Sustainability at Michelle Barratt Psychology

Michelle Barratt Psychology is committed to being ‘environmentally sustainable’ in various ways. We have made many decisions over the years of Practice since first opening our doors to be as ‘Environmentally Aware and Sensitive as possible:  Please read below some initiatives we have undertaken since opening our doors:

1. Paperless Operations: Michelle Barratt Psychology has transitioned from Paper Files, Invoices, Receipts and Assessment Implementation where absolutely possible, to a paperless office environment. We therefore make every effort to minimise the use of paper by utilising electronic record-keeping systems and digital communication platforms within the administration of the organisation, and with each of our clients. This helps to reduce our overall paper consumption and waste.

2. Energy Conservation: The practice actively promotes energy conservation by using energy-efficient appliances and lighting fixtures. 

i. We ensure that lights and electronic devices are switched off when not in use and encourage employees to adopt energy-saving practices in their workspaces.

ii.  Air-conditioning units are supplied in each room individually, so that if the office space is not in use, lights and air-conditioners are switched off in those rooms.

iii.  If all office spaces are in use, then ‘Climate functions’ are put into place so that the air-conditioner is working as efficiently and effectively as possible across all rooms at the same time. 

3. Purchasing Power:  Our organisation, upon purchasing power for our Practice, chose  Renewable Green Energy Power Packs (such that for each kWH of energy usage included in these packs, the Energy Organisation purchases an equivalent amount of renewable energy from renewable energy generators)  to support the development of renewable energy projects in Australia.  

4. Provision of Drinking Water:  Our Psychology Practice as well as many others utilised/provided plastic cups for clients/psychologists to drink water in either reception or in our Psychology rooms.   

i. Since January 2019 however,we moved from using plastic cups/paper cups to providing ‘only glasses’ in our rooms.  We are very mindful of the amount of water that is used to clean these glasses as well as the cleaning agent that cleans them.

ii. Additionally, we encourage clients that bring their own water into the practice to utilise reusable drinking bottles and don’t support the use of plastic bottles in the Practice. 

5. Use of Magazines in the Reception:   Michelle Barratt Psychology has reduced its purchasing of new magazines from weekly to every quarter to reduce the enormous amount of paper that is printed in these magazines.  We also circulate our magazines between our offices so that all our magazines have at least a 6 month cycle.  Once clients have exhausted the perusal of our magazines in reception, these get recycled to our Child Therapy Psychologists/Therapists for use by children in therapy treatment.  

6. Recycling and Waste Management: Michelle Barratt Psychology follows a strict recycling and waste management system. We have designated recycling bins for paper, plastic, and other recyclable materials. Additionally, we properly dispose of hazardous waste and encourage employees to reduce, reuse, and recycle in our daily activities.

7. Sustainable Procurement: When sourcing office supplies and equipment, Michelle Barratt Psychology prioritizes environmentally friendly and sustainable options. We opt for products that are made from recycled materials, have minimal packaging, or are certified as eco-friendly.

8. Transportation and Commuting: The practice encourages staff members to use sustainable modes of transportation, such as carpooling, public transportation, or biking, to reduce carbon emissions. 

9. Environmental Education and Awareness: Michelle Barratt Psychology promotes environmental education and awareness among its employees and clients. In the past we have organized workshops on sustainability topics to encourage eco-conscious behaviours and create a culture of environmental responsibility.

By implementing these sustainability initiatives, Michelle Barratt Psychology aims to reduce its ecological footprint and contribute to a greener future.