About Sustainable Living
  • Last updated:
  • 23 Oct 2017

As individuals and as a community, there are many things residents can do to make a difference in the battle against climate change.

Council has prepared the Draft Environment and Liveability Strategy which provide long-term strategic direction to guide growth and shape the Sunshine Coast for future generations to 2041. 

To view a full copy of the Draft Strategy and have your say, please visit council's Have Your Say Sunshine Coast website. Submissions closed 4 June 2017.

In The Home

The Living Smart Program (Homes, Solutions and Awards) is a partnership between council and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Learn easy ways to reduce your household's greenhouse gas emissions and save money at the same time! Living Smart Homes is a free, online, self-paced program filled with information, activities, games and calculators, all designed to help you to complete the eight living smart modules.

The federal government offers the Your Energy Savings program, including sustainable living resources and information and offers rebates to assist with installing solar panels, solar hot water, LP gas vehicle conversion and more.

NB. The Queensland Government’s ClimateSmart Homes program closed in May 2012. 

For more ideas or to find out where to view model sustainable homes, go to Queensland's Smart and Sustainable Homes website.

Green June

The month-long Green June festival includes a range of events focused on empowering and encouraging the community to live more sustainably.

Green June is a great opportunity for residents to learn how they can reduce their environmental footprint while also contributing towards a more sustainable future.

What council is doing

In 2010 council finalised its Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy

In conjunction with the Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy, the Energy Transition Plan will assist in achieving the goal of a low carbon, low oil, resilient future for the Sunshine Coast.

To ensure council’s policy intent remains contemporary and progressive, the Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy and the Energy Transition Plan has been reviewed and the core principles used to inform the preparation of council’s bold, new-generation Draft Environment and Liveability Strategy which provides long-term strategic direction to guide growth and shape the Sunshine Coast for future generations to 2041.

To view a full copy of the Draft Strategy and have your say, please visit council's Have Your Say Sunshine Coast website. Submissions close at 5 pm Sunday 4 June 2017.

Council has also been committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its involvement in the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Program with participation from the former three councils since the 1990s.

A wide variety of actions by council in recent years includes:

  • running sustainable living workshops and events 
  • solar panels on community buildings 
  • methane gas recovery at a sewage treatment plant
  • flaring methane at a landfill site
  • a biodiesel trial
  • reducing emissions from council’s vehicles
  • introduced solar heat pumps in swimming pools
  • LivingSmart, TravelSmart and ecoBiz programs.

The advent of climate change increases the risks of flooding on the Sunshine Coast, and council is undertaking an extensive program to understand and mitigate the risks. 

Silver Cell Solar Panels

As of June 2009, council is the first local government authority in Australia to embrace new efficiencies in alternative energy through the installation of sliver cell solar panels on community buildings.

The new solar panels are now in place at the Lake Kawana Community Centre, the Caloundra Library and the Glasshouse Mountains Visitor Information Centre. Together, the three installations are equivalent to taking 15 cars off the road for 25 years. Collectively the panels will save more than 550 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over a 25 year period.