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We are constantly searching for other resources to assist in your sustainability journey. Here are some resources from community, Council and NSW Government to get you started.

Email Council’s Sustainability Officer to suggest topics for this page or find out about upcoming events.

Community

Local Business Sustainability awards

Northern Beaches Council sponsors a special business Sustainability Award alongside the prestigious annual Northern Beaches Local Business Awards.

Anyone can nominate a business for the Sustainability Award, including customers, community members, businesses owners and staff. Self-nominations are also welcome.

Nominations usually open in April each year.

To get some inspiration, check out the winners of past awards.

Council programs

Towards net zero toolkit - environmental sustainability resources for business 

We have developed a series of online resources with the assistance of RSM Australia, to support our local businesses on the Northern Beaches. 

Swap for Good

Council has developed a program to support and empower businesses in moving away from single-use plastics - Swap for Good program. The program includes resources, ongoing assistance, information on alternative materials and suppliers, events and collaboration opportunities within the business community. 

Government

Energy Saver program

The NSW Government 'Energy Saver' program offers discounts, incentives and training for businesses to reduce energy use and save on power bills: offers for businesses here are subsidies for new appliances and equipment including:

The program also has an e-learning platform, full of courses, training offers and resources. All the training courses are available to upskill your team with flexible online learning modules. So log-in to explore their range of free learning materials: Energy management courses for business.

For further queries, please contact the energy saving business team at  energy.saver@environment.nsw.gov.au or call on 9895 6590.

Bin Trim

Need assistance with managing your business waste? The NSW Environment Protection Authority's Bin Trim program provides businesses with free help and support to maximise their recycling and minimise their waste to landfill. 

Find a Bin Trim Assessors in your area or visit Bin Trim for more information. Email Bin.Trim@epa.nsw.gov.au to register your interest.

National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)  - Energy Starter and New Buildings - offer available until 31 March 2022

Getting a NABERS rating is the first step for many building owners, operators and tenants to understand how efficient their building is, and find out opportunities to reduce bills and improve efficiency.

Energy Starters is now available across multiple sectors in NSW for buildings that have never rated with NABERS before and/or have not had a certified NABERS energy rating since 30 June 2016, full eligibility details are in their T & Cs. Full details here.

NSW Government is offering up to $3,000 towards administration and Assessor fees in specific sectors:

  • hotels
  • data centres
  • shopping centres
  • apartment buildings
  • residential aged care
  • retirement living
  • office buildings under 1000m2 net lettable area (NLA)
  • office tenancy ratings under 1000m2 NLA or
  • office co-assess ratings (must include base building and minimum 2 tenancies).

They also have a suite of factsheets designed to help you communicate the many benefits of the rating system to your colleagues, customers, and investors.

Contact the team today to discuss your eligibility and apply: Zoe Baker, Sector Lead, NABERS, T: (02) 9995 6675 M: 0410311353   email: nabers@environment.nsw.gov.au

Climate Fit

SME Climate Hub has released its latest tool call Climate Fit.  It is a free online training course to help SMEs reduce their carbon emissions and take action towards the collective race to net zero.  Climate Fit offers a step by step training plan delivered over seven core modules.  Each module takes around 30 minutes to complete and is self-paced, enabling people to learn in their own time. Completing this course will provide SMEs with the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to reduce their carbon emissions, and become part of a global team of SMEs taking action on climate change.

Supply Chain Sustainability School - Offer a range of free industry e learning courses: including  - An introduction to Sustainable Procurement:

  • What Sustainable Procurement actually means
  • Why Sustainable Procurement and ISO20400 is relevant to you
  • What you can do differently

You can sign-up and access the course here.