Eco-markers

19 September 2013 — Council-owned properties in Pittwater, NSW, are being signposted for their sustainability features through a trial of “eco-markers”.

The distinctive signs have been installed at seven locations including community centres, Pittwater Rugby Park, Lakeside Holiday Park, the Coastal Environment Centre and council administration buildings.

Each sign highlights a sustainable feature in the building, ranging from rainwater tanks and solar panels through to irrigation systems and retrofitted lighting.

The signs also point to the council website for more detailed information about the sustainable features.

Eco-markers are the brainchild of resident Graeme Jessup who is also a member of one of the council’s advisory committees looking at ways to improve Pittwater’s natural environment.

Mr Jessup is no stranger to sustainability, having built a new home at Mona Vale to be energy self-sufficient by using a combination of solar panels and thermal design.

The eco-markers were installed as a trial and a review is being carried out to decide whether to continue the project.

Mayor Jacqui Townsend said the council had embarked on a rolling program of improvements to public buildings to make them more sustainable.

“One example is the huge water savings we have been able to make at Pittwater Rugby Park, just by recycling rainwater collected from the roof and using bore water,” she said.

“We estimate we are saving over 300,000 litres every week in using mains water for irrigation.

“We have also installed dimmer lights at the fields saving a further 52,000 kilowatts each year.”

Details: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ecomarker