JUNE 2016
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21 JUN


Learn Sustainability from the Leaders

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21 JUN


Learn Sustainability from the Leaders

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23 JUN

Leaders Forum Four

Join the ecoBiz Leaders for a tour of Rockcote

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Attend the fourth ecoBiz Leaders Forum

CCIQ ecoBiz is excited to invite you to the fourth ecoBiz Leaders forum. The ecoBiz Leaders forums give you the opportunity to network with like-minded ecoBiz Leaders who are working towards sustainability with ecoBiz. Hear from ecoBiz champion Bob Cameron, Managing Director of ROCKCOTE outline his sustainability journey and tour the ROCKCOTE facility.

Thurs 23 Jun, 2016 - 5:35pm - 7:45pm

ROCKCOTE Head Office Sunshine Coast
18 Machinery Rd, Yandina, Qld

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A clean, green brew from Beard and Brau

An independent brewery at Tamborine in South East Queensland, with the mantra 'from the farm, back to the farm', Beard and Brau are passionate about good beer brewed sustainably.

Action plan highlights:
• ecoBiz Star Champion business
• $4,000 annual energy savings
• 28% energy savings
• 100% rainwater use
• Insulation and monitoring and understanding heating and cooling processes within the brewery
• Installation of a solar system to ensure some of their power use is generated by renewable sources
• New keg washer to reduce LPG use Water sourced on site
• A water treatment system that provides clean irrigation water for the farm
• Biodegradable cleaning chemicals to eliminate phosphoric and sodium load in wastewater
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Shining a Light on Food Waste

Food service businesses are under increasing pressure to reduce costs and improve the business’ environmental credentials. Pre-consumer food waste prevention is an area where these seemingly disparate objectives go hand-in-hand.

Pre-consumer food waste costs money and yet about half of it is avoidable. Businesses often track food cost as a percentage of turnover but this is a blunt measurement and doesn’t highlight where improvements should be made. Whether you’re wasting 10, 8, 6 or only 4% of your waste, how would you go about halving it? Waste tracking systems such as LeanPath are available to help solve these problems.

Chasing a 2 or 3 per cent saving of your food cost is challenging but it’s achievable when staff are positively engaged and there is management oversight. These benefits are multiplied when it is recognised that food waste due to overproduction or quality rejects also entails wasted labour.

Learn more about how to manage your food waste in the upcoming webinar on 22nd June. You will hear case studies from Compass Group, Spotless and Sodexo, who are benefiting from waste tracking systems in their Australian kitchens.

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Evaluate money-saving opportunities and put your ideas into action

Weds, 8 Jun

This interactive e-workshop will help you analyse opportunities in your business to save you money. You will learn how to evaluate these opportunities and develop a business case to turn ideas into actions.


How much does food-waste cost your business?

Weds, 22 Jun

Australia throws away 450,000 garage trucks of food waste every year, around 8 billion dollars’ worth! Over 20% of commercial and industrial waste is food, with the bulk coming from: the food services sector, including restaurant and caterers; and food manufacturers. This webinar will outline some food-waste solutions for your organisation.


Supported living and not-for-profit reductions

Many disabled, disadvantaged and older members of the community live in supported accommodation in one form or another. Whether the occupant or their not-for-profit accommodation provider pay the energy, water or waste bills it is essential to the sustainability of this arrangement that power and water bills are kept as low as possible.

Keeping comfortable while looking for reductions

Whether you, as the tenant or the not-for-profit organisation supporting you is paying the power and water bill, it is important to keep utility bills as low as possible without reducing your comfort or safety.

Ways to reduce power and water bills

• Make sure switches, power boards and power points are easily accessible to turn things off when not in use.
• When replacing lights make sure you replace with LED lights or compact fluorescents.
• The use of low cost motion sensors and timers are very useful for outside security lighting.
• Adjust washing machine settings. Only use cold water for washing especially if you have an electric hot water system.
• Understand your hot water system. With electric hot water systems keep showers to under four minutes, as this saves energy, water and money.
• Do not use heated towel rails which can cost up to $200 a year.
• Leave mixer taps in the cold position unless you actually want hot water so hot water is not wasted cooling in the pipe when not really required.
• Fridges and freezers need annual checks to the seals.
• Heaters are significant energy guzzlers so only use when it’s cold and not just cool.

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