Environmental Targets

Revised: 20 February 2015

These targets are developed from the Environmental Apsects Matrix, according to severity. As each target is reached (via the EIP) the Management Review process determines a new set of targets, while reviewing any further aspects or impacts that have become apparent.


  • Minimise all waste products from all sources and dispose of thoughtfully
  • Manage chemical wastes to prevent pollution
  • Minimise water use in facilities and surroundings, harvest rainwater and recycle greywater where possible
  • Conduct field activities to minimise impacts


  • Minimise energy use and utilise green energy

Environmental Improvement Plans


Who did it

When completed

Install paper shredder to produce mulch for garden & green waste


Xmas 98

Use computer notes and scheduler rather than pads where possible (install Outlook)


Sept 98

Install rainwater tank, plumbed to house and laboratory (separate lines)


Jan 98

"Frog pond" and gravelled drain to direct overflow from rainwater tanks to garden


Mar 2004

Develop Chemical Hygiene Plan for use in laboratory


Mar 99

Develop Spill Plan for spillages in the field, lab and office


May 2000

Develop a schedule of regular vehicle maintenance to ensure minimal pollution


April 2000

Replace light fittings with compact fluoros (labs, offices, houses)


October 2002

Pergola to shade office windows to reduce cooling requirements in summer


Jan 2004 

Install chemical stabilisation container for wastes that cannot be “returned-to-base”


Nov 2003

Plant species whose seed is currently wild-harvested for use in the nursery, into the gardens at St Kilda.

RE, JL, PC July 2004, 2005, 2009
Obtain a spill kit for the vehicle PC October 2005
Obtain small fold-down shovel for vehicle spill kit PC Jan 2006
Install shade cloth along sunny side of laboratory to reduce heat-gain KT July 2005
Fit holland blinds to windows on sunny side of laboratory for additional control of heat-gain PC Jan 2006
Develop 'sink principles' for laboratory, laminate them and mount near sink PC April 2006
Change power supply to a green energy source (any one of the Green options) PC Jan 2007, again in 2012
Replace the large electric oven with a well insulated gas oven or more efficient electric oven KT & PC Feb 2015
Use several very small ovens in laboratory, rather than a large oven used partly empty PC August 2006
Replace lab fridge with more energy efficient model PC Feb 2010
Replace hot water system, at end of its operating life, with solar hot water system PC & KT Nov 2009
Path and pond lights to be replaced as they break with solar lights, of at least 3 LED brightness for pedestrian safety (single LED lights are not sufficient) PC Dec 2007
As all appliances are replaced, ensure the new ones are more energy efficient.   ongoing
Install washing machine (low energy use and low water use) PC & KT Dec 2007
Install greywater diversion for garden watering PC & KT Dec 2007
Install very large rainwater tanks near the NW shadehouse PC & KT Oct 2009
Install gutters and tank for the laboratory PC & KT Mar 2009
Install gutters on the shed KT Dec 2009
Apply for a kitchen waste composting bin from NAWMA PC April 2009
Install a mains/rain system so that the harvested rainwater may be used more widely in the buildings PC & KT Oct 2009
Recycle shredded paper via Jeffries composting (green waste) bins PC Mar 2009
Install photovoltaic cells on office building to generate green energy PC Oct 2009
Connect outbuilding rain tanks to main rainwater storage tanks, using gravity feed where possible KT & ST Jan 2010
Replace main building fridge with more energy efficient model as it reaches the end of its life KT Jan 2015
Develop a rain-only demonstration coastal garden on land adjacent to the public path along the seawall PC


Additional seeding due May 2015

Reduce the number of ovens in use in laboratory, retaining the more efficient models PC Oct 2013

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