Green Sydney government initiatives
Sydney is fast becoming one of the world’s leading ‘green cities’. The City of Sydney Council was the first in the nation to become carbon neutral, while Tourism Australia (TA) maintains a ‘green checklist’ for planning events, and Business Events Australia (BEA) promotes the value of sustainable tourism.
Sustainable Sydney – green city living
The City of Sydney Council has created an ambitious blueprint to deliver low-impact energy and water for the city - while connecting it via green networks and infrastructure hubs. Called ‘Sustainable Sydney 2030’, the plan responds to the challenges of global warming, rising oil prices, declining housing affordability and growth.
It incorporates five big moves, 10 strategic directions and hundreds of small steps that it hopes will transform Sydney into a 'green, global and connected' city by 2030.
But the Council is not wasting time or waiting for 2030 to arrive, and the numbers are stacking up. Council’s recent initiatives include:
• 8,900 street trees have been planted in the inner city since 2005
• 14 additional rain gardens were installed in 2012/13 bringing the total to 107. Rain gardens filter stormwater and prevent pollutants entering our waterways
• 5,500 solar panels have been installed on more than 30 City buildings. By 2015, the panels are expected to supply up to 12.5% of the City’s requirements
• The City also operated stormwater harvesting and re-use projects during 2012/13 at Surry Hills Library, Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, Lillian Fowler Reserve in Newtown, Alexandria Oval and Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills
Sydney's conference and business events green checklist
Australia has an "unequivocal commitment" to delivering sustainable business events. Business events operators holding meetings, conferences or conventions in Sydney have access to BEA's green checklist (pdf) to help them plan and deliver cleaner, greener business events.
The Business Events Australia green checklist is based on the following core principles:
- Reduce waste
- Recycle; then
- Offset carbon emissions
Other environmentally friendly Sydney innovative programs include:
- CitySwitch green office: helps commercial office tenants improve their energy efficiency
- Earth Hour: Sydney helped facilitate the inaugural Earth Hour in 2007 and continues to participate
- Clean Harbour Partners Program: more than 90 businesses help reduce rubbish and chemical pollution entering Sydney Harbour
Green Sydney events resources