Environmental Policy & Corporate Social Responsibility

Environmental Policy & Corporate Social Responsibility

Ardill Payne & Partners’ Environmental Policy

Ardill Payne & Partners’ environmental management system applies to all operations and services of the firm. All staff are expected to comply with the spirit of this policy in the context of the role in which they work.

We aim to achieve continual environmental improvement through implementing a management system with objectives and targets to minimise our environmental footprint by working with staff and other stakeholders through pollution prevention practices in compliance with legal and other requirements and be a role model for others to follow.

Educating our staff in environmental-related degrees is another demonstration of our commitment to greening not just our business, but the industry as a whole. Further, to show how we put our policy into practice, here are some examples:

  • Recently installed solar panels with two 14kW systems reducing our annual cost and with an expected payback for 2.5‐3 years
  • Reducing our reliance and usage on the grid 
  • Our role as engineers, planners and project managers is to assist our clients in meeting their environmental obligations with regards to storm water, wastewater and other environmental concerns. We work closely with our clients to advise on innovative solutions to meet their obligations, providing options and contacts to help them do so
  • Our Project Management team monitor all construction sites to make sure pollution events do not occur
  • Our Environmental Engineers provide ongoing water quality monitoring and testing to ensure our developments are meeting their consent conditions and environmental targets
  • Our Environmental Engineers are involved in conducting inspections and reviews of sites to determine any risks of contaminants, including HAZMAT issues, lead paint & asbestos. They determine the best ways for clients to manage any risks and how best to dispose contaminants in an environmentally responsible manner

We also undertake these environmental contributions:

  • Recycling papers and plastics 
  • Recycling coffee capsules 
  • Recycling Printer cartridges
  • LED/Fluro lighting to reduce electricity usage
  • Work stations are turned off at night to reduce electricity usage
  • Green waste is collected and appropriately disposed of

Corporate Social Responsibility

At Ardill Payne & Partners, every one of us is passionate about genuine involvement in the community. Individuals and our families share this passion, and we are proud that it shines through in our business. We have supported many community initiatives and charities, including:

  • Sponsorship of SCU Science & Engineering Challenge (10th year of sponsorship)
  • Sponsorship of ‘Girls In Engineering’ annual information evening
  • Sponsorship of staff in the Winter Whales Ocean Swim Event in Byron Bay
  • Sponsorship of staff entrants in the Northern Rivers Westpac Helicopter Walk from Byron Bay
  • Sponsorship of Southern Cross School Awards ‐ Annual Book Prizes
  • Pro Bono work or significantly reduced fees
  • Bangalow CWA – boundary survey to check encroachment
  • New Brighton Farmers Markets – town planning work
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • Northern Rivers Dirty Mountain Bike Club – town planning & engineering advice
  • Lismore Model train, Heritage Park – annual engineering inspections
  • Ballina Hockey Club – Club House – engineering work
  • Ballina Scouts
  • SLSC Jet rescue boat shed, Yamba – planning & engineering work
  • Westpac Rescue Helicopter – building extensions, Lismore
  • Byron Bay Artscape Sculpture Exhibition event at Clarks Beach
  • Alstonville Show – rides are inspected to ensure mounting is safe
  • Rotary Club engineering assistance o Ballina Community Carols – grandstand engineering inspection

Various charities:

  • FSG ‘Shine The Light’ Mental Health Dinner
  • Cancer Council mystery box & rally events
  • Camp Quality
  • Annual Charity movie evenings & Christmas events for disabled children in our region
  • Ballina Rotary Duck Race