Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Sustainability Awards

2016 Whitehorse Sustainability Awards

Nominations for the Whitehorse Sustainability Awards 2016 are now open! Now in its tenth year, the annual Sustainability Awards recognise and celebrate individuals, schools, businesses and community groups within the Whitehorse community for their efforts in leading and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

The Whitehorse Sustainability Awards will play an integral part of the Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week 2016 events calendar to be held from the 10 to 17 April 2016.

Nominations close on Monday 29 February 2016 and the award winners will be announced during the Sustainability Awards night held at the Whitehorse Centre on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

Nominate your local school, pre-school, business, community group, neighbour or even yourself and go into the draw to win a $100 gift voucher at local biscuit and chocolate makers, Sissy’s Gourmet Delights.

Over $3,000 worth of prizes! Including a Permaculture Consultation, $1,000 Sustainable Schools and Preschools Grant Funding, Sustainability Business Coaching Session, CERES Autumn/Spring Workshop Passes, and $300 worth of indigenous plants for your garden provided by the Blackburn & District Environment Protection Fund. 

Download the nomination forms below.

docx icon  Food Garden Award Nomination Form Sustainability Awards 2016.docx (433.30kB)
docx icon  Indigenous Garden Award Nomination Form Sustainability Awards 2016.docx (434.38kB)
docx icon  Sustainable Schools Award Nomination Form Sustainability Awards 2016.docx (432.79kB)
docx icon  Sustainable Pre-Schools Award Nomination Form Sustainability Awards 2016.docx (433.21kB)
docx icon  Sustainable Business and Innovation Award Nomination Form Sustainability Awards 2016.docx (432.55kB)
docx icon  Sustainable Community Leadership Award Nomination Form Sustainability Awards 2016.docx (432.24kB)

Food Garden Award

Any food garden in a residential property that may feature vegetables, herbs, bush foods, fruit and nut trees.
Prize: Permaculture Consultation with Angelo Eliades from Deep Green Permaculture, Australia’s first backyard food forest. Three-quarters of Angelo’s 80m2 garden is dedicated to food production including 30 fruit trees, 23 types of berries, dozens of herbs and medicinal plants and many unusual vegetables. In 2013, the garden produced more than 240kg of organic food!

Indigenous Garden Award

Any garden or landscape that contains a significant component of indigenous plants, and demonstrates creative and innovative garden design.
Prize: Up to $300 worth of indigenous plants from local indigenous plant nurseries provided by the Blackburn & District Environment Protection Fund.

Sustainable Schools Award

Any single educational initiative or activity implemented within the last two years that has achieved significant sustainability outcomes.
Prize: $1000 funding towards your school’s sustainability initiative.

Sustainable Preschools Award

Any single educational initiative or activity implemented within the last two years that has achieved significant sustainability outcomes.
Prize: $1000 funding towards your school’s sustainability initiative.

Sustainable Business and Innovation Award

Any single product, service, or activity that demonstrates sustainability and innovation.
Prize: A sustainable business coaching session with a Green Steps trainer

Sustainable Community Leadership Award

The Sustainable Community Leadership Award recognises the work of local Whitehorse not-for-profit community groups or a volunteer(s) engaged in initiatives that contribute to sustainable communities.
Prize: Organic Angels Gift Voucher.

Overall Whitehorse Sustainability Award

All Sustainability Award category winners will be considered for this Award.
Prize: Two tickets towards any CERES autumn/spring workshops.

Award announcements will be made at the Sustainability Awards Night on Wednesday 13 April, 6:30 (refreshments served from 6pm) to 8pm at The Whitehorse Centre, rear of, 379-397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading. The event is free and RSVPs are essential by Wednesday 30 March to green@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or phone 9262 6363.

For more information, phone Council’s Sustainability Officer on 9262 6363 or email stephanie.kuisma@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

2015 Sustainability Award Winners

The winners for the 2015 Sustainability Awards were:  

Food Garden Award

Sustainability Awards 2015-1Winner

The Lambert Household 
The Lambert household are putting many permaculture principles into place including a greenhouse, bee hive, poultry, pond, insect hotels, gabion wall, wicking bed, capillary watering table and a two-bay compost system. More than 50 types of vegetables, herbs, fruit and indigenous species are being grown. 

Highly Commended

Poon Chiong Household 

Highly Commended

Lam YS Household 

Encouragement Award 

White Household


 

 

 

 

Sustainable School Award

Sustainability Awards 2015-2

Winner

Weeden Heights Primary School 
Weeden Heights Primary School’s Kitchen Garden program involves students in the growing, harvesting and preparation of food. The school’s extensive gardens feature raised vegetable beds, a chicken coup, composting bays, fruit trees, rainwater tanks and a kitchen for preparing produce grown. Also, there is strong involvement by parents and the wider community.

Highly Commended

Rangeview Primary School 

Encouragement Award

Aurora School 



Sustainable Business and Innovation Award

Sustainability Awards 2015-3

Winner

RSPCA Victoria
RSPCA Victoria has installed a sub-surface wetland system at its Burwood site. The system is capable of recycling the majority of water used on a daily basis to wash dog kennels. The system demonstrates outstanding sustainability and innovation. 

Highly Commended

Crown Coaches 

Highly Commended

Downies Coins 

Encouragement Award

Wattle Park Green Grocer



Sustainable Building Award

Sustainability Awards 2015-4

Winner – Residential

The McDonald household’s home demonstrates extensive environmentally sustainable design features including solar hot water and photovoltaic systems, LED lights, double glazed windows, shaded north and west windows and a rainwater tank. 

Winner – Commercial

Nunawading Christian College Nunawading Christian College’s Prep to Year 2 building has been retrofitted with many environmentally sustainable design features including passive design, skylights, daylight sensors, recycled floor materials, rainwater tanks and stormwater harvesting.


 

Sustainable Community Leadership Award

Winner – Individual

Sustainability Awards 2015-6 Kenton Johanson Kenton has made an outstanding contribution towards raising awareness and knowledge of sustainability among his family, friends, students and wider community. 

Winner – Group

Nadrasca Farm 
Nadrasca Farm provides employment, training and support services to people of all abilities in a rural setting. Nadrasca also aims to reduce its ecological footprint by initiatives such as planting and protecting native vegetation and installing rainwater tanks.  

Highly Commended – Group

Slater Community Garden 

Highly Commended – Group

Whitehorse Urban Harvest Swap


 

 

 

 

Overall Sustanability Award Winner

Sustainability Awards 2015-8

Kenton Johanson

For more information on the Whitehorse Sustainability Awards, contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 9262 6333 or email green@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

 

Previous Years' Winners

For more information about winners from previous years, please click on the following PDFs:

pdf icon  Sustainability Awards - 2014 Winners (589.85kB)
pdf icon  Sustainability Awards - 2013 Winners (794.95kB)
pdf icon  Sustainability Awards - 2012 Winners (1.46MB)
pdf icon  Sustainability Awards - 2011 Winners (481.54kB)