Hepburn's Renew wins Premier's Sustainability Award

PSA19 Renew 916 7633 1080x422The 17th annual Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards were held Thursday 10th of October in Melbourne … a fabulous celebration of creative and ground-breaking sustainability across the state.  Once again, community-focussed businesses, social enterprises and groups have starred.

MinisterandRenewDonnaandTarynCommunityCongratulations to the winner of the Community category, Renew for their project Hepburn Z-Net, the blueprint for the Hepburn Shire to become Australia’s first zero-net shire within ten years.

The Hepburn Shire is home of Hepburn Wind and Australia’s first zero-net energy town, Daylesford.

Read more to see all the category winners.

Renew, a not-for-profit in sustainability for over 35 years, has developed an open-source best practice model to reach the Shire’s goal, addressing the need for models of just and inclusive energy transition in rural communities, and by ensuring that project outcomes are available to other communities.

MinisterandJulieMckayWinnerPremiersRecognitionAwardhttps://sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au/2019-Finalists/Renew

The Premier’s Recognition Award winner was Julie McKay (Founder and CEO Enable Social Enterprises – they employ disadvantaged people in a successful e-waste business)

(photo: Julie McKay with the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, on stage at the event.)

The Community category winner was Renew for their project Hepburn Z-Net, the blueprint for the Hepburn Shire to become Australia’s first zero-net shire within ten years. The Hepburn Shire is home of Hepburn Wind and Australia’s first zero-net energy town, Daylesford. Renew, a not-for-profit in sustainability for over 35 years, has developed an open-source best practice model to reach the Shire’s goal, addressing the need for models of just and inclusive energy transition in rural communities, and by ensuring that project outcomes are available to other communities.

MinisterandAMESandParksVicteamwinnerEJAnd our Environmental Justice category was won by a partnership between refugee/settlement agency AMES Australia and Parks Victoria called Working beyond the Boundaries. This historic garden in Werribee has been rejuvenated by local refugees and community members, with marked improvement in their connectedness, physical and mental health.

All the details - https://sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au/