Sustainability Award
  • Last updated:
  • 03 Mar 2016

Council has been recognised for its dedication to sustainability, winning the inaugural Local Government category in the 2013 Banksia Sustainability Awards

From a national field of four finalists, council won the Local Government category. This category recognises leadership by:

  •  fully integrating sustainability principles and practices into operational activities
  • reducing the organisation's carbon footprint.

The Sunshine Coast community’s vision is to become the most sustainable region in Australia – vibrant, green, diverse. Council has taken a leadership role to ensure that the region can support growth without eroding the environment and social values.

In assuming this role, council took action to ensure that the organisation’s own operations embed sustainable practices.

Council’s sustainability and innovation principles are simple and direct and have been consciously applied across all council teams.

Some key achievements include:

  • reducing council's stationery budget by over 50 % from $604,000 in 2010 – to $300,000 in 2013
  • 80 staff graduating with a Diploma of Sustainability
  • a 24% decrease in council’s greenhouse gas emissions between 11/12 and 12/13 financial years.
  • major initiatives such as the Valdora Solar Farm proposal which will reduce our carbon footprint by over 50%.

View council’s submission [864KB] to the Banksia Awards to find out the range of sustainability actions that have been implemented across the organisation.

There is still much to do and council recognises that regional sustainability cannot be achieved without remarkable business alliances and solid community partnerships.