Enviro Champions win!

An innovative program that helps local residents to improve the environment has won a prestigious state award.

Last Friday, Council’s Enviro Champions program was presented the Community Action and Leadership prize at the Keep Australia Beautiful – Victoria 2015 Sustainable Cities Awards.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the award acknowledged the way Hume’s Enviro Champions have powerfully enhanced the local environment.

“We’ve trained and supported more than 60 residents to become Enviro Champions, and they have passionately made a real difference in our neighbourhoods,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Our champions institute projects that make Hume a more sustainable place, and they’ve demonstrated how people can achieve great things when they work together.

“The committed residents have increased the volume of food grown in Hume gardens, through planting vegetables and herbs in new community beds.

“The champions have also started a scheme that enables vegetables and fruits to be swapped amongst residents, so people can access food in a way that benefits the environment.”

Hume’s Enviro Champions have also:

• written a book that promotes understanding of native bees;
• created a tricycle that can safely and sustainably transport cargo and people; and
• presented workshops to other residents on how they can save energy and reduce waste.

Hume City Council runs free workshops from February to April each year to teach its Enviro Champions ways to communicate, advocate, and design and deliver projects.

The champions undertake field trips so they can witness first-hand how others have developed sustainable ventures in their neighbourhoods.

From May until August, Hume’s Enviro Champions utilise their new knowledge to implement projects which enhance the environment in a practical way.

Cr Atmaca said the benefits of the initiative extended well beyond the environment.

“Hume’s Enviro Champions program is now in its fourth year and has helped to strengthen our community,” he said.

“Enviro Champions work closely with community groups to develop their projects, and that assists people to get to know others in their neighbourhood.

“Organisations like the Craigieburn Men’s Shed and Connections@Craigieburn have worked with our champions to create a more sustainable Hume, and that’s a great way to bring people together.

“The program empowers residents to be the change they want to see, and we’re proud of its

Further information on the Hume Enviro Champions Program is here.

Details are here about the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Awards, which recognise communities that take positive action to support the environment.

Updated : 11:18 AM, 16 June 2015

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