Monash University for Gillies Hall

Passive House certified accommodation for Monash University students has taken out the Built Environment category at this year’s Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards held in Melbourne last week.

The six level Gillies Hall is located on the university’s Peninsula Campus at Frankston and has 150 self-contained studio apartments, with communal kitchens and breakout spaces on each level.

The net zero emissions building claims to be the first large scale building in the country to achieve Passive House certification. 

Winner of the Large Business award was Downer, in partnership with Close the Loop and RED Group, for its asphalt pavement material that has a waste-derived component. 

The Reconophalt product is made from soft plastics, printer cartridges and recycled glass, and is perpetually recyclable. 

Renew was the winner of the Community Award for its work on Hepburn Z-NET, Victoria’s first Z-NET pilot to reach zero-net emissions in 10 years across an entire shire.

Bradley Williamson, Executive Director, Buildings & Property Division, Monash University accepting the award from Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio

The Hepburn Shire is aiming to source 100 per cent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources, providing a blueprint for other rural communities interested in satisfying their energy needs with renewables.

Greening the West, a collaboration of 15 government and community organisations, over 4500 volunteers and over 100 private landowners, is the 2019 winner of the Environmental Protection award.

Its 1 Million Trees Project involved planting 1,072,320 trees and shrubs across 320 parks, reserves, open spaces, roadsides and private land between 2015 and 2018, covering an area of 1755 hectares.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning won the government prize for its Victorian Renewable Energy Targets program, which was the largest ever tender process for renewable energy in Australia. It supports three new wind and three new solar farms, and at a total of 928 MW provides almost 45 per cent more power than was anticipated.

The Premier’s Recognition Award went to not for profit organisation Enable Social Enterprises for its employment program for disadvantaged people working in e-waste management.  

The wool producing Finnigan family from Kia Ora property out of Warrnambool won the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award. The family is running an ethical, sustainable and profitability program across its farming business. The family’s business, Kia Ora Merino, also won the Small and Medium Enterprises award. 

Other winners include River Nile School, AMES Australia and Parks Victoria, Electrifying Industry Volunteer Working Group and Melbourne Health.