Yarra Valley Water

Yarra Valley Water is the water retailer for eastern Melbourne.

“On reflection, it is surprising how hard it was to find a sustainability consultant to help us, given that there is no shortage of service offerings. Not only did EcoSTEPS deliver, they impressed at every turn. EcoSTEPS core attribute is intellectual horsepower. They are internationally networked. They deliver a product with enthusiasm and energy that can not be surpassed. In addition, they provided a robust monitoring and evaluation of performance not experienced before.”

Francis Pamminger (Sustainability Strategy Manager, Yarra Valley Water)

YVW's Journey towards Environmental Sustainability

The paper below introduces the steps that YVW has taken over the past few years to make it a more environmentally sustainable organisation.

Whole of Organisation Environmental Sustainability Training

EcoSTEPS were engaged to design, develop and deliver a series of environmental sustainability training programs to over 300 staff and contractors.

Working with both the Sustainability and HR/Training Sections within YVW to deliver this comprehensive organisation-wide environmental and sustainability training program means that EcoSTEPS has significant insights into what works for water utilities in terms of this kind of competency & awareness training.

"We really needed a team that would care enough to understand our culture, to listen to what we were asking and to engage the hearts and minds of our people. EcoSTEPS did that with aplomb. We felt they were at the cutting edge of their field of knowledge and possessed the high level facilitation skills to complement this.”
Yarra Valley Water - Robert Wilson (Learning & Development Manager)

April 2007 - National Training Award Winner! EcoSTEPS was proud to be announced as winner with Yarra Valley Water of the prestigious AITD (Aust Inst of Training & Development) Learning & Development Award for this project. Extract from the Judges' Report below:

Entry: Environmental Education Program: This was a pioneering initiative to educate and inspire staff to make their personal behaviour more environmentally friendly. The program has run over two years and it offers a range of activities and resources. All aspects of the program were well-considered and well-executed, and the project is one that is of critical importance for our society.

EcoSTEPS is at the forefront of Learning for Sustainability developments in Australia through its members and its numerous other projects in the area – for example with Water Corporation (WA), Corangamite CMA, Goodman, HASSELL and Ergon Energy etc.

Congratulations to YVW

The five winners of the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards have been announced. Among the winners were two recent EcoSTEPS clients. Congraultations to:

Yarra Valley Water, which took out the Large Business Award category for a research project to compare alternative service options such as recycled water, rainwater tanks and greywater recycling, with traditional centralised servicing in new developments.
Lend Lease’s green building, ‘The Gauge’, which is among Australia’s first buildings to receive a 6-star environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, won the Built Environment Award.

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