November 19, 2015 About Us No Comments

Sustainability Strategy

Energy

postcard (1)Wildlife Queensland reduces electricity use through cost effective and achievable means, and encourages volunteers and staff to be energy conscious at all times assisting them in achieving this goal.

Water

Wildlife Queensland both practices sustainable water use and encourages volunteers and visitors to be water conscious at all times.

Waste

Wildlife Queensland aims to reduce, reuse and recycle waste material produced in our operation as much as possible.

Procurement

Wildlife Queensland manages purchasing requirements in a responsible manner taking into consideration environmental factors when evaluating products. These policies include: environmental procurement; disposal of goods; supporting local industry; and value for money.

Social

Wildlife Queensland contributes to the local community, economy and builds capability in regional and indigenous populations.

Education

Wildlife Queensland educates staff, volunteers and the community about sustainability and how they can contribute to a sustainable lifestyle.

Sustainability Initiatives

Wildlife Queensland recognises that sustainability involves the responsible management of resource use today – across environmental, economic, and social dimensions – without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. By ensuring our actions are sustainable, we reduce our environmental footprint and help preserve our valuable natural resources.

Wildlife Queensland has ongoing commitment to sustainability and has had a number of schemes in place since its establishment.

We endeavour to enhance the existing schemes and policies to achieve greater sustainability in all areas possible.

Electricity

Aim:

To reduce electricity use through cost effective and achievable means, encouraging staff and volunteers to be energy conscious at all times and assisting them in achieving this goal.

Action:

All light fittings have been changed to fluorescent T8 bulbs, 40 percent more efficient than the T12.

Appliances are chosen considering their energy efficiency, saving in annual energy use and producing less carbon dioxide emissions.

Offices are designed to utilise natural light and each room/area is individually switched for lighting power. In addition we have a policy to promote staff awareness in the use of electricity including turning off lights and equipment in rooms/areas that are not occupied. Security inspects all areas after hours and on weekends to check that all lighting is turned off when not in use.

Plan:

Wildlife Queensland has employed the services of a Sustainability Consultant to provide guidance in the improvement of the energy efficiency of the offices.

Emerging industry standards are reviewed by Sustainability Consultants to identify any new strategies or technology that may be implemented in the offices to reduce electricity consumption.

Fuel

Aim:

To conserve fuel through the purchase and use of energy efficient vehicles for unavoidable vehicle use.

Action:

For unavoidable vehicle use, fifty percent of field vehicles include an eco stop-start system, are diesel engines and are manual for increased fuel efficiency.

Plan:

The forward plan is for all field vehicles to adhere to these specifications, with the inclusion of additional environmentally conscious features as they are developed.

Additional:

Wildlife Queensland encourages the use of foot or public transport to and from the complex for staff members and for travel by visitors during induction, and by providing directions on how to use these transport methods. Remotely located and home-based volunteers and staff are facilitated reducing transport costs.

The promotion of this transport is seen as both good health practices and a fuel saving practices.

Water

Aim:

To reduce water use through cost effective and achievable means, encouraging visitors to be water conscious at all times and assisting them in achieving this goal.

Action:

Toilets are dual flush and efficient systems.

Water reduction devices have been fitted to tap mixers to reduce water loss.

All plants are hand watered with grey water.

Wildlife Queensland has committed to reducing water consumption with an aim to reduce the office’s overall consumption by 2% per annum.

Plan:

Ongoing promotion of the use of water wise practices throughout the offices and continued research into any other water saving actions.

Waste

Aim:

To reduce, reuse and recycle waste material produced in our operation as much as possible.

Action:

Wildlife Queensland recycles paper, glass, PET, cardboard, packaging, batteries and office furnishings.

Plastic and disposable crockery and cutlery are avoided with ceramic, metal or glass alternatives utilised to reuse rather than create waste.

Printer cartridges are recycled as a contribution to reducing the use of plastics.

Personal computers are sourced second hand and are donated to charities when systems are upgraded to new computers.

Electronic filing and communications systems have been established reducing the need for printing and saving paper waste.  Employees and volunteers are encouraged not to print where possible.

Plan:

The forward plan is to increase the types of waste collected for recycling.

Continual awareness of recycling practices for staff, visitors, partners and clients is maintained through communication.

Procurement

Aim:

To manage Wildlife Queensland’s purchasing requirements in a responsible manner taking into consideration environmental factors when evaluating products.  These policies include:
• Environmental Procurement
• Disposal of Goods
• Supporting Local Industry
• Value for Money

Action:

Wildlife Queensland follows the policy of ‘Buy Local’.

Environmental management impacts are considered in relation to the purchasing, disposal and ultimately recycling of goods taking into account energy efficiency, water efficiency and waste prevention.

Plan:

Products are currently purchased where possible: in bulk to reduce packaging; locally to reduce transport and support local business; and from suppliers that support sustainability.

Procurement policies are communicated to staff.

Social

Aim:

To promote healthy living and have a positive social impact on the local and wider communities.

Action:

Wildlife Queensland contracts suppliers who reflect our commitment to sustainability, and our contribution to the local economy.

Supplies for the business are purchased from locally owned and operated businesses encouraging growth in the local economy and supporting the local community.

We work closely with community groups to deliver programs enhancing the community education and the sustainability of the environment.

We provide a safe and healthy work environment and work experience opportunities.

Our staff members volunteer their time for community education and service programs.

Training and employment opportunities are fostered for Indigenous Australians through our branches wherever possible, with ongoing partnerships developed.

Plan:

In the future, we also plan to share our resources – equipment and supplies are made available to other organisations, and donated to local charities and not for profit organisations.

Education

Aim:

Wildlife Queensland educates our staff, visitors and community both about the importance of sustainability, the actions they can take to contribute and our strategic business goals and positive contributions to sustainability.

Action:

Staff members are provided with an induction manual outlining sustainability, their contributions and how they can assist the business in achieving its sustainability goals.

The importance of sustainability, individual contributions and business actions are communicated to visitors through arrival material as well as prominent signage and verbal briefings by staff.

Our website outlines sustainability, and the actions both individuals and our business can take in order to promote sustainability.  This is available to the local community as well as across the globe.

Plan:

We constantly seek to expand our education programs, and apply to relevant funding bodies to develop our community engagement and education programs.

Summation

Wildlife Queensland has had a number of sustainability activities in place since establishment which will not only be continued but methods of enhancement sought.
The benefits of proactive sustainability programs are clear to Wildlife Queensland and our focus will remain on these issues.

Written by Wildlifeqld