Council working sustainably
The Walk the Talk program
In our drive towards sustainability, Council has initiated the Walk the Talk program which supports:
- behavioural change
- climate change adaptation
- increased awareness of sustainability in the workplace.
Results of the program
Under the program, we have introduced a range of measures designed to reduce Council's carbon emissions including:
- the uptake of 15 per cent GreenPower for Council's largest 15 facilities
- installation of solar panels on five Council facilities - 73 MW hours of electricity and 78 tonnes of CO2 and $15,000 savings
- reviewing the Customer Service Centre energy management - 150 MW hours of electricity saving $30,000
- installation of Charlestown pool covers - 150 tonnes of CO2 and $30,000 saving
- installation of Voltage Reduction Units at the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and Works Depot - 115 tonnes of CO2 and $15,000 saving. Total carbon emissions from Council operations in 2010 were 19,455t CO2, five per cent less than the baseline year and exceeding the 4.5 per cent reduction target.
Where to from here
Ongoing strategies include:
- the acquisition of 20 per cent GreenPower for 100 of Council's small sites
- further installation of renewable energy at Council facilities
- addition of an electric vehicle to the fleet.
The Office of Environment and Heritage's Sustainability Advantage Program has also helped Council to improve resource efficiency, engage staff, and make our supply chains more sustainable. Council became a Silver Partner in 2011 in recognition of actions to deliver tangible, long-term benefits.
Council adopted the City of Lake Macquarie Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 2014-2023 to assist in delivering our commitment to a sustainable future.
Page last updated: 07 January 2016