Wild Valley Art Park features an impressive range of sustainability features. All electricity is obtained from solar panels, and all water is sourced from rainwater tanks or the on-site dam. Due to this self-sufficiency, Wild Valley’s carbon footprint is estimated to be less than one tenth of what it would be if energy and water were sourced from the NSW electricity grid and water supply.
About Wild Valley Art Park
Wild Valley Art Park in Wentworth Falls, operates a gallery, studio and artists’ residences spread across 17 acres. It offers a range of classes and other activities to the public.
Once the headquarters of Planet Ark and originally built as a sustainable village project by Mission Australia, Wild Valley Art Park is run by artist Selena Seifert.
“My dream was to create a fully sustainable eco art centre that fostered environmental, educational and artistic development”, says Selena. “Wild Valley Art Park’s buildings, art practices and philosophy demonstrate sustainable and environmental principals. The architect eco designed buildings are built from mud bricks and blend seamlessly with the natural bush grounds”.
Operating as an Art Park since 2012, Wild Valley has already won several business tourism awards, and was finalist for NSW for Excellence In Sustainable Tourism.
Zero emissions from energy
All electricity for the centre is provided by 300 on-site solar PV panels. As solar PV generation produces no greenhouse gas emissions, the carbon footprint for energy as assessed by the Low Carbon Living project is zero.
“When the sun is shining”, says Selena, “The panels generate enough electricity to power eight households”.
Wild Valley’s energy self-sufficiency creates significant environmental benefits in terms of climate change and other aspects of sustainability. If the site’s electricity consumption was instead sourced from the NSW electricity grid - which is dominated by coal - the carbon footprint of Wild Valley Art Park would be almost 10 times larger than it is.
Zero emissions from water
Wild Valley Art Park also sources all of its water from tanks and an on-site dam.
Drinking water is collected from the building roofs and stored in tanks. Water that flushes the toilets comes from the dam.
Further, all wastewater from the centre is treated through a reed bed filtration system. This natural method breaks down the sewerage with naturally occurring aerobic and anerobic bacteria, along with nutrient reduction and conversion from the reeds.
Room for improvement?
As so many low-carbon measures are already employed at Wild Valley Art Park, only minor opportunities remain to improve efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the business.
The majority of Wild Valley’s greenhouse gas emissions come from waste generation. These could be minimised by composting food waste and soiled paper at on on-site composting facility.