Sustainable Businesses

10 Steps to a More Sustainable Bar

Calling all bar workers! 

Save money whilst doing your bit for the environment? We'll drink to that! Here are ten simple steps to turn your bar into a more sustainable bar. 

1. Green fingers - grow your own herbs and edible flowers onsite
2. Up your draught game - reduce bottle waste with drinks poured straight from the tap
3. Scrap the paper - look for resuable alternatives to paper cups, napkins, coasters and towels
4. Straws suck - Consider reusable or say bye bye straws
5. Perfectly packaged - ask supppliers about their choice of packaging. Say no to nondegradable
6. Fill her up - make sure that glasswasher is full every single time
7. Get your compost on - find a local community garden to take your compostable waste to
8. Green your clean - use eco-safe cleaning products
9. Go local / go seasonal - reduce food miles and support local businesses. No caiprinhas when limes are out of season! 
10. Spread the word - make sure staff and customers know what you're doing and why

Join the Sustainable Business Network

City of Port Phillip is home to nearly 20,000 businesses that provide a fantastic service to our community. We are committed to supporting business owners to operate more sustainably, and in doing so, reduce operating costs

City of Port Phillip is launching its first Sustainable Business Network (SBN). It will provide an opportunity for a range of businesses to come together to share, network and learn from one another. 

Together, and with the support of Council, you will discover new programs, funding opportunities, event invitations, access to expert speakers and resources outlining best practice for sustainable businesses.

Our first Business Breakfast was a sell out. There was as much appetite for working together to create positive environmental change as there was for the croissants.

The SBN aims to support your business reduce your operating costs and improve your sustainability outcomes.   

Membership is FREE.

Email to register your interest.

Green Your Office With CitySwitch

CitySwitch Green Office is a free program that helps commercial office tenants to reduce their environmental footprint.

CitySwitch provides resources and services including tools, self-assessment templates, free advice and walk-through audits, access to funding, no-cost workshops and networking events, annual awards and industry research.

CitySwitch can offer you the know-how and assistance to become a sustainability leader. Here are three of their most popular resources:

City of Port Phillip is a CitySwitch member since 2012 and values it’s work, in Port phillip 48 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the non-residential sector.

Discover how CitySwitch helped local architect and interior design firm, Baenziger Coles, to reducing their carbon emissions and become local environmental leaders.

If you’re a commercial office tenant, join CitySwitch and discover how small changes can make a big difference to Australia’s future environmental health. For more information visit CitySwitch.

We Want Your Business

Are you a business in Port Phillip looking to:

•    increase efficiency and lower operational costs?

•    explore sustainability innovation and be a leader in the business community?

•    access grants and support from the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip?

The City of Port Phillip is launching a Smart Solutions for Businesses Program to support local businesses to minimise energy use, water consumption and waste, resulting in reduced operating costs and environmental impact.

Approximately 65 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Port Phillip comes from non-residential sources, that’s why we want to work together with local businesses to reduce this big number.

We will work closely with 10 local businesses, supporting them to operate more sustainably. We will provide a sustainability audits of the business that will result in a report with recommendations to implement changes.

Once the audit is ready we will sit down with each business and discuss the different options to implement the changes and guide them through the funding process to finance the necessary changes. 

Get in touch at  or 03 9209 6775 to find out how we can help your business!