Catalyst for Transition recognize the importance of people and planet over profits, and are committed to working toward a better world. Sustainability is a way of life for us, and is an important part of our bottom line. We exist for the purpose of assisting a particular clientele with their admirable work, and make our living from ensuring that our local communities are sustainable in both ecological and economic terms.
Integrating sustainability into our planning and decision making
Catalyst for Transition conduct rigorous research into sustainability options for our operations, and we are committed to always pursuing the most sustainable option available. Our bottom line is three-fold: environmental sustainability, worker wellbeing, and financial viability.
Sustainability practices adopted by Catalyst for Transition fall into four categories, outlined as follows:
1. Catalyst for Transition are committed to sourcing the most environmentally sustainable equipment and supplies possible
All of our office and equipment suppliers are local and Australian-owned where possible, with minimal distances required for transportation. We prefer to obtain our supplies from small, locally owned businesses whose commitment to sustainability is part of their company’s ethos.
For our printing service, we print on recycled, acid-free paper, whether completing a printing job for our clients or printing internal documents. We also provide our clients with the option of printing with vegetable-based inks as an alternative to chemical-based inks. All of our internal documents are printed using biodegradable water-based inks.
Our printing equipment is sourced from Xerox, a decision we came to based on Xerox’s track record for sustainability. Xerox printers are modular and recyclable, with the bioplastics used derived from corn starch, as opposed to petrochemicals. Our Xerox equipment also has in-built energy-saving mechanisms to ensure our carbon footprint is as low as possible.
For our web-development service, we use a sustainable hosting service. JustHost green server options enable us to host the websites we design in a carbon-neutral manner, as the servers are powered by renewable energy.
2. Catalyst for Transition’s waste management policy and procedures ensure that our waste is kept to an absolute minimum
Our policy is to re-use whatever can be reused, to refill whatever can be refilled, and to recycle whatever can be recycled. If an item cannot be reused, refilled or recycled, we opt not to use it at all unless it is absolutely necessary to completing our work.
We use refillable toner cartridges for our printer inks, as well as modular printing equipment that can be recycled. We also recycle all waste paper, composting much of it for use in our local community garden.
We aim for a paper-free office environment, and avoid printing any documents that can be stored or mailed electronically. We preference the use of online document storage and project management software, and we email all of our communications with our clients, including quotes and invoices.
3. Catalyst for Transition opt for low-impact alternatives to business-related travel as and where possible
Catalyst for Transition operates primarily from a home office, which removes the need for commuting. When it is necessary to consult with clients, we favour teleconferencing software such as Skype or Teamspeak. Almost all of our consultations can be carried out via teleconferencing, with some phone and email backup, and very little need for in-person meetings that require travel. This not only reduces our carbon footprint, but also saves time and money for both ourselves and our clients.
When conducting training, Catalyst for Transition offers webinar options as an alternative to classroom-based training where preferred. This cuts both our emissions-related ecological footprint, and that of our clients, as well as making training accessible from any location in Australia, at an affordable cost for participants.
4. Catalyst for Transition endeavour to support some sustainability-oriented non-profit work on a pro-bono basis
Currently Catalyst for Transition are supporting a local grass-roots organization, Sustainability Showcase, by providing pro-bono services to assist them with kick-starting their cause. This support includes: at-cost printing services, pro-bono webpage development and graphic design, and pro-bono kickstarter consultations for organizational and training purposes.
Our commitment to supporting the work of Sustainability Showcase, a registered charity on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, means that the benefits of our ethos are passed on to an organization whose work is furthering the cause of sustainability for our state. By providing our services free of charge or at cost, we are able to give Sustainability Showcase the boost they need to serve the needs of the broader community.
Our blueprint for sustainable practice
Catalyst for Transition’s practices can easily be adopted by other organizations. If you would like more detailed information on how we have achieved our level of sustainability and the steps we have mapped out for our future sustainability pathway, please see our blueprint for sustainable practice.
There is great benefit to the Australian community from adopting the kind of sustainability policies and procedures that form part of Catalyst for Transition’s triple bottom-line. It is also of immense benefit for businesses to understand that operating sustainably is not as difficult as you may think, and that it need not incur extra costs, as any cost increases from some sustainability practices can be offset by savings from other sustainability practices.
Sustainable waste management practices are an ethical imperative, and lead to decreased pollution from environmental toxins. In addition, increased rates of recycling, refilling, and reusing add to the pool of sustainable jobs in your state while reducing waste and pollution.
Australian businesses and non-profit organizations can benefit in terms of savings of both time and money by opting for alternatives to travel where possible. Conducting training, consultations and meetings via teleconferencing and webinar enables all concerned to maximize benefits while minimizing cost, wastage and carbon emissions.
Our choice to always opt for locally-based suppliers and locally-produced supplies and equipment means that not only is our ecological footprint reduced, but that we are actively supporting the economy of our state, ensuring job security for our state. An increase in adoption of this ethos can only be of immense benefit to your region.
If you are keen to learn more about Catalyst for Transition’s sustainability policy and how you can enhance the sustainability of your organization, please consult our blueprint for sustainable practice, or feel free to contact us.