The Greater Dandenong Sustainability Awards recognise and reward the community's projects, initiatives, programs or activities that have achieved, addressed or promoted and contributed to environmental sustainability in our great municipality.
The 2017 winner and finalists in the Community category were announced at the Sustainability Festival on Sunday 26 February 2017. This category recognised schools (of any size), homes, individuals and community groups who were making a difference.
The winners of the Business and Development categories will be announced in March 2017.
2017 winner - Yarraman Oaks Primary School
This school has an energetic student, staff and family groups of environmentalists who diligently work on the school vegetable patch, garden, recycling and waste minimisation to ensure a greener and healthier community now and in the future.
Yarraman Oaks Primary School also have a number of educational and positive partnerships which include Clean Up Australia Day; Dolphin Research Institute; and Journey Towards Sustainability.
Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association
Educated the Vietnamese community on simple things that can be done around the home to reduce waste and energy consumption. The Association also held two Environmental Expos which introduced the community to green energy, solar panels and in depth recycling.
Athol Road Primary School
Educated students in a fun and engaging way on the sustainable merits of renewable energy with the installation of a 50KW solar panel system. Athol Road Primary School also run projects to minimise energy consumption and waste while producing more recyclable steams through the installation of recycling receptacles in their outdoor eating area.
Noble Park Gardening Club
Brought residents from a variety of backgrounds and age groups together to share their knowledge and mentor one another. The group participates in green living workshops held at the Centre, and conduct monthly themed community planting days which offers companionship and social inclusion.
Keysborough Resurrection - School Community Swap Group
Brought the community together to share and swap all sorts of goodies from around the home and garden. Group members are doing their bit for the environment by bringing along items that they bake, make, grow, or no longer have a use for and share or swap excess/unwanted items while learning from each other on all sorts of topics.