Tomorrow I am participating in the Climate Leadership Conference in a session called “The Role of Local Governments in Responding to Climate Change.”
I’m looking forward to speaking with Australia’s top climate and sustainability professionals about our long-term plan Sustainable Sydney 2030 and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Cities are leading the way on climate action – at the City of Sydney, our operations became carbon neutral in 2007 and we’ve driven greenhouse emissions down by 25% in our own operations and 19% city-wide (despite the local economy expanding by 37% across the same period).
We’re also rolling out initiatives that collaborate with businesses and the community to encourage energy efficiency and waste management practices, improving sustainability in offices and residential buildings, and investing in stormwater harvesting projects at Sydney Park and Green Square.
We’ve set ourselves tough targets and we are on track to meet them – just imagine what could be achieved if Federal and State Governments were willing to work with us on climate change too.
Image: The Sydney Park Wetlands have picked up a slew of industry awards around the world, including the American Architecture Prize for Landscape Architecture of the Year 2016, the Urban Design Awards for Major Built Infrastructure 2016 and Sydney Design Awards 2015.