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:

  • We have installed solar panels with two 14kW systems reducing our reliance and usage on the grid, as well as annual costs
  • We have replaced the old style Fluro light panels throughout our office, with the new energy efficient LED light panels - generating a huge reduction in energy consumption, lowering environmental impact and reducing maintenance, since LED lights have a 5 year life expectancy.
  • 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/Charity Donations

  • Our Kids - Northern Rivers Children’s Health Fund
  • North Coast Surf Life Saving
  • Rotary Club - Science & Engineering Challenge
  • Skullcandy Oz Grom - Open surfing competition
  • Cancer Council - Ballina Prawnstars charity rally
  • Careflight - Christmas Magic Mania
  • Tour de Cure - Bike Ride fund raiser
  • Southern Cross University - NR Science & Engineering Challenge
  • ‘Girls in Engineering’ - Annual information evening
  • Southern Cross Public School ‐ Annual book awards
  • Southern Cross High School - Engineering awards
  • FSG - ‘Shine The Light’ mental health dinner
  • Cancer Council Research - Mystery Box & Rally events
  • Camp Quality - Children's family cancer charity
  • Special Children’s Christmas Parties
  • Ballina Rotary Club - The Great Duck Race
  • Ballina Coast High School - Year 12 Graduates
  • Careflight - Movie Mania fundraiser
  • EAC Student - Australian Science Olympiad

Participation & Support

  • Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter - Corporate charity golf day
  • Emmanuel Anglican College, Ballina - ‘Lego League into Orbit’ Competition
  • Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic - Winter Whales Ocean Swim
  • Northern Rivers Westpac Helicopter -  Byron Coastal Charity Walk
  • Rotary Club Science & Engineering Challenge - assisting contestants
  • Sanctuary Northern Rivers - use of facilities

 Pro-bono Work

  • Ballina Ocean Pool - Traffic impact assessment
  • Ballina Hockey Club - Structural design of club house
  • Biala Special School, Ballina
  • Ballina Men’s Shed - Preparation of development application
  • Bangalow CWA – boundary survey to check encroachment
  • New Brighton Farmers Markets – Town Planning
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • NR Dirty Mountain Bike Club – Town Planning & engineering advice
  • Ballina Scouts
  • Surf Life Saving Club - Jet rescue boat shed, Yamba – Town Planning & engineering
  • Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter – building extensions, Lismore
  • ArtsCape Biennial Sculpture Exhibition - Byron Bay
  • Ballina Rotary Club - engineering assistance to Ballina Community Carols – grandstand engineering inspection
  • Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk - Structural engineering certifications
  • Gilgandra Shire Council - Picnic shelter at Tooraweenah
  • Ballina RSL Sub-Branch - Traffic Management Plan for Centenary march
  • Love Lennox Festival - Traffic Management Plan
  • Ballina Hockey Club – new amenities block