Yarra Sustainability Awards - 2014

Sustainability-Awards-winner-Nick-BuckleyThe Yarra Sustainability Awards returned in 2014 to celebrate the community’s efforts towards environmental sustainability. 

2014 marked the fifth year of the annual Yarra Sustainability Awards.  

Over 1100 people voted for the People’s Choice award and Dan Hodges from Golder Associates was the clear winner.

 

List of winners and highly commended by category

Home and Garden

Winner: Samantha Green
Winner: Greg Allan

Business

Highly commended: Ikea (Richmond)
Winner: Friends of the Earth Food Co-op

Building Design and Development

Highly commended: Transpace
Winner: Zen Architects for Richmond Warehouse
Winner: The Rexroth Mannasmann Collective + Rohan Syer Landscape Design for Jackson Street

Local Hero

Highly commended: Chuck Noonan
Winner: Alex Walker

Educational Services

Highly commended: Textile and Fashion Hub at Kangan Institute
Winner: University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre
Winner: Yarralea Children’s Centre

Community Action

Highly commended: Cultivating Community for Food Know How
Highly commended: Old Colonists Retirement Village for The Shed
Winner: Melbourne Farmers Markets

Frank Fisher Award

Winner: Cam Walker
People’s Choice Award: Daniel Hodges

 

To see photos of the 2014 winners and ceremony, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YarraSustainabilityAwards

 

More about the winners and highly commended nominees

Home and Garden

Winner: Samantha Green
Sam has established a food garden and community composting hub in her own front yard and produces more than 60 kgs of food over summer and a little less over winter.  Sam also composts the food waste of twelve households in her neighbourhood.

Winner: Greg Allan
Greg has taken it upon himself to develop a small communal patch of land, in a forgotten corner of Fitzroy. He has devoted countless hours to the project, and has the vision of creating a communal space which can be enjoyed by Fitzroy residents.

 

Business

Highly commended: Ikea (Richmond)
IKEA Richmond is committed to driving innovation and inspiring their customers and the local community to live a more sustainable life at home. IKEA Richmond has recently installed 2,364 solar panels on their roof. The installation is equivalent to reducing 1,031 tonnes per year of carbon dioxide emissions, which equates to the annual emissions of 345 cars or powering 126 Australian homes. 

Winner: Friends of the Earth Food Co-op
For almost 40 years, Friends of the Earth Food Co-op and Café has been a strong advocate for sustainable living. Friends of the Earth promotes minimally-packaged, ethical, organic and local products that benefit people's health and the planet.  Bringing people together to collaborate and celebrate environmental and social justice, Friends of the Earth is a community hub. 

Building Design and Development

Highly commended: Transpace
Transpace makes robust, value for money sustainable buildings more accessible to more people. Designed for hard-to-access sites, Transpace is a flat pack portable building system that can be transported in a standard removalist van. Transpace’s unique building system can be set up in a day by anyone with a basic toolkit.

Winner: Zen Architects for Richmond Warehouse
The Richmond Warehouse project transforms a 1960’s warehouse into a comfortable, sustainable family home.  Although the existing structure lacked the inherent beauty of older Victorian era factories, the unique character and history of this building was retained and enhanced through the detailing and materiality of the new additions. 

Winner: The Rexroth Mannasmann Collective + Rohan Syer Landscape Design for Jackson Street
Their practice is enamoured with post World War Two duplex housing, of which the Burnley Racecourse Estate is the first Melbourne example. Their oddly shaped extension retains the charm of the original house and maintains a useable backyard with passive solar access. It integrates readily identifiable sustainable ambitions into the building fabric with a Trombe [TROMM] wall entry and a Sky planter frame. In coordination with new garden areas the project offers a long term home for the family, the three kids, their chickens, dog, bikes, vegie garden and kayaks.

 

Local Hero

Highly commended: Chuck Noonan
Chuck Noonan is an inspiring creator of gardens and a dedicated educator of children, teachers, parents and carers at Spensley Street Primary School. For ten years she has led children to discover the delights of growing vegetables, the joys of cooking and sharing the food that you’ve grown and the satisfaction of composting waste and saving seeds so it can all be done again.

Winner: Alex Walker
Alex Walker has been the Farm Manager of Collingwood Children’s Farm for nearly nine years and during that time has made  such a contribution and commitment to the job that you would be forgiven for thinking that he had been  there since the creation of  Farm over thirty years ago.

 

Educational Services

Highly commended: Textile and Fashion Hub at Kangan Institute
The Textile and Fashion Hub has implemented a pioneering sustainability training program for designers and companies. This supports the textile and fashion industry moving beyond ‘business as usual’ by adopting leading sustainability practices. Since its launch in 2013, over 50 companies and more than 230 individual participants have been involved is this program.

Winner: University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre
The goal for this project was to involve young children and their families in an investigation centred around the United Nations 2014 initiative on family farming.  The aim was to develop children’s understandings of their connection to earth, in particular the elements and processes involved in the cultivation of food and the role of people in this important activity. The elements explored included soil, seeds, water, vegetable cultivation, fruits and orchards, farm animals, farm machinery and people. 

Winner: Yarralea Children’s Centre
Yarralea are committed to embedding a culture of sustainability across the centre programs and service provision.  They draw children’s attention to the water tanks and solar panels and discuss how they connect with water and energy use and conservation.  Children are involved in decision making about what lights are needed on, how much water to use and are empowered to exercise responsibility.

 

Community Action

Highly commended: Cultivating Community for Food Know How
The Food Know How Project is engaging nearly 600 households, cafes and offices to reduce food waste and start composting. The project has established several community compost hubs, as well as a cargo trike collection for food waste, drastically reducing landfill and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Highly commended: Old Colonists Retirement Village for The Shed
Combining the social benefit from providing goods to low income households with the environmental benefit of reuse and recycling, an innovative and committed group of retirement village residents have almost eliminated waste at the old colonists retirement village in Clifton Hill and helped many fellow residents see their valued goods passed on to new owners

Winner: Melbourne Farmers Markets
Melbourne Farmers’ Markets set the benchmark for farmers markets in Melbourne with their first market at the Collingwood Children’s Farm in 2002. Since then, demand from urban communities and Victorian producers alike have seen Melbourne Farmers’ Markets establish seven accredited farmers markets across Melbourne, including at the Abbotsford Convent. These markets give Victorian producers the opportunity to take credit for the food they produce and make it easy for consumers to shop for local Victorian produce direct from its source, with confidence. Each market provides a vibrant atmosphere which also educates shoppers regarding local seasonal produce, food production methods and healthy eating.

 

Frank Fisher Award

Winner: Cam Walker
Cam Walker's work at Friends of the Earth over the last twenty-five years has seen him become nationally recognised as a leader on the environment. He has provided sustained and continuous service to Friends of the Earth and our community for decades – an incredible achievement in the high stress, high turnover world of community advocacy.

 

People’s Choice Award

Daniel Hodges:
Daniel was nominated by his colleagues for his enthusiastic role as champion of the Golder Associates Bicycle Users Group, and his contribution to promoting cycling as a safe, healthy and sustainable mode of transport. He has also been active in providing the means for non-cyclists to become cyclists. Dan also demonstrates a strong health and safety mindset in promoting the company’s Bicycle User’s Group and cycling as not only a sustainable mode of transport, but also a leisure activity and sport. 

 


Further information
Madeleine Cahill
2014 Sustainability Awards Project Manager
9205 5769
awards@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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