The Bundanoon Club was the venue for a meeting of local businesses on Wednesday the 20 July for the launch of a new initiative, the Sustainable Futures Business Network.
Funded by the NSW State Government’s Environmental Trust and supported by Wingecarribee Shire Council via its Environmental Levy, the evening offered an overview of the program which provides advice for small businesses on how to reduce energy, water and waste consumption and subsequent financial costs.
Economic development is linked with this program and participating businesses will be supplied with program branding materials that will promote their achievements in resource efficiency. A website to be launched in late August will provide further recognition and opportunities for community networking (bookmark www.wscsustainablefutures.com.au for future reference).
Presentations included an acknowledgement of the traditional owners, the Gundangurra people and an overview by Wingecarribee Council General Manager, Jason Gordon. The night also showcased case studies from the Wingecarribee Council Economic Development Manager, a review of the Sustainable Futures Business Network by Sustainability Projects Officer – Kimberly Elliott, an insight to the business network recognition scheme – Better Business Partnership by Ashley King – from Ku-ring-gai, Willoughby and Northern Sydney Councils Environmental Trust Grant, and an in depth look into lighting system and energy savings by Julien Freed Consulting.
Keep a look out for stickers that will be displayed around the Shire to signify businesses signed up to the program. Follow their progress as they earn recognition for their sustainability journey.