What is Sustainability Victoria?

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Going Green on a Budget


a perspective from Sustainability Victoria




Ken Guthrie and Katrina Woolfe

VCOSS Congress


6 August

2009


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As part of the Victorian
Government, we are a
catalyst

for sustainable growth and
development in Victoria

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We bring together the
knowledge and capabilities of
people, organisations and
communities to deliver
integrated

social, economic and
environmental

What is Sustainability Victoria?

Vision

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That
Victorians use
resources
sustainably to
support a
thriving
community
and economy
.

Outline

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Our community sector programs

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Approaches to environmental management

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Case study: Sustainability Victoria’s EMS

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Available resources and support



Our community sector activities


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Energy and Water Task Force


Assessments and retrofits for low income and
disadvantaged households


Green skills training & employment


Community workshops


Work team

engaged from

local area

and trained

Energy

and water

assessment

Retrofit

& energy

saving advice

Household

recruitment

Our community sector activities

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Whitegoods rebate

Our community sector activities

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Connecting community groups

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Sustainability Fund


3 Funding Rounds


EcoLiving Centres


Neighbourhood Renewal projects


Sustainability Fund

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New funding round announced
5 August

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Applications close 30
September

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Two funding streams:


Up to $3.5 for programs for
households


Up to $1 million for new
community sector programs to
‘climate change proof’ low
income households



Sustainability Fund projects

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EW Tipping


Environmental action for people with
disabilities in group homes

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Harrison UnitingCare


Sustainability needs of over 55's in
independent living accommodation

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Environment Victoria


Greentowns project supporting environmental
leaders in multicultural communities



















Reducing environmental impacts in
community operated facilities

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Environmental Management System (EMS)


System that supports the establishment, tracking
and continuous improvement against
environmental impact reduction targets



Record operational environmental objectives, how
to meet them and verification of progress



Establish the scope of what needs to be managed
e.g. energy, waste, water and paper use as well
as transport and purchasing



What does this look like in practice?
SV example


Structure of an EMS

Commitment and policy

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Supported by Board & Senior Management

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GreenLeaders

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Monthly meetings

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Bi
-
monthly campaigns

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Raise awareness with staff

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Implement campaigns

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Formal recognition in Performance Plans

Environmental Sustainability Policy


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support, encourage and assist Victorians to use
resources more efficiently and reduce everyday
environmental impacts


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leading by example, in particular through
environmentally sustainable practices in work
place and activities

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understanding the environmental aspects and
impacts of our activities and ensuring there is a
system in place to manage them and strive for
continual improvement

Environmental Sustainability Policy


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minimise the production of greenhouse gases

and
achieve a carbon neutral organisation


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purchase with waste avoidance & closing the
recycling loop


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strive towards zero waste to landfill


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minimise the use of water


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reduce the lifecycle impacts of our operations and
products


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train and support staff to work within the EMS


Impact

Measurement

07/08 Target

07/08 Results

Paper

Reams/FTE

6.3

6.47

Waste Generation

Kg/FTE

58.8

45

Recycling

% of Total Waste

97

93

Energy

MJ/m
2

290

242

Potable Water

kL/FTE

1

1.05

Sustainable Transport

%

90

93

SV EMS Targets and Results

The way we work
-

operationally



Paper SOP





Energy SOP




Waste SOP




Transport
SOP




Purchasing
SOP





Water SOP

Monthly campaigns

This bin no more!

From here on in…

Top 10 Things to Do


Action

Target Reduction Area

Close your laptop lid when away from your desk for more than 15
minutes.

Energy

Avoid printing where possible and always choose double sided for
long/external documents.

Paper

If printing internal drafts/signage etc. choose
HP Printers Tray 2
for single sided paper reuse.

Paper

Segregate waste according to the appropriate streams


Organics, Clean Paper & Cardboard, Co
-
mingled, Rubbish, Other
Plastics, Green Collect, Confidential or E
-
waste.

Waste

Reuse the same mug and/or
glass for a whole day to save excess
washing.

Water

Choose sustainable transport to get to work and meetings.

Transport

Switch off lighting & equipment when finished using meeting
rooms.

Energy

Take your own mug to the cafes downstairs when getting y
our
caffeine hit.

Waste

Bring at least one rubbish free lunch a week.

Waste

Email your
GreenLeaders
with any ideas you have for continual
improvement for the EMS.

Al
l


Greenhouse, water and cost

savings achieved


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From 424 MJs/m
2

to 240 MJs/m2 equates
to


$14,000/year savings

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Equivalent greenhouse savings of approx
140 tCO
2
_e
/year

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Blackwater treatment plant saving over 80%
water




What we’ve learnt

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It is possible to achieve
significant levels of
environmental performance
within a commercial budget

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A well conceived process is
critical to making this
happen

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The return in energy
savings, productivity gains
and staff satisfaction out
weigh any capital costs.


Training in resource management

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RMIT Sustainability in Business and
Government
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An introduction to Energy,
Water and Waste Management (4 days
)


reduce energy and water use and waste production in
a typical business or industry


meet requirements for assessment and compliance


communicate within the organisation including
explaining the findings to management, staff and
external stakeholders

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Moreland Energy Foundation
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Introduction
to Energy Management (1 day)


Support for community organisations

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EMS ‘outreach’


Assist organisations:


Reducing their energy
consumption by up to 50%


Limiting waste to landfill to 5% of
the total fraction


Cutting paper consumption in half


Increasing sustainable commute
travel


Decreasing water consumption


Improving organisational culture

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Solar in Schools rebate


Solar panels (PV) on community
facilities and schools


Education activities in community
facilities and schools

For further information

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Sustainability Victoria & Sustainability Fund
www.sustainability.vic.gov.au


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Information about resource efficiency

www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au