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ECU offers small business the Green Advantage

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

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Edith Cowan University (ECU) is helping small businesses to reduce their environmental impact with the Green Advantage for Small Business Expo.

The free Expo, being held at West Coast TAFE on Wednesday 2 April, will feature more than 20 displays from recyclers, innovators and government authorities offering environmental management solutions.

The Expo launches Green Advantage for Small Business, the latest initiative from ECU's Small and Medium Enterprise Research Centre (SMERC).

Following the Expo, a series of half-day seminars will be held across Perth during April and May to raise environmental awareness and provide practical support for small businesses.

Professor Beth Walker, Director of SMERC, says the Expo will allow owners and managers to discuss their business needs with Perth's leading recyclers and environmental agencies.

The Expo will offer useful tips and suggestions on recycling, energy efficiency and waste water practices that can also lead to reduced costs and greater efficiency.

"While many small businesses are overwhelmed by taking the first steps to environmental management there are potential bottom line benefits as well as positive environmental results that are worth exploring" said Professor Walker.

ECU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, is encouraging small businesses to take up the opportunity to learn more about reducing their impact on the environment.

"ECU is actively supporting small businesses in introducing sustainable business practices, which is an important investment in the future" he said.

ECU has partnered with Swan Catchment Council and West Coast TAFE to deliver the Green Advantage for Small Business Expo with federal funding from AusIndustry.

The Expo will be held at West Coast TAFE from 12.30pm to 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 April. For more information, please contact Gina Pickering at ECU on 6304 5279.

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