Uniting Communities first carbon neutral organisation in SA
Uniting Communities is leading the way for organisations across Australia by becoming the first South Australian organisation and first Australian charity to become certified as carbon neutral.
Uniting Communities received certification under the Federal Government's Carbon Neutral Program in December 2015. A range of programs have helped Uniting Communities achieve this, including upgrades to buildings, behaviour change initiatives with 1400 employees and volunteers, transitioning their fleet to hybrid petrol-electric vehicles and reducing waste to landfill through more effective management of recyclable and organic waste.
With strong leadership support, the organisation has reduced its carbon footprint, cutting carbon emissions by over 34% in the past five years.
These reductions have also saved their organisation over $1,000,000 - funds that can be invested in their valuable community programs supporting socially disadvantaged and low-income people and families.