Sustainable Management

Environmental Stewardship Policy

The Royal Botanic Gardens is committed to making environmental sustainability a priority in all of its operations including planning, budgeting, decisions, projects and programs.

It also recognises this will lead to benefits such as: reduced operating costs; reduced risk and liability; an improved working environment; increased productivity; and an enhanced reputation for environmental leadership. To this end, the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Environmental Stewardship Policy identifies three core areas where the organisation can contribute most to environmental stewardship: Biodiversity and Ecology; Community Engagement; and its Landscapes.

Guiding principles

The Royal Botanic Gardens will use the following principles to guide its activities.

  • Foster a long-term perspective - Effective stewardship requires a long-term perspective on how current and future activities may affect our environment and future generations.
  • Integration - An integrated approach to conserving the environment is essential to identify and evaluate the connections, interactions and synergies between and among issues, decisions and processes.  Environmental, social and economic factors will be considered in all decisions.
  • Avoid, reduce, re-use and recycle - Continuous improvement in the sustainable use of energy, materials and water will be achieved by adopting the following in decreasing order of priority: Can we make do without it? Can we make do with less? Can it be used again for the same or another purpose? Can it be re-processed?
  • Design and selection - Innovative design and careful selection of materials, products and services is essential to minimise the impact of all activities on the environment. The full life-cycle cost of facilities, materials, products and services will be considered and used in decision making.
  • Source of supply - Materials and products will be sourced locally where practicable, unless procurement from elsewhere reduces environmental impact and/or maximises beneficial environmental effects.
  • Precautionary principle - The lack of scientific certainty will not be a sufficient reason to avoid adopting approaches and practices that will likely have less impact on the environment.
  • Accountability - In accordance with Government policy, the RBG will have an environmental management system that is formally reviewed and reported on.