Monthly ArchivesSeptember 2018

Electric future for waste collection standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in September. Making the switch to electric vehicles isn’t just a ‘nice to do’ for one of New Zealand’s biggest companies, it makes good business sense too. Waste Management’s Sustainability Manager Adam Weller shared what the company is doing in the electric vehicle space by moving their huge fleet from petrol and diesel to electric power. “We are a really big company so that means we can make a really big difference too,” Adam says. The company currently has a fleet of some 800 trucks and 200 light vehicles. Moving the light vehicles to EVs is as simple as making the change when the fleet leases are renewed, says Adam. Changing ...

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Clean, green, electric performance standard

Featured speaker at SBN / 3R Business Connector event in September. An electric-powered vehicle is certainly nothing new, the earliest date back to the mid-1800s. But it’s only in recent years they have begun to gain a foothold in the light vehicle market in New Zealand. Today some 15 major car manufacturers, from Porsche to Hyundai and Jaguar to Nissan make EVs in a range of models from luxury and sports cars to family hatchbacks and SUVs. Unison in Hastings offered the use of their offices as the venue for the September Business Connector event. Their Customer Solutions Manager and EV owner Nigel Purdy says the benefits of making the switch to an electric-powered vehicle are undeniable. The first big ...

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Courtyard facelift with recycled paint standard

Giving the courtyard at the back or our building a facelift is something which has been on the to-do list for a while. It’s still an ongoing project but we are really pleased to have completed the first, and biggest, part of it by having a beautiful mural painted on the huge concrete wall overlooking the area. The work began with Hawke’s Bay student Maggie Dever taking on the job of preparing the wall. Even though this simply meant painting it white, it was no small task as she first had to clean the wall and apply a sealer before the three coats of undercoat, on a challenging surface. For the mural we approached Idea School at the Eastern Institute of Technology ...

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