En­vi­ron­ment award

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - BUSINESS -

A SMALL busi­ness sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion that took part in a United Na­tions fo­rum in New York ear­lier this year has won a City of Bel­mont en­ergy ef­fi­ciency award.

The Bel­mont-based Tex­tile Cloth­ing Footwear Re­source Cen­tre of WA won for its on­line en­ergy ef­fi­ciency train­ing and men­tor­ing project.

From 2012 to 2015, it tar­geted 1000 fash­ion and tex­tile, cloth­ing and footwear, and as­so­ci­ated in­dus­tries through on­line fo­rums, men­tor­ing, fact sheets, we­bi­nars and speaker ses­sions.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Carol Han­lon said the cen­tre has pro­vided a range of ser­vices to small busi­nesses in the sec­tor.

“The project fa­cil­i­tated the abil­ity for busi­nesses to re­duce en­ergy use, cre­ate cost ef­fi­cien­cies and in­ves­ti­gate new green busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Ms Han­lon said.

It also show­cased sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices for small busi­nesses dur­ing a United Na­tions non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­rum in New York in March.

Ms Han­lon said the award recog­nised the ben­e­fit of the cen­tre’s in­no­va­tive on­line train­ing and men­tor­ing.

Two other Bel­mont busi­nesses, Hero En­gi­neer­ing and Food Res­cue, also re­ceived awards.

Hero En­gi­neer­ing has im­ple­mented sev­eral en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion of dou­ble glaz­ing, re­place­ment of flu­o­res­cent lights with LEDs and in­stal­la­tion of a volt­age op­ti­miser.

Food Res­cue col­lects a large quan­tity of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles from su­per­mar­kets for dis­tri­bu­tion to char­i­ties.

It is plan­ning new ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing tri­alling an Orca on-site di­gester for food waste.

Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks said the win­ners were setting a good ex­am­ple of how to op­er­ate in an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and sus­tain­able way.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d459731

Carol Han­lon and Irv­ing Lane with their en­vi­ron­men­tal awards.

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