The City has a variety of sustainability initiatives which enable us to reduce our carbon emissions and improve energy performance.
Our emissions reduction projects include:
- Installing solar energy systems
- Geothermal energy
- LED lighting replacements
- Air conditioning upgrades
- Purchasing more efficient vehicles
- Using alternative fuels.
The City was the successful recipient of Australian government funding to deliver energy efficiency education programs and undertake energy efficiency upgrades to the following facilities:
- Administration Centre, Stirling
- Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre, Inglewood
- Leisurepark, Balga
- Works depot, Balcatta
- Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mirrabooka
- Stirling libraries, Inglewood, Mirrabooka and Scarborough.
Since implementing the energy efficiency upgrades, there has been a two per cent reduction in total energy usage across the City.
The City is taking action to adapt to climate change. Our climate change adaptation plan uses a risk-management approach to identify which climate risks are a priority and what actions are required.
It focuses on monitoring, implementing and reporting key initiatives within natural and built environments, and through community programs.
The City works hard to reduce unnecessary water consumption and is now recognised and endorsed by the Water Corporation as a waterwise council.
In addition, the City’s water smart parks program is reducing water use by replacing surplus grass with native plants, improving irrigation systems, and using moisture probes so we only water when the soil is dry.
Water consumption in the City of Stirling
- Each year the City uses around 155 million litres of scheme (drinking) water to operate its buildings and provide services for residents. Scheme water represents just three per cent of the City's total water consumption
- The City uses 5.3 billion litres of groundwater annually, mainly to irrigate parks and reserves in the community. Groundwater accounts for 97 per cent of the City's total water consumption
- Stirling residents use a total of over 20 billion litres of scheme (drinking) water each year. Nearly half of all this water is used in the garden to irrigate water-hungry plants and lawn.
Living Green Awards
Our biennial Living Green Awards recognise and celebrate local sustainability champions, and promote their achievements to help inspire others.
There are eight categories:
- Designing around trees - preserving urban trees during development
- Energy efficiency - reducing energy and renewable energy
- Water conservation - reducing and reusing water
- Environment and wildlife - preserving the natural environment and wildlife
- Sustainable school - supporting a culture of sustainability
- Sustainable food - growing and supporting local, ethical and sustainable food
- Waste reduction - avoiding, reducing, reusing, repairing and up-cycling
- Change maker - helping others to live a more sustainable life.
Winners are announced at an awards night and their names are published in the Stirling Times.
Sustainablity groups and volunteering
Transition Towns Stirling is a community group based in the City of Stirling and surrounds. Its purpose is to reconnect the community with the common goal of sharing knowledge for living more sustainably. They meet regularly and run a variety of free or low-cost community events including movie nights, and workshops for home and garden including sewing, cooking and gardening.
For more information, please visit the Transition Towns Stirling website.
Earth carers are community volunteers who learn ways to protect the environment through reducing, reusing and recycling waste, and then help to spread the message to others. The Earth Carers program is run by the waste education team at Mindarie Regional Council.
For more information, please visit the Earth Carers website.