The Sustainable Homes and Communities Program is a behaviour change program which offers a range of practical information and ways to reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, waste production, as well as improving biodiversity, uptake of sustainbale food options, and increasing sustainable transport use in homes and the broader community.
The program aims to reduce the key barriers to sustainability actions including: accessibility/convenience, knowledge and skills, cost of products, lack of social pressure and support, lack of leadership and language/culture barriers.
This program aims to build on the highly successful previous Sustainable Homes Program which ran from 2007-2009. The program will still engage expert presenters and will incorporate local case studies to work with both individuals and community groups.
The program will now also work closely with community groups and their leaders and we aim to foster friendly competition between households and groups to help promote more positive environmental change. Achievements will be celebrated and shared at awards nights. The website (www.sustainablecommunities.vic.gov.au) will also be further developed to be more interactive and will share more knowledge and positive achievements from our communities.
2011 marks the beginning of the 2nd round of funding for this 3 year program, which previously ran from 2007-2009 with Darebin, Banyule and Whittlesea.
This program will now run across Banyule and Darebin municipalities, and is equally funded by the participating two councils and the Sustainability Fund.
See below for more information about the previous Sustainable Homes Program.