Sustainable Business Programs & Resources
BEN Programs and Resources
BEN has facilitated numerous opportunities for businesses to access programs, funding and support to become more competitive and resource efficient in conjunction with Enterprise Connect, State and Local Government partners, Sustainability Victoria, CSIRO, the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), Genesis Now, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and through Council itself. Current programs include:
- Northern GreenLight Program
- Hume Light$mart Energy Efficient Lighting Program
- ASPIRE Industrial Ecology Project
Northern GreenLight Program- take your business to the next level
The Northern GreenLight Program is a holistic group program designed to support more resource efficient, competitive and innovative enterprises. It is facilitated by ECO2sys, leaders in business diagnostics and sustainable programs for business. Based on the excellent results achieved through the first Northern GreenLight Program in conjunction with Hume, Whittlesea and Darebin Councils, a second program is on offer to businesses across Hume, Darebin and Moreland. The Northern GreenLight Program is 50% co-funded by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources through the Grow Your Business Group Programs.
Hume Light$mart Energy Efficient Lighting Program
Save money on your electricity bills and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions
Based on the City of Darebin's successful Light$mart Program, BEN is working with businesses in Hume to assist them to retrofit with more energy efficient lighting in conjunction with respected lighting practitioners. The process involves:
- A simple audit of your business to determine the number of lights and their power consumption
- Accessing your electricity bills to determine your costs so that we can accurately measure your energy, greenhouse emissions, financial savings and payback period
To assist businesses to go ahead with an energy efficient lighting retrofit, Hume Council will contribute a subsidy based on the number and type of lights involved.
A range of businesses across industry, retail, professional services and hospitality have taken up the Hume Light$mart offer, and are now collectively saving over $154,000 on their electricity bills each year, and around 1366 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Some case studies are available below:
Lightsmart- Modern Baking.pdf
Lightsmart- CJD Equipment.pdf
Lightsmart- Mega Bingo.pdf
Lightsmart- Black Horse Hotel.pdf
Lightsmart- Barry Plant.pdf
Lightsmart- Sunbury Homebrew.pdf
For more information or to participate in the Hume Light$mart program, please contact 9205 2273.
GreenPower your business
Does your business invest in GreenPower? GreenPower provides businesses and other organisations with a proactive way of reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and lessening their impact on the environment. Businesses that purchase GreenPower are also helping to drive renewable energy investment in Australia above and beyond mandatory government requirements, helping to create jobs in the Australian renewable energy sector and supporting local suppliers who provide services to accredited generators. GreenPowering your business is easy. You don't need to change your electricity supplier or your existing electricity contract and you will still get the same reliability of supply.
All you have to do is call your current electricity supplier using the customer service number on your electricity bill and ask to purchase an accredited GreenPower product.
Alternatively, you may want to shop around the other electricity retailers to get the best GreenPower deal for your business' needs, or purchase GreenPower through a decoupled GreenPower Provider. Each GreenPower Provider will have their own name for the accredited product they sell, such as ‘GreenLiving’ or ‘GreenEarth’, and have different options for the percentage of GreenPower you can purchase.
Since 2009, Greenpowered businesses have saved more than 5.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gas from going into our atmosphere, and have been responsible for investing more than $300 million back into Australia's renewable energy sector.
For more information, please visit the GreenPower website
ASPIRE- Advisory System for Processing, Innovation and Resource Exchange
ASPIRE is a 'proof of concept' project that has been developed in response to manufacturing companies talking to their local councils about waste disposal costs, particularly those associated with increasing landfill prices. This collaborative project focuses on the development and deployment of an ICT system that will assist the efforts of businesses and councils to reduce their operating costs, and improve the economic development outcomes of a region.
Hume Council is collaborating with Kingston, Knox and Dandenong Councils, CSIRO and AiGroup on the project, which is funded by the Department of State Development and Business Innovation.
To access the ASPIRE forum, please visit: ASPIRE Forum
The following links include great information, services and access to funding for sustainable business:
WME Magazine- water, materials, energy, strategy
Ecobuy- sustainable procurement
City Switch- green office
Sustainable Melbourne Fund
Fifteen Steps Towards an Energy Reduction Plan (pdf)
Easy Energy Efficiency for SMEs
The Moreland Energy Foundation have produced a number of excellent short videos to show businesses how they can save energy through simple actions, including:
- Checking air compressors for leaks
- Heating and cooling tips
- How to save power in your business
- Efficient refrigeration
Using lighting economically
These videos have been produced in a number of languages other than English, including Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Mandarin, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6RTMD3T1kUjRGn4TKavC9zDmi2Qk-epX&action_edit=1
The following resources are available to BEN members for one month loan from the BEN Library. A total of three items are available for loan at any one time. There is no cost to borrow items, however you will need to return them in person or via post to:
Hume City Council
1079 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows
PO Box 119, Dallas VIC 3047
Ph: 9205 2273
Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce
Michael Braungart and William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle
William McDonough and Michael Braungart, The Upcycle
Paul Gilding, The Great Disruption; how the climate crisis will transform the global economy
Janine Benyus, Biomimicry; innovation inspired by nature
Ray Anderson, Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist
James Bradfield Moody and Bianca Nogrady, The Sixth Wave; how to succeed in a resource-limited world
Bob Willard, The Business Case for Sustainability, DVD
Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers, Resource Revolution; how to capture the biggest business opportunity in a century