Working towards a more sustainable, liveable city.
Why we’re doing this
In June 2019, Lord Mayor Clover Moore declared a climate emergency in response to the ongoing effects of climate change.
The challenges we collectively face are significant. But we’re determined to maintain the liveability of our city and build our resilience to the impacts of global warming.
We’ve created this environmental sustainability hub for residents and businesses in the city, to learn about the different ways you can take action. There are dozens of ways you can make a difference.
We’ve also gathered information about our ongoing sustainability initiatives, so you can see what we’re doing.
Together, we can safeguard the future of Sydney.
Making Sydney sustainable
Development applicationsIncorporating general design features during the planning and construction stages of development can reduce resource use and improve a building’s operational efficiency.
Strategies & action plansWe’re helping owners and tenants reduce their environmental impact.Published 30 August 2018
Strategies & action plansYou can save significantly by considering the environment in your home.Published 30 August 2015
Strategies & action plansBusinesses in the entertainment and accommodation sector can benefit from an increased focus on the environment.Published 28 February 2018
City of Sydney News
NewsDoorstep recycling trial picks up pace in lockdownIt’s contactless, free and you don’t have to leave home.13 August 2021
NewsSustainable city water pushSmarter infrastructure now one step closer thanks to a joint project from the City of Sydney and Sydney Water.21 June 2021
News9 things to know about our proposed environment strategyWe’ve sharpened our targets. Have your say by 16 June8 June 2021
NewsThere’s more than 1 way to recycle batteries in SydneyJust don’t put them in your yellow-lid bin at home.6 May 2021
News100 new spaces open in food scraps recycling trialMore spots available for apartment buildings.5 May 2021
NewsAdvanced tips for living a more plastic-free lifeIf you’ve already ditched takeaway coffee cups, straws and bottled water, take your eco-journey to the next level.28 April 2021
NewsA beginner’s guide to avoiding single use items 5 easy ways to make the switch to reusables.28 April 2021
NewsYour guide to carbon offsets: 3 actions you can take nowAppealing, convenient and impactful ways to reduce your environmental footprint.29 March 2021
NewsOur plans for a greener, cooler, more resilient SydneyNew and improved parks, green roofs and walls, streetscape gardening and hundreds of new trees will help cover 40% of the city in greenery by 2050.19 March 2021
NewsGreen your city: Receive a free treeThe giveaway is part of a NSW Government project to plant 1 million trees in Greater Sydney by 2022.15 March 2021