Greening for Growth
Operating an environmentally sustainable business doesn't just provide environmental benefits. Reducing waste and water consumption and improving energy efficiency also provides the following benefits to your business:
- Reduces operating costs
- Improves your business image to customers
- Engages staff and suppliers
The following organisations can help you towards making your business more environmentally sustainable:
Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL)
Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to sustainable energy. They undertake community and business engagement, do research, consult, provide professional development and advocate on energy efficiency, renewable energy and related policy and planning issues. Working with our local community in the inner north of Melbourne, they use the best available expertise to create practical demonstrations of local sustainable energy solutions.
Zero Carbon Evolution
Zero Carbon Evolution sets out an ambitious strategy to achieve a 22 per cent reduction in carbon emissions across the Moreland community by 2020. It has been developed in collaboration between MEFL and Moreland City Council. The strategy was endorsed by Council in June 2014.
The five key strategies underpinning the Zero Carbon Evolution are:
- Generating local renewable energy
- Using energy efficiently
- Low-emissions transport
- Minimising the urban heat island effect
- Activating the community to reduce emissions
Successful implementation of the strategy requires significant collaboration, effort and investment from Moreland people, businesses, organisations and all levels of government.
MEFL will play a key role in the implementation of the strategy; building on our expertise and experience facilitating local community action to reduce emissions. Zero Carbon Evolution is available for download here. For updates on special offers available through Zero Carbon Evolution, subscribe to the Positive Charge Monthly e-Newsletter.
Need advice on making your business more energy efficient? The energy experts at Positive Charge can offer advice and recommendations on solar, lighting, insulation, heating, hot water, windows and more. Positve Charge is a community service, backed by local Councils and run by the Moreland Energy Foundation.
If you would like to know more view the Positive Charge website or call the Energy Helpline 9385 8555.
Yarra Valley Water
What are you doing to save water in your business and is there anything more you can do?
Saving water means less pressure on Melbourne's water resources and improved financial performance for businesses. Yarra Valley Water (YVW) offers a range of tailored solutions to assist different businesses meet the challenges of reducing operating costs and improving water efficiency.
To view current the current programs and resources on offer from YVW click here.
To view current grants and rebates on offer click here.
Environmentally Sustainable Design
The Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) team is responsible for development and implementation of plans, policies, strategies and assessments to facilitate environmental sustainability at Council. They are responsible for a number of key iniatives including:
- Improving the energy efficiency and increasing sustainable local energy generation of Council buildings/precintcs to tackle climate change;
- Developing and implementing projects that improve the quality of water entering waterways from within Moreland; and
- Provision of ESD engineering assessment and advice for Council projects or planning permit applications/planning scheme amendments.
To find out more ways to save water and reduce pollutant levels entering the drains or if you a considering a renovation and want to improve the environmental performance of your building contact Council's ESD team on 9240 1111.
Sustainability Victoria is a State Government organisation responsible for promoting responsible resource use and reducing environmental impacts in the community. They provide a range of resources including the Smarter Resources, Smarter Business program, which offers advice for businesses wanting to adopt more sustainable practices.
Grow Me The Money
Grow Me The Money is a program set up by the Victoria Government and run in conjunction with the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Victoria. It provides assistance to Victorian businesses to help them reduce their environmental impact and reduce bills. The program offers web based tools and forums as well as a help desk and other support to participating businesses.