The City of Sydney has been shortlisted for the International Green Awards in the most sustainable government category.
The International Green Awards, which began in 2006, were set up to recognise global achievements in environmental sustainability.
This years nominees were evaluated on their sustainability vision and level of innovation, as well as sustainability indicators such as energy, water, waste and carbon.
The City of Philadelphia, Dublin Fire Brigade, Songa-pu Office (Republic of Korea) and the Water Replenishment District in the USA have also been nominated for the prestigious award.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the nomination is a recognition of the important work City of Sydney is doing to make the city more environmentally sustainable.
“As well as pushing our own organisation to do more, we will continue working with our business partners and residents to make Sydney a low-carbon city and an environmental leader,” the Lord Mayor said.
So far, the City of Sydney’s sustainability achievements include:
•Retrofitting buildings to improve water and energy efficiency
•Providing low carbon heating and cooling to various buildings in the city
•Installing $4.3 million worth of solar panels on more than 30 major city buildings
•Planting more than 8,500 trees since 2005
•Reducing water consumption in City of Sydney government buildings by 20 per cent
•Installing 6,500 LED street and park lights throughout the city
•Increasing recycling rates from 49 per cent to 66 per cent year on year
Focus Press, Sydney Theatre Company and Bentleigh Secondary College, all from Australia, have also been nominated for International Green Awards in various categories.
The winners will be announced on Tuesday 20 November during a ceremony at Battersea Power Station in London. – Emily Olive
Photo from International Green Awards website.