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Yarra Energy Foundation Launched

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on April 21st, 2011

From “The Yarra Energy Foundation launches with energy smart public housing ‘revolution’ and unique web hub“:

The Yarra Energy Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation set up by the Yarra City Council, to make the municipality carbon-neutral by 2020, [launched on April 14] at the Richmond Public Housing Estate, announcing its first project – the High- Rise Revolution. The project, a roadmap for permanently reducing residents’ electricity usage at the Richmond, Fitzroy and Collingwood public housing high-rise estates, will make living in these estates cheaper and reduce overall carbon pollution.

Alex Fearnside, Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) CEO said: “More than 8,000 people live in these estates and over the years small steps have been taken to make them energy efficient. However this project is about identifying a big step – a revolution – that will not only help residents but also contribute to the Yarra Energy Foundation’s target of carbon neutrality by 2020”.

Yarra Mayor Alison Clarke said she was particularly pleased that public housing was the first project for the new Foundation, which had been set up to make the Council’s ambitious target of carbon-neutrality by 2020 a reality. “Soon after the election of the current Council we realised we did not have the resources or expertise to hit that target in time and needed help to get there. We knew a community-minded organisation with a sole focus on delivering local sustainable outcomes was needed,” Cr Clarke said. The Council has already provided $600,000 to set up YEF and intends to double it over the next two years. “In under a decade, the City of Yarra will be truly carbon neutral. Our focus is on projects that can expand and deliver benefits to the community and business.” Mr Fearnside said.

In another first, the Yarra Energy Foundation is using the Thinking Daily network, on the Quango platform, as the basis for its website – a world first. Quango enables organisations to rapidly form communities around their core mission because visitors are both content creators and commentators. It seamlessly links with the most popular social media sites; and unlike comments on newspapers or blogs, fully visible to search engines.  “Our website is like a public forum, a wiki, a website and social media combined. It’s a like borderless online gathering dedicated to enabling zero-carbon communities here in Yarra and worldwide,” Mr Fearnside said.

The High-Rise Revolution project is supported by the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund, managed by Sustainability Victoria.


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