One Planet Living report 2017/2018

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The City of Greater Bendigo has released its environmental activities report for 2017/2018 under a new name, One Planet Living, to reflect the City’s commitment towards creating a liveable municipality within the capacity of the earth’s resources.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the Council had adopted the One Planet Living Framework for the City’s policies and operations, working towards the framework’s 10 guiding principles on sustainability.

“By signing up to the framework, it demonstrates our commitment to fundamentally change the way the organisation works and how it should deliver projects and services to the community. Our annual reporting is evolving and we are including more data and indicators each year to show how we are tracking,” Cr O’Rourke said.

The report is organised according to the 10 One Planet Living principles:

  • Sustainable water
  • Health and happiness
  • Zero waste
  • Culture and community
  • Zero carbon
  • Travel and transport
  • Materials and products
  • Equity and local economy
  • Materials and products
  • Land and nature

Highlights include planting 30,000 native plants, a new strategy adopted for public spaces and a 50 per cent drop in recycling contamination in general waste bins, which means less recyclables being sent to landfill. The Bendigo Soldiers’ Memorial Institute and Military Museum was also recognised; it is one of the first government buildings in Australia constructed to Passive House standards.

“The City’s greenhouse emissions have risen. This is due to increasing electricity use in new and existing facilities. This is a continuing challenge. We need to shift our energy resources to renewables and we are currently working with almost 40 other Victorian Local Governments on a long term renewable energy contract.

“We’re also installing more rooftop solar systems including 281 kW on 11 separate facilities and a solar park study has recently been completed.”

For more information on the report and the One Planet Living framework, please visit: http://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/About/One-Planet-Living

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