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Innovation and leadership celebrated at the Yarra Sustainability Awards
17 August 2012
A Richmond high school teacher who inspires students and parents to think and live more sustainably has been honoured at the third annual Yarra Sustainability Awards.
Melbourne Girls' College Environment Coordinator Andrew Vance took out the inaugural Local Heroes category this year, adding to the swag of awards previously bestowed on the school for its pioneering approach to environmental education.
Mr Vance's openness to new ideas and his ability to encourage students to participate in community environmental projects contributed towards the school winning three awards at Sustainability Victoria's ResourceSmart Awards last year.
Businesses, community organisations and residents also won plaudits at last night's Yarra Sustainability Awards ceremony for their forward-thinking efforts to create a more sustainable community.
Yarra Mayor Geoff Barbour said this year's awards attracted a record number of entries with 50 nominations received.
"Every person who has entered the awards this year (and in the past) has made a difference to our environment," Cr Barbour said.
"Whether they took home an award or not, by simply participating they're winners through the simple choices they've made that will cut energy and water consumption or reduce waste," Cr Barbour said.
"We hope this year's entrants will inspire others to embrace more sustainable lifestyles."
He said Sabine Perrone, the winner of the Home and Garden category, had showed how far-reaching a sustainable approach could be.
"When a swarm of bees appeared in her garden, Sabine bought a hive, adopted the bees and became a registered beekeeper," Cr Barbour said.
"Within a short time, she had added honey to the list of edible items growing in her backyard.
"Sabine has also gone on to coordinate a pilot project in which hobby beekeepers act as an early-detection system for diseases and pests that affect bees."
Other winners announced at the awards ceremony at Richmond Town Hall on 16 August included:
- GJK Facility Services
- Spensley Street Primary School
- North Fitzroy Childcare Co-op
- Michael Day and Verity Campbell
- Australian Vietnamese Women's Association
- Cultivating Community's Compost Crew.
The Yarra Sustainability Awards are a Council initiative to celebrate and promote excellent and inclusive sustainable practices in the local community.
A list of the winning and highly commended entries in the 2012 awards can be viewed on Council's website.
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