Registered clubs in NSW will go green to reduce their environmental footprint, through a joint EcoClubs Program launched in a partnership between ClubsNSW and the Department of Environment and Conservation NSW in February 2007.
In the pilot Cool Clubs project involving 7 clubs from metropolitan and regional areas a series of audits in the areas of waste, energy and water identified more than 50 ways to improve the environmental performance of clubs state-wide.
A 10 Ways to Green Your Club guide was produced as a result of the pilot project that provides clubs with guiding principles that enable environmentally sustainable operations.
With nearly 1,500 registered clubs throughout NSW, the industry can have a significant influence on local and regional environmental impacts.
"Many clubs in this state are large buildings, with plants and equipment that run for long hours. Club buildings consume a lot of energy and water, and daily operations produce a lot of different types of waste such - food, bottles, paper and cans, and so on. Clubs can reinforce the leadership roles they serve in their communities by implementing a responsible environmental management plan and some of the key steps that can be taken are outlined in these guidelines" said David Costello, CEO, ClubsNSW.
The EcoClubs Program will provide the knowledge and tools to tackle major issues like climate change and water management with immediate actions, while at the same time incorporating medium- to long-term projects into their planning and operational strategy.
For more information call (02) 8837 6000. To download the Guide visit the Livingthing website.
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