Environmental sustainability

Environmental sustainability is a state in which the demands placed on the environment can be met without reducing its capacity to allow all people to meet their needs, now and in the future. For the City, this means committing to managing resources appropriately for the benefit of current and future generations.

The City continues to monitor and report energy, water and waste use in line with local, national and international aspirations and targets, and work with the community and stakeholders to develop new and innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and services. Environmental sustainability is finding effective ways to engage with and empower the community to reduce their own resource consumption and to make the city a more sustainable place to live and appreciate.

Being environmentally sustainable also requires adapting to a changing climate and responding to the challenges of a coastal environment. Looking forward, the City will need to build its capacity for resilience and work with stakeholders and residents in futureproofing our communities and environment.

For tips and advice on how to build a sustainable house or retrofit your existing house, check the following brochure or (print version)