One Planet Living: Summary Report


The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) has been a leader in considering environmental sustainability and community wellbeing in its own operations and the broader community for some time. This commitment was further enhanced in 2015 when we became the third local government in Australia to achieve One Planet Living certification.

This certification recognised and built on multiple Council strategies, policies and plans as well as future commitments to further the Council’s commitment to the principles of One Planet Living.

Of particular significance in this strategic context is the Environment Management Strategy 2014-2017 (EMS), which formed the basis of the certification process. The principles, objectives, targets and actions contained in this document were assessed within the One Planet Living framework, and form the basis for implementation of the broader ambitions associated with being a One Planet Council. 

About One Planet Living

One Planet Living is an initiative of Bioregional Australia and its partners to make truly sustainable living a reality.

One Planet Living is based on ten guiding principles of sustainability, which provide a framework for the comprehensive integration of sustainability across projects and organisations of any scale.

Bioregional Australia is a not-for-profit, independent organisation responsible for administering the One Planet Living framework. It assesses registered projects and provides formal verification of these project’s performance.

One Planet Living Ten Principles

One Planet Living principles image - Health and happiness

Health and happiness

Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being

One Planet Living principles image - Local and sustainable food

Local and sustainable food

Supporting sustainable and humane farming, promting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste

One Planet Living principles image - Equality and local economy

Equality and local economy

Creating bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade

One Planet Living principles image - Sustainable materials

Sustainable materials

Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources

One Planet Living principles image - Culture and community

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

One Planet Living principles image - Culture and community

Sustainable transport

Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions

One Planet Living principles image - Land use and wildlife

Land use and wildlife

Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment

One Planet Living principles image - Land use and wildlife

Zero waste

Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill

One Planet Living principles image - Sustainable water

Sustainable water

Using water efficiently in buildings, farming and manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought and water course pollution

One Planet Living principles image - Zero carbon

Zero carbon

Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies

City of Greater Geelong One Planet Living Assessment

One Planet Living is a principles based system. The ten principles are used to evaluate current performance, identify gaps and areas for improvement, and guide future efforts to systematically work towards a Council that meets a series of science-based targets.

An assessment framework covering each of the ten principles is used to support a strong understanding of current performance. A summary of the assessment made at City of Greater Geelong’s certification in 2015 is shown below.

Health and Happiness
96.9 percent
Equity and Local Economy
74 percent
Culture and Community
89.6 percent
Landuse and Biodiversity
92.8 percent
Sustainable Water
66.2 percent
Local and Sustainable Food
60.4 percent
Sustainable Materials
63 percent
Sustainable Transport
52.6 percent
Zero Waste
60 percent
Zero Carbon
53 percent
Overall score
70.9 percent
Australian excellence


Page last updated: Thursday, 12 December 2019