – Veggie Raingarden protecting the river

Our veggie raingarden system reduces our water usage by 35% each year, provides us with hundreds of dollars’ worth of herbs and vegetables (without watering), cools our house through providing well-watered shade, greatly decreases our property's contribution to urban flooding, and minimizes our impact to the Yarra River.

Winner: Armsby Architects, GIW Environmental Solutions and Team Building (VIC) - Green Edge Apartments

Green Edge presents a commercial mainstream Green Building model for the development community. Offering unprecedented energy ratings for cleaner, healthier and more affordable living, each apartment boasts a nine-star energy rating, passively designed so as to harness natural light whilst maximising natural ventilation. A self-sustaining sky-garden, maintained by the harvesting of natural rainwater in a large capacity tank below. Natural energy is provided to the common areas from solar panels on the rooftop garden's pergola.

The Frank Fisher Award

Highly Commended: Ian Penrose

Like few others Ian, through his passion, persistence and commitment has raised the city's appreciation for and understanding of its greatest natural asset - the Yarra river.  He has educated about and advocated for the Yarra over many years and built an organization that reflects his passion for the river.

Winner: Jan Deans

Jan Deans is a prominent early childhood specialist and environmental activist. She is a passionate spokesperson for education for sustainable development and believes that there is a need to educate and empower the country’s youngest citizens as agents of change to ensure the sustainability of the environments in which they are growing and learning. She believes that the harnessing of social capital is at the heart of solving many of the environmental problems that the current and future generations face.

Educational Services

Winner: Richmond West Primary School – Gardening Club

For many students at Richmond West Primary School, Gardening Club is the start of an environmental education.  It's fun, it's bursting with creativity, and it's giving students a whole lot of learning in how to grow food and care for the environment.  Gardening Club is a volunteer-run, costs almost nothing, and benefits everyone.

Community Action

Highly Commended: Solar Neighborhoods – Community Solar Program

Jennifer and Rachel worked ardently to help residents and organisations:

  • readily adopt solar power
  • reduce carbon expenditure
  • combat climate change
  • better control their energy usage
  • save money
  • strengthen neighbourhood bonds
  • support the less advantaged in Yarra. 

As a result, more than 600 tonnes of carbon emissions are saved annually. 

Winner: Fareshare – Inspiring people to minimize food waste

What food we buy, how much we purchase and how we dispose of it comprises much of our environmental impact.  Each year FareShare rescues hundreds of tonnes of food before it wastes away in landfill and uses it to cook one million free nutritious meals for people doing it tough.

Local Hero

Highly Commended: Carole Wilkinson  

Yarra resident and award-winning children's author, Carole Wilkinson has tirelessly advocated for a more sustainable City of Yarra for 8 years. Her book, "Atmospheric" explains climate change to young people. Her activities with community group, Yarra Climate Action Now, have inspired many to act on climate change.

Winner:  Marcus Godinho

Marcus has built Australia's largest charity kitchen.  He has mobilised an army of 800 regular volunteers 6,000 students and corporate volunteers a year - to cook rescued food into 25,000 free nutritious meals a week for 400 charities. FareShare now saves 700 tonnes of food a year from landfill.

The People’s Choice

Winner: Fitzroy High School – Native Garden Project

The Fitzroy High School native garden project has helped to build the school's capacity for defining educational, sustainable environments.  Students successfully demonstrated their ability to work as a team, communicate effectively and to organise a project that is beneficial to, and considerate of, each other, their community and the environment.

For further details and images from the night, please visit the Yarra Sustainability Awards Facebook page.


Further information
Courtney Deans
Sustainability Officer
9205 5783
Courtney.Deans@yarracity.vic.gov.au


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