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.

We are 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:

Smart green 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 we 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. 

Sydney 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.

Residential apartments sustainability plan 

The residential apartments sustainability plan is the City's first customer focused sustainability plan to deliver on our master plans for energy efficiencyrenewable energywater and waste.

Please note:Our residential apartments sustainability plan is a supporting document to our Environmental Action 2016–2021 strategy and action plan, which is the City's most up-to-date set of environmental targets and actions.

Residential apartment buildings contribute 10% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, consume more than a third of its water and generate 14% of total waste. By 2030, 80% of our residents will live in apartments and 90% of new homes will be in high rise apartment buildings.

The plan sets targets, outcomes and practical actions for increasing sustainability in new and existing apartment buildings which will save our community money and reduce emissions, water and waste. It draws on extensive studies and stakeholder engagement to address challenges.

Under the plan, apartment sector greenhouse gas emissions will reduce by 40% and water consumption by 7% by 2030 with 70% of waste diverted from landfill by 2021. These are ambitious yet achievable targets that take account of the considerable growth in the sector. 

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2018