Lights come on for club savings

ALL IN THE NAME OF THE ENVIRONMENT: Poverty Bay Rugby Referees Association is one of six local clubs to receive the help of LiteClub to improve efficiency across electricity, water and waste to save money. From left are Jack Howe, of LiteClub, Hamish Campbell, Royce Maynard, both from the Poverty Bay Rugby Referees Association, and Shawn Elise Tierney, also of LiteClub. Picture supplied

SIX Gisborne sports clubs have become champions of the environment.

Gisborne Pirates RFC, OBM RFC, Gisborne Park Golf Club, Poverty Bay Rugby Referees Association, Poverty Bay Rugby Union and Gisborne Thistle AFC will save a combined total of $32,000 following a visit from LiteClub last week.

LiteClub is Project Litefoot’s lead initiative and is a free service available to sports clubs to look at electricity, water and waste as the three areas where efficiency can be improved.

The goal is to reduce clubroom running costs.

Across all of the clubs, LED lighting upgrades and hot water pipe insulation are calculated to save $32,277 and prevent 13 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Waste sorting bins were also set up in clubrooms, to make recycling more effective and easier for club volunteers to manage.

Simple water-saving devices installed in taps and toilets will conserve more than 160,000 litres of water each year.

Poverty Bay Rugby Union rugby development officer Dwayne Russell says the initiative has helped with being environmentally-friendly

“We are thankful and very grateful for the assistance they have given to our two clubs and rugby union. The LiteClub provides some savings that will free up money in our clubs to use for on-the-field initiatives.”

Since it was launched in 2011, LiteClub has visited 1152 clubs from Kaitaia to Invercargill and made changes calculated to save $6.8 million for sport and prevent 6218 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Project Litefoot is a charitable trust led by 10 NZ sporting heroes including Conrad Smith, Sarah Walker and Brendon McCullum.

Other interested Gisborne sports clubs can secure a visit the next time LiteClub is in the region by registering at liteclub.org/register-your-club.

SIX Gisborne sports clubs have become champions of the environment.

Gisborne Pirates RFC, OBM RFC, Gisborne Park Golf Club, Poverty Bay Rugby Referees Association, Poverty Bay Rugby Union and Gisborne Thistle AFC will save a combined total of $32,000 following a visit from LiteClub last week.

LiteClub is Project Litefoot’s lead initiative and is a free service available to sports clubs to look at electricity, water and waste as the three areas where efficiency can be improved.

The goal is to reduce clubroom running costs.

Across all of the clubs, LED lighting upgrades and hot water pipe insulation are calculated to save $32,277 and prevent 13 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Waste sorting bins were also set up in clubrooms, to make recycling more effective and easier for club volunteers to manage.

Simple water-saving devices installed in taps and toilets will conserve more than 160,000 litres of water each year.

Poverty Bay Rugby Union rugby development officer Dwayne Russell says the initiative has helped with being environmentally-friendly

“We are thankful and very grateful for the assistance they have given to our two clubs and rugby union. The LiteClub provides some savings that will free up money in our clubs to use for on-the-field initiatives.”

Since it was launched in 2011, LiteClub has visited 1152 clubs from Kaitaia to Invercargill and made changes calculated to save $6.8 million for sport and prevent 6218 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Project Litefoot is a charitable trust led by 10 NZ sporting heroes including Conrad Smith, Sarah Walker and Brendon McCullum.

Other interested Gisborne sports clubs can secure a visit the next time LiteClub is in the region by registering at liteclub.org/register-your-club.

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