City of Sydney Environmental Performance Grants – Round 1 open until 11 March

The world is scrutinising with increasing urgency the way the industry monitors and reports on its sustainability performance. Credible measurement and reporting are essential in order to be accountable and demonstrate year-on-year improvement.

The City of Sydney has made funding of up to $10,000 for tourism enterprises, in their local government area, to achieve EarthCheck Certification or EarthCheck Evaluate.

EarthCheck Certified is the world’s leading environmental certification and benchmarking program for the travel and tourism industry. It is the culmination of a journey that began in 1987 and continues to this day. Using a science based approach, we help travel and tourism organisations increase efficiencies, maximise guest experience and minimise their environmental footprint. With changing regulatory environments, rapidly evolving markets and complex risk implications, organisations require specialised tools and expertise. EarthCheck Certified helps you navigate the path forward with certainty and peace of mind.

EarthCheck Evaluate As an entry level program, Evaluate assesses an operator’s economic, social and environmental impact. The program is the product of ­fifteen years of market research and experience through our flagship program, EarthCheck Certified, which has helped our members realise more than $500 million in savings. The program uses internationally recognised criteria to report on management performance covering a wide range of areas including environment, risk and quality management. Participating organisations are awarded an Earth Rating to recognise their achievement level.

Applicants commit to investing a minimum amount of their own funds to implement cost-effective opportunities identified. Find out more on the City’s website, apply online, or speak to the City’s Grants team on 02 9265 9333 for more information.