Case Studies

Case Study 1: Gold Coast Youth Service

Coefficiency has been supporting the Gold Coast Youth Service to reduce their environmental impacts since September 2010.

A formal evaluation was conducted in May 2012 and here are the key points from that evaluation:

    • Obtained GreenBizCheck Silver Not For Profit environmental certification
    • Obtained funding for a 5kW solar photovoltaic system
    • Reduced their electricity usage by 10% through supporting staff to change their behaviours
    • During evaluation, 100% of staff agreed that the Gold Coast Youth Service operated in an environmentally responsible manner, compared to 33% at the beginning of the sustainability program
    • Ratified environmental policies to govern future practices and processes
    • Identified a sustainability champion and integrated regular opportunities for staff to contribute ideas on how the organisation can further reduce their environmental impacts
In this video, Lesley Healy, Manager of the Gold Coast Youth Service, discusses her experience of their sustainability program delivered by Coefficiency:

The waste we send to landfill has halved since we started this program, and our recycling has doubled: Jenny, Administration, Gold Coast Youth Service

Case Study 2: Gold Coast Not For Profit Sustainability Cluster

In 2011, Coefficiency facilitated the first Not For Profit Sustainability Cluster program in Australia.

We recruited 16 organisations operating on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and facilitated a 12 month Sustainability Program.

Participating organisations achieved the following:

    • Integrating sustainability into the culture of the organisation
    • Reducing their electricity usage by up to 20%
    • Communicating their achievements to their clients
    • Motivating their staff to change their inefficient behaviours
    • Obtaining external credentials to support funding applications

This sustainability program was supported by the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management & the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture (Bond University).

In this video, organisations share the benefits and experience of improving their sustainability with Coefficiency:


At Coefficiency, we encourage our clients to communicate their environmental aims and achievements.

To play our part in this communication, and to promote what they’ve achieved, we are providing the following list of organisations that have undertaken a Sustainability Program that included not for profit environmental certification.


Certified Organisations

Break Thru People Solutions – VIC

Break Thru is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering people to create their own futures. They provide mental health, employment, disability, homelessness and training services –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit silver environmental certification

CatholicCare Social Services – NSW

CatholicCare Social Services provides a range of social services to the community of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, NSW –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit environmental certification in progress

Clovelly Child Care Centre – NSW

A community based, parent managed, long day care service in Sydney. A safe, happy and sustainable place –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit silver environmental certification

Connections UnitingCare – VIC

A community organisation with a long and proud history of supporting marginalised and disadvantaged children, young people and families –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit gold environmental certification

Fred Hollows Foundation – NSW

The Fred Hollows Foundation, founded in 1992 by eye surgeon Fred Hollows, is focused on treating and preventing blindness and other vision problems globally –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit environmental certification in progress

FSG Australia – QLD

Provides services to people living with a disability, mental illness, aged-related frailty, dementia and child safety –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit gold environmental certification

Gold Coast Youth Service – QLD

Provides housing, health and social services to young people on the Gold Coast who are homeless or at risk of being homeless –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit silver environmental certification

Hunters Hill Preschool – NSW

Hunters Hill Preschool is a community-based, non-profit preschool in Sydney that caters for 3-5 year old children –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit environmental certification in progress

Point Preschool – NSW

An award-winning community based preschool in Sydney that provides an educational program for children aged 3 to 6 years –

GreenBizCheck Not for profit gold environmental certification

Other Clients

Here is a listing of the organisations that have undertaken a Sustainability Program with Coefficiency:

Anglicare Southern Queensland (Spiritus) – QLD

Support, social and residential care to vulnerable communities across Queensland –

Disability Employment Australia – VIC

Peak industry body supporting member organisations from the disability employment services sector in Australia –

Family Relationships Australia – QLD

Provides families with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution –

Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence – QLD

A women only service that provide support and programs designed to prevent sexual violence –

Gold Coast Drug Council – QLD

Provides treatment services for people with drug and/or mental health issues, and their families –

HETA Incorporated – SA

Support and employment services to disadvantaged individuals who want to be active in their community –

MAS National – NSW

Provides Australian Apprenticeship support services across New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria –

MS Queensland – QLD

MS Queensland aims to be the first-choice for multiple sclerosis (MS) information, education, treatment, care and support across Queensland. Their vision is a world free from MS and its devastating impact –

Nerang Neighbourhood Centre – QLD

Provides employment services, food bank, emergency support, counselling and groups for the Nerang community –

NORTEC Employment and Training – NSW

Provides recruitment and training services for jobseekers and businesses in the Northern NSW region –

Oxenford Coomera Community Youth Centre – QLD

Provides a range of supportive, recreational, cultural, sporting and welfare programs for their local community –

Silver Bridal Community Centre – QLD

Provides a range of programs, services and activities to the local community in the Molendinar area

Study Gold Coast – QLD

A peak industry body to promote the Gold Coast’s education and training industry in a global environment –

Surfworld – QLD

Surf museum exhibiting an extensive displays of surfing memorabilia including surfboards, artwork, movie posters and historic photos –

Village Community Services – QLD

Provides programs, services and activities for the local community in the Oxenford area –

YHES House – QLD

A community organisation funded to provide holistic health services to youth and young parents in the Gold Coast Region –

Youth & Family Service (Logan City) Inc – QLD

Offers many different services including legal advice, disability support, counselling and assistance finding work to people of all ages in Logan City and surrounding areas –

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