Caring for the planet and the elderly
Carinity not only cares for communities and its people, we are also playing our part in ensuring the health of our planet for future generations.
From solar power generation, energy-efficient appliances and waste and paper reduction, to efficient vehicle fleets, LED lighting and food preparation practices, it’s all part of Carinity’s sustainability vision.
Carinity’s comprehensive sustainability plan aims to save around 460 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.
It includes a $1.1 million plan to convert all residential aged care buildings to renewable energy, as well as reducing waste and cutting vehicle fuel emissions.
“We are the first aged-care provider in Queensland to have all its aged-care residential communities operate on renewable energy,” says Carinity Executive Manager Business and Development Peter Lamberth, pictured.
Seven Carinity aged-care communities and two Carinity Education schools now operate with photovoltaic solar power systems, providing 30% of daily power demand – the maximum solar power generation possible.
Future Carinity aged-care sites in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Bundaberg, including the new $29-million Brookfield Green community under construction, will be run on solar power.
“The estimated greenhouse gas emission savings from switching our existing aged-care communities to solar is equivalent to diverting 165 tonnes of landfill,” Peter says.
“Relatives of residents living in our solar-powered communities have given positive feedback, grateful that their loved ones live in a place where sustainability and caring for the environment is a focus.”
Since the introduction of Carinity’s sustainability policy there has been a 40% reduction in paper use in our offices and facilities.
Reducing the engine size of Carinity vehicles has reduced carbon emissions and cut monthly fuel bills by almost 10% and Carinity plans to trial the use of hybrid vehicles.
“Sustainability practices across all our facilities around Queensland is about being socially responsible and reducing Carinity’s environmental impact for the benefit of future generations,” Peter says.