MAYO Private Hospital is paving the way for other businesses around the Manning to jump on the 'green' bandwagon and reduce their carbon footprint.
"Enthusiasm for a greener business has been a staff grassroots development," says new CEO Peter Johnson.
The hospital executive has supported this development with the creation of a "green committee" and within a short period of time nine likeminded staff members have joined. Their first project is coming up on Friday, July 25 when they take part in National Plant a Tree Day.
Committee member Jessica Northam said the group was looking forward to this being the first of many projects around the grounds, with plans already underway for their second project.
"In the next quarter we're looking at 'greening up' our dialysis centre," explained Craig Sumpner-Johnson, Mayo's renal nursing manager.
"We have just realised that volumes of perfectly good water is flushed down the drain when it could be diverted, stored and used to water our gardens and grow new trees for our patients, community, local birds and animals to enjoy."
There are changes being made all over the hospital, like the implementation of cheaper and more natural ways to kill pests around the hospital, using camera flash electronic technology, rather than poison.
The hospital has approached government departments to see what rebates are available for green initiatives and it will undertake everything from planting, recycling, weeding, mulching and more, all with government assistance.