Want to know what Council is doing about climate change? Here’s how we are making a difference!
Science tells us that temperatures are rising globally and this is going to have a big impact on the whole planet.
But what does this mean locally for our neighbourhoods? Well, we can expect more extreme weather events like storms and floods and more frequent and longer heatwaves, which means drier sports field, ovals and backyard.
We’ll also need to use more energy to keep our homes cool and could experience increases in heat-related illnesses.
So what are we doing about it? We are committed to creating a cooler, climate resilient city with a low carbon footprint.
- as part of our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, planted 2,700 mature trees each year and have set a target to increase our tree canopy cover by 30 per cent by 2040.
- replaced over 6,000 street lights with more energy efficient technologies, reducing emissions by more than 2,100 tonnes a year.
- installed rainwater tanks on Council owned buildings plumbed for internal use, saving valuable mains water.
- led the way as one of 48 Victorian Councils to form Australia’s largest ever buying group to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy. 48 Victorian Councils have come together to drive investment in renewable energy, resulting in pooling 250GWh of renewable electricity. This is the equivalent to powering 47,000 homes with renewable energy or taking 87,000 cars off the road each year.
- through our long-term plan, MV2040, committed to achieving zero net emissions from the community and reduce emissions from Council operations by 95 per cent by 2040.
A Green Action Plan is currently being finalised that will outline how we will achieve these targets in greater detail.
Meanwhile, we are dedicated to providing accessible education for our community regarding the environment and sustainability.
Our Green Living, Schools Environment Network and My Smart Garden programs offer free events and resources designed to support the community to develop sustainable behaviours and practices.
These programs not only support the community, but they help improve our environment, economy and the health and wellbeing of our residents.
Check out the events page, and change the display from “all events” to “environment” to see what’s on.
You can also see our website for more information about the environment and to learn more about sustainability.