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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
australia Greener credentials The Australian Government, industry bodies, venues and operators are at the cutting edge of global best-practice in building design, event operations, environmental protection schemes and accreditation. Here are some examples: Green Building Council of Australia: Green Star ratings are currently being awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Australia. Melbourne Convention Centre: The new centre, which opens in 2009, is the first convention centre to be awarded a ‘Six-Star-Green- Star’ rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. Built from materials sourced from renewable sustainable industries, its features include solar panel hot water heating, natural lighting, special energy controls and fresh air drawn in from floor level. It will have its own black-water recycling plant for flushing toilets, cooling towers and irrigation and will be fully integrated with the existing exhibition centre to form the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre: This centre is one of only two accredited Green Globe Benchmarked Convention Centres in the world. The benchmark accreditation reflects the centre’s commitment to the environment and the achievements of its environmental program, Ecowise, designed to reduce the facility’s waste and energy usage. The centre has also produced a Green Event Ideas brochure to enable organisers to make events more environmentally friendly. Great Barrier Reef: On the Great Barrier Reef, all commercial tourism operators participate in a scheme to protect the reef system. The money collected contributes almost 20 per cent of the operational budget of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Oz Harvest: Registered charity Oz Harvest has collected around 2.3 million meals from conventions, meetings and functions in Sydney in the past three years and distributed these to organisations feeding the underprivileged. Green Policy Checklists: Many Australian business events companies are working to a green policy checklist, which was produced by local event management company Great Southern E-vents. Business Events Australia has also produced a green checklist to assist business events operators to plan and deliver cleaner, greener events. This can be found on businessevents.australia.com For further information email Business Events Australia on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit businessevents.australia.com. miceAsia.net 55