What you need to know

Everything Moonee Valley Council is doing to fight climate change and create a greener future

Council Action on Environment

Together with our community we are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, divert waste from landfill, protect and recycle our valuable drinking water supplies, enhance our urban environment and ecology, and keep our city green and cool. Below you can discover what Council has already achieved.

Emission reductions

  • Reduced greenhouse emissions from Council operations by 44 per cent since 2010 through a combination of energy efficiency initiatives and solar PV installation.
  • Installed 2,777 solar panels on 31 of our buildings.
  • On track to achieve zero net emissions from Council operations in 2020 and achieve certification for carbon neutrality through the Federal Government’s Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard.
  • Aim to procure 100 per cent renewable electricity for Council's operations from 1 July 2021 as part of the Local Government Power Partnership Agreement project. This would reduce Council’s emissions by nearly 75%.
  • Providing a residential kerbside food and organics recycling collection service to reduce emissions created by food breaking down in landfill.
  • Replaced 6,000 street lights with more energy efficient alternatives reducing emissions by 2,100 tonnes per year.

Supporting Sustainable Business

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)

  • Enhanced our green open space and improved stormwater management through projects such as the Afton Street Wetlands Conservation Park, Woodlands Park, Airport West Green Spine and Moonee Ponds Creek revitalisation. More projects here.
  • Implemented WSUD Developer Voluntary Contribution scheme to allow planning applicants to offset up to 20 per cent of their on site stormwater management requirements by financially contributing to large scale WSUD projects in Moonee Valley.

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

  • Introduced two fully electric vehicles to Council’s fleet and currently updating Council's Fleet Policy to transition to low and zero emissions vehicles.
  • Currently investigating EV charging infrastructure in Moonee Valley.

Greening

Grants

  • Financially support the community to upgrade facilities and deliver sustainability projects such as solar on sporting clubs, water-saving for community gardens and sustainable education through Council's grants program.

Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD)

  • Aim for best practice in ESD for private developments, from the design stage through to construction and operation, by applying the Environmentally Sustainable Development local policy in the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme and being the first Council in Victoria to employ an ESD compliance officer.

Schools

  • Deliver the Schools Environment Network to support schools to embed sustainability into buildings, practices and curriculum.
  • Have supported school waste reduction and energy saving through Council funded Wipe Out Waste and Flick the Switch school programs.

Advocacy and partnerships

  • Declared a climate emergency in 2019.
  • Joined the Cities Power Partnership program that brings together Australian cities and towns making the switch to clean energy.
  • Part of the newly formed Climate Emergency Australia network.
  • Member of the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action advocating for regional action on climate change.

Community education

  • Run the Green Living and My Smart Garden education events to support the community to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  • Delivered the Sustainability Champions program to build the capacity of the community to initiate community-led actions to reduce carbon emissions and achieve other sustainability outcomes.
  • Sign up to our monthly Green Living newsletter HERE or visit or Climate Action or Sustainable Living pages for more information.