As a council, we are just the third City in Australia to be awarded One Planet certification.
One Planet Council
Our existing performance, together with current sustainability strategies and policies, have been measured against the ten principles of One Planet Living and it's Common International Targets. We achieved One Planet Council - Australian Excellence status for the national assessment as part of the Bioregional Australia One Planet Council program.
The One Planet Living principles were adopted with our Environmental Management Strategy which outlines the City’s priorities:
- demonstrating Council leadership
- enhancing natural areas and ecosystem health
- promoting sustainable urban and rural development; fostering the development of a greener economy and
- supporting sustainable living in our communities.
We have implemented numerous projects under the One Planet Living principles, which contribute towards becoming a certified One Planet Council. These include:
About One Planet Living
One Planet Living is an
initiative of Bioregional and its partners to make truly sustainable living a reality. Bioregional Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to promote One Planet Living and its internationally recognised framework by making it easy for companies, councils and communities, to adopt and apply.
The One Planet Living vision is of thriving regional economies where we meet more of our needs from local, renewable and waste resources. Enabling people to live happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.
One Planet Living uses ecological footprinting and carbon footprinting as its headline indicators. It is based on ten guiding principles of sustainability as a framework.
- Health and happiness
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being
- Equity and local economy
Creating bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade
- Culture and community
Respecting and reviving local identity, wisdom and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability
- Land use and wildlife
Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment
- Sustainable water
Using water efficiently in buildings, farming and manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought and water course pollution
- Local and sustainable food
Supporting sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste
- Sustainable materials
Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources
- Sustainable transport
Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions
- Zero waste
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill
- Zero carbon
Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies
We will continue great partnerships with our community and encourage everyone to join us by adopting the principles for your home, business, organisation or community group.