Rotary Melbourne, in its Centenary year, established an annual award to recognise a person who has made an outstanding contribution towards Rotary International Seventh area of focus – Supporting the Environment.
The inaugural award will be made by the Club on recommendation of the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC), to a person who has made an outstanding contribution as a leader in an important aspect of Environmental Sustainability. And through this has made a major contribution towards creating awareness in the community, and inspiring others to change behaviours towards environmental sustainability.
Recipient of the Inaugural Rotary Melbourne Environmental Sustainability Award
The recipient of the inaugural Rotary Club of Melbourne Environmental Sustainability Award is Claire Moore.
Claire Moore is the Founder and CEO of Sweet Justice Ltd a Social Enterprise teaching Beekeeping within the Justice System.
Claire was the 2019 Agrifutures Rural Woman of the Year for Beekeeping. During a radio conversation with Jon Faine on ABC, Jon mentioned a beekeeping program in the United States that had decreased reoffending rates from sixty per cent to four per cent by teaching commercial beekeeping skills to ex-offenders upon release.
Sweet Justice Ltd started teaching within the Justice system in 2020 and aims to hire its first beekeepers in a beekeeping social enterprise in the later part of 2021.
The Award will be awarded on Wednesday September 15, by Professor John Thwaites AM at our weekly club meeting online via Zoom.
Rotary Melbourne's Environment Sustainability Blog (rotaryenvironment.org)