27/08/2015 - Sustainability news
When senior leaders at Western Gas got together to brainstorm ideas as part of Z’s sustainability competition, the group had no trouble identifying Project Twin Streams as an opportunity to make a real difference in their community.
Z had challenged the 3,000 site staff across its retail network to come up with an idea that highlights what sustainability means to them, as part of an annual competition to uncover original and locally-focused sustainability ideas.
Western Gas, which manages thirteen Z sites across the west Auckland region, has been supporting the Twin Streams project group in its drive to improve water quality in Waitakere streams by re-vegetating 56kms of stream banks with native trees and shrubs. The project area surrounds most of the Western Gas sites, making the project a really good fit with Western Gas’ stand of being crazily MAD (Making A Difference) in their community.
On a very cold, windy and rainy Auckland day in August, a group of Western Gas staff got their hands dirty, helping Community Waitakere plant 200+ native trees in the Henderson Creek area (which, for those that don’t know, is particularly close to Z Bruce McLaren, Z Lincoln Road and Z Massey North).
Although an impressive start, this is just the beginning of the Western Gas team’s commitment, and the group are now working with Project Twin Streams to adopt a specific area to look after.
Photo: Mohammed Ilyas, Shahid Iqbal, Harpreet Singh, Abu Hero, Rajinder Singh, Karam Pal, Arvin Autajay get into planting
Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says the Western Gas team’s efforts reinforce Z’s incredible site staff and their commitment to sustainability.
“We know our site staff are one of our best assets here at Z, and given they’re out there in the community, we reckon they often have the best local knowledge when it comes to things we could be doing differently.”
“It was great to see the team from Western Gas picking a local project, and one they feel really passionate about.”
Gerri says the company’s competition has been a real success, and has had a great impact in helping Z continue on its sustainability journey.
“At Z, we reckon we’re making good progress on our sustainability journey, and we’re always looking for ways to do things better.
“Based on how well it’s gone this time, we’re looking at holding the competition annually – this will help us to source other original, locally-focussed and scalable ideas from across Z’s retail network.”