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  • Discover leading environmental practices from the world’s first certified carbon neutral zoo

    November 09, 2021

    Businesses have huge potential to create positive and profitable change as the world’s environmental agenda increases. Zoos Victoria has cemented itself as a leader in the sustainability space over the years and was appointed as the world’s first certified carbon-neutral zoo in 2013. 

    Zoos Victoria’s SustainABILITY workshops provide an up-close look at its leading environmental processes and management. Guided by expert facilitators with firsthand knowledge of sustainability practices, Zoos Victoria can help your organisation reach its sustainability ambitions and assist in the proactive management of your environmental impact.

    Select from the following workshops to learn how to implement environmental solutions that meet your organisation’s strategic needs:

    Showcasing sustainability

    Explore Zoos Victoria’s sustainability systems and gain insights into the application of specific environmental solutions. Gain a broad overview of sustainability systems as your team joins an expert for an onsite tour of the zoo’s key facilities. Deep dive into topics such as waste, water and energy to better understand how it all fits together.

    Implementing an environmental management system

    Discover the zoo’s Environmental Management System (EMS) implementation process and observe it in operation. During this workshop there is a show-and-tell of crucial risk measures and Zoos Victoria’s innovative control measures. Your colleagues will gain an understanding of why the implementation of plan–do–check–act (PDCA) is vital to improving organisational environmental performance and conducting a mock audit with personalised coaching and tips will help guide the steps to take to develop a risk register. Along with these great insights, at the end of the workshop your team can leave with a roadmap for your own organisation to implement. 

    Becoming carbon neutral

    Understand the steps to carbon neutrality and discover the best approach for your organisation to become certified with real-world examples and coaching. Discover the next steps towards certification during this workshop. An industry expert will help your team explore key certification options including teaching about key practices to work towards achieving the gold-standard of carbon neutrality, carbon offsetting standards and establishing a carbon inventory

    Continuing to build on its climate change milestones, it was recently announced that Victoria’s iconic zoos are the first in mainland Australia to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy thanks to funding from the Victorian Government. Healesville Sanctuary is powered by renewable energy produced by the Crowlands Wind Farm, near Ararat and Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo use 100 per cent GreenPower.  This builds on the 675 kilowatts of on-site solar already installed at the three zoos.

    All workshops are offered across Zoos Victoria’s three zoos and for anyone based interstate or internationally, options are available for the team to come to you.

    Supporting Melbourne as a sustainable destination for international business events is a key goal for Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB).  No matter what Sustainable Development Goal your organisation is working towards, MCB can help you deliver on your sustainability objectives whilst providing your clients with an educational and memorable experience.

    Get in touch with the team at MCB today to learn about ways to ensure your organisation implements more sustainable practices.