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Signatories to the Better Futures Australia Declaration are publicly committed to ambitious climate action to ensure Australia is on track for a prosperous, climate-resilient zero emissions future, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Read more about their commitments below and join them in signing the Declaration.

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Represented by James Weaver, ESD Consultant


How does your organisation address climate change?

Ark Resources has been at the forefront of environmentally sustainable design since being established in 1999. We have extensive experience in all building types and have provided advice for buildings and developments of every scale, ranging from individual houses to several of Melbourne’s most significant residential and commercial projects.

We provide sustainability input at all stages of the property development cycle from concept design, through planning application, design development, construction, commissioning and post-occupancy.

We have expertise in the development of ESD frameworks and policies and have developed several highly regarded sustainability rating tools for all levels of Government.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We are actively working with our clients and partners in the construction/property sector and placing sustainability and climate resilience of building projects and working together as an industry towards achieving carbon neutrality.

To demonstrate our commitment to tackling the climate crisis head-on, we have become a Climate Active Certified Carbon Neutral Organisation, CitySwitch Green Office signatory, taken Victoria’s TAKE2 Climate Change Pledge and along with other engineers declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. We are also in the process of becoming a certified B-Corp.

In addition, we are also Climate Active registered consultants and are keen to assist more organisations build understanding of their own impact and help them achieve their ongoing climate goals.

Ark Resources commits to:

  • Undertake annual renewal of our Climate Active Carbon Neutral certification.
  • Purchase 100% Green Power for our office.
  • Purchase certified carbon neutral products where possible.
  • Conduct meetings remotely wherever possible to reduce emissions from travel.

Read more about Ark Resource’s climate commitments here.

Represented by Matt Bray, Founder


How does your organisation address climate change?

At Art Disrupt, we champion art as a medium to connect people to social issues, the most pressing being climate change. With a background in advertising, we endeavor to amplify those voices, stories and movements through collaborations with artists and creative projects.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

As our network grows, we continue to seek opportunities to create awareness and inspire climate action. As part of the commsdeclare.org team, we are pushing for ethical standards to be introduced to the communications industry to put a stop to greenwashing.

Represented by Ying Zhang, Treasurer


How does your organisation address climate change?

Australasian Epidemiological Australia is a group of epidemiologists in Australia and New Zealand who are keen to promote epidemiological research and its translation into policies and practice. AEA is a member of Climate and Health Alliance. We recognised climate change is an epidemiological issue and a great global health threat that needs epidemiological experts to protect people's health. AEA has sent members to the Climate and Health in Canberra to advocate on climate change and health policies. Council members have been involved in the development of Better, Healthier Futures: Climate and Health Report and Roundtable.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

AEA will continue to contribute to addressing climate change and health issues through an epidemiological perspective and advocate for changes in policies and practices to protect people's health from climate change.

Represented by Dr. Sebastian Cordoba, Senior Policy Advisor


How does your organisation address climate change?

In line with our strategic plan the Australian Association of Social Workers is deeply committed to working towards a sustainable and socially just environment through individual, cultural and structural change. As social workers, we work with communities who are hardest hit by climate change and we appreciate that while climate change is affecting the entire population, the social, health and economic burden is falling most heavily on already vulnerable people. Learn more about our actions here https://www.aasw.asn.au/social-policy-advocacy/climate-action

Represented by Magdalena Simonis, President


How does your organisation address climate change?

Australian Federation of Medical Women’s current approach to addressing climate change occurs at local, state and national and international levels. We are active in responding to emergencies that are climate-related such as bush fires, emissions related air pollution, reducing the carbon footprint of medical practices, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. We educate our members who are influential in their respective fields of practice and provide them with advocacy materials to further the work of AFMW, and recently we have partnered with Doctors for the Environment (DEA) to achieve the same, on a larger scale. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Australian Federation of Medical Women aims to:

  • Establish a climate action plan and target
  • Encourage membership participation in Climate Change advocacy at local, state, national and international levels
  • Unify the voice of medical women to collectively pressure governments locally, nationally and internationally
  • Conduct research on climate change and health effects on women and children through our university affiliations
  • Commit to applying the gender lens and where applicable use evidence-based research to educate ministers and our our patient cohorts around issues of climate and health being interconnected.

 

 

Represented by Stephen King, CEO


How does your organisation address climate change?

Australian Insulation Foundation Ltd (AIFWA) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the health and quality of living for low-income Australians. 

We provide a free service to supply and install thermal insulation for WA social housing tenants, we also clean and remove old insulation improving the air quality of their home promoting health.

WA Social housing tenants are required to pay for insulation to be installed.

With our intervention we have saved these tenants about $2000.00 from the install cost of the insulation.

Reduce their household Carbon footprint by 1.8 tonne per year.

Saves the tenant over $600 reducing their heating and cooling costs per year.

Improve their health wellbeing. 

Creating jobs.

We aim to be self funded from our retention of energy savings from the insulation we install for free. We will look to sell our carbon credits to polluters to offset their carbon footprint.

We educate and promote insulation as a way to improve climate change via our commercial service installing thermal insulation for existing homeowners and property investors. 

We believe if all Australian homes are fitted with the correct R insulation value to the current Australian Insulation standards, we would be able to switch across to renewables. 

Until all Australian households are fitted with the correct insulation R Value we simply won't be able to reach our carbon emissions target.

If every Australian household was thermally insulated correctly to the national standard we will reduce our yearly carbon footprint by 18 million tonnes per year.

Since our foundations birth 2 years ago, we have raised over $50,000 to insulate 24 social housing properties across WA.

We have joined forces with Clean State to support their climate action plan and clean jobs for Western Australia.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We are advocating that thermal insulation should be made mandatory for all Australian households and to comply to the current insulation thermal standards.

We aim to insulation all WA 50,000 Social housing properties by 2030.

We aim to have our National rollout insulation scheme introduced by 2023.

We aim to have a national mandatory thermal insulation policy introduced by 2025.

Represented by Roslyn Morgan, Environmental Health Officer and Registered Nurse


How does your organisation address climate change?

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is Australia’s largest national union and professional nursing and midwifery organisation. ANMF (Vic Branch) has a membership of over 93,000 nurses, midwives, student nurses and midwives, and personal care workers, employed in a range of health services.

ANMF (Vic Branch) is committed to providing an opportunity for its members to discuss professional issues and undertake research in the pursuit of nursing and midwifery excellence and improved patient outcomes. We take seriously the request of our members to support them in the area of climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability and are invested in understanding and responding to member concerns and opportunities. 

As an organisation we have identified opportunities to reduce our own carbon footprint and develop and improve net carbon emission mitigation in support of the state governments carbon zero targets and public health and wellbeing. We actively promote action on climate change and environmental sustainability. Nurses, midwives and carers see daily the ways in which health is inextricably linked to the environment. The negative health impacts of climate change and environmental degradation affect the key social determinants of health and damage social and community structures. These negative health impacts in turn increase pressure on already burdened health services.

A resolution was passed at the 2012 ANMF (Vic Branch) Delegates Conference, requesting ANMF (Vic Branch) be more involved in policy debate on climate change and environmental issues. In response, ANMF (Vic Branch) developed multiple mitigation and sustainability initiatives and resources to support our members. These include: 

  1. Annual Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference 
  2. Biennial Health and Wellness conference 
  3. Employed an Environmental Health Officer 
  4. Green Nurses and Midwives Facebook Page 
  5. Biannual Vocational education in climate action and sustainable practice: Nursing for the Environment Intensive 
  6. Successfully lobbied government for the inclusion of Health in Victorian Waste Education Strategy and the Victorian Waste Education Officer (VWEO) role. Work with VWEO for resource development (2018-20)
  7. Worked with the Victorian Therapeutics Advisory Group to develop pharmaceutical waste guidelines (2020)
  8. Advocacy, mediation and member support in workplaces.
  9. Sustainability page of resources at ANMF (Vic Branch) internet page

ANMF has firm policy and position statements on climate change and health and the environment which the Victorian Branch has contributed to. Union solidarity motion with Strike4Climate recognises climate change presents an existential threat, being a global emergency (IPCC 2018) that requires immediate and wide-reaching action within the next decade to avoid disaster.

We have advocated to state government for Emission Reduction Targets consistent with 1.5 degrees of warming and contributed to multiple state government submissions. We work with Australian unions, building awareness of the health impacts of climate change. 

Organisationally, ANMF (Vic Branch) are award winning CitySwitch signatories and through this mechanism, annually report emissions and energy use. Water and waste data is also captured in our Environmental Management Plan which drives the action plan of the Environment Committee.

Our Melbourne office is a purpose built 5 Green Star building and in the financial year, 2019-20, we achieved a 5.5 NABERS tenancy rating.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

ANMF (Vic Branch) supports:

  1. Interim emission reduction targets consistent with 1.5 degrees of warming. These are outlined in a 2019 joint submission with VTHC, Submission to the enquiry into interim emissions reduction targets for Victoria, being 40-45% reduction by 2025, 67-75% reduction by 2030.
  2. An emissions reduction target for the Australian healthcare sector of net zero emissions by 2040, with an interim target of an 80% reduction on 2014/15 levels by 2030.
  3. No new coal or gas
  4. Resourcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country
  5. The creation of jobs that fast-track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover
  6. Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership. 

The ANMF (Vic Branch) Environmental Management Plan is overseen by the Environment Committee. ANMF (Vic Branch) continues to refresh and reinvigorate a range of ongoing member services which resource, inform and empower.

  • Annual Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference 
  • Biennial Health and Wellness Conference 
  • Green Nurses and Midwives Facebook Page 
  • Nursing for the Environment Intensive 
  • Sustainability page of resources at ANMF (Vic Branch) internet page.

We are currently developing online CPD to support the greening of healthcare. 

As CitySwitch signatories, we committed to 100% renewable energy by 2021. We have successfully implemented this in all buildings/offices where we own the energy account. We continue to report annually on our emissions and to work toward the CitySwitch commitment of zero emissions by 2050. We continue to update and implement our annual action plan derived from the Environmental Management Plan.

Represented by Suzie Brown, National Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

Australian Parents for Climate Action is on a mission to empower and mobilise parents to advocate for climate action. Our vision is for our children to live safe, healthy, full lives because Australian governments and businesses have implemented the solutions required to ensure a safe climate. Our active group has over 14,000 parents and carers amongst 30 local groups from around Australia. We operate largely online and welcome people from all parts of Australia to join us.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Parents are a large, morally powerful constituency of society. They are uniquely positioned to influence on climate by using their purchasing, electoral and moral power. If we enable them to advocate for climate action, we'll build a powerful base to influence government and businesses to implement the solutions we need to ensure a safe future for our children. We are currently campaigning for Federal and State government funding for all schools and early childhood centres in Australia to have solar and batteries and trade their clean energy as part of a virtual power plant.

Represented by Richard Daugherty, Grazier


How does your organisation address climate change?

Balala Station is a grazing operation in New England, applying regenerative and holistic management practices and farming with biodiversity.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Our regenerative farming practices include nurturing biodiversity, cover cropping, and planned grazing. We hope to increase the SOM in the soils by trying to have continuing green plants growing year round.

Represented by David Rothfield, President


How does your organisation address climate change?

Bayside Climate Crisis Action Group supports Advocacy and Educational programs to promote climate action. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We provide informed advocacy to all levels of government aimed at promoting material action to mitigate climate breakdown. The board provides an Annual Report to the members AGM. We will continue our advocacy efforts and organising of public events and campaigns.

Represented by Jane Mayward, Owner


How does your organisation address climate change?

Biodynamic Well-being is a West Australian company that has evolved over sixteen years of experience and a lifetime of interest. It is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of humans and the wider natural environment that supports us all.

We are powered by renewables. We offset the companies and our own transport with Greenfleet and use a courier service that offsets its carbon footprint. We advocate in our social media for regenerative farming, organic and biodynamic foods and climate action.We created a product that was far less intensive packaging wise by making it more concentrated We advocate, donate to and participate with organisations that are helping to address climate change. We recycle our fermented vegetables by donating them to a local organic pig farm or composting them. Our bottles can be placed into the WA Containers for Change program and we recycle bottles and chairs returned to us through the markets. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

  • As soon as electric utilities or vans become available we hope to purchase one.
  • Improve our recycling of plastics.
  • Advocate with packaging companies for them to use less plastics.

Represented by Lea Maguero, Sustainability Manager


How does your organisation address climate change?

BioPak has been carbon neutral since 2011. It means that we offset the greenhouse gas emitted by our products life cycle and our operations by investing in projects that reduce or sequestrate Co2 emissions. We are also currently working with our supply chain to reduce our footprint by using renewable energy in the manufacturing process.

BioPak donates 1% of its profits to Rainforest Rescue, a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally through planting, maintenance and restoration programs.

Our Compost Service, launched in 2017, has allowed hundreds or customers to access organic waste collections, diverting thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill and avoiding methane emissions. The waste is being turned into nutrient-rich compost, a versatile new resource that helps improve soil quality and resistance to droughts.

Our commitment is to reduce further our carbon footprint and scale up our compost service, allowing us to eventually become "carbon negative".

We are planning on turning our Compost Service into an open, not-for-profit organisation, the “Compost Network”.

The Compost Network will allow businesses to identify suppliers of certified compostable packaging and access a sustainable end-of-life option. It is an organic recycling initiative and online platform that provides businesses with access to products, services and information that allows them to participate in a circular and regenerative system by diverting waste from landfill and converting it into nutrient-rich compost. There is a significant opportunity to capture and recycle a larger portion of the nearly 900,000 tonnes of organic waste generated by the foodservice and hospitality sector whilst simultaneously recovering and recycling an estimated 10 billion individual single-use foodservice disposables.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

- Expanding our existing compost service

- Reducing further our carbon footprint

- Phasing out conventional plastics in our products and operations

Read more at https://www.biopak.com.au/about/sustainability-report

Represented by Bobbijo Harrison, Owner


Read more about Bobbijo Harrison Digital Marketing & Communications at their website.

Represented by Jennifer West, Managing Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

Carbon West facilitates the restoration of soil carbon levels in agricultural soils to develop drought resilience and enhance productivity.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Our approach to addressing climate change aims to work with existing farmers to improve both their ability to farm in a drying climate AND enabling them to draw carbon out of the atmosphere to be stored in a stable form in soil.

Represented by Ty Mark, Director Infrastructure, Contracts & Facilities


How does your organisation address climate change?

Central Australia Health Service has initiated energy initiatives scoped into Capital Works, Minor Works and Specific Maintenance Works projects. 

The Alice Springs Hospital will progress an initiative of food waste recycling to composting mulch. Initiatives we have already achieved include: 

  • Close the Loop resource recovery (printer cartridges); 
  • Dedicated infrastructure to collect, separate and recycle - cardboard, plastics, paper, glass and aluminium, ban the purchase and use of polystyrene cups; 
  • Commenced phase out of single-use plastic in staff rooms; 
  • Replacement of plastics for Meals on Wheels;
  • New CAHS warehouse / supply stores fitted with 30kW solar panel system;
  • Committing to 2 infrastructure solar installations;
  • And electric vehicle charging installations.

Represented by Sandy Verschoor, Lord Mayor


How does your organisation address climate change?

The City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2020-2024 commits Council to being a leader in responding to climate change and supporting our community and business to be resilient in the face of environmental challenges. Recent achievements that demonstrate the City of Adelaide’s commitment to addressing climate change include:

  • Announcement in February 2021 that the City of Adelaide’s 2019/20 business operations have been certified as carbon neutral by the Climate Active Program, delivering on the target established by Council in 2008 to be carbon neutral by 2020. The certification was one milestone in a suite of ten major projects that are ongoing to drive down emissions. They include an extensive program of tracking electricity and water use from our buildings, improving building energy performance, low emissions transport, and low-energy streetlights. A dashboard to explore the City of Adelaide's corporate greenhouse gas inventory is available on the City’s website. 
  • Commitment to be the first city in Australia to achieve ‘zero avoidable waste to landfill.’ To achieve this goal, Council adopted the Resource Recovery (Organics, Recycling, Waste) Strategy and Action Plan 2020-2028 in October 2020. 
  • Completion of an extensive Corporate Climate Risk Assessment in September 2020, using up to date climate modelling and considering governance and risk frameworks. The report combined multiple methodologies to assess climate risk and presented one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of any South Australian Council. A climate change adaptation plan is currently being developed based on the report findings.
  • Commencement of the City of Adelaide 9.5 year 100 per cent renewable electricity contract for all operations from 1 July 2020, that is saving money while creating regional jobs.
  • Installation of large solar on eight buildings, including several UParks, Adelaide Central Market, the Council Depot and heritage listed Town Hall building was completed in 2019 bringing the City of Adelaide’s total solar power capacity to over 1.1 megawatts.
  • Resolution by Council that “climate change poses a serious risk to the people of Adelaide, and it should be treated as a national emergency” in August 2019.

The City of Adelaide maintains and publicly discloses an inventory of community emissions, and reports both corporate and community emissions annually to the CDP, the international global disclosure system.

The City of Adelaide is a signatory to the international Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and through this pledged to contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement. And we participate in the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance -- a collaboration of leading global cities with aggressive climate change targets.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

The City of Adelaide has a stated target of carbon neutrality for the broader community, and a transition to low carbon and circular economies. The City of Adelaide and Government of South Australia are currently reviewing the progress made on the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021 and considering future next steps on emissions reduction. The Corporate Climate Risk Adaptation Plan currently being developed will guide Council’s efforts on climate adaptation in the organisation. 

As mentioned, the City of Adelaide recently adopted the new Resource Recovery (Organics, Recycling, Waste) Strategy and Action Plan 2020-2028. This strategy and action plan includes new commitments including the following priorities: 

  • Reduce food waste generation and increase diversion of food scraps going to landfill by 50 percent. 
  • Drive robust waste management education to all residents, businesses and users of our city. 
  • Collaborate with industry, academia and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions and data collection methods to reach the Resource Recovery Vision.
  • Support methods to establish waste avoidance and reduction and improved resource recovery as central in business decision making, development applications, building plans, product design, manufacturing and waste systems design. 
  • Work internally and externally with different levels of government to drive long term fundamental change in consumption and waste management.

Read more about the City of Adelaide’s plan to reduce emissions here.

Represented by Heather Holmes, Mayor


How does your organisation address climate change?

In October 2019 City of Mitcham declared a climate emergency, reflecting Council's ambition to provide leadership for our community in addressing the unprecedented threat of climate change. Following this declaration, the City of Mitcham has undertaken a range of projects that have made significant reductions to our greenhouse gas emissions. This has been demonstrated through energy efficiency upgrades to corporate facilities, installation of solar panels on key Council sites, and the upgrade of Mitcham's residential streetlights to LED technology. While this reduction is a step in the right direction, the Council understands that more can be done to adapt to the changing climate and mitigate its effects.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Transitioning rapidly to renewable energy, restoring our environment, improving our energy efficiency, and upgrading transport are goals that can be implemented at a national, state and local level to create positive outcomes for the future. At a Council meeting on 27 October 2020 Councillors made a commitment to five pledges as part of its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Purchase 100% of Council's energy from renewable sources by 2030
  • Change all street lights to energy efficient technology by 2030
  • Fund an ambitious and accelerated transition towards Council's fleet being fully renewables powered by 2030
  • Set targets and fund programs to reduce waste to landfill by 75% both for Council's commercial and domestic waste streams by 2030
  • Adopt sustainable procurement and policies by October 2022 to prioritise low emission products and services and incorporate zero emission design into all new Council buildings

Council also aims to assist the City of Mitcham community in mitigating and responding to climate change by funding programs and/or infrastructure to:

  • Promote and accelerate a community renewable energy transition
  • Continue building community capacity towards net zero emissions and climate resilience
  • Transition toward renewables powered transportation
  • Assist residents in behaviour change education
  • Assist residents in designing new low energy buildings

 

 

Represented by Fiona Armstrong, Executive Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) is the national peak body on climate and health in Australia. CAHA's Mission is to build a powerful health sector movement for climate action. We work through the following key strategies:

  • we activate health professionals and health institutions to be powerful advocates for climate action;
  • we build public support by communicating climate health impacts;
  • we advocate for national and global action on the climate-health emergency; and
  • we support the health sector to reduce emissions and build climate resilience

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We are advocating for the implementation of a national strategy on climate, health and wellbeing based on the framework put forward by the health sector.

Read more about CAHA's climate commitments here.

Represented by Jaime Yallup Farrant, Convenor


How does your organisation address climate change?

Climate Justice Union is a member-based organisation working across sectors to restore a stable climate while taking care of people and place.

Represented by Belinda Noble, Founder


How does your organisation address climate change?

Comms Declare is a group of around 300 individuals and 70 organisations from the PR, marketing and advertising industries that have pledged to not promote fossil fuels, high greenhouse pollution as 'business as usual' or spin around climate science. We are CANA members.

For the last century the advertising, PR and marketing industries have been promoting myths around fossil fuels. This includes manufacturing climate denial to delay cuts to coal, gas and oil production. Now these professions are helping big polluters maintain their social license to delay making the greenhouse gas cuts we desperately need. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Comms Declare aims to persuade people in these industries to stop helping fossil fuel companies pretend to be the solution to the problem they are creating. We conduct an annual survey of the top 200 agencies in Australia to judge climate activities and award a 'Climate Comms Champion' to the most climate friendly agency. We also conduct campaigns against fossil fuel advertising.

Represented by Muneesh Wadhwa, Partnerships


How does your organisation address climate change?

Communiteer enables collaboration between corporate employees and Not for Profits addressing climate change. We facilitate and report against virtual volunteering to support Not for Profits that are taking climate action. We scope business projects in areas such as marketing, finance, technology, HR, digital etc and offer them to the NFPs volunteers to help deliver. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Communiteer supports all Not for Profits addressing climate change with virtual volunteering at no cost to them. Read more about Communiteer's climate action initiatives here

Represented by Kayla Mossuto, Founder


How does your organisation address climate change?

Launched in 2014, Crema Joe specialises in reusable coffee pods, assisting coffee capsule machine owners to reduce their waste and environmental footprint.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Our ethos is focused on reuse. This ethos is carried across the entirety of our business. From top to bottom, we are committed to reducing our impact as a business with a focus on responsible & sustainable supply chain and utilising reclaimed materials wherever possible.

As a sustainable business, we use our voice to educate - we're aiming to use our platform to further amplify the conversation around climate, and what we can do as individuals to contribute to making an impact (please see our recent blog post for reference www.cremajoe.com.au/blogs/news/how-to-write-a-climate-letter).

Represented by Luke Reade, Policy Advocate


How does your organisation address climate change?

Energetic Communities Association is a state-wide association that aims to represent the interests of households, communities, and not for profit organisations working in the social, environment and community sectors, and to promote and develop community owned renewable energy. We aim to be a leading force in building social change and economic wellbeing for all household and not-for-profit energy consumers. We bring experience of engaging with complex regulatory processes, and we have excellent connections with other Queensland based consumer advocates. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We're a community energy organisation, with Queensland's first locally grown community energy project.

Represented by Corinne Fagueret, Coordinator Pacific Calling Partnership


How does your organisation address climate change?

The Edmund Rice Centre has identified three priority areas of focus:

  • Indigenous Peoples and Reconciliation
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • The impact of climate change, especially on our neighbours in the Pacific

In each of our programs areas we:

  • Raise awareness about the causes of poverty and injustice and the need for human rights to be respected and advanced
  • Advocate for the needs of groups who are systematically excluded locally and globally
  • Promote social action that engages people in the work for social change

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

The Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) began in May 2006 in recognition of the negative impacts climate change was having on the peoples of Kiribati, Tuvalu and islands of the Torres Strait. We are committed to listening to what islanders are saying about imminent threats to their way of life and collaborating with them in passing this important message on. The PCP strives to facilitate links between concerned people in Australia and Pacific Islands that are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Represented by Hilary McAllister, Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

For Wild Places is dedicated to protecting wild places of cultural and environmental significance from destructive industries such as logging and fossil fuel extraction. Through engaging and connecting people with the outdoors, For Wild Places activates the trail running and wider outdoors community to defend the wild places in their community and country through fundraising, creating awareness, and treading more lightly on the planet. Long term, For Wild Places aims to make the outdoor competitive sporting space more respectful of the lands upon which events are held, recognising and supporting Traditional Owners, leaving no trace, and hosting single-use free, carbon offset events.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

For Wild Places hopes to lead the outdoors space in creating carbon-neutral events which benefit the lands and Traditional Owners upon which the event is held. We are committed to offsetting our digital footprint annually, minimising merchandise, offering offsets to event participants, and working towards setting a new responsible events standard in the trail running world. We will continue to work alongside affiliate climate and outdoors groups to provide resources and education to promote positive policy change.

Represented by Bruce Cutts, Convenor


How does your organisation address climate change?

GECAN is an organisation campaigning for climate action for a safe, fair and liveable future.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We work face to face with the community, engaging with all levels of government. We successfully campaigned for a climate emergency declaration in the City of Glen Eira. We are campaigning for a progressive and realistic action plan for zero net emissions by 2030 following the emergency declaration.

Represented by Casey Whitelaw, Founder


How does your organisation address climate change?

Go Neutral is a consumer-focused climate action brand, focused on making meaningful climate action more desirable and accessible. Most people cannot live zero-emission lives, and so we make carbon offset products to help everyone become net zero, and build a stronger future for Australia.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We believe everyone can do more to slow climate change. You shouldn't need to be a climate scientist or an eco-warrior, and you shouldn't feel bad if you can't install solar panels or buy an electric car. That's why we started with cars: almost everyone needs to drive, and it will be years until we can all drive EVs. So in the meantime, the best thing that you can do is go carbon neutral.

Offsets aren't new, but Go Neutral's approach is. We make going carbon neutral easy and rewarding. Your Go Neutral sticker helps you feel good, and spread the word. It's all about people power!

We proudly support 100% Australian carbon removal projects, that build a better future for our land and economy.

Represented by Berish Bilander, CEO


How does your organisation address climate change?

Set up by musicians, for musicians, Green Music Australia strives to harness the cultural power of our industry to lead the way to a greener, safer world. We run campaigns, publish research and offer personalised support to artists, festivals and music businesses to transform our sector into a leader in sustainability. Along the way, we mobilise our supporters to become bold advocates for climate justice and, via their audiences, drive broader social change.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Green Music Australia brings together musicians, record labels, booking agents, management companies and distributors across our country recognise the serious threat climate change poses. Read more about their collective climate change declaration at https://www.greenmusic.org.au/climatechangedeclaration

Represented by Michael Frangos, CEO


Read more about Indigenous Energy Australia at their website.

Represented by Cathy Eatock, Co-Chair


How does your organisation address climate change?

The Indigenous Peoples Organisation (IPO) is a coalition of 285 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals who advocate for Indigenous rights at the United Nations and are committed to implementing the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples within Australia and overseas. IPO addresses a wide range of concerns from land and climate management, cultural heritage, remote communities, welfare entitlements, housing and services, community well-being, and self-determination as the key overarching right, which is the foundation of all other rights.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Working within IPO’s coalition of 285 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals, our activities over the next 12 months will focus on increasing the understanding of climate change priorities for Indigenous peoples and strengthening collaboration and readiness for joint advocacy among these groups.

Represented by Jenny Frieden, Project Officer


How does your organisation address climate change?

For nearly two decades, Ironbark Sustainability has worked with councils and their communities to reduce greenhouse emissions, tackle climate change and implement sustainability projects and programs. There are 537 local governments in Australia and since we began our journey in 2004, we've worked with 260 of them, covering 86% of the population, in every state and territory. 

Whether on council facilities and assets or in the broader community, the concept of real action underpins everything we do. We're proud that the projects that we've been involved in advising, preparing, or getting our hands dirty project managing have resulted in real projects that will deliver 3.64 million tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement as well as over $550 million in financial savings. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

As a certified B-Corp and leader in the climate field, we already manage our operations in a way that minimizes our carbon footprint. We purchase Greenpower (electricity from renewable sources), completely avoid use of gas and offset all flights and vehicle trips. We also encourage staff to cycle and take public transport to meetings and to work, and provide flexible work arrangements that reduce the need to commute. 

We will continue to do so, and additionally strive to fly less and drive less by encouraging our staff and clients to increase their use of teleconferencing. We have committed to being carbon neutral by 2030 but plan to meet this milestone earlier, with the main area for action being offsetting our fleet emissions, which we plan commence this year.

Our biggest impact, however, is in our work with our clients. We have a very small carbon footprint that is reduced through renewable energy and offsets, and this is dwarfed by the work with councils, which has resulted in millions of tonnes of emissions reduction. We work with councils and their communities to reduce greenhouse emissions, tackle climate change and implement sustainability projects and programs. We will continue to enable our clients to make the biggest impact in this space that they can. 

The actions we seek to encourage range from reducing councils' operational greenhouse gas emissions, to working with their communities to facilitate substantial greenhouse gas reductions, to advocating for a better future through initiatives like the BFA declaration.

Represented by Daud Batchelor, Co-Founder


How does your organisation address climate change?

The Islamic Thought, Legacy and Renewal Groups was formed recently by myself and two friends, Emeritus Professor Dr Boualem Bouashash and Ali Kasa. We intend to engage beneficially with Muslim communities in Australia and overseas, including presenting seminar/workshops of benefit on topical issues based on our professional knowledge and research. As a Better Futures Australia Ambassador, I plan to involve ITL&R in the planned activities.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

  1. As an AMUST Columnist write and publish in the Australasian Muslim Times (AMUST) articles promoting action on climate change. 
  2. Liaise with the Australian Religious Response for Climate Change (ARRCC) and Climate Reality Australia on promoting actions addressing climate change.
  3. Explore engaging with the Australian Muslim community in promoting actions addressing climate change. 
  4. Potentially conduct a webinar together engaging regional participants with the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia on a topic of common interest, such as "Reducing red meat consumption.

Represented by Lynette Apostolou, Practice Manager


How does your organisation address climate change?

Jackson Teece is an award-winning design consultancy with studios in Sydney, Brisbane and an expanding client base throughout Asia Pacific. We offer architecture, interior design, urban design and heritage conservation services. Our clients and projects benefit from the knowledge, creativity and synergies that arise from the interplay of these multi-disciplinary skills. At Jackson Teece we are changing the way we live, work and Design to be more responsible humans.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We encourage the effective use of recycling facilities at home and at work. We encourage carpooling, catching public transport or walking/riding to work to reduce our carbon footprint. We are advocates in minimising food, water and energy waste, encouraging eating or sharing leftovers with others. Jackson Teece supports OzHarvest Australia, and last year we donated in lieu of a Christmas party. Awareness to staff is at the forefront in our minds as we encourage the specification of sustainable building products and educating our clients on the short and long term benefits of doing so! There is so much more we can do and will do moving forward.

Represented by Abigail Forsyth, Co-Founder and Managing Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

Launched in 2009, KeepCup has revolutionised the way people enjoy coffee on the go with the world’s first barista standard reusable cup. With a mission to ensure the world no longer wants, needs or uses single-use cups, KeepCup is sold in 76 countries, with an estimated 8 billion disposables diverted from landfill every year.

As a founding B Corporation member, KeepCup is committed to making a positive impact for all stakeholders: workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment. Through 1% for the Planet, we donate at least 1% of global revenue to environmental causes.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We're committed to net zero by 2025, with a focus on real reductions over offsetting, and are investigating adoption of a science based target. We design and make reusable and repairable products that replace single-use plastic. When used to their intended lifespan, KeepCups have a lower carbon impact than single-use cups. Used once every weekday for a year, and based on an eight-year lifespan, a Thermal KeepCup has a 77-87% lower footprint than using single-use cups.

We use Life Cycle Analysis of our products to help guide decision-making and identify hotspots in our supply chain. Our 2018 third party, peer reviewed LCA, and the 2020 addition to it, which covers the new KeepCup Thermal, is publicly available online for transparency and to empower others with strong environmental data that can aid decision making.

As a global business, transport of our products is a key area of focus, which is why we choose local manufacture for local markets, where volumes and production capacity allow. 41.5% of our supplier spend is on suppliers within 80km of our hubs.

We preference sea shipping over air freight and work with each of our suppliers to minimise impact in all possible areas. We also encourage our team to have virtual meetings and make cycling an accessible commute option to and from work with secure bike parking and showers.

Our offices have been solar powered since 2015 in Australia, and 2018 in the UK.

In 2019 we installed 76 KW of solar power on the roof in our new Australian offices. We use eleXsys -electricity export system, Planet Ark Power technology, to export excess power back into the grid. This is cutting edge technology designed to overcome barriers to commercial adoption of rooftop solar.

When it comes to our buildings, we adopt energy-saving measures including LEDs, sensor lights and energy efficient appliances as the baseline, making the extra effort to minimise our impact.

But most importantly we use our voice, and the actions of our customers to advocate for change. We support cross sector campaigns that call on governments and businesses to adopt strong climate action to limit global heating to 1.5degrees.

The efforts of everyday changemakers over the last decade has demonstrated one thing above all else – that people want to be part of the solution and drive positive change. KeepCup is driven by individual behaviour change but, as a collective, we all have the power to remove social licence for single-use products.

Represented by Aymeric Maudous, Founder & Director, and Stephen King, Head of Partnerships


How does your organisation address climate change?

Lord of the Trees is a global reforestation project combining precision- planting drones supported by artificial intelligence, scientific and forestry research. Our unique Seedpod technology uses scientifically-formulated, organic blends of nutrients encapsulating seeds to sustain the healthiest possible germination.

We plant trees and have been for almost 18 years. During this time our research was aimed at new technology to use drones to speed up the process whilst dramatically reducing the capital cost. At the same time we developed a key understanding of co-planting techniques that assist in raising the level of propagation.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We have numerous projects in our pipeline. Projects like Blue Carbon, post bushfire reforestation, bee lines (wildflowers) and general reforestation both here in Australia and overseas.

Represented by Kathrin Wheib, Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

Make Good Studio is a sustainable interior design studio based in Melbourne, undertaking both commercial and residential projects and renovations. We design with the principle of less is better. Our work seeks to inspire a better way of living through respect for the planet’s resources and through intelligent design. We make spaces that are beautiful and modern which elevate the aesthetics of sustainable projects. Make Good Studio offers a future forward take on interiors where waste is minimised and materials and resources are respected.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

I set up Make Good Studio because I wanted to make a positive contribution to combating climate change and given the construction industry contributes ~40% greenhouse gases there is a lot of scope for improvement.

I passionately believe there is a smarter way to design interiors. The amount of waste generated and the mindless consumption of resources and energy that are currently used is what we are seeking to change. We offer a unique service to clients wishing to create beautiful spaces that marry aesthetics, function and sustainability. 

We delve deeper than simply specifying eco products and incorporate circular thinking and zero waste philosophies into our work. We consider a material’s embodied carbon footprint, a space’s ability to be flexible and future proof as well as lifecycle thinking / design for deconstruction. We are passionate about adaptive reuse projects and renovations as a way to extend the life of the embodied carbon within the existing building fabric. We retrofit spaces to become more energy efficient.

Represented by Mirella Arapian, Founder & Creative Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

Mek Studio creates purpose-driven brands and design for people and the planet. As specialists in branding and design we help businesses and organisations build and improve brands, define and communicate values, engage people, minimise impact, and meet growing demands for sustainability.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

  1. Mek is located in a solar-powered purpose-built premises created with the assistance of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund.
  2. Mek is a 100% carbon neutral and paperless company. Our equipment is powered by the sun and has the highest star energy ratings where possible.
  3. We've partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree in our clients‚Äô name for every new project we complete. Trees will be planted to restore native habitats and recover forests affected by the 2019‚Äì20 Australian Black Summer bushfires.In an effort to minimise our impact and not cause unnecessary harm, we regularly assess our use of resources, materials, and processes. 
  4. Our studio materials are plastic free, cruelty free, and not tested on animals.
  5. We only recommend eco-friendly and sustainable solutions to our clients across print, packaging, and spatial materials. We partner with trusted suppliers educated on the latest technologies and innovations for reducing waste and environmental impact.

Represented by Councillor Mark Riley, Deputy Mayor


How does your organisation address climate change?

Moreland City Council acknowledges we are in a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government, including local councils, as well as all members of the community. Zero Carbon Moreland is a community and council movement to achieve a safe climate for all of Moreland.  

Council's collaboration with partners and the community led to the Zero Carbon Moreland Framework 2040 and Action Plan. The strategy aims to engage all members of the Moreland community including residents, businesses, schools, local community groups, as well as the Council itself, to advocate and take action to transition our community to zero carbon by 2040.

Council itself has been certified Climate Neutral for operations (under the national Climate Active program) since 2012, and purchases 100% renewable energy through a Power Purchase Agreement with Crowlands Windfarm to power all our buildings, streetlights, and growing fleet of electric vehicles.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

  • Playing a leading role in Victorian local government efforts towards zero carbon buildings via Planning Scheme standards, enforcement, and advocacy
  • Providing direct support and financial assistance for low income / CALD homeowners to undertake thermal efficiency upgrades or install solar panels at no or low out of pocket costs
  • Ensuring Council builds highly energy efficient facilities, including onsite renewables and no new fossil gas
  • Facilitating 'mode shift' to active travel and public transport
  • Rolling out municipal-wide food and garden organics curbside service to deliver 'best in class' diversion from landfill

 

 

Represented by Gabrielle O’Kane, CEO


How does your organisation address climate change?

The National Rural Health Alliance is the peak body for rural health and comprises 44 national member organisations and is focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people residing outside our major cities.The Alliance produced a position statement on climate and rural health in November 2019 and has subsequently developed a larger position paper covering food insecurity, severe weather events and vector-borne diseases.

Represented by Brett Holmes, General Secretary


How does your organisation address climate change?

The NSW Nurses & Midwives Association (NSWNMA) is the trade union and professional association for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing and assistant in midwifery in the State of NSW. We have a membership of 72,000 across Public Health, Private Acute, Aged Care, Disability and Primary Health Care. We are foundation members of the Hunter Jobs Alliance - which aims to promote alternate employment in Hunter Coal communities, a member of the Climate and Health Alliance, and a member of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals. We facilitate seminars and meetings of interested members with health managements to encourage both understanding and cooperative action in health environments. We are growing our member involvement in climate and health awareness. Internally we are reducing our energy footprint by changing to LED lighting and moving a fleet of 51 cars from diesel to Hybrid.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Internally we will undertake an assessment of how we can further reduce our environmental footprint in energy, recycling, and resource use. Externally, we continue to engage our members in taking action at work and in their communities.

Represented by Carolyn Suggate, Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

The Organic and Regenerative Investment Co-operative is an innovative organisation, focussed on bringing together farmers, eaters and like-minded businesses. ORICoop exists to nurture and increase the amount and the productivity of organically and regeneratively managed land in Australia. While supporting farmers to be better land stewards of our delicate ecological food system and reducing our carbon footprint.

We believe that healthy soil leads to healthy waterways, better food, resilient farmers & stronger communities. We work with organic and biodynamic farms and support farmers to transition their agricultural businesses for the better. We bring together farmers and eaters who are interested in long term change.  That creates a more resilient Australian food and farming economy and changes the way our farmers do business … for the better!

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We aim to sequester carbon through our Eco-Credits™ program. ORICoop is offering Eco-Credits™ to conscious businesses and individuals looking to offset their carbon footprint. Eco-Credits are deployed directly to organic farmers who can commit Eco-Credits to their farmland. Opportunities for the Eco-Credit commitments include: to draw down carbon into the soil, increase the quality and size of biodiversity on farmland, plant native trees, and increase the amount of cover cropping and pasture cover. These credits are independently and annually verified using the latest technology and measurement parameters.

Represented by Carl Prins, Co-Founder & CEO


How does your organisation address climate change?

Pathzero is a carbon management platform that accelerates a company's transition to net-zero emissions by providing online tools and on-demand sustainability consultants.

Pathzero has been carbon neutral from day one. We have also adopted low-carbon work practices from day one. We offset the unavoidable emissions with carbon offsets. We are now taking best practice and enabling other companies to follow suit by using our measurement, reduction, offsetting and reporting tools.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Read more about Pathzero’s commitments to climate action at https://reports.pathzero.com/pathzero

Represented by Ben Smith, Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

Popamono specialises in crafting the powerful stories that underpin big goals or projects.

We develop tender responses, business cases, plans and strategies that get results. We support increased awareness of climate change, and we target supporting projects that provide increased action and community resilience.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We will be installing solar panels to make the company 100% renewable powered, as well as aiming for a 50% reduction in business travel and reduction of company waste by 50%. We also support planetary health solutions.

Represented by Peter Sutrin, Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

We have a strong office culture around doing our part to minimise our individual impact on the environment. This includes everything from encouraging our installers to recycle all single use food and drink packaging with designated bins, and recycling 95% of the scraps left over from our solar installations to doing our paperwork digitally, so we only use a ream of paper every few months. We've retrofitted our office with LED lights to minimise bulb replacement and electricity use and installed a 39kw solar system on our warehouse so we can power our building with renewable energy. We also work closely with brands who believe in minimising their carbon footprint during the manufacturing process and are contributing towards end of life solutions for their products.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Although we work hard to ensure we minimise our carbon footprint, we are aware there are many more steps we can take. In the future, we plan to invest in additional equipment to increase our recycling capabilities, donate more second-hand solar panels to community projects, move more of our marketing online, and encourage our customers to read and sign paperwork digitally.

Represented by Dave Copeman, Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

Our goal is that we are all taking action for a safe climate. To achieve this;

  1. We will lead a statewide campaign for a just transition to replace all of Queensland's coal-fired power stations with renewable energy by 2030.
  2. We will support and coordinate community and member group campaigns to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Queensland and prepare for the impact of climate change.
  3. We will engage directly with the Queensland Government to influence laws, policies, and programs to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

 

Represented by Sarah Rickard, Architect


How does your organisation address climate change?

Re-Architecture provides expertise to assist clients with making their home or building more sustainable, and support lifestyles that are resilient and regenerative.

The motivation for the business began with acknowledging the need to live more sustainably and build resilience in our community, to deal with the impacts of climate change and energy descent from peak fossil fuels.We are becoming more aware of the dependence of our current system built on finite resources such as oil, gas and coal, and to stop catastrophic climate change we need to change the current system. People need the solutions to be able to make this shift and will be looking for assistance to navigate the best way to do this. I believe sustainable design and living practices can be employed by any one and any business, so long as it is aligned with budget, ability and access. 

My aim is to provide expertise as a qualified and experienced Architect to assist my community in making the shift to live within a sustainable system. With my knowledge about solar passive design, sustainable construction, permaculture and sustainable living I offer a consultancy service, alongside traditional architectural services, to provide design and advice to homeowners, renters, and also those who cannot afford full architectural services.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Aim to minimise and remove GHG emissions generated by the business.

Aim to minimise energy & water use and remove any environmental impact caused by the business.

To continue to offset any further GHG emissions generated by the business.

To acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners, their knowledge and care of Country of the land on which the business is located.

To aim for socially just, sustainable practice.

To assist Clients and Co-workers to do the same.

Represented by Peter Mulherin, Leader


How does your organisation address climate change?

rebuildit was founded in 2007 on the principles of stewardship as a pathway to full circularity. We are founders and funders of three further business enterprises that sequentially advance business models for future resilience.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We believe iterating the existing linear and terminal economic model is a distraction that delays meaningful action. The competitive nature of extractive linear models demands externalities and exploitation. Measuring production and consumption as GDP is critical failure in a constrained environment. The global imperative is for a wide diversity of fully cyclical, regenerative and perpetuating economic models, owned and maintained in an inverted hierarchy where government and business rightly serve the planet, people and communities. We have worked across government, academia and business and recognise that their evolved frameworks and structures are not intended or capable of change in the time remaining available. We need a designed solution. We propose a new model where natural and social resources are measured by utilisation (GDU), embedded and disclosed at moments of trade and exchange with authority restored to the commons through a common currency.

Represented by Rob Gell, Executive Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

ReThink Sustainability is a sustainability advisory company. We advise businesses in energy management, smart technologies, governance (ESG/SDGs), planning and communications.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We have minimal climate impact; we have a small carbon offset office and remote working capability to reduce transport impacts.

Represented by Kate Ringvall, Chief Solutionary Officer


How does your organisation address climate change?

Ringvall Circularity is a Circular Economy consultancy committed to supporting Australia to transition to a more sustainable, equitable model for economic growth. We exist to question and rethink the current approaches and frameworks and to push forward to a future that supports us all. 

Everything we do as an organisation is focused on helping organisations and communities to transition to a just, circular and zero carbon world. We live and breathe it in our own organisation and help our clients to do the same. Ringvall Circularity is a start up with an ambitious aim to change the world, one organisation at a time. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We're a new start up working in the Sustainability and Climate Action space through the work we do in the Circular Economy; our aim is to help as many organisations transition to a Circular Economy model of growth, and thereby reduce their climate impacts.

Represented by Jeremy Wright, Board Member & Chair, Climate & Peace Sub-Committee


How does your organisation address climate change?

The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is a leading Rotary Club in Sydney, proudly serving the community - locally and internationally - via projects that address a range of humanitarian needs including climate issues, disease prevention, youth and Aboriginal issues and natural disasters.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We aim to raise awareness, advocacy and action regarding the Climate. We have a 'Climate & Peace' Webpage and a quarterly webinar with local and international commentators. We are also undertaking projects including the installation of solar panels on Fijian schools and repurposing redundant medical equipment. We are also advocating for Net Zero emissions by 2040 and actively reducing our own carbon footprint.

Represented by Raymond Minniecon, Honorary Indigenous Pastor


How does your organisation address climate change?

The people of St John’s represent the breadth and diversity of the community of Glebe. We have students, new arrivals from overseas, residents of social housing, retired people, professionals and other workers, long-term residents of Glebe, and people who enjoy our blend of traditional and contemporary worship. We address climate change through advocacy and education.

Represented by Mick Liubinskas, Climate Tech Investor and Author


How does your organisation address climate change?

Through my book, She’s Building a Robot, I'm an advocate for women in STEM, which will help women in education and also create more solutions for climate problems. I'm also an investor in climate tech companies.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

I take personal and business actions to reduce my carbon footprint and lead others to do so by sharing stories.

Represented by John Grimes, Chief Executive


How does your organisation address climate change?

The Smart Energy Council is the independent industry body representing the renewable energy, energy storage, EV and renewable hydrogen sectors. Founded in 1954 it is one of the oldest renewable energy organisations in the world.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We believe you can have a strong economy and a safe climate. In fact you can only have a strong economy if you have a safe climate. The transition to renewables is the biggest business opportunity of a lifetime. By setting ambitious goals, and going 'all in' on climate, will provide the certainty needed for the market to transition to a 100% renewable future.

Represented by Peter Jones, Co-convenor


How does your organisation address climate change?

Social Workers for Climate Action is an alliance of social work students, educators and practitioners committed to raising awareness within the profession of the scale and impacts of the climate emergency.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

SW4CA engages with members of the social work profession through regular newsletter updates, action alerts, engagement in community activities, etc. We offer presentations and workshops on climate change to social work and welfare organisations, and contribute to national policy developments and political lobbying.

Represented by John Davis, Commercial Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

At South Pole, our mission is to accelerate the transition to a climate-smart society. We believe that a more prosperous future is within reach, but only if everyone plays their part today.

We've helped organisations big and small play their part since 2006, with meaningful climate action being central in everything we do. South Pole is a proud member of the UN Global Compact and our sustainability policy guides day-to-day operations to ensure our environmental and social impact is consistently managed and optimised.

We have set a science-based emissions target in line with 1.5°C global warming scenarios, which has been validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

However, we know that climate action is a team sport, which is why we've also signed the SBTi's Business Ambition for 1.5°C and the UNFCCC's Race to Zero initiatives to connect with like-minded organisations and to inspire others to join us.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We've committed to ensuring that within the next 20 months all of our default pension providers across our 18 global offices are sustainable. We're also on the road to global B Corp certification.

In 2020, our entities in the USA and Australia became certified B Corps. During 2021, we will do the same in the UK, Netherlands, and German offices.

Read more about South Pole's climate commitments here.

Represented by Jordan Wilkes, Founder


How does your organisation address climate change?

Stride helps everyday Australians in the fight against climate change by providing a slow fashion alternative to the destructive fast fashion industry.

As consumers, every time we make a purchase, we are casting an economic vote for the world we desire. Our aim is to empower every Australian to vote for a world that protects our planet. What will you be voting for today?

Represented by Philip Donaldson, Founder


How does your organisation address climate change?

Sustain SA is a business approach delivering local bespoke collaborations and solutions and strategies in green cities and regions across South Australia and Nationally. We provide experiences that deliver outcomes, working with you to create a better quality of life for all.

We are driven by a single goal, to do our part in making the future a better place for all.

One Planet - One People - One Purpose - Sustain Life.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Our approach is to support others in their journey through development of One Planet Living Action Plans, to advocate for Zero Carbon Energy approaches to new developments in the built environment, to support green building and communities through the Green Building Council. As a sole trader, we work with others and are part of networks and members of the Climate Coaching Alliance, Trees for Life and AIUS SA taking part in conversations globally, acting locally as a volunteer grower for TFL and taking part in conversations on regenerative futures. As Executive Leader for Bioregional Australia, we deliver training and education programs that help organisations communities and council and development to undertake One Planet living Action plans to address the Climate Emergency. We offset our emission from travel and use renewable energy to power our home office.

Represented by Jaime-Lee Kay, Co-Founder & Director


How does your organisation address climate change?

theotherstraw is a social enterprise replacing plastic straws with reusable, ethically-sourced bamboo straws. We launched late 2018. Since then we have replaced 48,378,560  plastic straws from entering our landfills and polluting our natural environments.Our mission is to make the world a more sustainable place. And this is embedded in everything we do.

We offset all our CO2 emissions and invest in regenerating empty lands and restoring forests. We put part of our sales revenue to environmental projects to protect and restore our natural ecosystems. We are a 1% For The Planet member to further boost our support and love for our natural environments and oceans.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Climate policies and strategies are at the forefront of our business. We want to make sure everything we are doing is working towards a cleaner, healthier planet. All of our products are made from sustainable and renewable materials including bamboo and coconut. As a result, we've avoided 69,964 kg CO2 emissions from people switching to our straws instead of producing plastic straws. For our packaging, we do not use any virgin paper or materials. All our satchels, paper and card is made from post-consumer materials. So we can limit our CO2 footprint.

We have cancelled all of our CO2 emissions. Since day one, all of our orders have been sent out 100% carbon-neutral. We've supported 11 carbon offset projects to cancel our emissions and provide 100% carbon-neutral delivery. But we decided that just offsetting our deliveries wasn't enough. So we turned it up a notch and cancelled our entire business CO2 emissions. 

We track and monitor our business greenhouse gas emissions. We're currently researching and investing in other renewable energies and strategies as part of our commitment to protect, restore and regenerate our planet.

We are partnered with Carbon Neutral Australia. They are a carbon solutions provider and reforestation developer. Through our partnership with them, we are restoring forests and regenerating empty lands across Australia. Being carbon-neutral is a great start, but there is more that needs to be done.

Represented by Karen Redman, Mayor


How does your organisation address climate change?

On 22 January 2019, the Town of Gawler was the first South Australian council to declare that we are facing a climate emergency and that urgent action is required by all levels of government. The motion acknowledged that the Gawler Council Area is likely to be adversely affected by climate impacts, such as heatwaves, bushfires, drought, and floods according to local data and provided by numerous reports and agencies.

The Council recognises the importance of leading by example and building on foundation work on climate change established in its Environmental Plan and Regional Climate Adaptation Plan. Gawler is developing a new Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) to enhance resilience and reduce emissions and climate impacts. Whilst the CEAP is still to be released for community consultation and not yet endorsed by Council, new initiatives are already being progressed or investigated in detail.

Gawler Council sees its role as:

  • Supporting its community to reduce emissions and improve resilience.
  • Leading by example by reducing emissions from council operations.
  • Engaging with our communities on climate change, leading all levels of government and key organisations to declare a climate emergency and advocating on behalf of our communities to reduce barriers to action.

Gawler has established 130 kW of solar power on its buildings and has commenced a project to maximise solar generation locally and across its sites.

Our staff are taking a lead role in an Electricity Procurement Working Group representing councils to advise LGA SA Procurement, aiming for 100% accredited renewable electricity for all SA councils from January 2023.

We have investigated the costs and benefits to upgrade Gawler’s public street lighting to LED, identifying that this project would deliver substantial electricity savings, cost savings, and GHG reductions. Council has endorsed an application for funding under the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund. 

Our fleet includes a number of hybrid and plug-in electric light vehicles (EVs). We are seeking to trial full EVs in 2021-22 and investigating a full EV transition. Council’s EV charging stations will be upgraded and household charging facilities are being considered for our staff that have vehicles for on-call duties or negotiated for private use.

For our Gawler Aquatic Centre, we are seeking to change pool heating from gas to heat pump technology which will deliver cost savings and reductions in GHG emissions. In order to achieve this, we may first need to upgrade the facility's power supply.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

In 2016 Council adopted an Environmental Management Plan, which contains both strategies and actions relative to Climate Change mitigation and adaptation. In addition, Council has declared a Climate Emergency and is currently in the process of preparing a Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Council has declared a Climate Emergency and is currently in the process of preparing a Climate Emergency Action Plan, which builds on existing commitments and seeks to establish targets for achieving: 

  • Net zero emissions for council operations
  • Supporting and advocating for zero community emissions
  • 100% accredited renewable electricity for council
  • Advocating the Federal Government for reforms to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Legislation to support clarity and fairness in clean energy and offset markets
  • Transitioning from piped gas to electricity
  • EV light vehicles to be purchased
  • EV heavy vehicles to be purchased
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and urban greening initiatives to be increased

 

 

Represented by Natasha Davis, CEO


How does your organisation address climate change?

Trees For Life restores and protects South Australian landscapes, raises awareness about nature and empowers people to take action. Our vision is for all South Australians to value native plants and animals and be actively involved in protecting the land we love, for current and future generations. Over 40 years, thousands of people have contributed time, money, land and energy towards our collective vision of creating healthy bushland, farmland, coasts and creek lines and biodiverse urban parks and gardens.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Biodiversity loss continues to be a major driver for our work, and climate change is rapidly becoming a major threat to the health and survival of our native plants, animals and ecosystems. Climate change is also affecting how, when and where we work and this is only going to increase the cost and complexity of delivering our mission. Paradoxically, while delivering our work becomes ever more challenging in a warmer, drier, more unpredictable climate, equally it becomes even more important. Nature restoration and conservation is one of the most powerful tools we have to mitigate and prevent some of the worst impacts of climate change in both urban and rural communities. 

In response to these ever increasing threats, Trees For Life has developed a Climate Change Resilience Strategy which analyses the risks arising from climate change that will impact on our mission and to outline the areas where we can play a significant role in adaptation challenges facing South Australia. Trees For Life is committed to working with our partners, stakeholders, supporters and members to develop and apply new landscape restoration tools, resources and ways of working. The complexity and uncertainty of threats posed by climate change cannot be addressed by organisations working in isolation and we cannot assume that business as usual will be possible. Working with our nature conservation and climate adaptation partners, we have outlined collaborative projects under 7 themes:

1) Climate resilience leadership in nature conservation

2) Climate-proofing revegetation

3) Extreme weather and disaster preparedness and response

4) Traditional knowledge

5) Targeted intervention in at-risk ecosystems

6) Communicating hope

7) Planning for people and infrastructure

A number of projects are already underway. Read more at https://treesforlife.org.au/resources

Represented by Steph Cunio, Strategic Coordinator


How does your organisation address climate change?

United Workers Union organises low paid workers by building leaders who take action to win the change they want. To address climate change, we have member and staff climate action groups focussed on building momentum to take action on OHS climate threats.

Represented by Trish Hansen, Principal


How does your organisation address climate change?

Urban Mind Studio is a social enterprise that exists to enrich the creative and cultural life of people and places. We develop strategies with municipalities to transition to regenerative practices.

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

We will continue to provide pro-bono support to a range of stakeholders towards a regenerative future.

Represented by Francis Wedin, CEO


How does your organisation address climate change?

Vulcan Energy is the world's first Zero Carbon Lithium and renewable energy combined business. We are currently net zero across our operations, and are committed to use our business to decarbonise battery raw materials production and supply.

Represented by Gaye White, Communications


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