UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Total Earth Care recognises that the implementation of all 17 UNITED NATIONS Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is paramount for a sustainable future.
We recognise that they are interconnected, thus the improvement of one SDG will have a positive impact on the rest. We strive to contribute to all 17 SDGs. Learn about our contribution towards the following SDGs:
- 13 - Climate Action;
- 15 - Life on Land.
Our commitment to this SDG has been at the forefront since inception, but has ramped up since we declared a Climate Emergency in 2019.
TEC has committed to:
- Reusing and repurposing waste
- Recycling of waste
- Recovering energy and carbon.
REUSING AND REPURPOSING
Along with the repurposing of logs, native seed, soil, hollows and organic material on site, we repurpose resources in innovative ways to reduce waste.
As a part of a joint initiative between Total Earth Care, Sydney Trains, and Taronga Zoo, all removed Golden Bamboo from a regeneration site is being collected to feed animals like the Red Pandas and Elephants! This project is a great example of a circular industry. This has saved upwards of 30 tonnes of Bamboo from landfills!
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In 2019 we constructed a sloped environmentally friendly seawall for Georges River Council. This has been described by the client as “one of the best examples of foreshore eco-engineering.”
The major challenge of this project was the waste that was produced from the removal of the old structure. To combat this challenge all concrete was removed, crushed and temporarily stockpiled so it could be reused for the construction of the new seawall. All demolished concrete was re-used saving it from landfill!
Above the standard household recycling, we recycle additional resources:
- Batteries and office materials
- IT products
- Waste oil
- Tyres, metal and car parts
- Planting pots and trays
- Green waste
We only use recycled paper and we have reduced our paper consumption by 90% in the past 5 years. We also have initiatives such as a collaboration with TerraCycle who recycle and upcycle a variety of plastics.
RECOVERING ENERGY AND CARBON
Our large fleet produces on average around 150 tonnes of CO2 a year. To offset our carbon footprint, we have started planting trees for communities and organisations completely for free. Our next recipients of free trees will be various parks under the management of Sydney Councils. It is estimated that 15 trees need to be planted per tonne of Carbon sequestration.
We have planted a diversity of 4,200,000 trees and shrubs in partnership with our clients, equating to the sequestration of 2,900,000 tonnes of CO2, improving the resilience of the environment.
An example of this is the planting of trees for “Cooling the City Strategy – Green Cover Brings Cool Change” in which we established 96,000 trees and shrubs in conjunction with Penrith City Council. We were shortlisted for an Australian Construction Award 2020 for this project in the category “Regeneration Project Of The Year” for this initiative.
We have reduced our electricity usage by 75% since 2018 and since going solar in 2019 we are producing approximately 18500 kWh of clean energy per year. This equates to 17.4 tonnes of CO2 emission saved from the atmosphere per year.
LIFE ON LAND
Preserving and enhancing life on land is inherently at our forefront. For 30 years we have been committed to restoring ecosystems through:
- Habitat creation
- Innovative bush regeneration.
We establish educational partnerships with our clients and advocate for environmental sustainability in all that we do.
TEC will not compromise the environment for commercial gain and always strives to do the right thing even if it means delaying our own projects.
Our ecological consultants detected the threatened Red-crowned Toadlet (Pseudophryne australis) at our environmental rehabilitation work site. As a result we postponed works and in partnership with Northern Beaches Council proposed design modifications including the installation of shallow sandstone pools to improve water quality and habitat for the frogs in the future.
We continue to promote habitat creation, rather than habitat destruction through education and collaboration.
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INNOVATIVE BUSH REGENERATION
Total Earth Care is considered an industry leader for bush regeneration with innovative techniques including soil translocations and direct seeding. Our sites are often used by TAFE for educational purposes. In light of the concerning impacts of herbicide use, we are currently trialling new methods of bush regeneration so that we can work to reduce usage and obtain the best ecological outcome. At one of our sites we are currently testing sugar to control annual weeds.