Sustainability

Sustainable resource management and resources for residents



Sustainability


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Mitchell Shire Council Council is committed to energy and water reduction goals to ensure accountability and demonstrate leadership.  In 2011 Council adopted the Mitchell Shire Sustainable Resource Management Strategy. 

The strategy contains thirteen high-priority actions that focus Council's human and financial resources on areas where we can make the biggest impact and most positive change.

It directs our attention to areas where Council can reduce greenhouse emissions and water usage as well as save money on consumption of electricity, gas and water.

After careful analysis of baseline data and investigation into high-priority sustainability actions, council has committed to:

  • Reducing corporate greenhouse emissions by 20% on 2009-2010 levels by 2020-2021
  • Reducing corporate water usage by 20% on 2009-2010 levels by 2020-2021


Mitchell Shire is confident that these goals can be met through major actions, such as improvements to street lighting and building efficiency actions, which have the potential to reduce emissions by 2000 tonnes a year.

Mitchell Shire Council is currently reviewing the Mitchell Shire Sustainable Resource Management Strategy. If you would like to be kept informed of this process, please email environment@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au


GOULBURN BROKEN GREENHOUSE ALLIANCE

Mitchell Shire Council is proud to be part of the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance (GBGA). The GBGA was established in 2007 to promote and support regional action on climate change.

Find out more at www.gbga.com.au 

Download the Sustainable Resource Management Review  (PDF, 907K).


wATTS WORKING BETTER

In 2013, through our membership with the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance, Mitchell Shire Council was part of the Watts Working Better program, which saw over 2000 of our street lights converted tp be more energy efficient. 

Find out more at www.wattsworkingbetter.com.au 


Community Resources

Council continues to work in supporting the community to reduce their greenhouse emissions.

 

Mitchell Shire faces large population growth over the coming years:

  • an overall increase of around 60% expected by 2026
  • an increase in service provision and energy use
  • significant increase in greenhouse emissions
  • increase in carbon liability faced by the Shire


Council recognises that reducing greenhouse emissions will involve significant effort and expenditure, some of which can be funded externally.

 

By implementing The Sustainable Resource Management Strategy, through the integration of smart and sustainable practices into our systems and operations; we are ensuring we reduce our future carbon liability, as well as energy and water costs, through decreased consumption.


Further Resources

There are a number of resources available to support you to reduce your energy and water consumption and carbon emissions and so reduce your impact on climate change.

With costs of electricity, gas and water on the increase, taking action in your own home will help the environment and save you money.

Sustainability Victoria has a wealth of information for householders.

The Environmental Protection Authority also has a great Greenhouse Gas Calculator , so you can gain more understanding about the impact of your carbon emissions on the environment and you can track your progress as you progress on your energy efficiency journey.

If you're looking to buy new appliances, check out the Energy Star Rating website before you go to make sure you don't purchase an expensive energy consumer.

The CSIRO is another wealth of information about climate change and how we can influence our environment through our behaviour.

For help with managing your Energy use, visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Energy and Earth Resources pages.

A typical Australian household uses around 17 kWh of electricity per day. Find out if flexible pricing could help reduce your electricity bill at www.victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au