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Environmental Sustainability

Georges River Council's operations are underpinned by the following Environmental Sustainability vision:

Georges River Council is committed to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of our environment. In keeping with ecologically sustainable development principles, Council works to integrate the consideration of social, economic and environmental values and imperatives into its decision making.

Council is working to rehabilitate our waterways, conserve and protect local bushland and wildlife and reduce waste and carbon emissions to provide a healthy environment for residents of Georges River now and in the future.

Definition of Sustainability

Sustainability has been commonly defined as “meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Report: Our Common Future, World Commission on Environment and Development 1987).

Georges River Council's environmental vision

Georges River Council also adopts the United Nations Environment Program's (UNEP) 'Melbourne Principles for Sustainable Cities' to help guide our journey towards sustainability (UNEP 2002).

These principles are known as the UNEP Principles and are intended as a guide for cities around the world to develop sustainable solutions that are relevant to their own particular circumstances. They provide a simple set of statements outlining the elements of a 'Sustainable City', and provide a foundation for Georges River Council and our community to work together to achieve that goal.

They guide the thinking in Council's day to day decision making and planning for the long term sustainability within the Council and the City as a whole.
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), The Ten Melbourne Principles for Sustainable Cities, 2002:

Vision Provide a long term vision for the City based on sustainability, intergenerational, social, economic, and political equity, and individuality
Economy and Society Achieve long term economic and social security
Biodiversity Recognise the intrinsic value of biodiversity and natural ecosystems and their protection and restoration
Model Cities on Ecosystems Build on the characteristics of ecosystems in the development and nurturing of a healthy and sustainable City
Sense of Place Recognise and build on the distinctive characteristics of the City including our human and cultural values, history and natural systems
Empowerment Empower people and foster participation
Partnerships Expand and enable co-operative networks to work towards a common sustainable future
Sustainable Production and Consumption Promote sustainable production and consumption, through appropriate use of environmentally sound technologies and effective demand management
Governance and Hope Enable continual improvement, based on accountability, transparency and good governance