Sustainability is the challenge of our time. It's about considering the social, economic and environmental aspects of everything we do.

We adopted a Sustainability Framework in 2020 to create a culture of sustainable practice in our organisation that will help us address significant future challenges, such as the climate change global emergency.

To us, sustainability refers to a continual way of thinking that focuses on the best outcomes for our community, environment and the economy.

Our Environment Strategy, also adopted in 2020, defines and communicates how we will protect and improve our environment and reduce our environmental footprint.

Some of the key targets include:

  • All City-managed operations to be carbon neutral by 2025.
  • Single-use plastics phased out of City-owned buildings by 2022.
  • Establish an additional 1,000 hectares of protected natural habitat by 2030.
  • Halve the volume of organic materials going to landfill from residential waste bins between 2020 and 2030, with an interim target of 20 percent reduction by 2025.
  • Increase tree canopy cover in urban Greater Geelong to 25 per cent by 2045, with an interim target of 20 per cent by 2030.  

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