IPAA Victoria

Sustainable Communities and Environments Award

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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 will be judged against each of the specified criteria. Suitable evidence is required against each criteria for the judging panel to determine a score. Where a criteria is deemed to be not met as a result of no evidence being provided, a score against that criteria will not be recorded. Each and all nominations are to be evaluated against all criteria:

  1. Clear evidence of a commitment to the goals of diversity and inclusion

  2. An innovative, new or unique approach to sustainability (this may include applicable use of new technologies and/or digital approaches)

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

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

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

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

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

  8. New technology and/or digital approaches

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

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. You should provide evidence that the project or initiative has been substantially developed and delivered.

  2. Nominations should provide evidence of the actual impact the project or initiative has had. If there is little evidence of such, include as substantial an idea as possible of the anticipated impact.

  3. The nominee doesn’t necessarily need to provide evidence of their direct involvement in the project or initiative.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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