The 2024 Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) Conference Committee aims to reduce its environmental footprint as much as possible. Many steps such as reducing printed materials (instead incorporating digital solutions) will be taken into account to achieve this. Instead of printed program books, delegates will be provided with access to a Conference app. The Conference is committed to contracting suppliers who prioritise environmentally friendly practices and materials.
Green Committee Members
- Sarah McIntyre, Cerebral Palsy Alliance
- Meredith Wynter, Queensland Children’s Health
- Yana Wilson, Cerebral Palsy Alliance
- Tessa de Vries, The University of Melbourne
- Michelle Jackman
- Fi Graham
- Lynda McNamara, Queensland Health
- Danielle Garner, Queensland Health
An environmentally friendly venue
Situated between two World Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, it is important the Cairns Convention Centre maintains stringent environmental controls.
The Cairns Convention Centre holds Earth Check benchmark status based on practices commenced in 1996 when the building opened. Some of the design elements include:
- A double layer pleated plate roof is designed to capture the seasonal tropical downpours, and channel rainwater directly into rain water storage tanks.
- Water usage is modified further by the installation of water flow restrictors on all outlets.
- Solar Hot Water heaters provide between 30% and 35% of the Centre’s hot water needs.
- Shading Devices are installed along the eastern side of the structure, reducing the level of air conditioning needed to keep the building cool.
We respect our natural environment and recognise the need to reduce any harmful effects on it and promote sustainability to ensure not only these natural wonders, but the whole environment is preserved for future generations.
The Centre aims to promote better sustainability through:
- Compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and adhering to all required standards and benefits
- Setting and communicating environmental objectives to reduce natural resources used and minimise adverse environmental impacts
- Incorporating sustainability principles in current and future policy, procedure and decision-making processes
- Aid regeneration through supporting locally accredited environmental organisations as a means to offsetting clients, delegates and our own footprint and assisting the sustainability for future generations
- Continually review, monitor and reduce the Centre’s impact on the environment by assessing and setting targets on energy consumption, water consumption, waste production, paper, cleaning and pesticide use by reducing, recycling and reusing
- Encourage and engage staff, suppliers and other partners who have similar environmental philosophies