The National Office has established a Green Team that has the responsibility to investigate and pursue ways of reducing the Society's environmental footprint, both within the National Office and more broadly throughout the APS operations. An environmental assessment report was conducted by an external contractor in March 2009 to assess the carbon footprint of the APS and a number of initiatives have been established since that time, as detailed below (some initiatives have been instituted for a longer period).

General operations

  • Carbon off-sets purchased for all flights for APS Board, staff members and office bearers
  • Online voting for APS elections
  • Online APS membership renewal
  • Option for members to receive the Annual Report electronically
  • InPsych plastic wrapper is biodegradable 
  • Recycled paper used for printing many publications
  • National Office currently purchases 20% green power
  • National Office photocopy paper is 80% recycled
  • Recycling of various items including paper, toner cartridges and food containers

APS conferences

  • Online registration instead of printed hard copy forms
  • Online expression of interest, call for submissions and abstract reviewing
  • Introduction of electronic abstracts submissions
  • Electronic conference proceedings only, no paper copies
  • E-marketing opportunities utilised wherever possible for conference advertising
  • Recycling of name badge holders and printed materials
  • Environmentally friendly conference products used whenever possible (e.g., satchels made from recycled or natural fibres)
  • Conference handbook and Daily Delegate printed on recycled paper