We're launching the Green Square Green Champions pilot program and joining the Do Something 10% Challenge this year, to build on our successful Live Green program of sustainability workshops and education.
The Green Square Green Champions pilot will run until October, helping Green Square locals develop the skills and support to live more sustainably. Based in the newly refurbished TOTE building at Green Square, the program includes workshops specifically designed for Green Square residents, and training and support to volunteer 'Green Champions' to lead local sustainability projects. One of the workshops is already full, with strong interest shown in the rest, so sign up soon.
Do Something, established by Jon Dee, the founder of Planet Ark and NSW Australian of the Year in 2010, is a not-for-profit organisation that builds alliances between businesses, government and the community to promote environmental action. Sign up to the 10% Challenge and you'll receive a weekly email with tips and ideas on how to reduce your energy use, bill calculators that show how much money you could save, and ways to connect to other people taking the challenge.
At the City, we've already achieved a 10 per cent reduction in energy use across our operations, and we are on track to increase that to 20 per cent by 2012. Joining the Challenge will help us share our successes and support and learn from other organisations and individuals.
Our popular Live Green workshops have been recently expanded across the City. The workshops, presented by leading industry experts, provide practical tips, independent advice and government rebate information on living green. The current program includes Green Apartment Living, Balcony Food and Gardens, Worm Farming and Composting and Chemical Free Homes.
- Green Square Champions and Live Green workshops program and bookings: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Environment/LiveGreen/GreenSeminarsAndWorkshops.asp
- Do Something 10% Challenge: http://dosomething.net.au/