2016 is going to be a big year. There's a lot on the go - some awesomely exciting collaborations, ace creative projects and all the usual colour and community of Do Re Me Creative activations and events all over town.
A new hat I'm putting on in 2016 is to play my part in a cohort elected to form the City Of Port Phillip Toward Zero Community Forum - a two-year think tank which will shape how Council and the community address our biggest environmental challenges such as reducing greenhouse gas, water usage and waste toward 2020.
The group was set up in December 2015 to work with Council on ways to address the community targets in the City of Port Phillip's Toward Zero Sustainable Environment Strategy. We're a heady mix of professionals with varied backgrounds in behaviour change, stakeholder engagement, academia, social policy, community action groups, not-for-profits, social enterprises and environmental groups.
There are some big challenges ahead of us but we've got some purpose-driven, passionate people at the table, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can achieve collectively.
Examples of the community targets in the Toward Zero Strategy include:
- 50% reduction of community greenhouse gas by 2020
- 50% reduction in community potable water use by 2020
- 75% reduction in community waste to landfill by 2020
We will take a six-pronged approach to achieving our vision:
1. Leading by example
- 2. Ensuring local relevance
3. Influencing and supporting behaviour change
4. Embracing innovation and technical advances
5. Strong advocacy and regional collaboration
6. Evaluating and reporting on our progress
THE NINE CHALLENGES: TOWARD ZERO
Toward Zero sets key performance approaches and targets to guide the City of Port Phillip’s sustainability vision through nine key sustainability challenges until 2020. Each challenge has a set of strategies for implementation and will be enacted through a variety of existing and emerging environment policies, strategies, plans and their resulting projects and actions. Toward Zero will also identify and link to all non-environmental strategies, plans, contracts or projects that relevantly and strategically contribute to achieving sustainability in council operations.
1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The City of Port Phillip is committed to achieving and sustaining a 50% reduction in community greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (based on 2006 levels) in collaboration with regional, state and federal partners.
2. Potable Water Use
Council The City of Port Phillip is committed to enabling and advocating for a water wise community to achieve and sustain a 50% reduction in community potable water use by 2020 (based on 2000 levels of water use).
The City of Port Phillip is committed to minimising council’s waste to achieve and sustain an 80% reduction in council waste to landfill by 2020 (based on 1999 levels of waste). Concurrently, The City is committed to enabling and advocating for a waste wise community to achieve a 75% reduction in community waste to landfill by 2020, in collaboration with regional, state and federal partners.
4. Contamination & Pollution
The City of Port Phillip is committed to maintaining and increasing the health and quality of its natural assets. The City will work with all sectors of the community, regional, state and federal partners to maintain the health and quality of our natural assets through: • good planning policy and urban design; particularly with regard to healthy and non-polluting forms of transport and site development • the use of water sensitive urban design to improve the quality of water discharging to the bays • active reduction in the use of substances or materials that reduce water quality (including stormwater and recycled water), air quality or soil quality.
5. Sustainable Transport
The City of Port Phillip is committed to ensuring that it achieves a low emissions fleet, and to significantly increasing infrastructure and types of travel that encourage community use of low emissions vehicles by 2020.
6. Sustainable Urban Design & Development
The City of Port Phillip is committed to ensuring that all council buildings and facilities have minimal environmental impacts, and to significantly increasing the percentage of buildings and facilities in the municipality that incorporate sustainable design principles.
7. Net Loss of Natural Heritage
The City is committed to maintaining and enhancing its natural heritage values, significant sites, and regional biodiversity and habitats (accepting that our environment does not end at our municipal boundaries). The City will work with the community, regional, state and federal partners in the active management and stewardship of our natural heritage and regional habitats.
8. Sustainable Purchasing & Procurement
The City of Port Phillip is committed to ensuring the sustainability of council purchasing for its operations and services, to achieve and maintain a 70% reduction in the use of unsustainable products by 2020 (based on 2007 levels).
9. Climate Change Council
The City of Port Phillip recognises this critical global challenge and effort, and is committed to preventing further climate change and actively reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions. The City recognises the need for climate change adaptation in the future design and development of the municipality.
If you'd like to TAKE ACTION or learn more about ways to get involved in making Port Phillip a more sustainable community, you can visit the City Of Port Phillip Community Environment eHub or contact them directly via the council offices.
I'll keep you up to date here about any happenings as the year lurches forward!
In the meantime, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Here's to one full of purpose, passion and projects that matter. Mxxx