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 2017 winners of the Business and Development categories were announced in March 2017. This category significantly recognises innovation, best practices and effective reduction to the impact on the environment
2017 Community Category 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.
2017 Community Category Finalists
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.
2017 Business Category Winner - Waste Converts / Smart Recycling
Waste Converters Recycling has been pioneering the way in recycling in the City of Greater Dandenong for close to 20 years. Operating from a former landfill site, Waste Converters has been innovative in creating products from waste, which includes green waste, timber waste, soil, bricks, concrete and other building materials.
From this, a number of useful products are produced including freight pallets, crates, boxes, recycled timber, topsoil, compost, mulch and crushed aggregates.
2017 Business Category Runner-Up - Biofuel Innovations
Biofuel Innovations was founded in 2014 and is a rapidly growing biotechnology start up from Dandenong South. Biofuel’s mission is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels air pollution.
Biofuel Innovations have developed a new generation technology that converts low quality waste oils and fats into biodiesel. The biodiesel is produced by using specific enzymatic processes and biotechnology.
2017 Development Category Winner - The Quarter, Springvale
The Quarter, Springvale is a 98 unit townhouse development that has set a new benchmark in best practice sustainable design. Located on the former Springvale Council Depot site, it adjoins the Springvale Community Precinct. This includes the refurbished Town Hall and construction of a new Library and Community Hub that will be Green Star Certified.
Led by sustainability consultants EcoResults, they worked with Council to shape the dwelling design to exceed best practice standards across energy efficiency, water conservation, stormwater, waste management and indoor environmental quality.
2017 Development Category Runner-Up - Somerfield Estate, Keysborough
Somerfield is a new neighbourhood located in Keysborough with an emphasis on sustainability, community and open space. Designed by Intrapac, the estate includes almost 2,000 homes of various sizes and designs to cater for the growing families in Greater Dandenong.
Developed on former farmland, market gardens and cleared land, Somerfield respects the sites farm and garden heritage, with 20% of the site allocated to community open space.