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What can I do right now?

Want to reduce your business carbon footprint right now but are unsure what to do and maybe a little light on time? Check out the latest What can I do right now newsletter for low/no cost tips and practical advice that will benefit your business immediately.

View November Newsletter. If you like what you see, subscribe to the free monthly e-newsletter. The newsletter delivers sustainability tips to your inbox each month, with simple activities to help reduce your carbon footprint and save money.

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Or visit the What can I do right now website which is full of cost effective and easy to implement carbon reducing solutions in one place. Each activity focuses on a different aspect of your business; and all of them offer real carbon reduction results, and financial savings.

Carbon Compass

Find solutions, share information and get practical advice on how to reduce your business carbon footprint. The new Hints & Tips page is jam-packed with easy to implement carbon reducing solutions that any business can do. You will find information on ‘Why’ and ‘How’ to take-on actions like de-lamping over lit areas, installing flow restrictors on taps and much more…

Click here for a full list of carbon reducing hints and tips.

Become a member of the online Carbon Compass community and gain full access to all of the sites sustainable resources, share information with like-minded businesses, ask and answer questions and see what other businesses are doing to reduce their carbon footprint. Membership is free

Choose GreenPower

Have you ever thought about switching to GreenPower but just haven’t found the time? Well, now you don’t have to find the time because Choose GreenPower will do all the work for you. While you keep doing what you do best – running your business – Choose GreenPower will find you a greener, cleaner, cheaper energy plan! Simply sign up for a free, independent GreenPower cost-comparison.

So far, Choose GreenPower has found that participating businesses have the potential to save on average almost $850 on their annual electricity bill and 40 tonnes of carbon emissions (equivalent to taking nine cars off the road), by switching to a more cost effective power plan comprising 25 per cent GreenPower.

For more information visit the Choose GreenPower website.

Grow Me The MoneyGrow Me The Money

Grow Me The Money is a simple way for small business to be sustainable and save money! Grow Me The Money is a 12 step online program to guide you through and help you to implement small changes into your business.

By making simple changes and reducing resources such as energy, waste and water, Grow Me The Money participants saved an average of $8,618 and 78 tonnes of carbon in the year 2009/10 – that’s equivalent to powering down 1x MCG stadium light tower for one year!

Take a sneak peak at one of the Grow Me The Money activities and learn how to start your own green team.

Need more? Hear the benefits from a Grow Me The Money participant:

For more information vist the Grow Me The Money website.

Climate Change Fact Sheets

Your business’ sustainable journey can start now with the simple click of your mouse. Start by finding out what climate change is all about with these factsheets. The factsheets are specifically designed to help businesses understand climate change, mitigate the risks, and maximise any climate change opportunities.

VECCI Fact Sheet: Climate Change Impact 2010

VECCI Fact Sheet: Consumer Preferences 2010

VECCI Fact Sheet: Drivers of Change 2010

There are a range of factsheets for specific industries such as Tourism, Cafes and Restaurants, Retail and Wholesale Trade.

For more information visit the VECCI website.


Consulting services

Did you know that on average 70% of carbon emissions produced by a typical business come from the consumption of electricity? With this Energy Inspection Checklist you can indentify simple actions to improve energy efficiency in your business to help you save energy and money.

If you’re after a more in-depth evaluation, an experienced Sustainability Services Consultant can conduct a full assessment of your business site. You can choose from a general Sustainability Assessment, Energy Assessment, Waste Assessment or Carbon Footprint Assessment. Each review will indentify opportunities to reduce resources like water, energy and waste. For professional assistance and further information, please call 03 8662 5333 or email

Free eBook: 10 ways to go green and save money

10 ways to go green and save moneyFor most entrepreneurs, making your business leaner and more efficient is a perennial goal. Cutting down on waste, streamlining business processes and reducing handling are goals that every business owner focuses on every year. But in most cases, the motivation for striving for these goals is financial – make your business more efficient and you can reduce overheads and improve profits.

But businesses looking to make their operations more efficient and less wasteful should realise their efforts have other benefits – improving the sustainability of their business and helping to reduce its impact on the environment. In this eBook, we’ve tried to bring together 10 tips that will help you meet these twin goals of cutting costs and making your company greener. In most cases – and we’ve covered everything from transport and water through to energy use and supply chain management – the tips are easy and inexpensive to implement, particularly if you can get your staff to support your efforts. Good luck and go green!

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