Environmental Advances in Australian Malls

A couple pieces of great environmental news out of Australian malls this week:

Ocean Village Shopping Centre has gone solar. The shopping center has installed a photovalic solar array that generates enough power to keep the lights going in the center’s parking lot and common areas. Here’s more on that story from Byron Shire News:

The photovoltaic solar ‘array’ is the work of Moruya-based company Solar Energy Options – the only ones willing to take on the challenge of constructing what is believed to be the largest solar panel structure of its kind at any shopping centre in NSW, according to Ms O’Dwyer.

Set to generate around 15,000 kilowatts of electricity per year, Ms O’Dwyer said the unique design of the massive solar roof also provided shade and weather protection for shoppers.”

And from Australian Food News, information about Westfield Australia’s brand new beverage recycling initiative:

Westfield Shopping Centre today launched a recycling initiative which, once rolled out nationally, is expected to divert 675 tonnes of beverage containers from landfill each year – enough containers to fill nine Olympic sized swimming pools with recyclable material each year.

Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment Angela D’Amore MP launched the campaign at Westfield in Burwood, NSW yesterday. She described Westfield’s coordinated recycling service as an Australian first, which would increase opportunities for people to recycle away from home.

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