Green Business Assessments

The project was summarised in a report, and in a video produced to spread word of the project findings.

After the major Victorian bushfires in February 2009, the Murrindindi Climate Network (MCN) was approached by the Economic Leadership Group (ELG) of Marysville and district, asking for help with establishing a Voluntary Green Code of Practice for the local business community. ELG’s idea was to establish a voluntary guideline for businesses to achieve a certain level of environmental standards. This would help to establish an image as an eco-tourism area. To make the project attractive for businesses, MCN suggested conducting this project with an interactive component including free assessor trainings of local volunteers and free business assessments. Following a successful tender process, grant funding was received for this project from the Victorian Environment Protection Agency. A large part of this project went into the setting up of training modules, the training of a local group of volunteers who already have a background in building/energy/environmental education and the conduct of free environmental audits in the test areas of Marysville and Yea districts.