Galactic® Co-operative is a WA-based, socially responsible, worker-owned technology business based in Perth, Western Australia.
We are providing advanced technical expertise across multiple industries.
Galactic® Scientific's multidisciplinary team can provide a variety of maintenance, repair and training services to all forms of laboratories and to the broadcast and telecommunications industries.
Galactic® Workplace Wellbeing offers workplace wellbeing consulting and training.
Galactic® Sustainability offers advice, training, policy planning and development on: waste and resource management; energy efficiency related to buildings, interiors and machinery; low resource waste and use lifestyle; circular material flows and Zero Waste.
As a socially responsible co-operative, environmental, economic and social sustainability are important values for us.
We help organisations to avoid landfill and decrease their greenhouse gas emissions. We do this by repairing legacy laboratory equipment, thereby diverting it from landfill. And we sell the Galactic® Sealed PC, which has significantly increased longevity compared to conventional PCs in hostile laboratory environments, saving capital expenditure, preventing downtime and data loss, whilst considerably reducing landfill.
We have begun to develop a Sustainability Portal and App to provide Circular and People & Planet positive current advice, training, action, policy planning and development on waste and resource management; energy efficiency related to buildings, interiors and machinery; low resource waste and use lifestyle; circular material flows and Zero Waste.
From left to right: Town of Victoria Park Mayor Karen Vernon and Stephanie Black holding the Switch Your Thinking Award; Kate and Andrea Biondo showing off Galactic's flagship Sealed® PC, photo courtesy of David Baylis - Community News.
Our Sustainability Team
Dr Kate Ringvall is a leader in the Sustainability field and has been for more than 20 years working, studying and exploring the many facets that make up Sustainability as we know it today. Her first job as a graduate was in a recycling processing plant in Fremantle, and Kate remains an avid recycler! Kate has a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD in Planning; and her areas of expertise are in Circular Economy, Sustainability in Business, Sustainable Urban Planning, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Transport, Transit Orientated Development, and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. Kate has worked for Govts at all levels, large corporations, and Universities. She has experience implementing and integrating sustainability principles and practices. Kate is also a Founder and Governing Fellow of the Galactic Cooperative, who are leading the way for the development of a Circular Economy in WA.
Stephanie Black, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Galactic Co-operative, also performs Galactic's annual greenhouse gas accounting and serves as Chair of Galactic's Sustainability and Ethics Committee. Stephanie has experience in the technology and resources sectors, holds degrees in both hard and soft sciences, and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Western Australia, researching human performance in complex environments. Stephanie also serves on the Editorial Board of Australian Psychologist.
Helping Organisations Decrease Landfill and Emissions
Galactic helped organisations prevent the emission of 143 t CO2 equivalent for 2018-2019.
Our Galactic Scientific subsidiary repaired significant amounts of legacy lab equipment, thereby diverting it from landfill and preventing emissions.
Decreasing Our Carbon Footprint With Active Transport
Galactic's own carbon footprint, improved as follows for 2018-2019:
Our emissions went down from 10t to 9t CO2 equivalent.
Our energy consumption went down from 124GJ to 107GJ.
Sadly, after moving to new premises we no longer have the facilities to generate solar power, therefore our energy production ceased.
By far the largest contribution to emissions was from Galactic's business vehicles, with 6.3t of CO2 equivalent per annum (i.e., 93GJ). This means car usage accounts for 74% of our total GHG footprint.
Therefore, Galactic's efforts to decrease our carbon footprint centre on decreasing business vehicle usage. Accordingly, we have implemented an Active Transport Policy that encourages sustainable alternatives to car travel.
Galactic Co-operative's greenhouse gas accounting shows an decrease in our carbon footprint. Moreover, our Galactic Scientific subsidiary repaired significant amounts of legacy lab equipment, thereby diverting it from landfill and preventing emissions.
Towards Lower Waste Living
Galactic Co-operative has been facilitating a waste management course series delivered through local governments, titled "Towards Lower Waste Living". Public education is critical to avoid situations like the recent turn-back of recyclable materials from overseas processors due to contamination. The resulting behavioural change within the community has many measurable benefits, such as reducing the volume of waste generated and by ensuring the highest quality capture of waste resources.
We tailor the course to the local conditions, ensuring that we deliver current and accurate information by liaising with the local government's Waste Officer or equivalent authority. Using psychological principles and adult learning techniques , we encourage participants to engage in reflection on their lives and choices.
"Towards Lower Waste Living" Course Outline:
Week 1 "Current State of Affairs". We reframe waste from being something that has to "go away" to being a valuable resource and confront participants with the need for them to take responsibility for their waste. Cognitive dissonance and a little discomfort help to change participants' thought patterns.
Week 2 "Resource Gold". We highlight local startups, businesses and facilities processing or collecting various waste streams. We educate about the importance of supporting local efforts at waste mitigation and building networks in the participants’ own neighbourhood. We provide information on how to minimise common household waste streams and housekeeping approaches that minimise waste.
Week 3 "Composting and Reusables" . This week features a special guest from a small business specialising in such areas as bulk food purchasing, responsibly-sourced reusables and gardening/home composting systems. The participants conduct a bathroom audit and learn which products can be eliminated or replaced with a better, more sustainable solution.
Week 4 "Low Waste Parenting". Another expert guest advises participants about the "invisible" waste that is generated by young families, and identifies ways parents can reduce their waste at all stages of their child's development. Participants are encouraged to debrief and discuss the changes they've implemented. This helps to break down the misconceptions about how hard a low-waste lifestyle is, and testimony from fellow participants makes more changes seem more achievable.
Galactic Sustainability Portal and App
Spearheaded by our Head of Sustainability, Dr Kate Ringvall, Galactic's sustainability portal and app will provide Circular and People & Planet positive current advice, training, action, policy planning and development on:
waste and resource management;
energy efficiency related to buildings, interiors and machinery;
low resource waste and use lifestyle;
circular material flows and
This is a work in progress. Watch this space.
Testimonials for Galactic® Sustainability
"Just want to say thank you so much for your workshop at CREEC. It has made a massive impact in our family life. It gave me such a shock to realise that we are only putting a small bag or 2 in each week into our bin best of all, I would be hard pressed to say what has changed in our lifestyle to achieve this! Still a long way to go on our journey but am loving it.
It has also inspired me (Urban Revolution as well ) to look into making a 'reclaimed' range of bags to sell. Several made from Op shop gleanings have sold already. Next year my website will hopefully be stocking new produce & shopping bags. The lunch bag fundraiser is up & running & I'm looking forward to getting feedback on the product. When I found a lady who has a phenomenal range of bush tucker products I started experimenting with Raspberry Wattle bees wax wraps as well. I am having so much fun with sustainable living
Before your workshop I thought sustainable living would be painful & limiting. Now I know it opens up so many other possibilities & a richer lifestyle with just a few adjustments Thank you"
Lara, Participant in the Galactic® Sustainability "Towards Lower Waste Living" Course
Our Sustainability Program In The Media
Dr Kate Ringvall and Stephanie Black will present on workplace wellbeing and sustainbility at the 7th Psychological Injury Management in the Workplace Congress.
Sustainable Development Goals
Galactic® Sustainability directly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) number 11, 12 and 13 and indirectly to SDGs 6,14, and 15.
Moreover, Galactic® Workplace Wellbeing directly contributes to SDG 3, and since workplace wellbeing improves business profitability, it also indirectly contributes to SDGs 8 and 9; and Galactic® Co-operative as a whole contributes to SDGs 5, 10, and 16.
We are working on adding additional goals to make the world a better place. Graphic courtesy Wikimedia Commons.