Case study: RACV Noosa Resort
Noosa as a community has a strong focus on sustainability and preserving the local area. The RACV Noosa Resort has adopted these principles by establishing a green team and implementing a number of initiatives to reduce its resource consumption and environmental impact. RACV Noosa Resort's commitment to sustainability and reducing its resource consumption has earned it a 3-Star Partnership with ecoBiz.
Key initiatives to reduce energy use
- All lights in the resort have been replaced with LEDs.
- A Building Management System has been installed to monitor and control air-conditioning usage.
- They repaired and activated sensors for the automated carpark lighting.
- Two electric vehicles have been purchased to eliminate fuel emissions.
- Spa covers have been purchased to retain heat while not in use overnight.
- 33 energy efficient pool pumps have been installed with variable speed controls.
Key initiatives to reduce water use
To achieve its reduction in water use, the resort installed low flow shower heads and spa hygiene stickers in guest rooms. Other initiatives include installing timers on the irrigation system which is fed from the two rainwater/groundwater tanks and changing the water park mushroom spray device to a waterfall effect to reduce evaporation.
Key initiatives to reduce waste
As a participant of Plastic Free Noosa, RACV Resort eliminated plastic straws, non-recyclable coffee cups, water bottles and replaced them with fully compostable products or other suitable alternatives. The resort is also actively separating cardboard, glass, plastics and e-waste for more efficient and effective recycling. As a result of these initiatives the resort has managed to significantly reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill.