The Premier’s Recognition Award has been won at the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards by Yume Food for developing an online marketplace for quality surplus food, reducing waste and landfill impact.
Earlier at the awards’ ceremony, Yume won the Innovative Products or Services, and the Small and Medium Enterprises categories.
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was presented by the minister for energy, environment and climate, Lily D’Ambrosio to Gannawarra Shire Council for a program that features the first large scale solar farm and battery storage in Victoria.
Yume Food connects suppliers with buyers to help mitigate the 9.5 million tonnes of food that annually goes to landfill in Australia.
Primary producers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers can be left with tonnes of surplus food and a lack of time or the contacts to re-sell it.
When they provide product details and information to Yume, it is then uploaded to the marketplace and made available to a growing network of buyers.
Yume Food brings the whole process together – it facilitates a seamless transaction between the buyer and supplier, helps to arrange the delivery of goods and can also manage donations to registered food rescue organisations, helping ensure edible food gets to the people who need it most.
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards is in its 16th year and recognises individuals, organisations, governments and businesses working to create a more liveable Victoria.
Sustainability Victoria’s chief executive, Stan Krpan said through the awards, year on year more Victorians are shown to lead and advocate for a cleaner, healthier environment.
“Entrants continue to delight us with new and better ways to manage waste, water and energy – the Premier’s Sustainability Awards is an ideal showcase to celebrate their success,” said Krpan.
The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards winners are:
Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP, Aurecon, Level Crossing Removal Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne– Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. Clayton South.
Kelly Mrocki: The Girl Who Saved the Frogs Incursion. Glen Iris.
Beeac Primary School – Brolga Pathways.
GWMWater – Memorandum of Understanding with Dja Dja Wurrung – South West Loddon Pipeline.
Zoos Victoria and Phillip Island Nature Parks – When Balloons Fly.
City of Melbourne, City of Moreland, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra – Melbourne Renewable Energy Project. Melbourne.
Beaconsfield Dental – Beaconsfield Dental Health.
Innovative Products or Services
Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste.
IKEA Richmond – IKEA Richmond Refurbishment Project.
Small and Medium Sized Business
Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste. Windsor.