Action on sustainability in Sutherland Shire

Ask anyone - residents or visitors - what they love most about Sutherland Shire, and you’ll hear a variety of compelling answers. But the overwhelming response will be our stunning natural environment.

We all want to reduce our impact on the environment - protecting the beaches, rivers, bushland, and wildlife that we love. Our community and Councillors have called for greater action on the environment, climate change mitigation and adaption, and living more sustainably. Not just for the residents of today, but those of tomorrow too.

In March 2020, Sutherland Shire Council resolved to become greenhouse gas neutral in its operations by 2030, and in the community by 2050.

To meet these targets, Sutherland Shire’s Climate Strategy is being developed within the framework of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy network, which we joined in April 2021.

The Sutherland Shire Climate Strategy includes the measurement of current greenhouse gas emissions for both the Council and the community. From this information we can set targets for reductions, implement actions to hit those targets, and track and report our success. We’re confident we’ll be greenhouse gas neutral by 2030 - and doing our part in tackling climate change.

We’ve already begun our journey to zero emissions

Even as we’re developing the Sutherland Shire Climate Strategy, we have already implemented a range of sustainability programs and initiatives. Here’s some of what we’re doing:

  • Committing to Green Power. In addition to the solar arrays currently installed on Council buildings, as of 1 July 2022, Council now sources 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.
  • Constructing roads from recycled glass and plastics.
  • Encouraging de-carbonisation through various transport programs.
  • Reducing the urban heat island effect through street tree planting.
  • Reducing waste through our reusable nappy rebate.
  • Introducing electric vehicles to our corporate fleet, with plans for more.
  • Looking into local energy generation, reduced emissions and savings for schools via the Solar My School program.
  • Diverting e-waste from landfills by supporting The Reconnect Project, which refurbishes used electronic devices and provides them to people in need.
  • Supporting Speaking 4 the Planet, an arts-based competition that encourages school students to get creative and engage with environmental and sustainability issues.
  • Supporting Earth Hour to highlight global climate and energy issues.
  • Promoting the environment and sustainability across Council departments and daily business via our internal ‘Take Action and Go Green’ group.

Sutherland Shire Council also supports the environment and sustainability through our Greenweb, Bushcare, and Waste and Resource Recovery initiatives. Follow the links to learn more and find out how you can help.

Woman plugging in an electric vehicle Council's electric vehicles
Nursery worker holding plants Greenweb
Mayor Pesce at the recycled road in Engadine Recycled Road, Engadine
Solar panels on roof Solar Panels on Council building