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Living Rivers: Funding for council WSUD projects

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 2nd, 2012

Living Rivers is a Melbourne Water program offering tailored packages of technical and funding support for the implementation of strategic and structural water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) projects. They have recently developed fact sheets detailing the program aims, funding packages and frequently asked questions. Living Rivers works in partnership with 38 local councils across Melbourne to increase council’s capacity to deliver sustainable stormwater management outcomes. They are a proud supporter of the Clearwater program and we work closely together to develop and deliver complimentary council capacity building initiatives to accelerate the uptake of WSUD.

Click here to view Living Rivers Fact Sheets which have details such as FAQs, various funding packages, and Program contacts.

Sustainable Apartment Living: SOCs & Blocks Round 3

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 8th, 2011

Source: Port Philip EcoCentre

SOCs & Blocks (short for Sustainable Owners Corporations and Apartment Blocks) is a program to encourage the uptake of sustainable technology and practices in the operation of apartment buildings in the City of Port Phillip.

Through this program, Council works with owner’s corporations (formerly called body corporates) to increase the energy and water efficiency of common areas and common services, as well as improving the level of diversion of waste from landfill and the uptake of sustainable transport through improvement of facilities improvement and education. The central plank of the program involves council engaging a consultant to undertake a sustainability assessment of the participating buildings. The ultimate aim is to reduce the environmental footprint of participating apartment blocks. Council’s Toward Zero Sustainable Environment Strategy indicates that council will work with the community to reduce energy and water consumption, and this program works toward the goals in that strategy.

The third round of SOCs and Blocks is now OPEN so please register your interest by Friday 9 December 2011.

This program is FREE to join and the sustainability assessment of your block is also FREE.

Read more about the program, including participant experiences and registration details.

Faye Adams, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 9th, 2009

Faye Adams represents the Manningham City Council whose policy statements include a vision in developing a sustainable city. They aim to tackle the issue of climate change through: reducing household waste, installing water tanks and adopting energy efficiency programs.

Knox Urban Biodiversity Policy

Posted in Models by Virginia on June 2nd, 2009

“We do not inherit the earth from our parents, but we borrow it from our children”

A poignant phrase that highlights the intentions embedded in the notion of sustainability and inter-generational equity.  The Knox City Local Council has taken this view of equity to ensure and increase the biodiversity values that currently exist in the local region, continue to exist in the future in the face of the uncertain environmental impacts of climate change.

The rehabilitation efforts include the creation of wetlands which have revitalized the frog population in Blink Creek Billabong in Ferntree Gully, revegetation along creeks and rivers, education programs in schools and involvement of the community.  A significant program the Knox Council has launched, called the Gardens for Wildlife program, addresses the issue of ‘garden escapees’ or garden plants becoming weeds in the native environment.  The Gardens for Wildlife project aims to educate as well as demonstrate how to create a native garden and the biodiversity values it supports.

Solar Panel Purchase Program

Posted in Policies by Devin Maeztri on April 7th, 2009

To ensure a clear, consistent and appropriate response to growing community expectations, the City of Port Phillip has produced the following guide: SOLAR PANELS | A General Guide and Planning Checklist for Residents and Industry

Produced in collaboration with stakeholders, this document presents the key considerations that the City of Port Phillip considers to be important regarding photovoltaic and solar hot water systems within the municipality, and provides a checklist for those who are required to obtain a planning permit under the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. Where a permit is required, as with other sustainable design initiatives (i.e. rainwater tanks), Council now waives the application fee associated with obtaining a planning permit, with these typically processed through our Fast Track service and completed in less than 3 weeks.

For more information contact our Planning Department on 9209 6424. This information will also soon be included on Port Phillip Online under Sustainable Urban Design.

In collaboration with a number of municipalities, over the next few months the City of Port Phillip is facilitating a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel bulk purchase program to assist residents in reducing household greenhouse gas emissions. For more information please contact our Sustainable Environment Team on 9209 6777 or visit: Solar Panel Purchase Program

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