BCS General Manager recognised as NSW Sustainability Champion
Jodie Rutherford, BCS’ Acting General Manager for Strategic Development and Sustainability was acknowledged by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as the inaugural NSW Sustainability Champion in June.
Jodie’s award was for demonstrating outstanding commitment to and enthusiasm for sustainability through the NSW Sustainability Advantage Program.
“Passion greatly influences the success of 'change agents' who drive organisations to address sustainability within their operations. This year, for the first time, we recognised an outstanding Sustainability Champion, an individual who has delivered real change and outstanding business and environmental benefits,” said a representative from the Office of Environment and Heritage.
Jodie was awarded for her role in helping BCS to create an integrated sustainability program that goes to the heart of how the organisation sees itself and operates.
She manages BCS’ online monitoring of electricity use across its aged care facilities, achieved funding for sustainable projects valued at $500,000 over the past two years, and established a Circle of Excellence in Sustainability with umbrella group Baptist Care Australia, as well as the Sustainability Committee with the Aged and Community Services Association.
Jodie has been instrumental in helping BCS to achieve Silver Partner status and has also ensured sustainability is at the centre of the design of the new aged care development in Kellyville.
As part of the NSW Sustainability Advantage Program, BCS was also recognised as one of fifteen Silver Partners by the Minister for the Environment, The Hon Robyn Parker, as a result of demonstrating significant environmental achievements.
Over 530 organisations are currently working with the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage Program, which helps organisations to focus their efforts on delivering the best results for both the company and for the environment.