Cumberland Council

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“Cumberland Council is committed to promoting a clean and green community. Council will continue to adopt sustainable practices while encouraging residents to do likewise. By working collaboratively with other councils we will increase our ability to tackle common challenges and contribute to building a resilient city.”

Mayor Greg Cummings

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability?

2018 will see Cumberland Council adopt a new Environmental Management Framework that will provide strategic direction to the organisation and include the development of an Energy Savings Action Plan and Water Efficiency Plan. Past key achievements in energy efficiencies include:

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Cumberland Council will continue to implement sustainable practices for itself and promoting them in the community. There will be a strategic focus and approach on providing the community with natural space that is valued and a built environment that is resilient.

The development of water and energy saving action plans continues our commitment to reduce consumption and emissions and we will be working on programs and partnerships that address
urban heat and enhance biodiversity.

A comprehensive meter and solar audit for all Council assets across the whole local government area will create a valid baseline for the recently amalgamated Cumberland. This will allow us to track real usage and better manage consumption.

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

This partnership directly relates to the environmental goals of Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Program. It will assist Council with the development and implementation of environmental projects by providing a platform of information and knowledge sharing. It also complements the partnerships with other organisations and councils, providing an opportunity to learn from and assist others on key environmental issues on a local and regional level, which will benefit not only the environment but our communities as well.

Cumberland Council Partnership Action Pledge

Our power partners are commited to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on Council buildings for example, childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds and Council offices.

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all Council buildings and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget – roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

Create a revolving green energy fund to finance energy efficiency projects and receive savings.

Support local community energy groups with their community energy initiatives.

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