Committee strengthens path to sustainability

Monday, 4 February 2008

In February 2008 Mater made a clear commitment to reducing its ecological footprint by establishing its own Complex-wide Sustainability Committee.

The role of the Committee, which is made up of 10 members representing key divisions across the organisation, is to facilitate a Mater response to the need for environmental sustainability in today’s world.

As such, the Mater Health Services Strategic Plan (2008–2012) specifically identifies environmental sustainability as a key issue and makes minimising our impact on the environment a corporate objective.

The committee meets monthly to formulate new and innovative ways of achieving outcomes like reductions in water usage, energy savings, recycling and ensuring the effective use of products across the campuses.

Since its inception the committee has introduced recycled paper programs in a number of departments, conducted a review of stationary supplies and developed a partnership with a supplier to encourage use of green items, introduced an education program on printer cartridge recycling and developed a “corporate principles” document.

Mater has also become a member of the Queensland Government Environment Protection Agency program, ecoBiz, which assists organisations to adopt resource-efficient practices that are good for both the environment and the financial bottom line.

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To ensure we continue our commitment to meet the health care needs of the community, Mater has developed business strategies which address the issues of financial, social and environmental sustainability.

This website has been developed in accord with these strategies, and is the accompaniment to a summary document printed on recycled paper.