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
NewsFrom dumpster to Dempstah: recycling textile wasteHow a City of Sydney grant recipient turned unwanted clothing into high-quality yarn19 January 2024
NewsSeagulls snacking: Seaside scavengers in the cityUnderstand the eating habits of our feathered friends to keep our cities healthy10 January 2024
NewsThe heat is on to map microclimates in SydneyRedfern, Moore Park, Pyrmont – where do you think the hottest spots are in our area?11 December 2023
NewsKeeping up with the cockatoosFind out why you should think twice before sharing your snacks with these spirited birds7 December 2023
NewsMeet the locals who rescue items from apartment bin roomsOur Ultimo recycling pop-up has been open for one year, diverting over 13 tonnes of materials from landfill.30 November 2023
NewsA guide to what you can and can’t recycle this ChristmasIs Christmas wrapping paper recyclable? What should I do with my old Christmas tree? Our waste expert shares tips on tidying up after the festive season.20 November 2023
NewsPowering ahead with more on-street charging optionsHow we’re helping residents switch to electric vehicles.20 November 2023
NewsInside the life of Sydney's unofficial mascot, the white ibisLearn more about these ‘bin chickens’ and what you can do to help keep them happy and healthy.11 November 2023
NewsBusiness Events Sydney in partnership with the City of Sydney wins global impact award Our partner, Business Events Sydney, has won the first Impact Award at the Global Destination Sustainability Awards.2 November 2023
NewsDucks! It's a waddle-ful lifeDiscover the quirky world of waterfowl and how you can help keep ducks healthy and happy13 October 2023