Yearly Archives: 2016

WAGA Councils’ Emissions Reductions Achievements and Projects

The WAGA councils have made significant reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions over the last five years. Savings measured so far amount to 32,427 tonnes of CO2-e on average per annum. This offsets emissions generated by 4,194 households. The report below provides

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Carpool the West

Carpooling just two days a week over a year could save you $750 in fuel and reduce your carbon footprint by 2.6 tonnes – based on an average 100km return journey, which is common for commuters in the WAGA region. This

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How Do We Talk About Climate Change?

A WAGA report on how to engage the community in climate action has been prepared for use in council programs. Sam Keast, a Victoria University Master of Psychology student, undertook a placement with WAGA in 2015-16 and conducted the research for ‘How Well Are We Adapting?’

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TAKE2 Pledge Action Day to kick-off pledges to reduce greenhouse emissions in Victoria

This morning, WAGA took part along with others in the TAKE2 Pledge Action Day held by Sustainability Victoria with the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio. The purpose of the event was

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Staff training program for climate resilience developed by Geelong

The City of Greater Geelong, in conjunction with Loop & Co consultants, has developed the first comprehensive local government staff training program for climate resilience. The training is designed to increase staff awareness of the Council’s climate risks, including sea

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Hobsons Bay launches Environmental Upgrade Agreements to help businesses

Hobsons Bay City Council is one of the first local governments in Victoria outside the City of Melbourne to offer Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) to its local businesses. EUAs are designed to make it easier for businesses to upgrade their

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Country Road Group’s new 5 Star Green Star building

The Country Road Group’s new distribution centre in Truganina – the Omni Fulfilment Centre, has a number of energy and water-saving features including solar panels, natural lighting and rain-water harvesting. The OFC received a ‘5 Star Green Star – Industrial

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The global conversation: how well are we adapting?

‘How Well Are We Adapting?’, WAGA’s project to develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework for adaptation performance by councils, is gaining international recognition. In June, Heather McClaren, WAGA’s Adaptation Project Officer, attended a workshop in Thailand organised by the

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What it takes to change a light bulb – 26,000 times

Lighting the West is a partnership between Wyndham, Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Councils to bring sustainable street lighting to the west of Melbourne. Over the past two years, the project changed 80W mercury vapour lights in residential

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Reducing residential emissions in the WAGA region

As Low Carbon West stakeholders know, WAGA’s current priority for regional action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to find ways to help businesses reduce energy use and switch to renewables. This is because nearly half (46%) of the region’s

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