Research

Waterways Extension Program

Identifying effective and practical strategies to maximise community participation and associated positive environmental outcomes is a key component of successful sustainability engagement programs. EnviroCom was engaged by Redland City Council to develop a strategic and integrated community engagement plan that would generate community behaviours and actions to support the management of local waterways in order to achieve sustainable water and environmental quality outcomes. Tasks associated with this project included, reviewing existing reports, mapping resources and other research to establish priority areas for consideration in the development of the Waterways Extension Program.

ecoBiz Facilitator Training

Client:
QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM)
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The ecoBiz training program is a Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM; now Department of Environment and Heritage Protection) partnership program that helps Queensland businesses adopt eco-friendly practices that benefit the financial, social and environmental bottom line. Under contract to DERM, EnviroCom delivered training to ecoBiz participants and facilitators (consultants) throughout South East Queensland and regional areas. EnviroCom also delivered ecoBiz training on behalf of the Northern Territory Government (ecoBiz NT).

Corporate Waste Minimisation and Sustainability Programs

Client:
Brisbane City Council, QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM), Queensland Rail, Colonial First State, Suncorp Stadium, The Gabba, Stanwell Corporation, Gladstone Port Corporation, Skilled Park.
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EnviroCom has prepared waste minimisation plans and programs for a variety of organisations in both the government and private sector. Recognising that successful waste minimisation programs consider the connection between waste diversion services and workplace culture, EnviroCom’s work in this space includes the collection of baseline data, research into current on-site practices and attitudes, and assessment of existing and available infrastructure and technology. Waste minimisation programs may also incorporate staff/tenant training, development of educational materials (e.g. signage) and ongoing monitoring and review services.

Bayside Community Graffiti Project

Bayside City Council commissioned EnviroCom to develop and implement the Bayside Community Graffiti Project. The strategic community plan that underpinned the program integrated a range of direct action, community and other monitoring systems, communication initiatives to liaise and engage with a range of stakeholders (including community representatives, Local and State government authorities), community engagement and education activities and funding options. The project was highly successful with outcomes including a reduction of graffiti and clean up times as well as improved community engagement.

Review of Environmental Education Resources and Priority Area Recommendations

Client:
Logan City Council
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EnviroCom undertook a review of hard copy resources that have been generated in the field of environmental education, targeting schools and the general community, to determine a list of priority areas for developmental efforts.

National Review of Water Education Resources and Development of Strategic Priority Listing for Regional Resource Development

EnviroCom undertook an objective review of Australian water education programs and resources to develop strategic recommendations for priority development areas in education, promotion and support materials for Gold Coast Water.

Bin Inspection Programs

Client:
Tweed Shire Council
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EnviroCom is experienced in the design, delivery and evaluation of community awareness programs, including highly effective bin inspection programs. Programs, specifically designed to meet the needs of clients and to consider local factors and services, have proven to be effective in reducing contamination in kerbside waste streams. Experienced officers develop education materials, plan and monitor inspection zones, conduct on the ground inspections, collate and analyse data, formulate reports and handle resident communication. The programs aim to quantitatively reduce contamination to assure a cost and environmental benefit for major stakeholders in the recycling and organics industry whilst also educating residents at the individual level.