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.
About One Planet Living
One Planet Living is an initiative of Bioregional Australia and its partners to make truly sustainable living a reality.
One Planet Living is based on ten guiding principles (see right) of sustainability, which provide a framework for the comprehensive integration of sustainability across projects and organisations of any scale.
Bioregional Australia is a not-for-profit, independent organisation responsible for administering the One Planet Living framework. It assesses registered projects and provides formal verification of these project’s performance.
One Planet Living Ten Principles
Health and happiness
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being
Local and sustainable food
Supporting sustainable and humane farming, promting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste
Equality and local economy
Creating bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and international fair trade
Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources
Culture and community
Respecting and reviving local identity, wisdom and culture, encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability
Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions
Land use and wildlife
Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill
Using water efficiently in buildings, farming and manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought and water course pollution
Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies
City of Greater Geelong One Planet Living Assessment
One Planet Living is a principles based system. The ten principles are used to evaluate current performance, identify gaps and areas for improvement, and guide future efforts to systematically work towards a Council that meets a series of science-based targets.
An assessment framework covering each of the ten principles is used to support a strong understanding of current performance. A summary of the assessment made at City of Greater Geelong’s certification in 2015 is shown on the next page.
Since then, Council has continued to develop and implement further policies and projects aligned with the ten One Planet Living principles.
|Health and Happiness
|Equity and Local Economy
|Culture and Community
|Landuse and Biodiversity
|Local and Sustainable Food