Sustainable holidaying is easy at The Mount Beachside Holiday Park, who have been awarded a Qualmark Enviro Silver Award.
The Mount Beachside Holiday Park at Mt Maunganui has just been awarded a Qualmark Enviro Silver Award, in recognition of its sustainability achievements. Run by Tauranga City Council, the holiday park has installed a large worm farm to deal with all organic waste, and PV panels to generate energy in its sunny office building.
“We are delighted the park recently achieved a Qualmark Enviro Silver Award which was achieved as a result of our new sustainability efforts,” says Michelle Elborn, Sustainability Advisor at Tauranga City Council.
The park has also participated in the Instep carbon and sustainability programme, for which it was given a Gold award.
A long-standing supporter of the Sustainable Business Network, Tauranga City Council has been working on its sustainability efforts for a number of years. The Council’s responsibilities are hugely varied – from managing parks and holiday parks, to managing storm water, running events and managing a fleet of vehicles. In 2011, the Council launched its corporate sustainability strategy ‘Sustainable Steps,’ which aims to embed sustainability into the way the Council operates by identifying some practical actions the Council can take.
Since then, it has developed a staff travel plan, with an electric bike recently added to this fleet so staff can get to local meetings without using a car. A water efficiency plan has helped the Council target water use reduction.