Sustainability

What is Council doing to be Sustainable?

Council is committed to reducing its energy and water usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

Council undertakes Energy and Water Audits at its offices, depots and community facilities to assess what changes can be made to improve the water and energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The following sites have been assessed:

  • Corangamite Shire Civic Centre
  • Camperdown Depot
  • Camperdown Caravan Park & Botanic Gardens
  • Camperdown Community Centre (including Theatre, Library and Killara Centre)

Council is continually working towards implementing recommended changes, which include upgrades to lighting, installing 5 star energy and water rated appliances, draft proofing, installing solar hot water and solar power and improvements to heating and cooling systems.

Continual audits are undertaken and changes implemented to further assist Council to reduce greenhouse emissions and energy and water usage at other Council-owned facilities.

Council's Environment Department with the help of Council staff work to identify and implement change to the organization to reduce our energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Renewable Energy

Council recently installed Solar Power at the Civic Centre and Camperdown Depot.

The Civic Centre has a 29.64kW system which includes 158 Noah Energy 195 W Monocrystalline panels mounted on two roofs with two SMA Tripower inverters.  It is estimated that the Civic Centre system will generate over 44,500 kWh of electricity annually, which is 20% of the facility's current energy use.

The Camperdown Depot has a 5.85kW system which includes 30 Noah Energy 195 W Monocrytstalline panels mounted on the stores shed roofs with one SMA Tripower inverter.  It is estimated that the Depot system will generate over 8.500kWh of electricity which is 8% of the facility's current energy use.

Sustainable Purchasing

As a member of the Eco-Buy program, Council strives to consider the environmental credentials of products prior to purchasing.  Council is committed to increasing the purchasing of 'green' products that are:

  • Watersaving
  • Recycled
  • Energy saving
  • Low-toxicity
  • Refurbished and second hand

Purchasing green products improves resource efficiency, reduces waste, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and water use, and saves Council money.

Visit the Eco-Buy website for more information about the Eco-Buy program.

How is Council reducing its Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Council has an action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both within our own operations and within the wider community.  The plan aims to:

  • By 2019, reduce Council's greenhouse gas emissions by 10% from 2013 levels.
  • By 2019, reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 10% from 2013 levels.

Council reached various emission reduction targets, however continues to reduce emissions by undertaking initiatives to reduce energy consumption, improve fuel vehicle efficiency, and educate staff on sustainability.

Council has implemented the following changes:

  • Retrofitting office lighting to energy efficient globes and de-lamping
  • Downgrades to fleet
  • Improvements to heating/cooling systems in offices
  • Replaced and upgraded insulation
  • Upgraded to efficient computer monitors
  • Improved recycling practices
  • Subscribed to 15% Green Power for facilities and streetlights
  • Staff offset planting to offset vehicle emissions

Click here to download Council Carbon Inventory and Management Plan(PDF, 1MB)

How is Council reducing its Water consumption?

Council has a Sustainable Water Use Plan that sets our targets and actions for reducing Council's water use.  This plan aims to reduce Council's water use by 20% by 2017 (based on 2003/2004 levels)

Council has been able to reduce its water use through implementing various measure such as:

  • Retrofitting water-efficient taps
  • Retrofitting water-efficient toilets
  • Efficiency improvements in Finlay Avenue irrigation system
  • Identifying and fixing leaks
  • Water tanks on Council buildings

Council continues to undertake education programs amongst staff and the wider community to encourage water saving.  Download our Sustainable Use Plan here(PDF, 2MB).

How is Council reducing its Waste?

Council is committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.  Council follows the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle principles and has been working towards reducing its waste through various measures such as:

  • Providing recycling bins in all offices
  • Providing a kitchen tidy bin in lunchrooms for office food waste
  • 'Think before you print' policy to reduce paper wastage
  • Printing double sided on 100% recycled paper
  • Providing continual education to staff

For more information on waste and recycling visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

How do we know what we are making a difference?

Council monitors its Energy, Water, Street Lighting, Greenhouse Emissions and Fleet.  All our consumption data is collected and analysed on an annual basis.  Council monitors its waste and undertakes regular waste audits to measure how well the organisation is recycling.

How can you be Sustainable?

In 2009, Council purchased a house at 6 McNicol Street, Camperdown, to convert into additional office space.  This provided Council with an opportunity to adapt this house and garden to demonstrate water and energy sustainability.

Some of the measures that Council undertook to improve the sustainability of this house and garden include the following:

  • Installed push button timers and occupancy sensors on lights.
  • Replaced incandescent globes with energy efficient fluorescent globes.
  • Repaired leak in the toilet.
  • Installed a smart meter to monitor the amount of energy that the building uses.
  • Planted native, wildlife-attracting plants in the garden.
  • Used mulch in the garden to reduce water loss.

Many of these measures can be easily implemented at home to reduce energy and water use, and save money.

Sustainable Living

Sustainability Victoria has various publications about sustainable living available for download from their website.

The website provides top ten tips for living more sustainably:

  1. Replace incandescent light globes with compact fluorescent globes.
  2. Set your thermostat to 18-22º in winter.
  3. Keep your showers to less than 4 minutes.
  4. Turn appliances off at the switch when you are not using them.
  5. For short trips, leave the car at home and walk, ride or take public transport.
  6. Recycle household waste.
  7. Switch to GreenPower
  8. Buy energy and water efficient whitegoods and appliances.
  9. Insulate your ceilings and walls.
  10. Install a solar hot water system when your hot water system needs replacing.

Sustainable Gardening

Council has developed a Sustainable Gardening Guide which provides information and advice about gardening sustainably in the Corangamite Shire.  The guide provides 10 top tips for sustainable gardening:

  1. Choose local Australian plants
  2. Add mulch
  3. Compost your food scraps and garden waste
  4. Capture rainwater and reuse
  5. Water plants less often by deeply watering
  6. Provide water, shelter and a range of foods for native wildlife
  7. Replace unused lawn areas with native garden, vegetable gardens or porous low-maintenance surfaces
  8. Water plants only in morning or evening
  9. Grow your own food
  10. Install a drip irrigation system

Click here to download The Sustainable Gardening Guide(PDF, 7MB) or hard copies are available from Council offices.

Sustainable Business

For information on sustainable businesses, Sensis offers a free publication available for download at http://about.sensis.com.au/small-business/free-sustainable-growth-book