Sustainability Matters 10 April 2018 - 6 pm - 8 pm
We will be hosting our 5th Sustainability Matters/Green Business Expo on Tuesday 10th of April 2018 at the Darebin Arts Centre from 6 - 8 pm. We invite all local businesses and residents to come along and: hear from local Sustainable Business Leaders; engage with stallholders from LED lighting and solar installers, recyclers and more; as well as meet and network with others.
As part of this event, three local business leaders will share their stories of how they adopted green practices and cut their costs whilst reducing their carbon footprint and waste. As well as hearing from our guest speakers there will be video demonstrations, facilitiated panel discussions and supplier stalls. This event will entertain, educate and leave you feeling inspired that you can do it too.
If you are interested in attending this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability Victoria Energy Assessment Grants are now available for businesses that spend $20,000 or more a year on electricity and have less than 200 full time employees.
Darebin Council is working with Sustainability Victoria to help local businesses reduce their energy costs and use. Grants are available to eligible businesses with less than 200 full time employees, spending over $20,000 a year on energy. The grants enable businesses to have an energy assessment undertaken, identify and implement energy improvements. Funding is available from both Sustainability Victoria and Darebin Council to cover 50% or more of the cost of an energy assessment. Grants are offered at two levels: a basic energy assessment is up to $2,000 and a detailed energy assessment is up to $6,000, with a $3,000 assessment recommendation implementation bonus available to both grants. If you are interested in accessing one of these grants please contact email@example.com
Light$mart – Energy Efficient Lighting Program
Over 150 local businesses have upgraded their lights to LED through the Darebin Light$mart Program. As a result of this over 12,000 lights have been made more energy efficient and businesses are saving thousands of dollars on their electricity bills.
Light$mart works with local businesses, organisations and practitioners to retrofit and install energy efficient lighting. Through Light$mart Council subsidises the LED lights by 50% (GST exclusive price) with the Council rebate capped at $1,000. To get a free quote from one of our Light$mart installers and/or find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solar Saver and Business Solar Bulk Buy
More and more businesses in Darebin are realising the financial, environmental and business benefits of installing solar on their rooftops. As energy prices continue to go up, solar for business becomes not just a good idea, but an excellent business proposition for reducing on-going costs in a very cost effective way. To date we know of 70 businesses/organisations in Darebin that have installed solar, with systems varying in size from 200 kw to 1 kw. A list of these businesses is below. If you are a business or organisation in Darebin interested in installing solar on your rooftop or you have installed solar and your name is not on the list below email email@example.com
So far 70 businesses/organisations in Darebin that we know of have installed solar on their rooftop. These are: Aboriginal Legal Service, Annie Dennis Kindergarten, Australian Migrant Times Group, Baptcare Sanctuary (Preston), Batman Park Kindergarten, Beauty 21 Beauty Therapy, Cattani, CERES Fair Food, Charles Latrobe P-12 College, Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery, Clifton Street Childrens' Centre, Commonwealth Bank - Reservoir, Complete Food Services Preston Pty Ltd, Cranross Tennis Club, Croxton Special School, Edwards Street Dental, Embroidery Source, EnviroShop, Exquisine, Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Gascon, Gower Street Kindergarten, Guy Phelan Cabinet Maker, Hawkers, J.S. Grey Kindergarten, Jika Jika Community Centre, Johanna Villani Design, Karl Millard, Keon Park Children's Hub, Latrobe Village, M & C Seafoods, Neami, Northcote Chiropractic Centre, Northcote Golf Shop, Northcote Highschool, Northern Tags & Envelopes, Northland, Oakhill Community Centre, Peerless Jal, Perry Street Childcare Centre, Plasmatronics, Preston Eye Care, Preston Multicultural Elderly Welfare Centre, Preston Neighbourhood House, Preston Primary School, Preston South Primary School, Raleigh Street Child Care Centre, Reservoir East Primary School, Reservoir Neighbourhood House, Shiny (across 3 Darebin sites), Show Works, Sibley Furniture, Skyrange Windows, Sprout 184, St Raphael's Primary School, Tait, Tasties, The Equipment Library, Thornbury Neighbourhood house, UFS Pharmacy, Ultra Gloss Smash Repairs, Vision @ Broadway, Wales Street Primary School, Wayfarer Consulting, Westgarth Primary school, Westgarth Theatre and Yarra Tram Depot.
We offer a fortnightly business recycling service for a one off fee of $94.50 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.
Green Business Networking Events
The Green Business Network meets bi-annually within local businesses that showcase 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.
Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing
Through our SLIM (Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing) program we are working with over 25 local manufacturers to help them reduce their energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. Through their participation in SLIM all these businesses 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.
At the moment we are looking for businesses interested in accessing a highly subsidised energy audit. If you are a local manufacturer and are interested in getting support to save money and reduce your energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste and interested in connecting with other sustainable leaders in manufacturing email email@example.com or call 8470 8344.
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Darebin Coffee Timer Program
Commercial coffee machines use a lot of energy. It is estimated that over 50% of these machines are not turned off when businesses are closed. We are interested in working with businesses that would like to install a timer on their coffee machines to turn them off when they are not being used. This can save a business between $700 - $1,200 a year on their electricity bills. Let us know if you have a commercial coffee machine and would be interested in having a timer installed by emailing email@example.com or calling 8470 8344.
Bicycle racks for Business
As cycling becomes a more common mode of transport, providing bicycle parking is becoming more important. Council is committed to encouraging green travel and will install a free bicycle parking hoop outside eligible local businesses. To find out if your business meets the eligibility criteria for safety and accessibility please complete our online form and a transport officer will contact you.
We are Greening our Business
Does your business/organisation have solar, or are you 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
Over 150 businesses, including cafes, accountants, retail shops, osteopaths, mechanics, solar power installers, manufacturers and more are listed on the Darebin Green Business Directory. These businesses are working to operate more sustainably and/or offering ‘green’ products and services that can help you reduce your environmental impact. When doing business in Darebin look for businesses listed on the Green Business Directory and who display a 'We are Greening our Business' sticker and/or certificate.
Local Businesses and Organisations recognized for their leadership and achievements in Environmental Sustainability
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.
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 business events, support, training and mentoring. To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8470 8344 or visit our Events page.
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