Guest Speaker: Mr Stephen McCulloch, Regional Property Manager, St Vincent De Paul Society

Topic: ‘Substantial Energy Savings at St Vincent De Paul – a successful and replicable example in the not-for-profit sector and how individuals can help make positive sustainability changes in their workplace’

This project is an example of how a not-for-profit includes sustainability in their quest for social justice and how individuals can make a positive difference in their work place by advocating for sustainability changes.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society has a substantial property holding, occupying in excess of 400 sites throughout NSW alone. Mr McCulloch will initially discuss how they have achieved a 50-60% energy reduction at the Society’s main offices in Lewisham, Sydney.

The talk will look at the main drivers to change, the processes used to examine the buildings problems, and the subsequent modifications made that have contributed to a significant reduction in energy use and saved money.

The large portfolio also provides a wealth of other opportunities for energy savings and carbon reduction. The second part of this talk will consider some of those opportunities, such as Solar PV, and LED lighting, and look at funding and measurement (carbon audits).

This project furthers St Vincent De Paul’s aims of Social Justice and for all members of society to share equally the opportunities and resources available. Their approach and learnings may help other not-for-profits across Australia enable a better future for all.

This project is also an example of how individuals can make a positive difference in their work-place by advocating for sustainability. The efficiency changes made at Lewisham will improve the thermal comfort of employees, making a more pleasant place to work. It will also assist the Not-For-Profit cut costs to continue making positive social impacts, and help the environment by reducing carbon emissions. Overall, a win-win for people and planet.

Stephen will be accompanied during his talk by Vasilios Giotis of BlueGreen Engineering, who was the consultant engaged to help identify, measure and project manage the various improvement to the St. Vincent de Paul Lewisham building.

Talk will start at 6:30pm and will be followed by Sydney Central AGM at 7:15 pm.


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