Edge Environment, established in 2008, was formed around five fundamental principles:
- A commitment to a sustainability ethic.
- A commitment to pursue pioneering projects that make a real contribution.
- A commitment to practical use of the best available science.
- A commitment to open process such that for any specific question our results will always be consistent whoever the client.
- A commitment to the highest quality work, providing excellent value for our clients.
Edge Environment’s founders have a track record of achievement against these principles. In our first years, we have not only maintained these principles, but reinforce them.
Our sustainability ethic can be seen in the way we have accommodated our business. We invested in recycled or reused materials (carpet and furniture) and low impact products (Thinking Ergonomics storage). We rezoned our lighting to minimise use. We have created an inspiring workplace for our staff, with views over Sydney harbour, lots of natural light and ergonomic furniture.
We further demonstrate our ethical commitment in the way we advise our clients. We never gloss over our findings – our results are delivered ‘warts and all’. We work with our clients, providing practical guidance, enabling them to make real reductions to their environmental impact.
We continually pursue pioneering projects:
- Developing the Australian Building Resilience Rating Tool and the Building Resilience Knowledge Database through the Australian Resilience Taskforce.
- We contributed to the practical toolkit of resources and data for the Australian buildings and infrastructure sector as project managers for the BPIC/ICIP project. We facilitated the 10 major material/product associations, reaching a hard-won agreement on LCI/LCA methodology.
- We have shown leadership in the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society. We have reorganised the society to take on the administration of the Australian National Life Cycle Inventory project.
- We have developed life cycle assessment based credits for material selection and use for the Australian Green Infrastructure Council’s rating scheme.
- We are working on a major project with Walmart and the international Sustainability Consortium to bring ecolabelled food products into their stores in Chile. This pioneering working will lead to similar initiatives in other countries.
- We have supported the Australian Food and Grocery Council, mapping an agenda for establishing ecolabels for all food products for Australian stores.
- We often partner with other organisations with complementary expertise such as for the development of the Greenhouse Gas Assessment Workbook for Road Projects for the Australian Transport Authorities Greenhouse Group in partnership with Parsons Brinckerhoff.
- We have contributed numerous articles and publications to media, including CHOICE Magazine and Green Pages, illustrating how LCA can be used to get definitive answers to complex questions.
And of course, we’ve had great fun doing it all too. We are proud to do well, by doing good.