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2016 Wrap up & Season’s Greetings from Greenfleet

2016 Wrap up & Season’s Greetings from Greenfleet

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 achieve a lot in 2016 and we are well placed to continue to thrive in the coming years.

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on the year that’s been. We want to take this time to thank you and share with you our achievements and milestones for 2016:

  • We established 237,000 native trees to restore native ecosystems across 277 ha of land in Australia and New Zealand and our supporters donated to offset about 180,000 tonnes of CO2-e;
  • We became the first ever organisation in Australia to be provided with carbon rights on public land;
  • We launched the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project - a revegetation project set to transform a concrete drain in Melbourne’s West into an urban green oasis for the community to enjoy;
  • We planted the first tree in the Barolin Nature Reserve - a first step in the biggest tree planting project ever undertaken in the Bundaberg Region, Queensland;
  • We kick-started our Great Ocean Road Restoration Program to restore native habitat along this icon;
  • We became Founding Partners of the TAKE2 initiative;
  • We teamed up with Disney to launch ‘Remember the Reef’ – a campaign to raise awareness and funds to restore ecosystems along the Great Barrier Reef;
  • We rebuilt a home for koalas with Queensland Trust for Nature in south-east Queensland;
  • We welcomed new supporters and developed new partnerships with many businesses - from industry leaders such as AirBnB, Renault, AfMA and Splend, to grassroots businesses, such as Children of the Tribe, Eggpicnic and Kombu Wholefoods; and
  • We moved into our spanking new office at 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne and started our very own urban greenery project with a rooftop garden.

With our 20th anniversary next year, 2017 promises even more. We will be working on many projects including:

  • A Low Glow campaign with our partners Disney and Prince's Charities Australia, to encourage the local community to turn lights off and use new technologies to protect turtle breeding habitat at Mon Repos, QLD;
  • Building on our innovation with the Victorian Government to access carbon rights on Crown land by developing a pipeline of projects on public land;
  • Working with the Gold Standard Foundation to accredit our forests and meet with their global Board in Melbourne;
  • A major project in NSW relating to carbon offsets for an outstanding urban development;
  • A trial carbon offset program with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association;
  • Demonstrating leadership in blue carbon (carbon sequestration from mangroves, seagrasses and saltmarsh) by continuing our research and with the aim of launching the first commercial site in Australia;
  • Expanding our work and partnerships in New Zealand; and
  • Building on our work with Smartgroup and Telstra, our two largest supporters, through new projects and involvement in tenders.

 Alone, we can only achieve so much, but, together, we can do so much more. What can we do together in 2017? What are you planning on achieving and how can we support you in getting there? We'd love to hear from you (

From everyone at Greenfleet, we wish you a safe and festive end to 2016 and a happy New Year. We all look forward to connecting with you again in 2017, and hearing about what climate actions you would like to be part of in 2017 and beyond.

Note that the Greenfleet office will close for the holiday break at 12pm on Friday 23 December. We will reopen on Tuesday 3 January at 9am. Our website is always open, 24/7 for your carbon offsets and direct donations.

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