20 August 2013 — The City of Joondalup has been awarded a Gold Standard by Planet Footprint in its Subscriber Recognition Program.
The award is for the city’s commitment to environmental responsibility and accountability in environmental reporting and performance.
Planet Footprint was engaged by the city to measure its energy, water, fleet, street lighting and greenhouse performance, including both consumption and cost.
The city uses Planet Footprint to help with ongoing management of facilities, to identify mechanisms for increased efficiency in operations and to report on a number of global reporting indicators within the city’s annual report.
To achieve the Gold Standard the city met the following criteria:
- The organisation is continuously monitoring and reporting on the energy and water performance of all facilities
- The organisation has an understanding of its current and historical carbon footprint/greenhouse emissions
- The organisation is reporting on actions and measures to improve, not just ‘end of pipe’ performance
- The organisation is actively building a culture of individual environmental responsibility and accountability
- The organisation is managing its performance anomalies routinely
- The organisation is routinely identifying and quantifying the outcomes of improvement projects
- The organisation is routinely reporting environmental performance up the line.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said achieving Planet Footprint Gold Standard accreditation reinforced the city’s reputation nationally and internationally as a world-leader in local government in terms of environmental management.
“The city will continue to raise awareness about key environmental issues and challenges and motivate individuals, organisations and businesses within Joondalup to take positive steps towards sustainability and environmental excellence in their homes, schools, communities and workplaces.”
Mr Pickard said City had chosen Planet Footprint because it was an independent environmental scorekeeper that measures the City’s energy, water, fleet, street lighting and greenhouse performance, including both consumption and cost.
Planet Footprint is a subscription-based service that monitors the performance of more than 200 local governments internationally.
Mr Pickard said the council’s sustainability strategy was to build a community that tooks ownership of its natural assets and supports their ongoing preservation and conservation.
It aims to:
- Elevate community awareness regarding its impact on the natural environment.
- Ensure that community behaviours and attitudes are continually adapting to achieve global and local environmental targets.
- Facilitate active involvement from the community in preserving and enhancing the natural environment.
- Environmental leadership
- The City wants to embrace learning opportunities on an international scale and continuously lead by example in its application of new knowledge.
- It aims to
- Demonstrate leadership in environmental enhancement and protection initiatives.
- Promote environmental scholarship and effective environmental management practices to a global audience.
- Actively support local research initiatives.
Mr Pickard said the City had been given a host of green awards including:
July 3, 2013 – The $4 million Currambine Community Centre recently received the Green Building Council of Australia’s tick of approval for environmentally and financially sustainable design. The City of Joondalup is the first local government in West Australia to achieve a 4 Star Green Star – Public Building PILOT rating, signifying ‘Best Practice’, from the GBCA.
June 2012 – The City of Joondalup was recognised nationally for its outstanding and proactive approach to managing, protecting and enhancing its local environment. At the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards in Melbourne (June 8), the City won the Local Government – Excellence in Overall Environmental Management category.
Winner of the Outstanding Interpretation Project That Enhances a Place Category
Winner of the Local Government – Excellence in Overall Environmental Management Category
Water Award 2011 – Winner of the Waterwise Council Category. The City’s innovative and sustainable approach to water resource management was recognised at the 2011 Water Awards where it was named the winner of the Waterwise Council category. The implementation of a wide range of water conservation initiatives has allowed the City to save over one million kilolitres of groundwater each year, while maintaining a high quality standard of public open space areas for the community. The City has significantly reduced water consumption through the implementation of an extensive water monitoring and reporting program, hydrozoning, irrigation retrofits and a range of programs designed to raise awareness of the need to conserve water.
World’s Most Liveable City Award 2011 – www.joondalup.wa.gov.au/Welcome/AboutJoondalup/Awards/LivComAward.aspx
Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award – Winner of the Young Legends Category – Adopt a Coastline Program
Department of Transport’s Local Government TravelSmart Awards 2010 – Winner of the TravelSmart Workplace Category – Green Transport Plan