The winners of the Whitehorse Sustainability Awards 2017 were announced at a special awards night recently to reward and recognise those in the community for their efforts in leading and promoting sustainable living. More than $3000 worth of prizes were handed out to sustainable preschools, schools, local residents and local businesses.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone that was nominated.
Year 12 student, Thanushi Peiris is very interested in solar energy and has been selected as the first ever Australian girl to participate in a prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology science research program in the USA, open to just 80 of the world’s most accomplished high school students. Thanushi has also been involved at a local level with regular working bees and water testing at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, and with her school’s green team.
Cath Lyons has established ‘Tiny Trowel’ which helps large not-for-profit food relief organisations to grow their own food for their soup kitchens and food banks. Cath also effectively uses social media to run regular campaigns to call upon gardeners to give excess produce to those in need.Sustainable Household Award – Highly Commended: Louisa Dent-Pearce
Sustainable Household Award – Highly Commended: Giuliano Marcon
Bountiful Rangeview Primary School has an innovative large scale kitchen garden program that has been running for over 4 years ago. There are practical hands on learning opportunities in sustainability, science and cooking, and the program has an impressive output with students having sold over $700 worth of produce to further fund the program.
The second winner of the 2017 Education Award goes to Barriburn Pre-school, who give an invaluable grounding in sustainable practices to its young students. This includes the students collecting food scraps to compost, the students designing, maintaining and harvesting their veggie patch, as well as energy saving actions.
Eastern Suburbs Rental Housing Co-operative provide safe, secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable long term housing, with 39 Community Housing rental properties for low income people including those with disabilities. The tenant managed Co-operative work towards creating opportunites for low income members to improve their quality of life, health and financial stability. This includes providing members and their families with assistance for job skills training, school related costs, and to help cover the costs of unexpected medical expenses.Business Award for Community Contribution – Highly Commended: Blackburn South Community Bank
Bailey’s Garden covers most of Yvonne Egerton’s front and back yard, and includes over 30 different types of edible plants. The produce from this waterwise garden is used for making creative dishes such as moussaka, zucchini slice and Thai curries, as well as for making chutneys, relishes and for sharing with the neighbours. Kitchen Garden Award – Highly Commended: Old Orchard Primary School
For more information about winners from previous years, please click on the following PDFs:
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