Our May 2019 event was a great success. Monica Barone, the CEO of the city of Sydney gave an informative & engaging presentation on the work done for the 2030 plan. Under the main themes of Green, Global & Connected (identified by comprehensive stakeholder engagement) the city has worked on projects as diverse as using roadside greening initiatives to calm inner city streets to integrating renewable energy into their own premises. Monica very generously gave us an insight into some of the challenges the work presents such as:
integrating health or community benefits, that go into another entities budget, into their business case for a given project
The detail and sophistication needed behind something as seemingly simple as planting more trees to ensure they are maintained as part of the city's asset register
The time-frames involved in some of their projects and the diverse range of stakeholders
Thanks again to GHD for their sponsorship of this event and the brief insight into the diversity and quality of work they do on developing more connected, sustainable communities for their clients.
Topic of the Month
Vote for the Environment:
We don’t normally email asking for anything. But today we are.
We’re asking you to help us amplify this. Because it’s too urgent and too important not to say something.
Australia’s Federal Election is on the 18th of May with pre-and postal voting already open and we need to make sure this is a Climate Election.
Here is a break down CLICK HERE of the parties, scoring them on their climate policies including:
- whether they have targets to meet the Paris agreement
- whether they will halt new coal mines
- if they have goals for 100% renewable energy
And a handy how to vote guide electorate by electorate to make sure you get maximum impact from your vote and preferences to really send a message LINK HERE
It's also important to make your preferences count this election. For an easy to read, politically neutral article on the best way to make your preferences count READ THIS
Here’s a few ways to get involved:
Speak to your family and friends
This election really matters so we all need to do what we can. Please commit to calling 10 people - Call your mum, your old school mates, your grandparents - and talk to them about why this is important to you, to Australia and our planet.
Sign a petition
Thanks for doing this.
The EPF crew.
EPF member Choonghan Yeo had an important question for Monica Barone, the CEO of the City of Sydney:
“With the latest UN nature report regarding the potential extinction of 1 million animal and plants pieces due to human activities, what can council do to preserve and encourage local biodiversity while balancing the priorities of development and economic growth in the local government area (LGA)?”
For those interested the response was as follows:
"The City of Sydney has an Urban Ecology Strategy and like all of their plans they are implementing it and report every 6 months on action. Here is the LINK to the strategy and link to the most recent Green Report HERE. The Strategy leads the City of Sydney to maintain or enhance habitats and monitor species. However given the urban intensity of our city their greater role is the work they do to encourage and support the community to live as lightly as possible on the planet – so that their lifestyles and consumption have the least impact".