Lake Macquarie City Council has been a long-time supporter of the Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards. In 2017 they have come on board as the Award Category Sponsor for Excellence in Sustainability. Read on to find out what they have to say about the benefits of the Awards in this installment of Sponsor Spotlight.
Why did you decide to be a sponsor of the 2017 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards?
Lake Macquarie City Council is proud to sponsor the Excellence in Sustainability Award and to recognise and promote local businesses that have adopted innovative environmental sustainability practices.
Council supports local businesses to find their competitive edge through cost-cutting environmental practices. Every year, we link many Lake Macquarie businesses to programs of support and assistance to adopt efficient technologies and innovative practices that reduce their water and energy use and deliver significant savings. Through this work we have witnessed how sometimes small but transformational changes within a business can dramatically reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
As a sponsor of the Awards, we are pursuing our community’s vision for Lake Macquarie as a City that fosters a diverse economy while protecting and enhancing our environment. Businesses that use our natural resources more efficiently play an essential role in achieving that vision.
We welcome the opportunity to applaud those that have helped Lake Macquarie become a more sustainable City. Businesses that lead by example in their environment initiatives make an important contribution to building a culture of sustainability and help make our City and its business sector more adaptive and resilient.
Why do you think the pursuit of excellence is beneficial for business and what can it do for continual growth?
Businesses have much to gain from making the link between the environmental and financial sustainability of their operations. Striving for excellence in sustainable practices drives overall business efficiency and can give local businesses a competitive advantage, not just within the City, but regionally and nationally, even globally.
Local businesses that demonstrate excellence in their sustainability practices often achieve their results by tapping into external support and expertise. In doing so, they help support and build networks of local providers of eco-friendly goods and services.
Why do you think a business should enter the Awards?
The Awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase your business and its achievements.
All around our City there are inspiring stories of the ways people in business are working to cut their energy use and move to renewables, reduce waste and deliver innovative products and services that decrease local environmental impacts. Gaining recognition among peers is a great way for local businesses to take stock of their achievements while showing others what can be done.
In recent years, Council has achieved a considerable reduction in the City’s ecological footprint through the successful implementation of a number of sustainability projects. These efforts have seen Council save millions of dollars each year through initiatives including an energy efficient lighting system for the Art Gallery, covering the roof the City Administration Building in Speers Point with solar panels, and an innovative water-saving program for local sportsfields.
By sponsoring the award for Excellence in Sustainability, we hope to extend our work and inspire businesses and organisations across the City to improve their environmental practices.
Are you doing exciting things with sustainability in your business? Click here to enter this category today.