GREEN TEA? Carinity aged care resident Beattie Clarke enjoys a hot cuppa made on solar power.
Carinity’s commitment to care not only encompasses the people we assist but also the wider community which is why we are actively working to become environmentally sustainable.
In 2015, we began a $1.1 million plan to convert the majority of our aged care sites to renewable energy to save around 459.8 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually. Additionally, all of our future aged care developments will be run on solar power. We understand we are the first aged-care provider in Queensland, if not Australia, to commit all of its residential communities to renewable energy. The energy generated from solar panels is expected to account for nearly all Carinity’s energy use.
Our Sustainability Plan also includes reducing the size of vehicle fleet engines, to maximise efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. This year alone our initiatives have seen a 40% reduction in paper use. We also audit and manage all of our food waste, clinical waste, water usage and sewerage to continue to reduce our carbon footprint. This has resulted in water savings as well as a substantial reduction on food scraps going to landfill.
As part of our sustainability plan, all of our goods and services are provided by like-minded socially responsible companies to ensure as an organisation we are playing our part in ensuring the health of our planet to future generations.