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Sustainability Action in Council

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Learn about the projects we are currently participating in to create a more sustainable and resilient future for our City.

Urban Heat

Research tells us that cities are hotter than their rural surroundings. In fact, cities can be between two degrees Celsius (0C) to 120C warmer.

The reason – cities are largely made up of surfaces that absorb heat, like roads, footpaths and roofs. We know that vegetation, canopy cover and the presence of water are important components to cooling our City. As such, we are collaborating with a number of organisations and stakeholders to better understand urban heat and identify ways we can work together to mitigate and adapt to this challenge.

These projects include:

Monitoring heat

In partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU), we placed 110 temperature sensors across the Local Government Area (LGA).

The sensors collected over 1.4 million temperature measurements at 10 minute intervals across summer 2018/19.

Once analysed by WSU, the measurements will provide:

  • detailed day and night time temperature graphs for the entire LGA
  • localised maps of temperature distribution across the LGA
  • streaming video clips depicting daily evolution of temperature variation, paying special attention to heat wave events and their impact.

Stay tuned for the results, which will be made available in November 2019.

Urban heat island mitigation decision-support tool

We participated in a multi-agency working party, facilitated by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL), which developed an urban heat island mitigation decision-support tool.

This is the first study of its kind that will also quantify the impacts of urban heat on energy consumption and human health.

Renewable energy

In 2017, we joined 17 other councils in a landmark initiative facilitated by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Council’s (SSROC). The Program, consisting of four streams, was designed to assist participating councils mitigate volatile prices for electricity and gas while meeting their environmental goals.

After a comprehensive process, on the 1 July 2019, we began receiving renewable electricity from Moree Solar Farm.

The landmark agreement with Moree Solar Farm includes the supply of 20% of our entire electricity portfolio, providing significant cost savings, reducing carbon emissions and supporting investment into the renewable energy industry in NSW.

Combined with Council’s larger solar network, which currently provides an annual projected generation of over 740,000 kWh of renewable electricity from more than 2,000 solar panels, we are well on our way to transitioning to a more sustainable future.  

Water efficiency

Campbelltown City Council has partnered with Sydney Water to improve water efficiency across our local business and residential strata community. We will engage 50 high water consuming businesses and residential strata properties, resulting in the reduction of 150 kilolitres (kL) of implemented water savings per day.

Sustainability Strategy

In October 2015, Campbelltown City Council endorsed its first Sustainability Strategy (8MB, PDF) dedicated to organisational improvement. The strategy aspires to the vision: “Working together to achieve smart practices for a positive legacy”.

We invite you to check it out and become a sustainability ambassador.

Sustainability accounting tool

The vast array of services and facilities that we manage makes identifying our environmental impact a very important and necessary challenge.

To ensure sustainability is embedded across our organisation, we use an online platform to capture and report on our electricity, gas and water consumption and cost. It enables us to easily see resource consumption and develop initiatives to improve sustainability performance.

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