The independent Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) announced the winners of its Grow Me The Money sustainability program. The award was open to Grow Me The Money members who had completed the 12-step sustainable program and were able to report on achievements.
The Grow Me The Money program guides SMBS through a year-long, 12-step program to help them begin implementing environmentally friendly practices and ultimately become more sustainable and benefit from their efforts.
The awards celebrate those Grow Me The Money participants who show what is possible when you are committed to becoming more sustainable, according to VECCI CEO Wayne Kayler-Thomson.
“(The winners) are a demonstration that ordinary businesses are pushing forward to achieve extraordinary outcomes. And typically they are doing this through a range of simple measures that other businesses can easily replicate,” said Mr Kayler-Thomson.
“Grow Me The Money participants are becoming even more effective in cutting their carbon footprint and utility bills and these are significant savings for small and medium businesses and a real incentive for others to become sustainable,” added Mr Kayler-Thomson.
Participants in the VECCI-managed Grow Me The Money sustainability program saved an average of $8,619 on their gas, electricity and water bills in the 2009/10 financial year, representing a 32 per cent improvement on the 2008/09 savings.
Some of the winners of the Grow Me The Money Awards for Results include: Horsham House, a regional heritage B&B, Clean and Gone, a rubbish removal, demolition and building de-fitter and Third Ecology, an architect firm.