We provide business recycling, subsidise LED lighting upgrades (Light$mart), promote and acknowledge businesses through our 'We are Greening our Business' stickers, certificates, Green Business Directory and Green Business Network. We also work directly with manufacturers through SLIM (Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing) and provide links to other relevant programs and funding.
Next Green Business Networking Event hosted by Clifton Street Childrens' Centre - Thursday 19 May 2016, 12 noon - 1 pm
Learn about how to 'green' your business with a tour and talk from Clifton Street Childrens' Centre. The childcare centre and kindergarten has installed solar panels, LED lights, a heat pump hot water system, rainwater tanks, recycling, food gardens and undertaken many other environmental initiatives.
The talk and tour will be followed by a short presentation on Darebin's Solar Bulk Buy for Business program, currently on offer to all Darebin businesses.
The event will be held on Thursday 19 May from 12 noon - 1 pm, at 55 Clifton Street, Northcote, 3070. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 84708550 by Thursday 12 May.
The Green Business Network meets bi-annually within local businesses showcasing their sustainable actions and initiatives. It is a chance to network, share ideas, inspiration and resources. The next Green Business event will be held at Mocopan, date yet to be confirmed. Register your interest in joining the network and/or being notified of upcoming events by emailing email@example.com or calling 8470 8344.
Two Light$mart businesses nominated for the 2016 Northern Business Achievement Awards
Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery and Terra Madre have both been nominated for their excellence in business, innovation and environmental performance over the past 12 months and beyond. Award winners will be announced in December 2016.
Light$mart – Energy Efficient Lighting Program
Over 110 local businesses have upgraded their lights to LED through the Darebin Light$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 $1,000 on LED lighting upgrades. To find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out what some Light$mart businesses are already doing.
Solar Saver and Business Solar Bulk Buy
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 and get a free quote complete the on-line registration form.
So far 19 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, Australian Migrant Times Group Pty Ltd, Beauty 21 Beauty Therapy, Cattani, Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery, Clifton Street Childrens' Centre, Complete Food Services Preston Pty Ltd, Edwards Street Dental, EnviroShop, Exquisine, Latrobe Village, Northcote Chiropractic Centre, Plasmatronics Pty Ltd, Reservoir East Primary School, Skyrange Windows, The Equipment Library, UFS Pharmacy, Westgarth Theatre, Northland, Sprout 184 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 email@example.com
Northern GreenLight Program
We are now taking registrations for our third Northern GreenLight Program, due to commence in April 2016. If you are a manufacturing, waste services or construction business that is looking to reduce energy, waste and resource consumption, increase profits and identify opportunities for product innovation we would love to have you involved. To register your interest please complete the Northern GreenLight Program 3 form, scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and Exquisine. 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. Some of the initiatives that have flowed from this program include the establishment of an organics collection point for residents and schools at Bundoora Park visitor centre. Clean woodshavings, wood offcuts and coffee husks are available for free from this point. Coffee grounds have also been made available to residents at Tasties Café and The Kiln.
We offer a fortnightly business recycling service for a one off fee of $90 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