Environmental programs and projects

Rainwater tank at Concord Oval
Rainwater tank at Concord Oval
Water Sensitive Urban Design
Water Sensitive Urban Design

The City of Canada Bay's Sustaining our Environment Program delivers a number of projects which focus on achieving environmental sustainability outcomes across the City. These projects are funded through the Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment (WaSIP) program, which is a State Government fund that supports sustainability and waste initiatives delivered by local government.

Below is a list of Council focused projects aimed at reducing Councils impact on the environment.

Energy management plan

This project involves the development and implementation of an Energy Management Plan, which builds on the old Energy Savings Action Plans. The overall target is to reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through efficiency programs and infrastructure upgrades throughout Council's assets.

Water efficiency plan

The Water Efficiency Plan identifies the top ten water consuming sites of Council buildings and sporting facilities, looking at the amount of water used and how the water is used. Water saving opportunities are identified for each site and prioritised according to costs and payback period.

Climate change mitigation and adaptation

This project involves Council adopting the City of Canada Bay Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Plan, which includes a risk assessment. An implementation plan will be developed for adoption, which will provide a staged order of priorities.

Implementing sustainable procurement

The City of Canada Bay adopted a Sustainable Procurement Policy in 2011, and is currently reviewing existing practices to integrate the policy into all areas of business across the organisation. This project aims to increase the level of sustainable procurement by:

  • Ensuring waste minimisation, efficiency, cost effectiveness and sustainable resource use are considered in everyday purchasing. 
  • Ensuring there are systems and procedures in place so sustainable procurement is possible. 
  • Establishing a tracking and reporting system.
  • Making it easier for staff, vendors, contractors and suppliers to purchase more sustainably. 

Sustainable fleet and emissions reduction

Through the Sustainable Fleet Program, Council seeks to review the existing fleet policy with a view to reducing fleet emissions. A system for monitoring Council fleet and fleet emissions, and the development of a program and policy which will be applied across the organisation will also form part of this strategy.

Sister City environmental project 

The City of Canada Bay established a Friendship Agreement with Parkes Shire Council in September 2010. One of the key outcomes of the agreement is a greater understanding of the issues facing each area, and the opportunity to investigate and pursue opportunities for working together.

Carbon abatement, greenhouse gas emission reduction and the cost of energy are issues facing both Councils. For example, energy efficiency is a key policy and program issue for both Councils. Parkes Shire Council has adopted a clear focus on solar energy projects as they recognise the environmental and economic benefit to the local area. City of Canada Bay is improving its energy efficiency and has developed an energy management plan, which includes projects to address greenhouse gas emissions. FuturesPlan20 identifies greenhouse gas emissions and addressing carbon management as a key target area.

The Sister City Environmental Project will enable Council's to share expertise and solutions to some of these issues.

Sustainable event management

In June 2011, Council adopted the Sustainable Event Management policy. This policy ensures environmental, social and economic sustainability outcomes are considered when planning and running events. Council is committed to reducing the impacts of all events at Council managed sites and venues, and is currently developing tools and resources to help staff and the community run more sustainable events. Event sustainability will be achieved through sourcing appropriate suppliers, sustainable procurement and managing energy, waste and water use. Council is undertaking works to improve energy and water efficiency at many Council operated venues.

If you are a community member and would like to hire Council facilities to organise an event, we strongly encourage you to follow these guidelines.

Incorporating sustainability principles into your event planning and management can have many benefits, including;

  • environmental savings through minimising the use and waste of energy, water and other resources
  • financial savings
  • supporting local business and suppliers
  • building a positive reputation for your organisation or group
  • the opportunity to foster more sustainable behaviours and raise awareness.

Event sustainability - where to start?

Include sustainability principles into all aspects of planning, running and reviewing your event will help you to plan for improved environmental, economic and social outcomes next time.

Participant numbers, whether the venue is inside or outdoors, accessibility by public transport, and whether you are providing food are some of the factors that will affect the sustainability of your event.

You can also visit these links to get additional information:

Page last updated on: 05/10/16
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