ICLEI Member Sustainability Initiatives

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Take a peek at what is working for other Member councils.


The City of Unley: Role Model City

Community is the heart of the City of Unley, a council home to nearly 40,000 people in a leafy suburban area of Adelaide. We caught up with them to talk all things sustainability. According to spokesperson Erin Thompson, the City of Unley places special emphasis on integrating community perspectives and ideas when planning for a sustainable future.  

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Adelaide City Council

Adelaide City Council inspiring green space by going vertical

Last year Adelaide City Council unveiled a living green wall on their Customer Centre building. In the effort to encourage greening of more than just the city streets, they have also released a Green City Grants Program to match funding of up to $10,000 for local residents or businesses investing in vertical greenery. This forward-thinking funding will not only cool the city, but will also make it more aesthetically pleasing. 

City of Mandurah

City takes action towards carbon neutral

In the past three years, the City of Mandurah has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10.7 percent through consistent investment in renewable energy.
A number of renewable energy projects have been introduced by the City, which have helped to reduce the City’s carbon footprint emissions and in order to meet its 2020 Carbon Neutral targets.
The City has a leadership role within the community, driving and sustaining action on climate change. Mandurah has also joined the Compact of Mayors.

Visit the City of Mandurah website for more information.

Port Phillip City Council

St Kilda Town Hall solar project cuts costs and greenhouse gases

Solar panels in St Kilda are cutting costs and greenhouse gas emissions in what is believed to be the biggest solar installation on an Australian town hall.

The 172 kW system is a win for the community and the environment as every year it will save Port Phillip Council about $44,000 on electricity and supply costs while avoiding 300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Mayor Bernadene Voss said Council had already slashed energy use in the St Kilda Town Hall by 34 per cent since 2012 by installing insulation and improving lighting and air-conditioning systems. “This ambitious solar panel installation is another important step towards us achieving our target of zero greenhouse gas emissions for Council operations by 2020,” Cr Voss said.

Port Phillip is a fully compliant Compact of Mayors council.

See Port Phillip Media Release

City of Busselton

Busselton is walking the talk

The City of Bussleton is continuing with the implementation and development of the Busselton Foreshore Masterplan which includes ongoing sustainability initiatives such as the construction of new walking promenades, picnic areas and coastal protection infrastructure east of the Busselton Jetty.

See Busselton Community Newsletter for more information

ACT Government

The ACT Commits to Zero Emissions by 2050 and 100% Renewable Energy by 2020 

Legislation introduced by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell, will bring forward the target for net zero carbon emissions in the ACT to 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement. The legislation adopts interim targets to actively measure the Territory’s progress towards zero emissions.
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The ACT also commits to the strongest legislated target of 100% renewable energy within the next four years.
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Auckland Council

Auckland joins Global Lead Cities for Sustainable Procurement Network

Auckland Council is to become a founding participant of the Global Lead Cities Network of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP). Mayor Brown says he, “see(s) this as an ideal opportunity to contribute to ICLEI’s efforts to promote more sustainable public procurement, drawing on programmes of work that we are already undertaking here in Auckland”.

The aim of SPP is to create a worldwide network of leading cities that share and develop their capabilities to implement sustainable and innovation procurement, driving a transition to sustainable production and consumption.

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