MEDIA RELEASE - Businesses Achieve Symmetry Bronze in Sustainability
21 May 2009
Eighteen small businesses from the Macarthur and Liverpool region received formal recognition for their commitment to the environment at a ceremony held on 13 May 2009 at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, Mount Annan.
MACROC President, Cr Anoulack Chanthivong, presented the businesses with a certificate of recognition, acknowledging completion of the first stage of MACROC’s Symmetry Sustainable Business program.
Symmetry is a MACROC project funded by AusIndustry under the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business Program. It aims to improve the environmental practices of small business through mentoring. The University of Western Sydney, the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living and the Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre are project partners, with local media C91.3 and the Macarthur Advertiser providing media support for the initiative.
Cr Chanthivong said that participation in the program assists businesses in reducing their carbon footprint and improving their bottom-line as a result.
“The Symmetry program aims to help small businesses implement energy savings initiatives into their business to reduce water and energy usage and improve their waste management practices”.
“Businesses that have embraced Symmetry are being profiled in the Symmetry NewsLink newsletter and listed on the Make It In Macarthur website www.makeitinmacarthur.com.au. This exposure provides a significant marketing edge, as participating businesses are able to demonstrate their environmental credentials to their clients and to the community”.
“I believe that Symmetry is good for businesses, good for our environment and a great outcome for our community. I encourage other Macarthur small businesses to participate in the Symmetry Program,” Cr Chanthivong said.
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