Environmental
Sustainability

Preserve the Earth for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Empower Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is a fundamental value at Greater Springfield Veterinary. We are committed to preserving and protecting the natural world in which we operate, recognising that a healthy environment is essential for the well-being of our community and the animals we care for.

 

GSVets Commitment 

Our practice is dedicated to minimising its ecological footprint, implementing eco-friendly practices, and making responsible choices in our daily operations. By incorporating environmental sustainability into our core values, we aim to contribute to a cleaner, greener future and set an example for responsible and ethical veterinary care.

Our commitment to this core value guides our decisions, policies, and actions, ensuring that we play our part in safeguarding the environment for current and future generations.

Climate Care Team

Recognising that GSVets is willing and able to implement a climate care policy, Dr Annaliese Johnson pioneered the creation of the Climate Care Team, an innovative and dedicated group within the clinic committed to environmental sustainability.

This team is at the forefront of promoting eco-conscious practices in the field of veterinary care. They actively reduce the environmental footprint of our veterinary clinics while promoting sustainability. They aim to minimize waste, energy consumption, and carbon emissions, ultimately contributing to a greener and more eco-friendly operation.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Greater Springfield Veterinary is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2025. As part of this environmental initiative, the business has embarked on a journey towards accreditation as a Climate Active Carbon Neutral business. 

Our Journey towards this goal (among other commitments and partnerships) led to our team winning the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Environmental Award at the 2023 Marquee Business Awards.

Green Energy

Greater Springfield Veterinary is committed to a sustainable and environmentally responsible approach to energy consumption. So far we have:

  • Installed solar panels at two hospitals, covering a significant portion of electricity needs.
  • Utilize LED lights in all three hospitals.
  • Implement energy-saving settings and protocols for devices, including air conditioning, computers, and printers.
  • Regularly maintain and clean air conditioning units to ensure efficient operation.
  • Transitioned to a 100% GREEN POWER at Springfield and Edens Crossing  electricity provider (Diamond Energy).
  • Reduced the number of fridges in use.
  • Provide an EV charging station at our Springfield Hospital 

Reducing Our Water Usage

GSVets is committed to minimising its water consumption. We’ve made significant progress in this endeavor, achieving a remarkable 25% reduction in 2023. This has been achieved through several eco-conscious practices:

  • Implementing flow restrictors on all faucets to optimise water flow.
  • Employing a full-load policy for washing machines to maximise efficiency.
  • Maximising the use of water storage tanks at Springfield Hospital.
  • Prudently utilising the half-flush option in toilets whenever appropriate.
  • Enforcing a protocol for veterinarians to turn off taps during surgical procedures.
  • Implementing a water recycling system for safe and sustainable wastewater reuse.

Reducing Waste

GSVets is dedicated to minimising its environmental impact by taking significant steps to reduce waste. This has resulted in an impressive 58% reduction in the total amount of waste, measured by weight, sent to landfills, achieved by:

  • Establish a comprehensive recycling program to segregate and recycle materials like paper, cardboard, plastics, and glass, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.

  • Implement a composting system for organic waste.

  • Conduct regular waste audits to identify areas where waste can be minimised and assess compliance.

  • Work with suppliers to reduce excess packaging for products and supplies

  • Encourage the use of reusable and washable supplies.

Carbon Zero

Our Springfield Hospital is officially CARBON NEUTRAL!

With our Augustine Heights and Edens Crossing Hospitals well on their way to becoming Carbon Neutral, Greater Springfield Veterinary Group will continue taking steps towards becoming more sustainable hospitals to reduce our impact on the environment.

This achievement is just one step in our broader sustainability journey. We will continue to explore and implement innovative solutions, embracing eco-friendly technologies and practices to further reduce our impact on the environment. Our goal is not only to meet current environmental standards but to exceed them, setting new benchmarks for sustainable healthcare.

As responsible stewards of the planet, we believe in the power of collective action. We encourage our staff, clients, and the entire community to join us in this endeavor. By fostering a sense of environmental responsibility and awareness, we can collectively make a significant impact. Together, let’s preserve and protect our precious world for future generations.

Please reach out if reaching a Carbon Zero target is within your business goals! 

Partnering with Greenfleet

We have partnered up with Greenfleet, a non-profit environmental organisation dedicated to restoring our forests, to offset our carbon emissions. Since 1997, they have planted more than 10.3 million native trees across 550 forests in Australia and New Zealand.

With our Augustine Heights and Edens Crossing Hospitals well on their way to becoming Carbon Neutral, Greater Springfield Veterinary Group will continue taking steps towards becoming more sustainable hospitals to reduce our impact on the environment.

We only have one world – let’s take care of it together 🌏

Partnering with Sustainable Salons

We are the first Veterinary business in QLD to partner with Sustainable Salons – a social enterprise that diverts waste (primarily in the hair and beauty industry) that would have otherwise gone to landfill, including:

  • Pet Hair which gets turned in to hair booms (to absorb oil after marine spills) and fertiliser.
  • All plastics – hard plastics, soft plastics, PVC fluid bags etc which get turned into products like dog leads or glasses frames.
  • Paper and cardboard which gets recycled and turned into new paper and cardboard products.
  • Glass & Metal which are sold for recycling.
  • E-waste which then gets recycled and turned in to new products.

 

 

Partnering with Down to Earth

With over 50 dedicated staff members, it’s no surprise that we often find ourselves inundated with cans and bottles. In 2021, we partnered with Down to Earth Worldwide, an incredible not-for-profit organisation that recycles empty cans and bottles. They use the funds generated to prepare healthy and nourishing meals for people experiencing homelessness or vulnerable situations across Ipswich, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast areas. 

Partnering with Vets for Climate Action

Greater Springfield Veterinary has partnered with Vets for Climate Action. Similar to human healthcare, veterinary practice consumes significant energy and chemicals while generating substantial waste. However, many veterinary teams aspire to be environmentally sustainable, but workplace constraints hinder their efforts.

Vets for Climate Action, a group of veterinary professionals, aims to bridge this gap. They have developed an educational program that facilitates environmental sustainability within veterinary practices. This program, accessible to various team members, including vets, vet nurses, managers, owners, receptionists, and students, encourages participants to become “Climate Champions.” These champions work collaboratively to implement changes that enhance environmental sustainability, focusing on key areas like water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, renewable energy adoption, ethical procurement, and minimizing the environmental impact of healthcare practices.

Partnering with Royal Canin

Greater Springfield Veterinary  is actively participating in the Royal Canin Recycling Program. At all three of our hospital locations, you’ll find dedicated ‘collection boxes’ conveniently placed in the reception areas.
 
We encourage our clients to contribute to this initiative by bringing in their clean, empty Royal Canin and Eukanuba wet pouches as well as dry food bags and depositing them into the collection box for recycling.
 
For every 1kg of packaging returned and recycled through this program, Royal Canin generously donates $1 to support Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.