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King Island businesses to help environment and profits

King Island businesses are set to benefit from a unique project to be introduced with the support of the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment’s CleanBiz program, King Island Council and National Foods (King Island Dairy).

Presented by Village Green Environmental Solutions, the sustainable business management project will help businesses to improve their environmental sustainability.

As well as reducing their impact on the environment, businesses joining the 12-month project can expect to save around in direct operating costs.

Each business will be guided through a process of audits, workshops and training to help them identify and improve their environmental impact. In particular, the project will focus on the areas of waste, water, energy, chemical use and transport.

Doug Smith, CEO of Village Green Environmental Solutions, says that similar projects in other communities have resulted in significant cost savings and reduced resource consumption.

"Village Green will focus on demonstrating that economic and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand," he said.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce this sustainable business project to the business community of King Island."

General Manager of the island’s Kelp Industries, Mr John Hiscock, is passionate about business sustainability and will be one of the first in line to join the sustainable business project.

"Kelp Industries see great business and community value in participating in this exciting 12 month project," Mr Hiscock said.

"Kelp Industries is a very energy intensive business so we’re particularly interested to learn how to use energy more efficiently, weigh up alternative energy sources (to dry kelp) and further trim our energy costs.

"We hope, through our involvement in the project, that several other aspects of our business may be improved and made more resource efficient."

An information session about the project will be held on Thursday 27 September from 6pm at the King Island Council Chambers.

All business owners and operators are encouraged to attend and find out how to benefit from this innovative approach to business management.

Other organisations with an interest in improving their use of resources, such as King Island District High School and the hospital, are also welcome to attend.