Eastern Suburbs Councils demonstrating sustainability leadership

Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick’s 3-Council Regional Environmental collaboration is pushing the boundaries of environmental leadership. Their Solar My Schools initiative has now engaged with more than 90 percent of schools across the eastern suburbs, with more than ten already installing solar on their rooftops and another dozen or so on track to have solar on their rooves by the end of the year. 

With all sizes of solar arrays going up, from 30, 56 or 99 kilowatts, public and private schools are joining Solar My Schools and showcasing renewable energy solutions to thousands of school students and their families. 

Council’s across the metropolitan area are now investigating ways to take the Solar My Schools program to their own local schools. 

This initiative is also a finalist in the NSW Government’s Green Globes Awards, alongside Randwick Council’s long-running Sustaining our City environmental levy initiative.

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SOLAR MY SCHOOL

We are thrilled to announce that our 3-Council Solar my School program is a finalist in the 2018 Green Globe Awards. 

The Green Globe Awards are the NSW Government’s awards for leadership, commitment and innovation in sustainability. They showcase people and projects making real progress toward sustainability.  

It’s an honour to be a finalist for the Climate Change Leadership award. This recognition is only possible due to the hard work, diligence, passion and commitment of many individuals and schools. Together we are setting new benchmarks in sustainability.  

Solar my School is a free Council program helping schools across the Eastern Suburbs install solar power on their buildings. Already 90% of the 63 schools in our region are participating in the program - helping to reduce carbon emissions, save money to invest in other learning resources and educate students and parents alike about a clean energy future.   We hope more schools will be supported to go solar across Australia.  

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The winners will be announced at the Green Globe Awards gala event hosted by Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton at the Art Gallery of NSW on 4 October 2018.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE

The first network of public electric vehicle charging stations in NSW edged a little closer when Woollahra’s, Waverley’s and Randwick’s joint electric vehicle charging initiative was put out for tender following an exhaustive investigation into the best locations across the eastern suburbs. 

With installation of up to 8 public charging stations planned by the end of 2018, the move is expected to support the release on to the market over the next 12 months of a range of different electric vehicles making their way to Australia.

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OUR ENERGY FUTURE

The next phase of solar and energy efficiency opportunities for residents and business rolls out across the eastern suburbs via Our Energy Future. Our Energy Future gives residents and business owners access to free advice and information on how to make energy savings and install renewable energy across their rooftops with a view to helping individuals the opportunity to take action to reduce energy bills and slow their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions polluting the atmosphere. 

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Visit Our Energy Futures website to find out more and to find details about the next upcoming energy saving workshops.