A range of businesses in Manly have been moving towards sustainability in different ways for quite some time.
Manly Food Co-operative is committed to providing organic/insecticide-free goods and
packaging-free goods where possible - customers byo packaging. As well as providing environmental input, its policies provide the chance for community participation in sustainability.
Manly Hydraulics Laboratory was one of the first government buildings to incorporate sustainable design principles including solar tiles along with a natural ventilation system.
International College of Tourism and Hotel Management installed one of the first commercial-sized wormfarms which used 40% of the cooked food scraps from 600 students.
Located at Manly Dam, the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL) is a business within the Department of Public Works and Services. It provides consulting services in the area of water, coastal and environmental solutions. MHL's services include:-
Surfers at Queenscliff, North Steyne and Manly do more than patrol the beaches - they are also setting an environmental example. In 2007, on the initiative of then Mayor Peter Macdonald, the clubhouses were supplied with solar hot water and photovoltaic cells, allowing them to generate all the power they need.
Healthy & Environmentally Friendly Food and Shopping
In April 1997 Manly Food Co-op opened its doors to the Manly community. Keelah Lam was the driving force behind the idea. Along with a group of like-minded community members, the group obtained a development grant from the Manly Council, started a newsletter and the Manly Food Cooperative was launched. Twelve years down the track, the Co-op continues as a community-owned not-for-profit business providing organic, bulk, waste-free shopping as an alternative to mainstream supermarkets.