Sandringham Yacht Club wins Victorian Marine Industry ‘green’ Award

Sandringham Yacht Club wins Victorian Marine Industry 'green' Award

Melbourne’s Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) has won the Environmental Award at the Boating Industry Association of Victoria’s 2009 Victorian Marine Industry Awards.

Victoria’s premier yacht club, which will launch its brand-new multi-million-dollar clubhouse and training facility in October, has integrated wide-ranging environmental initiatives as part of its redevelopment, and said winning the Environmental Award is directly linked to the new premises.

SYC officials are said to have selected environmentally friendly building materials, furniture and fitout, efficient mechanical and air-conditioning equipment, low-energy lighting, efficient electrical switching systems, sensitive location of building exhausts considering noise and visual amenity, use of non-reflecting roofing materials, waste collection and recycling, rainwater collection, and re-use and clean storm-water using bio-retention drainage design for its new premises.

Additionally, SYC said it had installed a 60,000lt water tank, 34-site wide-water efficient shower heads, implemented the Hunter Green Chemical Program together with a site-wide recycling waste removal program with Veolia Environmental Services.

“Since the inception of our Facilities Master Plan, some 10 years ago, we have strived to position SYC as one of the best yacht clubs in Australia in terms of environmental performance,” said SYC commodore, Philip Burn.

“We are delighted to have our efforts acknowledged by the Victorian marine industry,” he added in recognising Veolia Environmental Services and Hunter Green, whom SYC consulted when planning the new premises, as being instrumental in the club winning the Award.

SYC said Veolia is Australia’s environmental services leader in all facets of waste management and resource recovery, as well as industrial services, such as industrial cleaning and facilities management. Committed to a green environment, SYC added it is Veolia’s nominated Clean Up Australia Day site and was the first club in Victoria to receive national Clean Marina Australia accreditation.

Scott Hunter from Hunter Industrials commented: “The Hunter Green program allows the club to take ownership of the environmental impact of the cleaning chemicals and consumables used on the site.

“The program aims to utilise the best environmental choice products available, including consumables based around degradable garbage bags, microfibre and paper coming from SCA, who are acknowledged as industry leaders in terms of carbon footprint and sustainability,” he said.

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by Di Pearson