Environmental Day 2013

Each year, TMT commemorates World Environment Day by organizing a workshop discussion followed by a premise walkabout to identifiy areas that can be improved to reduce our impact on the environment.

TMT’s Green team presented on the Global theme “Think, Eat, Save”, which was aimed at providing worldwide awareness on how to reduce food waste and encourage personnel to reduce their foodprint. The presentation given by TMT’s Green team leader highlighted the following key points:

  1. 1.3 billion tonnes of food that ended up in landfill each year, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), contributed to:
    1. Waste of resources i.e. chemicals, water, land, energy, labor, capital
    2. Production of greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming and climate change. One of the gases produced as a result is methane, which is 23 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
  2. Each staff can reduce their foodprint at home and at work. This includes thinking about:
    1. Making informed decisions on the type of food to purchase
    2. Quantity of food cooked each day
    3. How food is stored and consumed, including leftovers

In addition to the informative presentation, TMT’s World Environmental Day 2013 also included the following:

·         Launch of TMT’s E-card that will be used to lodge any environmental concerns, separating them from Health and Safety concerns lodged using the O.A.R Card program,

·         Introduction of TMT’s Compost bin

·         An Environmental hunt exercise where staff were allocated different areas to identify environmental issues and suggest improvement

·         Lemons from fruit trees planted during WED 2012 were given to interested staff to commemorate the fruitful event

 

Some interesting facts:

  • In Australia, the average household wastes about $1000 annually on food, this includes expired or unfinished food.
  • NSW generates the highest amount of food waste in the nation
  • 24 to 35% of school lunches end up in the bin 
  • 15 % of clients of major welfare agencies do not enjoy a decent meal at least once a day 
  • Food waste in Australian landfills is the second largest source of methane
  • 10% of rich countries' greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten 

 

As part of TMT's ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, the abovementioned compost bin was purchased to convert the lunchtime food scraps into fertilizer for our fruit trees planted along the west end of the workshop. 

 

The day was celebrated in style with a Boost juice Van’s first ever visit to TMT. Kebabs and healthy foods which included fruit, vegetable and meat platters were also served, to which the Green team leader stated during his presentation to TMT staff, “If there are any non-compostable leftovers, all the Green team members will shine your shoes.” Luckily, there were no shoes to shine on that day.