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2017 Year in Review and Best Wishes from Greenfleet

2017 Year in Review and Best Wishes from Greenfleet

This year, Greenfleet celebrated its 20th anniversary, and we have our eyes on future milestones. Like our forests, we want to be here for the next century, and we want to be thriving, just like them. We’re seeking real change, so we’re after longevity and depth in our relationships. Thank you for being a key part of Greenfleet’s success and for your support over the years.

As you know, at Greenfleet, we connect people with real climate action. Our focus is to link climate action with biodiversity restoration across Australia and New Zealand. Your continued support has helped us to achieve a lot in the past 20 years and we are well placed to continue this in the coming years and we are well placed to continue this in the coming years.

Climate change still matters, as it is a system issue. We deal with a lot of big problems as a society - terrorism, addiction, homelessness, you name it - but climate change underscores everything because it impacts the system in which everything else happens. 

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on the year that’s been. We want to take this time to thank all our supporters and share our achievements and milestones for 2017:

  • We established 458,000 native trees to restore native ecosystems across 540 ha in Australia and New Zealand and our supporters donated to offset about 190,000 tonnes of CO2-e;

  • We turned 20 and celebrated our achievements – like being the first ever organisation to provide biodiverse carbon offsets to the community back in 1997, and being a thriving leader in 2017;

  • We celebrated this milestone with nearly 100 key supporters, stakeholders, landholders, Board, BAC and staff members, both past and present;

  • We planted 80,000 native trees at the Barolin Nature Reserve immediately behind Mon Repos beach in Queensland, revitalizing the ecosystem and protecting the endangered loggerhead turtle hatchery from artificial lighting via a ‘green curtain’;

  • We revegetated 17 ha of a private property along the Great Ocean Road, as part of our Great Ocean Road Restoration Project; 

  • We organised eight planting days and three stakeholder lunches in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney with our supporters;

  • We sponsored and supported the 4th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit and the 2017 Australasian Fleet Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne;

  • We teamed up with The Prince’s Trust Australia and The Walt Disney Company Australia to launch the Low Glow Collaboration – engaging the community to measurably reduce the light glow around important turtle sites in Queensland, to maximise the hatching rates of turtles;

  • We launched our “Memorial Forest” program, to help celebrate life with a forest;

  • We welcomed two new Board Members, Alexis Denby and Frank Farrall;

  • We re-invigorated our Business Advisory Council which provided much advice and assistance this year;

  • We inaugurated new partnerships and welcomed new supporters – from industry leaders like the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association, Tourism Holdings Limited and Lady Elliot Island, to grassroots businesses, such as Ethical Gallery and Otway Indigenous Nursery; 

  • We assisted Sydney Opera House and La Trobe University to source NCOS Carbon Credits;

  • We launched our first brand video and a series of videos featuring our team and supporters; and

  • We celebrated Eoghan O’Connor, our Forestry Manager, for his 10th anniversary working at Greenfleet; and welcomed three new members in our team - Monique Howard, Revegetation Projects Officer; Jessyca Harford, Projects Officer; and Lindsay Bick, Quality Assurance Manager.

With many exciting projects in development, 2018 promises to be an equally busy and exciting year at Greenfleet.

Alone, we can only achieve so much but, together, we can do so much more. Thank you for your continued support.

The whole team at Greenfleet joins me in wishing you a safe and festive end to 2017 and a happy New Year. We all look forward to connecting with you again in 2018, and hearing about what climate actions you would like to be part of next year and beyond.