As the events industry moves towards sustainable trends and corporate social responsibility grows, the Australian Technology Park (ATP) Conference Centre is on the front foot with energy saving projects and strategies already well in place.
Sustainability is one of the key drivers for progress at Australian Technology Park (ATP) and the environmental initiatives that play a vital role in planning for the future are reflected in the exciting changes happening throughout the centre.
Director of sales and marketing at ATP, Ruby Chronis, said the number one sustainable outcome of the conference centre was using a heritage building for its premises.
“The Eveleigh Railway Yards Locomotive Workshop building, where the centre is located, provides a glimpse into Sydney’s extraordinary industrial heritage and is an exceptional example of an existing structure adaptively reused,” Ms Chronis said.
“The energy efficiency of the building has been enhanced to create a unique event space, safeguarding the park against the energy consumption and environmental impact involved in creating new buildings.”
In 2010 ATP implemented a sustainability strategy, aligned with its goal of corporate social responsibility to the community and environment, to significantly reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources and environmental impact across the park. The company developed a blueprint for energy, water and waste management efficiencies. Since its implementation two years ago, the Park has achieved 30 – 60 per cent reduction in energy and water consumption.
“From efficient lighting and solar electricity to drought resistant landscaping, automated irrigation and waterless urinals, sustainability has become a consideration in every business decision taken at ATP and within the conference centre,” Ms Chronis said.
“The energy saving possibilities in holding an event at the park in 2014 have never been better, with the ability to hold carbon neutral events also on offer.”
Despite all these successful outcomes there is still much more that remains to be done and ATP continues to explore the environmental initiatives it can undertake in the near future.
“We want to keep reducing our energy and water consumption and there a lot of ways this can happen. This year we will be replacing some of the locomotive workshop lights with more efficient products, we are investigating options for capturing and using rainwater, and are researching ways to effectively process organic waste to create compost for the gardens. It’ll be exciting to see what happens over the next two years.”
Hospitality with a vision
Located only 12 minutes from Circular Quay via ferry, and set among the stunning grounds of Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo, the Taronga Centre boasts breathtaking uninterrupted views overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Boasting private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and menus designed by chef Sean Connolly, the Taronga Centre is the perfect setting for those looking for something extra special for their next event.
The team at the Taronga Centre has built a reputation on the quality of its food, its exceptional people, excellent service and phenomenal setting at the zoo. These elements combined create a culinary experience like no other. It’s not just about delivering food and beverage, it’s about hospitality with a vision.
In addition to the Taronga Centre, there are also a variety of prime locations throughout the zoo’s grounds available to host events. From concert lawns to Taronga Piazza and The View Restaurant, these venues are all recently refurbished and provide a picturesque backdrop and unique setting that is guaranteed to make any event truly memorable.
Want to really impress your guests? Arrive at the venue via the Zoo Sky Safari (sky cable cart) or be greeted by one of the zoo’s feathered, fuzzy or scaly friends. m
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