Environment

QUESTACON'S IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

At Questacon we believe that knowledge and understanding of science, innovation and technology is critical to a sustainable future. Through our hands-on experiences, national programs, networks, partnerships and website, we communicate directly and indirectly with millions of people each year. By inspiring people to take an interest in science and technology we can promote a better understanding of environmental issues and perhaps inspire the next generation of innovators who will contribute to global sustainability and a better future for everyone.

HOW WE MANAGE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

Questacon has an Environmental Management System (EMS) that meets international standard ISO 14001-2004. Under the standard, we take a systematic approach to managing the aspects of our business that have a potential impact on the environment.

We are currently transitioning to the new standard ISO 14001-2015. The new standard does not fundamentally change the way Questacon manages its environmental responsibilities, although there are a number of things we have done to improve our environmental management. Specifically, we have:

  • introduced an Environmental Policy that better reflects the context and goals of our organisation;
  • established the Questacon Sustainability Group to improve environmental communications and awareness;
  • completed an assessment of our risks and opportunities to ensure that our Environmental Management System continues to do what we want it to do.

WHAT IS QUESTACON DOING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

Sustainable Development Goals

Long term solutions to environmental issues can't be achieved in isolation from the economic and social pillars of sustainability.  As part of the world science centre sector and as a leader in the Australian science and cultural sector, Questacon is committed to supporting awareness of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mural - ‘There is no Planet B’

Questacon engaged local graffiti artists Ian Dudley and Anna Trundle to create a mural at the Centre in Parkes. The quote itself is from Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. The mural highlights the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It is seen by more than 500,000 people every year.

Pollinate Energy

Questacon is demonstrating the benefits of solar energy while supporting Pollinate Energy, an organisation that aims to improve the lives of urban communities in India by providing access to sustainable products.

Solar Panel Display

We have a solar panel display that provides real-time information on the energy produced by Questacon’s 95kw solar panel array throughout the day and compares Questacon’s energy production with the consumption of an average Canberra household. The display also provides information on solar panel technology and the science of solar energy production.

See also H2O and Awesome Earth.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Questacon is an ACTSmart business accredited recycler. The accreditation recognises Questacon as one of 900 organisations across the ACT that are actively and efficiently recycling.

See more about Waste Management at Questacon.

ENERGY USE

Questacon's 95kW solar panel array reduces grid consumption by approximately 120 megawatt hours of energy every year.

See what else we’re doing to manage our energy consumption.

CONTACT US

We are committed to continual improvement so we're always on the lookout for better ways to manage our environmental impact.  If you have any suggestions or questions, or you have a story to tell, please contact us by email - sustainability@questacon.edu.au