ERM is pleased to be the Sustainability Partner for IMARC in Melbourne.
For 30 years, ERM has helped the mining industry develop and operate sustainably through project lifecycles. We look forward to continuing conversations with industry around “the mine we want to see”.
In the meantime, here are a few tips for making IMARC as sustainable as possible.
Avoiding single-use plastics
- Whenever possible go refillable and use Melbourne’s great water and IMARC’s water stations instead of bottled water.
- Use a reusable bag when you shop (whatever bag type you use, use it as many times as possible; choose bags made from recyclable materials; never allow a bag to become litter — recycle, reuse and repurpose your bag).
- Invest in a reusable coffee cup.
- Skip the straw, and invest in a sustainable and reusable straw (made from bamboo/ glass/ steel).
- Turn down disposable cutlery.
- Bring your own toiletries and minimize the consumption of one off plastic bottle package provided by the hotel.
- End littering. Properly dispose of your own trash and pick up litter when you can.
- Minimize your own food waste during conference meals by starting out small.
- Consider asking for smaller portions or a ‘family/ takeaway bag’ when eating out.
- Distribute material using thumb or flash-drives instead of printing.
- Use electronic devices to take notes at the conference.
- Recycle printed conference material
- Avoid using free bathroom samples or make sure you use the samples completely / repurpose containers on your return.
- Return your name badge to the organisers at the end of the conference to be re-used
- Take a shorter shower / Cut your shower time to four minutes or less (avoid taking a bath).
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Use the same towels and bedding for the duration of your stay.
- Report leaking taps or toilets as soon as you notice them.
- From the airport to the hotel consider public transport rather than taxi’s
- Walk (if possible and safe) between hotel and conference venue.
- Use local public transport for you transport needs between hotel, conference venue and airport – Melbourne has great trams
- If using taxi service, consider travelling with other delegates/ colleagues.
- Consider energy saving actions when leaving your hotel room i.e. unplug your devices and switch off lights and air-conditioning.
- When using air-conditioning or heating, keep windows closed.
- Boil only enough water that you need for your cup of tea/ coffee.
ERM Sustainability Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability at the IMARC Venue: The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
MCEC was the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star environment rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for the Convention Centre’s innovative environmental design and operational features.
MCEC achieved our Gold EarthCheck Certification in 2016, following five years of continuous Silver accreditation. EarthCheck benchmarks sustainability initiatives against other convention centres in Australia and by awarding gold, has placed MCEC as a leader in a unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators.
Green design features
Some of MCEC’s sustainable design features include:
- Maximum natural light with an 18-metre tall glass façade
- Energy efficient lighting
- Solar hot water
- Displacement ventilation with fresh air being released at lower levels
- Radiant slab heating and cooling
- Low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) to enhance indoor air quality
- Sustainable use of building materials.
Sustainable Menus: Our talented chefs source local produce that’s in-season, where possible, decreasing our food miles and allowing for the creation of fresh, sustainable menus. Our cooking oil is cleaned and re-used and surplus food is donated to OzHarvest and SecondBite to support families in need.
Charitable Donations: Donation points throughout our venue allow visitors to drop off any unused event items, including drink bottles, notebooks, t-shirts, pens and satchels. We donate these items to our charity partner, Launch Housing on behalf of our customers.
Energy Conservation: Cutting-edge rooftop solar panels provide hot water to all public restrooms, and the Convention Centre’s sensor-controlled lighting turns off when rooms are not in use. We use energy efficient radiant slab heating and cooling throughout the Convention Centre, and only use air conditioning when spaces are in use.
Waste Management: We recycle and compost at every possible opportunity to minimise landfill, and partner with a local business that collects and repurposes wooden delivery pallets into bespoke furniture.
Zero Plastic Bottles: We have eliminated bottled water from our catering service, instead opting to provide chilled, filtered water for events and in all meeting rooms. Partnering with Nespresso, we return used coffee pods to be recycled.
Battery Recycling: We have a long-standing relationship with the Royal Children’s Hospital and donate partially-used batteries to HeartKids and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which are used in children’s toys in the hospital’s play area.