We provide business recycling, subsidise LED lighting upgrades (Light$mart), promote and acknowledge businesses through our 'We are Greening our Business' stickers, certificates, Green Business Directory and Green Business Network. We also work directly with manufacturers through SLIM (Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing) and provide links to other relevant programs and funding.
Solar Saver and Business Solar Bulk Buy
Our first seven Darebin businesses and organisations to participate in the Darebin Business Solar Bulk Buy Program have completed their solar installations. Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Show Works, Westgarth Primary school, Vision @ Broadway, Neami Ltd, Sibley Furniture, Oakhill Community Centre, have installed a total of 90 kws of solar. If you are a business or organisation in Darebin interested in installing solar on your rooftop email firstname.lastname@example.org
Businesses in Darebin can now install solar through Council's Business Solar Bulk Buy program. Not for profit organisations may also be eligible to participate in our Solar Saver Program. If eligible, this will allow them to pay off their solar system through their Council rates. To register your interest in either of these programs email email@example.com
So far 43 businesses in Darebin that we know of have installed solar on their rooftop. The largest size system is 200 kw and the smallest 1 kw. These businesses include: Aboriginal Legal Service, Annie Dennis Kindergarten, Australian Migrant Times Group, Baptcare Sanctuary (Preston), Beauty 21 Beauty Therapy, Cattani, Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery, Clifton Street Childrens' Centre, Complete Food Services Preston Pty Ltd, Croxton Special School, Edwards Street Dental, Embroidery Source, EnviroShop, Exquisine, Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Guy Phelan Cabinet Maker, Hawkers, J.S. Grey Kindergarten, Karl Millard, Latrobe Village, Neami, Northcote Chiropractic Centre, Northcote Highschool, Northern Tags & Envelopes, Northland, Plasmatronics, Oakhill Community Centre, Raleigh Street Child Care Centre, Reservoir East Primary School, Reservoir Neighbourhood House, Show Works, Sibley Furniture, Skyrange Windows, Sprout 184, The Equipment Library, Thornbury Neighbourhood house, UFS Pharmacy, Ultra Gloss Smash Repairs, Vision @ Broadway, Wales Street Primary School, Westgarth Primary school, Westgarth Theatre and Yarra Tram Depot.
If you are a business in Darebin with solar on your rooftop and you are not on this list please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Green Business Networking Event hosted by Show Works 16th of March, 2017
Learn about how to 'green' your business with a tour and talk from Show Works, one of Darebin's unique manufacturers who make dance floors, dance equipment and Theatre sets. Show Works is one of our GreenLight businesses and a sustainability leader in manufacturing. They have installed a 19kw solar system, upgraded their lights to LED, undertaken recycling for many of their waste products and sought out energy efficiencies in their manufacturing process.
Registrations are required for this event, if you would like to attend email email@example.com
The Green Business Network meets bi-annually within local businesses showcasing their sustainable actions and initiatives. It is a chance to network, share ideas, inspiration and resources. Register your interest in joining the network and/or being notified of upcoming events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 8470 8344.
Light$mart – Energy Efficient Lighting Program
Over 130 local businesses have upgraded their lights to LED through the Darebin Light$mart Program. As a result of this over 10,000 lights have been made more energy efficient and businesses are saving thousands of dollars on their electricity bills.
Light$mart works with local businesses, organisations and practitioners to retrofit and install energy efficient lighting. Council is offering a rebate of up to $1,000 on LED lighting upgrades. To find out more please contact email@example.com.
Check out what some Light$mart businesses are already doing.
Charles Sandford, winner of the 2016 Northern Business Achievement - Sustainability and Environment Award
Congratulations to Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery winner of the 2016 Northern Business Achievement - Sustainability and Environment Award. Charles Sandford has done many things within his business to improve its environmental sustainability. He has installed a 32 kw solar system, LED lights, variable speed drivers on air compressors, invested in energy efficient equipment, diverted his wood shavings from landfill through the establishment of an industrial ecology partnership with Pollards Sawdust Supplies, diverted his wood offcuts from landfill, reduced packaging by reusing coffee bean hessian bags and introduced recycling of many materials. All this has been done whilst growing and expanding the business with the addition of Mckay Joinery and his new business arm of timber windows and doors.
Swept Away, winner of the 2016 Darebin Sustainable Homes and Communities - Business Award
Congratulations to Swept Away winner of the 2016 Darebin Sustainable Homes and Communities Business Award. Suzannah Morrison, owner of Swept Away eco friendly cleaning runs her business to develop and lead sustainable eco-friendly cleaning. Her ecological approach to detailed cleaning focuses on health and wellbeing, and care for the planet, with no chemicals used, dry steam technology utilized and even a service offered to pick up organic food waste offered.
Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing
Some of the flagship businesses to date involved in our Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing program include Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery, Mocopan, Exquisine, Bean Alliance, Show Works, Hawkers, Timbercraft, Karl Millard, Mark Tuckey and Grinders Coffee . All these businesses through their participation in this program have saved thousands of dollars through making changes to help their businesses be more environmentally sustainable. All our SLIM businesses have installed LED lighting, many have installed solar, some have formed industrial ecology business partnerships to turn their waste into a resource for others, and all have reduced their waste going to landfill. If you are a local manufacturer and are interested in connecting with other sustainable leaders in manufacturing email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a fortnightly business recycling service for a one off fee of $92 per 240 litre bin, with a maximum of two bins available. All items recyclable in the Darebin residential recycling bins are accepted. To order your bin(s) complete the on-line order form.
Darebin Fridge Timer Program
If you have fridges that contain non-perishable items you could be saving between $400 - $500 a year by switching them off when your business is closed. We are offering food and beverage businesses free fridge timers to reduce electricity consumption. To receive a free fridge timer, contact your local Environmental Health Officer phone: 8470 8658.
We are Greening our Business
Is your business recycling and working to reduce energy consumption, water usage and waste? If so, do you have your ‘We are Greening our Business’ sticker and are you listed and promoted in our Green Business Directory?
The ‘we are greening our business’ stickers have been developed to recognise and celebrate the effort you are making to reduce your environmental impact. A certificate can accompany the sticker to let your customers and peers know about your efforts.
- Bronze, silver or gold stars are allocated to mark each area of action (lighting, energy efficiency, water, waste, food, chemicals, transport, and sustainable products). The more actions you take, the more stars you get.
- Colour of the star indicates how comprehensive your action has been.
If you have taken action to reduce your environmental footprint and would like to participate in the program, please contact us.
• Stars are gold for business – Preston Leader article
• We are Greening our Business – certificate sample
Darebin Green Business Directory
The businesses listed the Darebin Green Business Directory include cafes, accountants, osteopaths, mechanics, solar power installers, manufacturers and more . They are all working to operate more sustainably or are offering ‘green’ products and services that can help you reduce your environmental impact.
Green Business Support
If your business sells ‘green’ products or services, or is actively working to reduce energy consumption, water usage and waste, in addition to joining our Green Business Network and Directory you can access our free business support training and mentoring.
Tips and resources
The following websites offer some great tips and resources:
• Positive Charge – the top five energy saving tips for businesses in retail, cafés or restaurants, hotels or motels, manufacturers, office or professional organisations.
• Positive Charge – short videos on how to cut the cost of your energy bills.
• Energy Efficiency Assist – short videos covering topics such as energy efficiency, optimisation and management, and energy saving technologies/options.
• Carbon Compass – improve your energy efficiency, reduce costs and lower carbon emissions by providing real and practical information. Links to grants and funding are also provided.
If you own or lease a commercial office take a look at CitySwitch. It’s a high-value no-cost service that helps commercial office tenants improve office energy efficiency.
Sustainable Business Officer
Ph: 8470 8550