Grange Thistle Football Club - ecoBiz case study

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Find out how ecoBiz Star Partner Grange Thistle Soccer Club (a club leasing their grounds from Brisbane City Council) reduced their waste, energy and water use. 

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Grange Thistle Soccer Club have 90 junior and senior teams training and playing on their two and a half fields. Between 2018-19 and 2019-20, Grange Thistle Soccer Club reduced their energy intensity by 37% and their waste intensity by 45%. 

Thanks to ecoBiz , Grange Thistle has been made aware of not only the effective facility systems the Club has put in place, but also additional improvement opportunities identified through their assessment. These opportunities are part of our ongoing Master Plan and will benefit the Club, its Members and the local community now and in the future.”​ Reuben Robertson, Club Manager​

KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE energy use

  • They have installed an 8kW solar array on the clubhouse roof.​
  • They upgraded their main field and half of their second field with LED lighting. Lighting is controlled and monitored by an app to ensure it is only used when needed. ​
  • Lighting in the clubhouse is energy-efficient too, and there is a timer for external floodlights and fluoros.​
  • They very rarely use air conditioning in the clubhouse as they open doors and windows to encourage natural ventilation.​
  • Only cold water is available in the hand basins in the change rooms.

KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE waste

  • A club member recycles all waste metals and metal appliances (e.g. goal posts, signs, fence posts).​
  • Cooking oil is recycled, and leftover food is distributed to players.​
  • They separate cans and plastic bottles to recycle them through Containers for Change.​
  • Player uniforms are collected at the end of the season and reused.

KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE WATER USE

  • They have six 20,000L tanks to collect rainwater from the clubhouse roof and supplement water used for irrigation and toilet in the change room.​
  • They only irrigate at night when fields receive less than 40mm of rain. A sensor turns off the irrigation system if it rains.​
  • They have installed very low water pressure taps for the hand basins.

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