In a first for the NSW club industry a sustainability conference, attended by more than 160 managers of registered clubs, was held on 15 April.
The Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW (DECC) and ClubsNSW teamed up to host the one day event. Participants learned how to identify the areas of a club with the greatest environmental impact, and ways to reduce these impacts and costs by using resources more efficiently.
Specialists in sustainable building design and architecture, water and energy efficiency, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, energy contracts, and effective waste management addressed the conference. Participants also received information about government funding programs available to clubs seeking to improve their environmental performance.
With almost 90 per cent of people in NSW concerned about environmental problems (Source: Who Cares About the Environment in 2006), many clubs see engaging with sustainability as an opportunity to connect with their members and the wider community.
Phil Mallon, General Manager of Cabarita Beach Sports Club, said his club is a focal point in the community and can have a great impact.
"It's our task to lead the way. We can influence people to follow suit and to certainly increase our profile," he said.
Benefits of clubs taking environmental action include reducing risks, reducing costs, improving reputation, attracting new members, and motivating and engaging staff.
The EcoClubs program has been operating since February 2007. The conference was held at Canterbury Bulldogs League Club in Sydney, and was the first of several educational seminars planned for the industry by DECC and ClubsNSW.
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