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Steve Ellingford (Bayfair Shopping Centre).
Steve is centre manager at Bayfair Shopping Centre, the largest in the Bay of Plenty. He is well aware of the centre’s environmental impact and is passionate about ensuring it has the smallest carbon footprint possible.
Steve’s country-first initiatives have included becoming the first New Zealand shopping centre to lead the way with a waste-reduction strategy. This includes the centre’s food court being redesigned to collect and sort 100% of customer generated waste. Steve also installed a country-leading grey and rainwater harvesting system in the centre’s main amenities area. He implemented energy management systems and in 2014 completed a full-centre LED retrofit. The shopping centre was also the first in the Bay of Plenty to offer two rapid chargers for electric vehicles and two mobility scooter charging points.
Bayfair Shopping Centre sponsors many local sustainability projects including: Sustainable Business Network (former regional cornerstone sponsor), Paper for Trees, Arataki Kindergarten rainwater system, RSPCA, Coast Care, Department of Conservation, and Young Innovators Awards. The centre is also a coach and judge for the Schools Enviro-challenge, and gives countless presentations to schools, businesses and community groups on sustainability.
Steve is also an advocate for accessibility through his role in ‘Be.Accessible’, which advocates for a 100% accessible New Zealand. His commitment to community and environment resulted in his appointment as the Ambassador of Western Bay at Work in 2011.
Steve is a finalist in the Sustainability Champion category of the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards