Finalists for the 2017 Premier’s Sustainability Awards in Victoria have been announced.

Yarra Valley Water is a finalist for the environmental protect category for a waste to energy facility.  The proposed facility saves food waste and processes it into biogas via anaerobic digestion with plans to divert 33,000 tonnes of waste per year from landfill and power two treatment plants.

Friends of the Earth is also a finalist for the environmental justice category  for an awareness campaign run across regional Victoria through more than 100 forums to alert communities to the potential threat of fraccing and addressing the question of unconventional gas drilling.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, said, “Each finalist is a testament to the world class sustainability work we do in Victoria and the prestige of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards program.

“We’ve had the broadest cross section of entries in the Award’s 15 year history and it’s great to see such ingenuity and innovation in the way Victorians approach sustainability.”

The winners from 10 categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on 26 October 2017, along with two overall winners selected by the Premier of Victoria in the following categories:

  • Premier’s Regional Recognition Award for a finalist who has demonstrated notable benefits for regional Victoria
  • Premier’s Recognition Award for a winner who showcases exemplary innovation and determination in overcoming obstacles in sustainability.

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