Applied Environment & Safety - ecoBiz case study

Applied environment and safety

EcoBiz Star Partner 20 21 WWE CMYK

Find out how ecoBiz Star Partner Applied Environment & Safety (environmental and safety consultants based on the Sunshine Coast) reduced their waste, energy and water use. 

The free ecoBiz program has assessed the waste, water and energy practices in hundreds of businesses in Queensland and developed case studies to help businesses improve their operations and save money through sustainability.

Applied Environment & Safety provides practical environmental and safety consulting services across Australia. Their experienced team use their expertise to support their client relationships and deliver positive environmental and safety outcomes. 

Applied Environment & Safety believes in leading by example and promoting environmental sustainability. They have been an ecoBiz 3-Star Partner since 2016 in recognition of all the sustainable business practices they have implemented at their home office or client locations to reduce energy and water use, and waste.  
In 2021, they became a carbon neutral certified organisation.

“The ecoBiz program is an invaluable way for us to set our business sustainability goals each year and track our progress in reaching these goalsOur ecoBiz coach assists us each year by providing ideas on how we could best implement and measure our goals. Melanie Dixon, Director and Principal Consultant 

KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE WASTE

  • Staff compete against one another for collecting the most recyclable containers to be recycled via Containers for Change Refund Scheme. Employees use Keep Cups and reusable containers to reduce waste from take-away orders. 
  • A successful office clean-up identified unused electronic equipment, which was donated or recycled. 
  • They have implemented measures to reduce the amount of paper waste: 
    - Most documents are shared online.
    - When a paper version is required, it is printed double-sided.
    - They take notes on scrap paper. 

KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE energy USE

  • They first switched to carbon neutral electricity and now, their home office source energy from solar panels. 
  • They use energy-efficient lights. 
  • Employee flights are tracked and recorded, and the company committed to increasing local projects to minimise transport. 

KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE water USE

Applied Environment & Safety mostly use water for landscaping. 

  • They turned off the automatic irrigation system to save water. 
  • They improved the garden's soil and water efficiency by using mulch and replanting native plants. 

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