Mayor's - slides - Sustainable suburbia forum April 2011

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Mayor's - slides - Sustainable suburbia forum April 2011

  1. 1. Lighter Footprints: ‘ Sustainable Suburbia ’ Councillor Ben Stennett Mayor City of Whitehorse Image: Solar Power at Box Hill Town Hall
  2. 2. Sustainable Suburbia? Home truths: Australia trumps US when it comes to McMansions Peter Martin ECONOMICS Sydney Morning Herald November 30, 2009
  3. 3. Whitehorse City Council: Policies and Strategies
  4. 4. Sustainability Strategy: Our 10 Key Priorities <ul><li>Climate Change, greenhouse and energy </li></ul><ul><li>Water conservation and quality </li></ul><ul><li>Resource efficiency, waste and recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Our Natural Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings, infrastructure and planning </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Business </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Community Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Policy and Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Sustainability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Leading by example: Corporate Sustainability <ul><li>We aim to lead by example </li></ul><ul><li>“ Whole of Council ” involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Included in strategies, work practices and Council processes </li></ul><ul><li>Significant budget component </li></ul><ul><li>Images: </li></ul><ul><li>(top)Solar Power at Blackburn Lake Visitors Centre </li></ul><ul><li>(Bottom) Water efficiency at Council ’ s Jolimont Nursery </li></ul>
  6. 6. Spreading the message: Sustainable Living Week Dedicated week of high-profile sustainable activities
  7. 7. Spreading the message: Sustainability Street Program
  8. 8. Spreading the message: Sustainable Schools Walking School Bus Ride to School Day Sustainable Schools
  9. 9. Creating Sustainable Suburbia: through Child Friendly Cities According to UNICEF, a Child Friendly City is actively engaged in fulfilling the right of every citizen to: • Walk safely in the streets, on their own; • Meet friends and play; • Have green spaces for plants and animals; • Live in an unpolluted and sustainable environment; Whitehorse is working to become more ‘ Child Friendly ’ using the UNICEF Criteria and working with the Asia Pacific Child Friendly Cities network
  10. 10. Advocating for Change: The Eastern Transport Coalition The Eastern Transport Coalition (ETC) is made up of 7 Councils in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. “ The ETC advocates for sustainable and integrated transport services to reduce the level of car dependency to secure the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Melbourne ’ s East and aims to work in partnership with Federal and State Governments to ensure the future sustainability of Eastern Melbourne ” Eastern Transport Coaltion www.etc.org.au

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