The Nightingale Model has received a $100,000 boost from the Victorian government in order to replicate and extend its sustainability achievements across the state.
The grant, part of the $1 million Sustainability Victoria Social Impact Investment for Sustainability Program, was announced on Thursday by energy, environment and climate change minister Lily D’Ambrosio.
The funding will be used to enable the sustainability measures from Nightingale 1 to be implemented and exceeded at the recently announced Nightingale Village, which will see seven separate developments created to form a community.
“We are thrilled to win the Sustainability Victoria grant, as this will allow us to capture the ground-breaking sustainability initiatives in Nightingale 1, and use them to improve environmental sustainability in housing across Melbourne, specifically in our upcoming project, Nightingale Village,” Nightingale Housing managing director Jeremy McLeod said.
The Social Impact Investment for Sustainability Program?has been designed to support social enterprises to create new jobs and training opportunities, respond to climate change, avoid and recover waste, and improve resource efficiency in the Victorian community.
The government said Nightingale received the grant for demonstrating that is was delivering positive environmental and social projects.
“Nightingale Housing is leading the way in delivering a new model of sustainable and affordable housing that enriches the lives of Victorians through a better way of living,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.
“We know how popular this model is and we are working to ensure that more Victorians have access to energy efficient homes that are cheaper to live in and use 100 per cent renewable energy.”
The model involves architect-led mixed-use apartment developments that cap profits at 15 per cent and outperform on environmental and social sustainability.
There are more than 3500 people currently on the Nightingale list as potential purchasers.