Singleton is "punching above its weight" in its approach to sustainability, after taking out the Innovation in Planning, Policies and Decision-Making Award (Division A - for councils with a population less than 30,000) in the Local Government NSW - Excellence in the Environment Awards 2021.
Held annually, the Awards recognise outstanding achievements by NSW councils in managing and protecting the environment.
Singleton Council was recognised for its Sustainable Future Project, a two-pronged program of investment and engagement in the local implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and comprising the community-based Singleton Sustainability Strategy 2019-2027 (endorsed last year) and a Council-based Sustainable Future Statement.
The Award was presented in the same week Council's State of the Environment Report was endorsed as part of the Annual Report 2020/2021, which showcases a long list of achievements including a 31 per cent reduction in Council electricity usage, 29 per cent reduction in Council's greenhouse gas emissions, and a more than doubling of Council's use of renewable energy.
General Manager Jason Linnane said these outcomes, as well as the Local Government NSW - Excellence in the Environment Awards 2021, reflected a substantial shift in Council's organisational approach to sustainability with a course of actions to lead by example. "In making the management of our impact a key consideration in our decision-making across the whole of our business, from sustainable procurement to paperless planning, we are committed not only to setting the standard but upholding it," he said.
"We know that sustainability is important to our community, because our residents and businesses have told us in a range of forums.
"Starting with the Sustainability Strategy as an important resource for the long-term, providing clear direction in promoting, facilitating and supporting our community in social, economic and environmental sustainability, we're going a step further to be a shining example of what we can all do to achieve our goals. "In addition to the environmental benefits, there's also savings for our budget to the tune of more than $250,000 a year with the installation of solar panels and purchase of additional green power."
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