IPAA Victoria

Sustainable Communities and Environments Award

Sustainable Communities and Environments Award

Leading, creating and empowering for environmental and community sustainability outcomes

Creating sustainable environments has positive outcomes not only for our shared natural environment, but for the community at large. This award recognises and celebrates innovative initiatives that achieve long-term sustainability outcomes, by supporting and empowering Victorian communities to live a more sustainable life and/or creating sustainable environments.


Nominations should demonstrate and provide evidence of:

  1. An innovative, new or unique approach to sustainability

  2. Partnership(s) and collaboration to achieve better sustainability outcomes

  3. Engagement and consultation with the community and/or other stakeholders, in development and delivery

  4. Long-term effectiveness to achieve outcomes, including measures to realise and protect future outcomes

  5. Measurable social, economic and environmental outcomes, including local action for global impact

  6. Demonstration of leadership with potential to influence other organisations and communities

  7. New technology and/or digital approaches

  8. Above standard practice relative to the organisation size and its core business. 

Nominations are now closed.

The Sustainable Communities and Environments Award is proudly sponsored by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Nominations Tips

Each year our judges tell us that evidence is critical to an award-winning nomination. Be sure to provide data and evidence to support the statements you make in your nomination.

  1. If your project or initiative is still in its infancy and you don’t have any tangible evidence to support its nomination, you might want to consider applying in a subsequent year.

  2. Make sure you address all of the criteria for the award category you’re nominating in.

  3. Write clearly, to the point, and back up your statements.

  4. Be sure to use the option to provide supporting documents. This is your chance to show, rather than tell, of your project or initiative’s merit.

  5. That said, curate what you provide as supporting documents. Our judges have to examine a number of nominations; don’t make it hard for them to find the compelling evidence.

  6. If you have a query, email awards@vic.ipaa.org.au.