Top prize for tackling climate change
  • Sunday 07 October 2012

A Sunshine Coast Council initiative that helps the community tackle climate change has won top honours at the Sunshine Coast Environment Council Awards, the Froggies.

Council picked up the Government Award at last night’s event for its Living Smart program an initiative that supports the local community to make simple and effective changes towards living more sustainably, as well as helping to reduce rising household costs.

Mayor Mark Jamieson and Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington attended the Awards.

Cr Wellington said Living Smart received an overhaul last year and since then the already successful program had picked up even more momentum.

"This award highlights that dedication and hard work of the many Council staffers driving our sustainability initiatives," Cr Wellington said.

"Since the program was relaunched in September 2011, registrations in the Living Smart program have increased by almost 400%, with the total number of registrations now 2,079.

"This is a fantastic result, demonstrating that the community is genuinely committed to working toward a sustainable future for our region.

"We will continue to support residents and local green businesses through this innovative program."

Council works in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council to deliver the Living Smart program, which includes Living Smart Homes (online learning modules), Solutions (a green business directory) and Awards (the Glossies).

New modules have recently been introduced to the program to increase community involvement, including biodiversity, food, wellbeing and neighbourhoods. Living Smart is now a one-stop website for sustainability information, tips and resources.

The Froggies are presented annually by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council and recognise significant contributions to achieving positive environmental outcomes for the region.

For more information on the Living Smart program visit the website.