Sustainable city living

Sustainable city living

Growing a more sustainable Sydney

We all have a part to play in reducing our impact on the planet.

The City of Sydney is running the Green Villages program to help local residents lead more sustainable lifestyles.

Full of simple, practical tips, the Green Villages site aims to encourage residents to live sustainably, provide a space for everyone to contribute green ideas and connect people with experts who are working towards a greener, healthier earth.

You can find out more about:

Sustainable apartments: Approximately 75% of local residents live in apartment buildings. These vertical villages account for 10% of local greenhouse gas emissions, 38% of water use and 14% of waste. Find out how the City can support you to improve your building's environmental performance and save money.

Green workshops: Consider the Green Villages site your portal to help you create a more sustainable life. Our exciting workshop topics include edible gardens, composting and worm farming, upcycling, natural cleaning products, and much more.

Green tips: Going green begins in your home and extends far beyond your front door! Here you’ll find some handy hints for your home, work and even holidays. Other green ideas include the best local collaborative consumption sites, and water and energy-saving advice.

Grants: City grants support projects that add to what you love about your village and help different people in the community come together for something great. Find out about the types of grants on offer and all the latest success stories.

Community gardens: Part of the move towards locally grown foods, community gardens can significantly reduce the carbon impact of transported fruits and vegetables. Head to Green Villages for advice about starting your own community garden and more information about some of our favourites.

Plants and animals: Learn about the native plants and animals that call the local area home, find out what we’re doing to help them flourish and see what you can do too. 

City farm: We are creating a City Farm in Sydney Park at St Peters. Find out more about urban agriculture, our City Farm design and construction, and volunteer opportunities.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2016