Yass Valley

Is a Power Partner
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Yass Valley Council has already made a commitment in our Community Strategic Plan to actions which will reduce our carbon footprint. Some examples of these actions are becoming more efficient with our power use, and encouraging sustainable transport options such as walking and cycling. Joining the Cities Power Partnership (CPP) encourages us to focus on Council’s next steps towards these goals and provides us with the opportunity to share and learn from other CPP members

Mayor Rowena Abbey

What Council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

Some examples of sustainability initiatives that Council has delivered in the past:

What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability

The long-term sustainability goals of our community have been captured in our 2016-2036 Community Strategic Plan. These goals include becoming more efficient in our energy use as an organisation, developing infrastructure which supports sustainable transport, supporting the development of renewable energy facilities where appropriate, and encouraging community and local businesses to reduce their own carbon footprint including reduction of waste to landfill.

Why Council joined the Cities Power Partnership

Yass Valley Council saw the benefits of being a partner, in particular, learning from other Councils who have instituted similar projects to those we are planning. Looking at previous successful examples will help our projects to be as effective and efficient as possible. We can also share our learnings in return.

The CPP provides us with the opportunity to focus on activities that will help us reduce our carbon and ecological footprint, achieve the community’s aspirations identified by the strategies in our 2016- 2036 Regional Community Strategic Plan and implement actions adopted by Council in its 2017-2018 Delivery Program.

Mayor Rowena Abbey

Media Coverage

Councils fight for planet. Goulburn Town & Country.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/25/councils-fight-planet/

Yass Valley joins Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership Program. Yass Tribune. 
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/25/yass-valley-council-joins-climate-councils-cities-power-partnership-program/

Councils converge to launch Partnership initiative. Town & Country.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/19/councils-converge-launch-partnership-initiative/

Media Coverage

Yass Valley Partnership Action Pledge

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

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

Promote local knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport

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.

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design.

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