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Kathmandu set to open Australasia’s first Green Star store

Leading adventure retailer Kathmandu, with support from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), is opening what is set to become Australasia’s first Green Star accredited retail store in Melbourne’s CBD on 14 November.

Kathmandu, through its Store Design and Development team, has partnered with the GBCA and is currently developing an industry-first Green Star rating tool to guide the sustainable design of multiple stores around Australia.

The Galleria store has been purpose built to target 5 Star Green Star accreditation; using sustainable design techniques, building practices and materials, the store includes features and technologies that reduce its carbon emissions and the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Kathmandu sustainability spokesperson, Tim Loftus, says that the Galleria store brings the company’s commitment to sustainability to life.

“Kathmandu is creating a benchmark for sustainable design and building in retail,” Mr Loftus said.

“The Galleria store speaks to our brand belief of respecting the environment. We’re incredibly proud to invite Melburnians to visit Galleria and experience the store.”

The GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew says Kathmandu’s leadership sends a signal to the retail industry.

“Kathmandu is showing the rest of the retail industry that sustainability is a strategic business decision – one that reinforces brand equity and commitment to ethical business practices,” Ms Madew said.

“Consumers are increasingly rewarding sustainability with their wallets, and Kathmandu’s leadership will lead the way in reinventing the bricks-and-mortar retail experience in Australia.” 

Key innovations include energy monitoring, where data is automatically sent to Head Office, a master switching system to turn off all unnecessary energy points when the store is closed and a full cardboard and co-mingled recycling system.

Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio, Councillor Arron Wood, says the new store sets a precedent for sustainable practice in Melbourne’s retail sector.

“There is a clear business case for green buildings in terms of air quality and staff attraction and retention," Cr Wood said.

“Staff that work in healthy and well-designed environments are more likely to be happy and productive employees.”

The Galleria store is the first to be built as part of Kathmandu’s sustainable building design programme, which uses innovative principles and materials to reduce a store’s overall environmental footprint.

Celebrating the grand opening on Tuesday 24 November, visitors can snap a selfie in the camp site photo booth. There will be gifts for taking part including a $500 voucher from Intrepid Travel, GORE-TEX® Jackets, Salomon shoes and Kathmandu water bottles.

For more information about the flagship store and Kathmandu, head to www.kathmandu.com.au