One Planet Living is an initiative of Bioregional Australia and its partners to make truly sustainable living a reality.
The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) has been a leader in considering environmental sustainability and community wellbeing in its own operations and the broader community for some time. This commitment was further enhanced in 2015 when we became the third local government in Australia to achieve One Planet Living certification.
This certification recognised and built on multiple Council strategies, policies and plans as well as future commitments to further the Council’s commitment to the principles of One Planet Living.
Of particular significance in this strategic context is the Environment Management Strategy 2014-2017 (EMS), which formed the basis of the certification process. The principles, objectives, targets and actions contained in this document were assessed within the One Planet Living framework, and form the basis for implementation of the broader ambitions associated with being a One Planet Council.
Two years on, Council has engaged HIP V. HYPE Sustainability to assist in an interim review to highlight projects and celebrate progress made against the actions within the EMS and related Council policies. This Interim Review identifies key actions undertaken across the ten One Planet Living principles, and showcases projects that demonstrate the value and impact of Council’s commitment to One Planet Living.
With regard to separation of food scraps for composting, this research identified that there are two important aspects often overlooked when the focus is only on behaviour: 1. Policy makers need to ensure that there are socio-technical systems supporting diverse groups of people...Read more
Transportation planners are often looking for efficiency in transportation but this article in Science Advances has also identified that resilience is an important city design feature. Planning for when disruptions occur can help to avoid city gridlock.Read more
Rapid global urbanization and the increase of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect make urban cooling a necessity as well as an opportunity to increase the liveability and amenity of cities. This review is a scoping study of the relevant worldwide UHI mitigation/adaptation...Read more
Published in time for the Fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly, UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) calls on decision makers to take immediate action to address pressing environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement.
Rapid rates of urbanization in much of the world will lead to an unprecedented expansion of the built environment. The choices being made today about how to build, design, and operate these buildings will affect urban services and livability for decades. Efficient, high-performance, and productive buildings will be a major factor in creating sustainable cities, which, in turn, contribute to sustainable development goals at the regional and national level.
Most people now live in cities. In the next one hundred years, cities will rapidly grow in size and complexity. Now, more than ever, there is a need to assess the future impact of engineering constructs before they are built.
The Urban Street Stormwater Guide illustrates a vision of how cities can utilize one of their best assets—streets—to address resiliency and climate change while creating public spaces that are truly public, and nurturing streets that deliver social and economic value while protecting resources and reconnecting natural ecological processes.