Design House is participating in Earth Hour again this year, are you? Remember to register and switch off your lights for Earth Hour, 8.30pm, Saturday 26th March.
On March 26, hundreds of millions of global citizens, from one hundred different countries, will unite in the action of lights out. Will you be one of them?
Earth Hour is a call to action to every individual, every business and every community. It starts with a simple flick of the switch at 8:30pm on March 26 2011, in a collective display of commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet. http://www.earthhour.org.au/
It’s not hard going green …. why not follow my SIMPLE cost effective, time enhancing practices and make your business environmentally friendly while saving money … it’s important we all do our part.
The Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) approached Design House to produce a range of material, including information guidelines and information sheets, for publication on the DERM website.
These publications will focus on the energy efficiency and sustainable practices used by Design House as an example of what can be easily and quickly realised by industry to save energy through the adoption of effective practices
Design House is officially registered forEarth Houragain this year, are you?
The actions shown by cities of the world and their inhabitants are crucial to leading a low-carbon resolution to climate change, says Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley.
“The C40 suggests that cities are responsible for up to 75% of the world’s carbon emissions, so their role in addressing what is unequivocally the greatest threat to the planet today is absolutely vital,” Andy said.
“By turning the lights off for Earth Hour, cities are reflecting the aspirations of their citizens as a community that has resolved to take action on global warming,” he said.
Congratulations to new ecoBiz Partners! ecoBiz would like to introduce Design House, our newest ecoBiz Partner. Design House have submitted their first re-assessment and achieved financial rewards through improving their eco-efficiency.
Savings of ecoBiz partners to date stands at GHG savings of 21,600 tonnes and 294 megalitres of water annually!
Design House Design House are a graphic and web design company. Their eco-efficiency actions have included improved thermostat settings, the use of protective film on windows and environmentally aware behaviour in the office. This has led to an annual GHG reduction of1.1 tonnes (CO2-e). A reduction in paper use has decreased office waste by 11 cubic metres per year.
This week Design House (Fraser Coast) has been approved as an ecoBiz Queensland partner and is one of only 23 businesses in the Wide Bay area. ecoBiz assists businesses to identify efficiencies in waste, water and energy for financial and environmental benefits.
“ecoBiz has allowed us to record and register our improved environmental practise in the office. Design House can now continue to grow in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner”. Jeanette Maynes General Manager | Design House
Design House have committed to continual improvement as part of their commitment to the ecoBizprogram. Current initiatives include:
Improved thermostat settings 250C
The use of protective film and blinds on windows
Windows are opened during cooler weather to take advantage of natural ventilation.
The airconditioning is turned off after hours
Outsourced server function to a host server in another location, no longer require a second airconditioner dedicated to cooling the server 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Energy efficient lighting
Setting computer defaults to black and white printing
Providing paper recycling bins at all printers and desks
Utilizing old sheets of paper for writing notes instead of purchasing writing pads
Reduction in printing of emails, by saving straight to the clients file
Proofs, proposals and invoices are delivered electronically saving on paper, ink cartridges, postage and envelopes
New campaigns and important news are communicated via email (eg. monthly enewsletter) over printed material wherever feasible
Mbox fax system, faxes are received via email and saved straight to the clients file
Clients are encouraged to pay online via credit card or direct deposit, once again to save on paper
Request all incoming invoices (Telstra, printers etc) are electronically emailed or uploaded rather than printed and posted via Australia Post
Environmentally aware behaviour in the office has led to reduced energy usage and a reduction in paper use
Carbon offsets are purchased on all airline flights & travel tickets
Design House also utilizes printing companies that believe in being environmentally responsible by:
Using soy based inks
Producing plates through the Agfa Azura chemical free plate processor
Offering a range of specials printed on 100% RECYCLED STOCK
Design House communicates new campaigns and important news via email (eg. monthly enewsletter) over printed material wherever feasible. We also forward proofs, proposals and invoices electronically.
On Saturday 28th March 2009, Design House will take part in Earth Hour. On that day, people in Australia and around the world will turn off their lights between 8:30-9:30 pm for one hour — Earth Hour — showing their support and sending a powerful global message that it’s possible to take action on climate change and succeed.