Our ethical and community values are reflected through a strong commitment to sustainability. As an ethical and sustainable organisation, Summerland has adopted four of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are in line with our values; Climate Action, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Sustainable Cities and Communities. Read more about our commitment to these goals below.

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2013

  • Achieve Silver Partner status in the Sustainability Advantage Program
  • Online systems for opening accounts, memberships and loans
  • Update Summerland’s Environmental Sustainability Journey: vision and strategy
  • Environmental Investment Position
  • Board and Senior Managers using iPads and laptops rather than paper at meetings
  • Paper usage reduced

2012

  • Upgrades to head office energy efficient lighting, movement sensor fans and lighting
  • Online Learning Management System for staff (less paper)
  • Head office waste sorting and landfill reduction activities
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2011

  • Achieve Bronze Partner status in the Sustainability Advantage program
  • Abacus Environmental Sustainability Award
  • Upgrade programme commenced for energy efficient lighting in all sites
  • Online applications introduced
  • Convert to more fuel efficient vehicles
  • Eco Month in spring each year
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2010

  • Eco Loans launched
  • Staff and community leave allows community service for environmental organisations
  • ‘Green’ criteria included in sponsorship applications
  • Online electronic newsletters
  • Energy and paper reduced
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2009

  • First Annual Sustainability Report
  • Quarterly reporting to Board on resource use
  • Establish baseline paper, toner, electricity and fuel use data
  • Focus on energy and paper reduction
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2008

  • Start our environmental sustainability journey
  • Sign up to NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program
  • Develop Summerland Sustainability Journey: Vision and Strategy