carbon neutral objectives
Starry Nights is able to go off grid and produces its own:
- Electricity from solar cells (which also feeds back to the grid)
- On site wastewater treatment and
- much of their own food comes from their food gardens
The owners of Starry Nights have at their own expense established a Vegetation Protection Covenant with the Queensland Land Registry over 1/3 of their property. A vegetation covenant is a perpetual legally binding document that does not allow the current owners or any future owners to clear or develop that land. They have done this to establish a fauna corridor to connect Petrie Creek to the Triuna National Park.
Choosing NOT to purchase a new electric vehicle (cost 4500kg of carbon emissions to make a new electric vehicle) but instead using their current tractor to transport guests around the property which produces less than 40kg of carbon emissions per year to transport guests.
Starry Nights Luxury Camping is a genuine sustainable eco-accommodation property which touches the earth lightly, minimizing daily-emissions to achieve close to a zero-carbon footprint. Their sustainable approach also includes the following initiatives:
- Over 4000 plants have been planted on the property over the last 2 years
- They’ve incorporated all the design elements from a building biologist who has studied the tents and property.
- Natural ventilation is used and ceiling fans
- Toilets are dual flush.
- Hot water heated on demand only, by gas
- Low energy use LED bulbs
- Revegetation of areas affected by the development.
- No fencing (except around the chooks) to maintain the wildlife corridor.
- Driven piles and shallow foundations only – all buildings are built off the ground
- Continuous removal of exotic species – inc. blackberry and asparagus fern
- recycling programs – Use of recycled paper and natural products where possible.
- Rainwater used (no town water and no chlorine)
- Biodegradable cleaning agents are used.
- No intentional feeding of wildlife.
- Starry Nights is proud to be part of the Eco Lodges of Australia group.
- Minimized emissions through use of renewables (solar electricity is produced on-site and connected to the grid)
- Minimizing waste through a reuse, recycle, reduce and recover practices
- Minimizing transport emissions through considered vehicle use and bulk buying
- Minimizing water use through design, low-flow fittings, low-water toilets and education
- Minimizing noise pollution by limiting cars to entry car park
- Minimal chemical pollution with chemical-free camp site, education, provision of biodegradable toiletries and cleaning agents; organic/biodynamic food gardens, emphasis on manual weed control
- Using only native plants for re-vegetation work, with local provenance preferred
- Minimizing soil erosion through careful management and rehabilitation
- Increasing understanding of the importance of conservation activities, emissions reduction and minimal impact living
- Composter manages 100% of the resort’s organic waste
- Environmental practices including on-site waste-water treatment
- Conservation also extends to the progressive restoration and rehabilitation of the rainforest that extends over much of the property