We all know how important sustainability is and that meaningful sustainability can change our future. We also know it’s no longer a choice for business – but a mandate. But not all small to medium size business have the resources and knowledge to respond.
The Parnell Business Association is embarking on a series of webinars to educate and inform its businesses on how to practically implement some sustainable actions, as small incremental changes can make a difference.
We’ll launch the series with a ‘green drinks networking event’ on Thursday April 8th April at Jasmax, (Covid Alert levels permitting) at which we’ll be introducing the topics for the online webinar series, plus it’s a chance to meet likeminded people all keen to learn more about this journey.
The series will then kick off on Zoom on the 1st Thursday of each month from 6th May 9-10am. Each seminar will be approximately 45 mins long, plus allow time for questions and will include helpful resources and tools for small and medium size businesses.
Invites will be sent prior to the time, but if you have not received an invite and would still like to attend, please email [email protected]
5th August 2021, 9am CARBON 101: THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW OF CARBON FOOTPRINTING. (Zoom)
What is your carbon footprint and why as a business should you care?
We answer these key questions and more with Toitū Envirocare and Orbit/House of Travel Auckland. Join us as Josephine from Toitū Envirocare, walks us through
We will also be joined by Brendan Drury from Toitū carbonzero certified Orbit/House of Travel Auckland who will give us insight into his decade-long journey of measuring and reducing carbon emissions.
1st July 2021, 9am THE RISE OF THE CONSCIOUS CONSUMER. (Zoom)
The influence of conscious consumers on purchasing patterns can affect your business, but you could also be missing out if you are not sharing your sustainability efforts with your customers. Ecostore have pioneered sustainable packaging and consumer products and will share their perspective, then one of our leading Parnell ad agencies will talk about green marketing.
3rd June 2021, 9am. REDUCING WASTE TO LANDFILL. (Zoom)
Currently, 30% of what New Zealanders send to landfill consists of food waste. Food waste, combined with other waste generated by business can be greatly reduced with a few easy initiatives. Green Gorilla and Hungry Bins will show you exactly how much your office can accomplish.
6th May 2021, 9am. ENERGY & POWER. (Zoom)
What are the potential cost savings and benefits to business to use this resource wisely? Ecotricity is New Zealand’s only provider of 100% Renewable and carboNZero Certified electricity and will illustrate some practical options for every size business. Then Auckland Museum will share their learnings on solar power and how that has affected the beautiful night lighting of that iconic building.
Onwards we aim to cover other topics such as:
3rd June 2021, REDUCING WASTE.
Our webinar in June highlighted discussions on how to we can work to improve our waste disposal. We first heard from Joe Youssef the Founder of All Heart NZ, explaining how his company initially was started. All Heart NZ partners with corporates to practically redirect & repurpose redundant and unwanted items such as computers, desks, chairs and other unwanted goods. Joe told us the impact his companies waste procedures have on the New Zealand environment. We then heard from Ben at Hungry Bin. Designed and made in New Zealand, the Hungry Bin worm farm is a fast and convenient way to compost your food scraps. The innovative design is highly efficient and can process up to 2.0 kilos of waste per day! The webinar provided invaluable information on how we can all make an impact with improving our waste management and the resources to implement this.
1st July 2021, THE CONSCIOUS CONSUMER
This month our sustainability webinar focused on the ‘Conscious Consumer’ as we heard from two companies who truly embody sustainable practices. Ecostore began their fledgling sustainable journey way back in 1993 at a small eco-village in Northland. They chatted about the rise of the conscious consumer, their continued growth in today’s world and how their brand has moved from a small consumer base to a ‘brand for the many’.
Then Villa Maria (New Zealand’s most awarded winery), took us through their recent journey, to develop and launch their delicious organic Earth Garden range. A story that unfolded through worm farms, ‘blooms for bees’ and growing meaningful consumer narratives in their authentic approach. Make sure you sign up for our next webinar where we focus on Carbon Certification & Reduction.