Environment

World Environment Day


Celebrated every year on June 5, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ biggest annual event for positive environmental action to encourage worldwide awareness of the need to protect our planet. Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution” calling on governments, industry, communities and individuals to take action to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve the air quality in cities and regions across the world.

Reducing vehicle emissions is an important intervention to improve air quality, especially in urban areas. Do your bit this World Environment Day!






Georges River Council is committed to addressing environmental issues that affect the area you live in.  

Our 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.”

To help meet our Environment Sustainability Vision, Council has adopted the Melbourne Principles for Sustainable Cities, from the United Nations Environment Program's (UNEP) to help guide our journey towards sustainability.

The UNEP Principles are intended to act as a guide for cities around the world to develop sustainable solutions that are relevant to their own particular circumstances.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability involves thinking about the types and amount of resources we use. As a community, it is important for us to consider how we dispose of items and the steps we take to protect and conserve our natural environment.

In order to provide a healthy future for local residents, Council is committed to:

  • Rehabilitating our waterways

  • Protecting bushland and wildlife

  • Reducing waste and carbon emissions.

Our Top Tips for Sustainable Living

Save Energy

  • Buy appliances with a high energy-saving rating

  • Only heat or cool the room you are using

  • Close windows and doors to prevent heat loss

  • Turn off appliances at the wall to stop them going on standby

  • Replace old incandescent or halogen lights with LED light.

  • Consider switching to Green Power.

 Recycling and Waste

  • Grow your own food

  • Take reusable bags to the supermarket

  • Set up a paper recycling box in your home

  • Recycle organic household and garden waste by making your own compost

  • Recycle chemicals, batteries and electronics at specific Council collection days or at a dedicated recycling facility

  • Purchase recycled products.

Save Water

  • Spend less than four minutes in the shower

  • Only use the washing machine when there is a full load

  • Replace high-flow shower heads with low-flow water efficient shower heads

  • Water your garden in the early morning or late afternoon to prevent water loss through evaporation.

  • Install a dual-flush toilet.

Useful Links

Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy - Climate Change
Understanding and adapting to climate change impacts in NSW
 


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