Best Environmental Initiative - Balgownie Estate
BEST ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE
BALGOWNIE ESTATE YARRA VALLEY.
AHA (Vic) Accommodation Awards for Excellence, 2011.
Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley has been awarded the ‘Best Environmental Initiative’ at the AHA (Vic) Accommodation Awards for Excellence.
The mantra of ‘Sustainability Does Not Mean Sacrificing Luxury’ has driven the Balgownie Estate owners and management team to create this low environmental impact venue with superior service and facilities.
From inception, Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa has not only aspired to a high level of environmental responsibility, it has also actively sought innovative ways to achieve this goal.
Key design elements used at Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley include; self sufficiency of clean water (tank water making up 850,000lt of water annually), sewerage purification and recycling (conserving 7million litres of water annually), insulation (of rammed earth construction), and flow through ventilation (significant reduction to air-conditioning).
When it comes to fresh food produce, 90% of all herbs and a considerable quantity of seasonal vegetables and fruit are cultivated and grown on the property for Rae’s Restaurant.
Staff involvement and commitment has been integral to the implementation and success of every initiative and this is led by example from the property owners, Des and Rod Forrester and General Manager Anthony Brown. Balgownie has created their own ‘Environmental Committee’ which is made up of one member from each of the 6 departments and chaired by the resorts Chief Engineer. They meet Monthly and report back to all staff and also input to the monthly ‘Green News’, an in-house publication which is placed all guest rooms.
This is the second award this year that Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley has received in recognition of being an outstanding environmental initiative; the first being the R.A.C.V. ‘Green Star Ranking’ for environmental practices, 2011.
“Balgownie started by committing to an exceptional plan with a sustainable vision. We then lay the foundations and created an environment where innovation is nurtured. It has meant that Best Practice in Environmental Sustainability can not only be achieved, but has been continuously embraced and expanded by our team who are inspired by it.” said Anthony Brown, General Manager, Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley.