The ACT government’s zero emissions transport project, Newcastle’s museum energy upgrade, and Waverley and Woollahra Councils’ “Solar my School” program are among the winners of the Climate Council’s national climate awards for local government.

Held last Thursday in Kiama, NSW, the Cities Power Partnership Awards celebrate outstanding work from local governments in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and community advocacy, as well as individual climate champion awards.

The action plan to guide Canberra’s transition to zero emission vehicles was announced in April, and involves transitioning the whole government vehicle fleet to electric.

Plans for new charging infrastructure are also included, as well as incentives for consumers to buy zero emission vehicles. 

The Solar my School program is jointly founded and run by Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils, and helps schools tackle their own on-site solar projects through a four step process.

The Cities Power Partnership awards recognise councils demonstrating climate mitigation action across the listed 37 action pledge items under the Cities Power Partnership.  

“These local heroes are stepping up and getting the job done in the face of continuing federal climate inaction. It’s time to celebrate these quiet achievers, who are working at the climate frontline and helping their communities to drive down local greenhouse gas pollution,” Alix Pearce, director of the Cities Power Partnership, said.

“The local climate solutions on display at these awards are tangible proof that Australian communities are rising up to meet the challenges of climate change,” she said.

Renewable Energy Achievement Award

Winner: Solar my School  – Three Council Program from Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils (New South Wales)

Energy Efficiency Achievement
Winner: Newcastle Museum Energy upgrade – The City of Newcastle (New South Wales)

Sustainable Transport Achievement Award

Winner: Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan 2018-21 – ACT government

Community Engagement Achievement Award

Winner: Floating solar farm – Lismore City Council (New South Wales) 

Knowledge Sharing Award

Winner: South East NSW Councils buddy group (New South Wales)

CPP Ambassador Award

Winner: Clr Ken Keith, Mayor, Parkes Shire Council (New South Wales)

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