MARCH 2016
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UPCOMING EVENTS


23 MAR

Gatton

Leaders Forum Three - Solar and Battery Storage

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29 MAR

Townsville

Find money-saving opportunities in your business

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31 MAR

Logan

Find money-saving opportunities in your business

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CASE STUDY

Cleansing the beauty industry

The Jasmin Organics Group has developed high-quality, certified organic skincare and beauty products through sustainable practices with users and the environment in mind. These products are environmentally friendly as the Jasmin Organics Group find a huge benefit in implementing sustainable business practices. The Jasmin Organics Group’s farm and factory are located on the peak of Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland. This provides a beautiful site surrounded by national parks and ideal for growing much of the raw material required for products.

Water is sourced from the local aquifer or from harvested rainwater. If it is used in the products, it is passed through a thirteen stage treatment process prior to use. Process water for cooling is returned to the aquifer to ensure it is not drawn down. Wastewater is used to water the crops through a transpiration system. This reduces the amount of water required and allows the plants to use any waste nutrients in the water.

Action plan highlights
• Certified organic
• Water sourced on site
• Waste water disposed on site
• Solar power and heating planned

Read the full case study here to learn how you can start your savings with sustainable practices.

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INNOVATION NEWS

Gatton Solar Research Facility to host Leaders Forum Three

Join the CCIQ ecoBiz team and have an exclusive site tour of the largest solar PV system in the southern hemisphere. ecoBiz is heading out to the solar research facility and extending an invitation to the ecoBiz Leaders to share the experience.

Date:         Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Time:         8:15am to 11:30am
Location:    Solar Research Facility Gatton Campus, UQ

Leaders Forum Three will commence with a tour of the facility and following this, attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion exploring business models for solar power, storage and adopting new technologies.

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ONLINE EVENTS

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Evaluate money-saving opportunities and put your ideas into action

Tues, 15 Mar

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.

Through this workshop you will understand the potential costs of implementing any opportunities and be able to consider the benefits to your business that will come as a result of these investments. The workshop will also guide you to the right places to look for potential funding and put your ideas into action.

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Building management systems: Can they save your business money?

Thurs, 24 Mar

This webinar will teach you about the efficient use of a Business Management Systems (BMS) which may help your business save thousands of dollars a year by reducing energy use.

Building Management Systems (BMS) can control up to 70% of a building's energy use. These benefits can be achieved by efficient operation of HVAC systems, early identification of faults and effective monitoring of energy consumption. While BMS are traditionally applied to large buildings, the technology now offers benefits to small and medium buildings for businesses across a range of sectors including, commercial office space, hotels and accommodation, retail and residential towers. BMS provide benefits for both landlords and tenants.

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Engage your team to adopt money-saving practices

Weds, 6 Apr

Learn some of the successful strategies that other ecoBiznesses have used to engage staff to help save money in the business in this interactive e-workshop.

We will look at how some of the world’s leading sustainable brands have used the skills and abilities of their staff to reduce their water, waste and energy costs. You will also learn about good staff engagement and discuss some examples about what really motivates staff to take action and increase efficiency. This workshop will provide you with local and practical examples from Australian businesses that have worked with their staff to make great savings.


TIP FROM THE EXPERTS

Eco-efficient buying

It pays to think about eco-efficiency when you’re considering buying new business tools or products. These tips range from inexpensive items to longer-term investments and will significantly reduce your power, water and waste costs.

1. Refit your business or office with green building materials

Select sustainable construction materials and products by checking reused and recycled content, level of toxicity, recyclability, durability, longevity and where it was produced. Consider installing sub-meters for electricity and water.

2. Install energy-efficient area lighting with task lighting

Replace the common T8 fluorescent tubes with more efficient T5s and use compact fluorescent lights where applicable.

3. Replace equipment with energy-efficient models

Make sure your new equipment is based on the latest Energy Start rating - refer to www.energyrating.gov.au for more information. Using energy-efficient office equipment can reduce energy consumption of individual products by more than half.

For more FAQs visit the ecoBiz fact sheet and learn how you can start saving in your business.

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30 ECOBIZ LEADERS  SHARED INSIGHTS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AT THE LAST LEADERS FORUM

To read more ecoBiz case studies and fact sheets visit cciqecobiz.com.au/tools/.

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