Gaining Eco-accreditation, continual improvement and striving to be sustainable.
The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre (CCMDC) was established to sustainably educate, protect and explore the Central Coast marine environment. In the years since we established in 2009, this sustainability has become better understood and implemented.
First, we promoted energy saving to reduce costs. This was done by measuring usage and installing energy savings where possible. This included efficient light globes, careful use of air conditioning and careful use of energy. Cooling by natural ventilation helped to reduce costs.
Installing 10 kW of Solar Panels and a battery in 2018 saw the beginning of renewable energy. A further 12 kW is expected to be installed in the next 6 months. By the end of 2018, energy costs had been reduced by 30%. Further improvements in heating and cooling are expected to reduce this by another 50% over the next 2 years.
Water usage is used for toilet flushing and hand washing and some food preparation. The quantity is 144 kL / annum. This is expected to be reduced by 25% with rainwater capture, reduced consumption and better designs over the next 2 years. The CCMDC supports the CEN Waterwatch program, where schools and community volunteers monitor water quality in creeks and waterways, with a regular donation.
Sustainability is also about biodiversity and caring about our surrounding natural environment. The CCMDC sits next to Terrigal Lagoon and the 25 Ha. of foreshore reserve. Regenerating and weeding the bushland has become part of what the CCMDC does since 2015. This is funded through grants, donations and in-kind volunteer efforts.
This year when we started the new Extensions we recycled the Aluminium Windows and used recycled Stainless Steel for the commercial kitchen to save on embedded energy and cost.
Lastly, we calculated that we produced 34 tonnes of CO2 equivalent each year. This included both the CCMDC and our separately run Kiosk, Parklife Coffee. We plan to reduce this to 20 tonnes over the next 2 years. We purchased 34 tonnes of Offsets from Greenfleet to strive towards Carbon Neutrality.