Adventure Out

Environmental Sustainability

Adventure Out subscribes to a policy to protect the natural environment and indigenous cultural values which have made Western Australia a natural icon. Adventure Out recognises that the region be treated with integrity to preserve the experience people come in seek of. The following information will help you get the most out of your adventure with us, at the same time learning about the contributions we can all make towards a more sustainable environment and a greater understanding of cultural connections to the land and its traditional owners.

At Adventure Out, we are passionate people who love the outdoors and it is our vision for every outdoor enthusiast to experience and respect the outdoors. In keeping with this vision, all programs are designed to be enjoyable and stimulating, and are conducted with the highest regard for safety and the environment. We are an ECO Certified company offering genuine and authentic nature-based tourism experiences of a high quality, with a commitment to looking after the environment and sustainable practices.

Our Actions

Adventure Out is passionate about sustainable principles and practices that can reduce our carbon footprint. From implementing power conservation, recycling, utilising biodegradable products and biodiesel fuel, composting organic waste, establishing communal vegetable gardens, worm farms and chickens, to minimal impact practices during our programs. We strongly believe small groups of people and companies can make a huge difference in the sustainability of the planet.

Adventure Out has adopted the Minimal Impact Bushwalking Ethic and Leave No Trace principles, and Adventure Out Australia holds Ecotourism level certification under the ECO Certification Program. Without such measures, we run the very real danger of ‘loving our natural areas to death’. By learning to ‘walk softly’, we can minimise the damage to the natural environment and reduce the need for restrictions on walker numbers and track closures.

Positive environmental actions undertaken by Adventure Out

Adventure Out Australia holds Ecotourism Certification and ROC Certifications (Respecting Our Culture) through the Ecotourism Certification Program. These programs are a tourism industry development tool designed by Ecoutourism Australia and Aboriginal Tourism Australia (ATA) to ensure that accredited providers meet set guidelines.

 

Adventure Out, on behalf of the Strata Body, maintains the buildings and grounds of the complex that includes the Welshpool office – redevelopment of garden beds back to native flora to reduce water usage is an example of innovations we have introduced. Where possible we use environmentally friendly products both on programs and in the office and collect grey water for watering plants with.

The Adventure Out office lights are set in banks so that indiviual sections be turned on without the whole office needing to be turned on. The team is encouraged to open blinds to source natural light and to dress appropriately so as to not rely on energy draining heating/cooling systems. Also in line with saving energy, our coffee machine is turned on at set times during the day and all unncessary electrical appliances are turned off when not in use.

We have a philosophy that what can be re-used should be re-used. Food scraps from the office and programs are separated into 3 containers with clear descriptions of what goes into each bucket and what the contents are then used for:

  1. Compost
  2. Chickens
  3. Worms

We have established a compost, worm and chicken farm off the commercial site to ensure health and safety standards are maintained. These actions are used to reduce waste, and to reuse and recycle.  The chickens also provide eggs used for food in the office and programs. The paper and cardboard used in the programs and from the office is shredded. Aluminium cans and stamps from envelopes are recycled for Rotary through either the compost or the worm farm.

In the office environment we have made the switch to recycled toilet paper, paper towels and business cards. We also recycle batteries, printer cartridges and fluro lights. In keeping with our recycling aims, the Adventure Out team member hats are also made from recycled PEP bottles and are distributed to our team and our clients to show what can be made with recycled materials.

Carbon Footprint

Adventure Out uses the carbon calculator found on the Carbon Neutral website.  We also use the Information Paper on Carbon Neutral Calculators to guide us in completing the emissions calculations.  The company has subscribed to a mailing list belonging to Carbon Neutral to help further our education and understanding of environmental footprint.

We calculated our emissions in February 2009 and again in June 2009.  It is positive to note that our emissions have shown a decrease, which motivates us to continue in our endeavours to reduce our environmental footprint. Areas that we improved in were:

  • Waste
  • Energy

Areas that still need improvement

  • Flights
  • Fleet

 

What You Can Do

Some minimal impact techniques (in particular those to do with fire) carry the weight of the law. All must be used if we want to continue to enjoy the great Australian outdoors.

 

  • Stay on the track. Walking on the track edges and cutting corners on steep ‘zigzag’ tracks increase damage, erosion and visual scarring, as well as causing confusion about which is the right track.
  • Avoid sensitive vegetation. Sphagnum bogs, cushion plants and other sensitive vegetation are easily destroyed by trampling. Stay on rocks and hard ground wherever possible.
  • Keep the wilderness wild. Cutting new tracks is illegal and marking tracks with cairns, tape or other  materials is unsightly and can confuse other walkers.
  • Walk softly. Choose appropriate footwear for the terrain. Solid but lightweight walking boots are best.
  • Minimal impact techniques are also used to reduce the effects that people have on the environment. It's all about caring.

For more information regarding ecotourism visit:
    Ecotourism Australia
    The International Ecotourism Society

 

Leave No Trace



The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace are:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimise Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors

Further information regarding Leave No Trace can be found on the Leave No Trace Australia website.

 

Practising Environmental Sustainability

If you're interested in bringing these principles into your own lives, there's some great places to start. The EPA website is a solid resource to understanding the issues that the principles of environmental sustainability were meant to combat. The A&E Environment and Sustainability website is dedicated to bringing news updates about the environment, climate change and global warming.

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