To help protect our local environment Council participates in a number of key programs, which are listed below. For further advice please contact the Council on 8372 8878.
Cities for Climate Protection
2008 marked a decade of participation by the City of Mitcham in the Cities for Climate Protection Program. The program is run by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives to help Councils reduce greenhouse emissions at a local level.
As a part of the program Council monitors its energy use and greenhouse emissions to measure progress towards the following goal:
"Abate 20% of Council's 1996/97 operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2012."
The most recent results reported in 2007 show a reduction in emissions for Council buildings, waste and vehicle fleet. Of concern is that public lighting accounts for over 63% of greenhouse gas emissions and this sector is continuing to grow. The majority of public lighting within the City is owned by ETSA Utilities and Council is actively advocating for improvements in this area.
For more information on sustainable public lighting click here: www.iclei.org/index.php?id=publiclighting
International Water Campaign
In September 2001, the City of Mitcham became one of the first Australian Councils to join the pilot for the Water Campaign.
This Campaign is run by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, a worldwide not-for-profit organisation of local government and their associations.
The project sets five milestones for Council to reduce water consumption and improve water quality:
- Milestone 1 - Inventory and forecast of direct and indirect impact on water resources.
- Milestone 2 - Establish targets for water quantity and improvement in water quality.
- Milestone 3 - Develop and obtain Council approval for a Local Water Action Plan.
- Milestone 4 - Implement policies and actions.
- Milestone 5 - Monitor and report results.
The City of Mitcham is currently at Milestone 4 of the Campaign which involves implementing the City of Mitcham's Water Management Plan.
Further details of this program can be viewed at ICLEI's Website.
Greenfleet Australia is a not for profit organisation that plants trees to offset greenhouse emissions from vehicles and equipment such as chainsaws. Council offsets all of its vehicles fleet emissions through the Greenfleet program.
Greenfleet is an Approved Abatement Provider under the Federal Government's Greenhouse Friendly Initiative. To find out more visit their website (http://www.greenfleet.com.au/).
The City of Mitcham in conjunction with KESAB and Adelaide Development Company are working to create a clean, environmental friendly housing development at Blackwood Park. This means working with all builders in the development and asking them to please help protect the environment by implementing the following measures:
- Removing mud on road - sweep up (don't wash up!).
- Recycle or re-use building materials.
- Use sediment fences, hay bales or bunds to reduce waterway pollution.
- Use a single gravel exit/entry point to sites.
This is an important step in protecting our environment and our water ways. For more information or to report irresponsible construction please contact the Environment Officer at the City of Mitcham on 8273 8888.
View the Blackwood Park Clean Site Sign (2055 kb)