Case Studies

INTERN host organisations

BEACONHILLS COLLEGE - REVIEWING CURRENT POLICIES AROUND WASTE MANAGEMENT

Beaconhills College is a co-educational, ecumenical, independent school established in 1982 providing youth education in Pakenham and Berwick. For the last five years, the school has enlisted the help of several Green Steps interns to progress its environmental goals and has rolled out a number of significant programs in this time. These range from installing renewable energy, LED lighting upgrades, reducing water use, minimising pollution and teaching students about environmental responsibilities. Overall, the energy saving initiatives across the school have led to a total savings of $81,000 in electricity costs since 2013.

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CROWN - CREATING AN EMPLOYEE WASTE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

Crown Melbourne Entertainment Complex is one of Australia’s largest integrated resorts.  Over the last few years, Crown have made significant progress in improving recycling rates from 30% in 2014 to 63% in 2015. However, the organisation has now set a goal to increase their recycling rates to 90%, becoming a sustainability leader in Victoria and Australia. Recognising the need for a site-wide education campaign to improve engagement through employees, contractors and tenants, Green Steps student, Rahul Abbagari was tasked with the role to create this campaign.

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COLES - REVIEWING GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE IN A RESPONSIBLE SOURCING POLICY

Coles is one of Australia’s largest full service supermarket retailers owned by Wesfarmers. With a Responsible Sourcing Strategy already established, Coles wanted to research global best practice in this space to best inform their future strategy. The ethical sourcing team took on intern Elizabeth Bacchetti to research and compare their strategy against other Australian and international retailer’s sustainability commitments, measuring similarities, gaps and level of commitment to these policies, with the aim of identifying recommendations and strategic opportunities over the next five years.

 

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AECOM - Resilient Melbourne Project

 

AECOM a global design firm is the strategy partner for Resilient Melbourne, a project hosted by the City of Melbourne. Part of the global 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC), this project is designed to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are increasingly a part of 21st century cities. AECOM is providing specialist assistance in strategy design, stakeholder engagement and planning, enlisted the help of Green Steps student James O’Donnell to map existing resilience frameworks and approaches, and contribute to drafting the Resilient Melbourne Strategy, which is due for release in 2016. 

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Essential Services Commission

The Essential Services Commission (ESC) is Victoria’s independent economic regulator of prescribed essential utility services supplied by the electricity, gas, ports and retail freight industries. Based in Melbourne CBD, the ESC have taken several Green Steps interns over the years to assist with environmental auditing.  Student intern Connie Zhang recently assisted ESC providing a fresh perspective to take their environmental management system (EMS) to the next level with the aim of streamlining and simplifying the tool ready for it's inclusion in their annual report.

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Monash Health

Monash Health, one of Victoria’s largest health organisations providing services across South Eastern Melbourne to a core population of almost 900,000 people (22% of the city’s population) strives to address environmental and sustainability issues within its operations. Recently winning a Premier’s Sustainability Award for their efforts in 'Cleaning without Chemicals' and being innovators in hospital hygiene, as part of their progressive sustainability strategy, Monash Health have taken on Green Steps interns for several years to work on a variety of projects. All have provided insight and future recommendations to further progress the organisations journey in sustainability.

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Corinda State High School

Corinda SHS is a Queensland based secondary school that has set some visionary aims to become the first carbon neutral school in Queensland. While it has a goal and vision in mind, the school required some support to take the first steps to getting started. This meant they needed to measure their current energy and water use, as well as waste production to be able to establish a clearer picture of where they were and set some reduction targets to achieve. Corinda SHS hosted an intern to help establish the reporting template to start off the measuring process. 

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The Body Shop Australia

The Body Shop has long been recognised as an ethical organisation that cares for its customers and the environment. So when the opportunity to look at their internal environmental performance arose, they enlisted the help of a Green Steps intern to support them. One of the key tasks of the project was to establish a reporting system whereby the Body Shop could measure its carbon footprint for its main head office and warehouse, as well as the transport emissions required to deliver its products to their stores. 

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Northern Territory Airports

The Northern Territory Airports is the main authority that looks after three airports including the Darwin International Airport. NT Airports have had a long standing history with Green Steps, taking on a number of interns over the past few years. In 2012, intern Gary Leung conducted a three week internship supporting the establishment of an energy efficiency plan. Gary's assessment highlighted that NT Airports had been reporting double the emissions than was actually produced, with this finding alone saving the organisation a substantial amount of money. 

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National Convention Centre - Canberra

Working together with the maintenance team at the National Convention Centre, Green Steps student Jessica Millen was tasked to audit and make recommendations to the NCC’s current lighting systems as a way to reduce the environmental impact of the building and reduce energy costs. Her assessment helped identify over $30,000 in savings through introducing more efficient lighting systems alone. 

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Puffing Billy - Victoria

Puffing Billy is a tourist coal train that meanders its way through the stunning scenery of the Dandenong Ranges, on the outskirts of Melbourne, Victoria. They engaged a Green Steps intern to help assess the environmental impact of the train to make recommendations for savings. The student’s work organising Puffing Billy’s environmental data and reporting system identified a number of actions that could be taken straight away and in future to reduce the railway’s environmental impact. These ranged from simple measures such as turning off appliances and lights when not in use, to promoting recycling messages to foreign customers in their native languages.

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