Carbon neutral in 2008
With a goal to become carbon neutral in 2008 we commissioned Canopy Australia accurately measure our business’s environmental footprint so they could provide advice on the amount of tree planting needed at our home and office base Coodlie Park, to offset our emissions. Since then we have been offsetting our carbon footprint internally by collecting seeds from our property, propagating them and then replanting 1.2 hectares of native vegetation back onto the land each year.
Our environmental consultant, Leonard Cohen at Canopy Australia, believes we are the only tour operator in Australia addressing their carbon footprint internally with our Future Forest Revegetation Program.
Some of our other environmental practices include
- 100% carbon neutral business
- Advanced-Eco Tourism Australia Accredited
- Climate action certified as a ‘Climate Change Innovator’ with Eco-Tourism Australia
- We spend over $10,000 annually on our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint
- In addition we contribute $15,000 annually with in-kind labour
- We have invested $40,000 in rainwater tanks and plumbing over the past 10 years
- We pay a premium for all of our ‘green energy’ electricity produced from renewable sources
- Through installation of Solar Grid Systems we return 70% of our energy back to the grid
- We have set aside one third of our property for environmental rehabilitation
- Signed up in 1999 as a WWOOF host and since have hosted over 300 domestic and international volunteers (WWOOFers, passengers and guests) allowing them to offset their own travel carbon footprints
- Our guides have extensive knowledge on native plants and animals, indigenous culture and eco-tourism and will share this knowledge with our passengers