Ironbark Sustainability:

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Ironbark Sustainability is a specialist local government consultancy that works with councils and key local government stakeholders around Australia by assisting them to reduce energy and water usage through sustainable asset and data management and on-the-ground implementation. Over the last decade, we have assisted over 250 Australian councils with the implementation of sustainable asset management projects.

Our mission is to achieve real action on sustainability for councils and their communities.

Check out the hundreds of resources we've developed for councils, sign up to our newsletter so you don't miss the latest project or funding news, or contact us to discuss anything related to local government and sustainability. 


Big South Australian Smart Lighting Program Update and Webinar

Well it’s been a big big big few months in South Australian street lighting. We’ve had a few LED projects start and some of the larger ones like Onkaparinga wrap-up (ahead of time!). In the last few weeks alone the Cities of Unley and Campbelltown have both resolved to changeover to LEDs through the PLC tariff. We’ve got a likely regulatory change to street lighting from "Negotiated Distribution Service" (NDS) to "Alternative Control Service" (ACS). And of course, the LGA have announced that they are no longer progressing on their bid to establish a public lighting company to own, operate and manage street lighting. So what next? Join us for a special South Australian Smart Lighting Program Webinar on Thursday 31st May from 2pm to 3:30pm (ACST) where we’ll take you through everything you need to know to get up to speed and plan your projects


Local Government Climate Change Webinars: Greenhouse Reporting; Data; Targets and More! 

Ironbark are working with Sustainability Victoria to deliver a series of carbon accounting webinars as part of the Local Government Energy Saver (LGES) Program. The webinars are free for any council around Australia to attend and will cover Greenhouse Emissions Reporting for Corporate and Community (Wednesday 16th May 10:00am-12:00pm (AEST)); Greenhouse Gas Data Management (Wednesday May 30th 10:00am-11:00am) and Science Based Targets (Tuesday 19th June 10:00am-11:30am). Hurry up and register!


Global Covenant of Mayors Consultation Open! Have Your Say.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is the leading international alliance of local governments with a shared long-term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and move to a low emission, resilient society. Currently 7,746 cities, representing 723,151,493 people worldwide and 9.83% of the total global population, have committed to the Covenant. Is your council one of them? A new draft common global reporting framework for the Covenant has been released and ICLEI Oceania are seeking feedback and input. Come along to the webinar on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - hear what this all means and have input into Australia and the world's leading local government program.


Australian Local Government Climate Review 2018 Now Available and Local Government Webinar Monday 21st May

We're thrilled to have launched the Australian Local Government Climate Review 2018 with project partners ICLEI Oceania and Beyond Zero Emissions. This 34 page report is the end result of the most comprehensive local government and climate change survey Australian councils and communities have ever witnessed. The report finds local governments and their communities are leading the way on climate action, which align with the latest climate science and international agreements. There's a heap of information on key findings, results, state overviews, case studies and recommendations. Download the report and make sure you register for our webinar at 11am (AEST) on Monday 21st May where we'll present the report in detail; analyse the trends; dig deeper into the data with our resident data analytics guru; elaborate on the case studies; and summarise the findings. 


Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Summary Reports Available for Every Council in Australia

Over the last 3 years, Ironbark have been working with Australian councils, ICLEI Oceania, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) and other data providers to develop internationally compliant community profiles for Australian councils. As of February 2018, the number of councils working with Ironbark to develop community GHG profiles now sits at 42 from all around Australia. Ironbark now have a ready-made program that any Council can access with three differing packages to understand your community greenhouse gas emissions.


Webinar: Getting Solar Right: Borrowing from the Best 

The Getting Solar Right: Borrowing from the Best webinar, take home messages and presentation are now available. The webinar goes straight to the core of how to avoid ongoing headaches from your roof-top solar installations, and outlines how to source actual specification and maintenance documents to use as starting points for your own. Even for those who are old hats at solar projects, this is guaranteed to save you time when procuring solar power and will improve how you monitor solar power generation in the years to come. Ironbark wish to thank legends Harry Fricke and Anne Fitzsimmons from Moonee Valley and Canterbury-Bankstown councils for sharing their knowledge. The recording of the webinar and take-home messages are available now!


Smart Cities Round 2 Funding: Top 10 Tips for Writing a Smart Cities Funding Application

Here we go again! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years you’d be aware of the Federal Government’s “smart cities” push, which included a Smart Cities Summit in April 2016, launching Australia's very first Smart Cities Plan, and the first round of funding announced late last year. Round Two of the Program has just been announced and will be open for applications until 2nd July 2018. Over the last 5 years we’ve worked on funding applications with hundreds of councils around Australia and have developed successful applications worth over $100m. From these hundreds of applications we’ve kept a keen eye on the lessons, the do’s and do nots, the patterns, and everything in between. We've got some background and an update on the Smart Cities and Suburbs program here, an excel tool to search through round 1 winners as well as a free report where we've collated all of our tips from the last 5 years.


106 Australian Councils have now Installed LEDs

There have been over 462,000 street lights already changed over in Australia, representing nearly 22% of all lights. If you want to start an LED changeover now, then there's nothing stopping you learning from the 106 Australian councils that have already completed a bulk changeover. Check out what the industry has learnt from these 106 councils and come and join the LED lighting revolution!

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16 May

Queensland's @mackaycouncil the latest Australia council to shift its operations to #solar... cutting electricity costs to pass on millions of dollars of savings on to ratepayers!https://t.co/3d6T0jTobJ pic.twitter.com/CM4FWAKPin

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09 May

@waynewescott @iclei_oceania @SustainVic @c40cities a little from column A... and a little from column B

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08 May

Ironbark at @IPWEAintouch @IPWEA Conference 14th-15th May in Sydney presenting on Smart Lighting Meets Urban Heat and Setting Emissions Reduction Targets. Registrations are now open, hope to see you there! https://t.co/N7TsTbSNOn #sustain18 pic.twitter.com/tGiBDGo28I

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08 May

Great discussion with Melbourne councils on what #take2 and 2 degrees means! #sciencebasedtargets #climate https://t.co/4ZC7WP410p

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find us

Ironbark Sustainability

Suite 8, 70-80 Wellington Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

1300 288 262
info@realaction.com.au