Busy people find the time
  • Wednesday 05 November 2008

Two of the regions busiest men, Sunshine Coast Council mayor Bob Abbot and CEO John Knaggs, demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by signing up to council’s online Living Smart homes program.

Living Smart homes, launched regionally in September, focuses on environmental and financial savings to be made in the home. The grassroots program guides users through four online modules - waste, water, energy, and transport.

The first in a series of localised information sessions will be held in Buderim next week, 12 November, with an aim to creating Living Smart communities. The session will help the Buderim community embrace the program and tailor it to their own special needs.

Mayor Abbot said that this is the perfect answer to that age-old climate change question, what can I do and how can I help?

“You don’t need to spend thousands installing solar heating and water tanks to make a difference. This program shows you at a household level, how small, quick and easy changes to your daily life can make real differences,” Mayor Abbot said.

“It’s a move in the right direction for me and just being part of the program and knowing that Susie and I can make a difference in our own home is very satisfying.”

CEO John Knaggs commended the efforts of the Living smart homes participants so far in saving an estimated 225 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. These savings are equivalent to keeping 50 cars off the road for a year.

“Council can only go so far toward achieving sustainability. But by getting the community on board with programs like Living Smart we’re creating a ripple effect, which has enormous power,” Mr Knaggs said.

“I’ll certainly be looking at savings that can be made, at home and within the organisation.”

To become a Living Smart Home, register online at www.livingsmarthomes.net.au. Living Smart displays and information sessions will be held across the coast in the coming months. For further information, contact council’s customer service centre on 5475 8501.