At Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) (SCC) our commitment to helping older people ‘live life to the full’ sits comfortably side-by-side with our goal of making sure we do so in an environmentally responsible way. SCC is always looking for better ways to minimise impact on the environment to ensure wherever possible, our activities promote environmentally responsible, sustainable practices to build a better future for our community and the environment.
Our Support Office-based Green Team, with the support of all our staff, have initiated both large and small-scale green projects since 2011. Part of our work is to track and monitor energy and resource usage across all our residential aged care homes, measuring our consumption against other aged care organisations. By comparing benchmarks set by the Office of Environment and Heritage and KPIs between our facilities, we are able to prioritise our means of reducing energy consumption, water usage and waste management and generation across the organisation. Our energy goal is to boost efficiency to 12 per cent by 2020.
• Silver to Gold Status with Sustainability Advantage: SCC is thrilled to have previously achieved Silver Recognition with the Sustainability Advantage Program. Working towards Gold recognition will help further demonstrate our standing as one of the sustainability leaders within the Aged Care sector.
• Risk within Sustainability at Southern Cross Care: An Employee Engagement and Policy Workshop was organised with Sustainability Advantage to provide staff engagement and policies to ensure sustainability is governed and part of SCC’s operations.
• Sustainability Tool-kit: The tool-kit has been prepared for SCC’s retirement community and home care customers on how to practice and implement sustainability within their homes. The document will be distributed as a handout and will be placed on SCC’s Intranet and website for all other stakeholders to use.
• Sustainability Intranet Page: Has been developed and published on the SCC Intranet for staff to have access to key tools and information on sustainability as of July 2018.
1. Young Dam rectification & surrounding landscaping works – anticipate completion in February 2019.
2. Air-conditioning works at Moama & Deniliquin RACs. Including removing of inefficient wall heaters – Completed in October 2018.
3. New developments with integrated ESD (Ecologically Sustainable Development) principles at Thornton Park and North Turramurra – anticipate completion in February 2019 and December 2019 respectively.
4. Waste Contract: Consolidation of waste services across all sites via region, with the aim to go to tender to work with one supplier (or a limited number) to insist on our reporting and our recycling needs – completion date April 2019.
5. Harden LED Retrofitting: Ongoing work handled by the maintenance officer.
1. Liquid Food Composter (LFC) food waste savings: The LFC has been installed at Tweed Heads, Nordby and Marsfield residential care homes. This has achieved 85% reduction of food waste across these three homes. A total of 9062 kg of food waste was diverted from landfill in 2018.
2. Worm farm: Minimising food waste from going into landfills by converting organic food waste into nutrientrich fertiliser for plants and soils. This has achieved approximately 10% reduction in food waste going to landfill at these sites.
3. Fuel Management: SCC has continuously managed to lower fuel consumption through adopting fuel efficient vehicles, minimising travel, utilising other forms of communication (e.g. telecoms) and monitoring fuel data usage for continued improvement. We achieved a total cost reduction of $108,000 per annum in 2017 compared to the baseline year of 2014, based on a total fuel savings of 76,000 Litres.
Our ongoing commitment to sustainability is reflected within our Business Strategic Plan across all departments and sectors within the organisation.
We invite everyone to be part of our Green Philosophy, if you have any feedback, ideas or require any additional information on our environmental sustainability “Green Philosophy” and how to participate, then please contact our Green Team on the following details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 632 314.