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

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

lightsmart colourBased 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 

Further Resources

The following links include great information, services and access to funding for sustainable business:

WME Magazine- water, materials, energy, strategy

Business Recycling

Ecobuy- sustainable procurement

City Switch- green office

Sustainable Melbourne Fund

Sustainability Victoria

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:

  1. Checking air compressors for leaks
  2. Heating and cooling tips
  3. How to save power in your business
  4. Efficient refrigeration
  5. 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:

BEN Library

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

Updated : 4:18 PM, 24 September 2019

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