An Albion Park community owned not-for-profit senior living, residential care and community services provider has won the state business award for excellence in sustainability.
Warrigal was one of 12 Illawarra finalists at the NSW Business Chamber Awards on Friday and was presented the award, sponsored by the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage, that recognises a business working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide product and services that have positive environmental outcomes. Warrigal started its environmentally sustainable initiatives in 2008 and was recently awarded Gold recognition under the Office of Environment and Heritage’s Sustainability Advantage program.
In doing so it became the first aged care organisation to achieve Gold status.
Warrigal has increased waste diversion to 30 per cent by implementing food waste recycling and reduced green-house gas emissions.
It ensures all developments and refurbishments comply with their Environmental Sustainability Standard including a solar orientation to achieve maximum natural lighting.
Warrigal’s partnership with the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Building Research Centre is a world’s first study into Enhancing Quality and Performance of Aged Care Facilities and Retrofitting for Thermal Comfort and Dementia-Friendly Design.
Illawarra Business Chamber chief executive Chris Lamont congratulated Warrigal for “showing leadership in environmental sustainability and for their continued support of the Illawarra region".