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. 

Joining The Solar Gold Rush – Which Bandwagon To Jump On? Webinar Now Available to view!

For councils, leading on solar means making plans in a changing policy landscape, and developing new ways to benefit. The actual panels are now old hat, but what should councils do about battery storage, power purchase agreements, the Renewable Energy Target and National Energy Guarantee, community solar, peer-to-peer trading? Not to mention the other technical and policy nuances out there! Ironbark's webinar discusses the various options in depth with a panel of experts from council and industry. Find out more.

Local Government and Climate Change Survey 2017: Download the Preliminary Report!

The ICLEI Oceania, BZE and Ironbark Local Government and Climate Change Survey 2017 has been taken up in great numbers across Australia and the early results are already in. We've developed an 18-page Preliminary Report that you can download for free from here and find out how many councils have baseline greenhouse gas inventories; how many have emissions reductions targets, adaptation strategies or divestment policies; what the most popular actions are around Australia; and more. Early next year we’ll be developing a detailed Final Report on the results of all the data with state-by-state snapshots so you can compare your council to others in your state. The final report will include detailed analysis from all the quantitative and qualitative data; recommendations; trends; case studies and input from content experts. However the only way to access the report is by doing the survey...! Jump on before it closes at 12pm Thursday 21st December.

The Third Dimension: Funding Helps Drive the Development of Smart Cities But How Does the Federal Government Define ‘Smart’??

The results of the first round of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program have been released by the Federal Government; and they’re very interesting! NSW is leading the way in terms of the number of projects and the funding secured, but there are innovative proposals from all states on the list covering transport, planning, energy, and many more areas. However, it is key that the Federal Government does not see ‘Smart’ as simply an alternative label for information technology, but instead views it as a forward thinking and multi-dimensional approach to urban challenges. Find out more.

Moreland City Council Wins Sustainability Award for Urban Heat Island Effect Action Plan

Congrats to all the crew at Moreland for the Premiers Sustainability Award for the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) Action Plan 2016–2026! Ironbark were involved in the development of the report, which will benefit Council in a number of ways, including increasing the community’s resilience to climate change; creating health, environmental and economic benefits; and improving overall quality of life for residents and visitors. The community is also being brought along for the journey, with support mechanisms to encourage tree-planting, installation of rainwater tanks for garden watering and upgrades to homes including adding cool roofs, insulation and shading. It's a fascinating area of work and always a pleasure to work with the Moreland team!

Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Adaptation Plans and Initiatives

Close Ironbark friend and local government expert Helen Scott, a PhD Candidate at RMIT University, is looking into monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation in local governments. We’re promoting her survey, which is the first step in a broader research project and encourage all local governments to complete the survey, whether you are undertaking climate change adaptation initiatives or not.

Light Years Ahead: The Gold Standard for NSW LED Projects

Light Years Ahead wins Green Globe at this year’s NSW State Government’s awards for sustainability! This is the officially the gold standard approach for delivering on LED changeovers in NSW. As well as working on Light Years Ahead, Ironbark have worked with WSROC to organise successful forums where DNSP and other stakeholders discussed street lighting (of course) and a variety of other topics, both at the council and regional level. Find out more here.

Civic Building Woes - A Case Study for Dealing with Discomfort

Managing large buildings is a complex undertaking, and when a building has a combination of energy inefficiency and discomfort issues, it’s hard to know where to start. Ironbark recently partnered with HuxConnect and a team of lighting and HVAC engineers to assist at Bayside City Council’s administration building. Close to 100 multi-metric sensors were distributed around the building capturing temperature and light levels (as well as other variables such as CO2). Check out the results!

103 Australian Councils have now Installed LEDs

There have been over 417,000 street lights already changed over in Australia, representing nearly 20% of all lights. If you want to start an LED changeover now, then there's nothing stopping you learning from the 103 Australian councils that have already completed a bulk changeover. Check out what the industry has learnt from these 103 councils and come and join the LED lighting revolution!

One Planet Councils: How Does Your Council Compare?

Having developed One Planet Council Gap Analysis reports for councils around Australia, (including Yarra, the City of Greater Geraldton, City of Moreland, City of Subiaco, City of Bayside and others) Ironbark now has valuable data and tools that allow any council to find out how they measure up against international best-practice and other leading Australian councils across all aspects of sustainability.

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19 December

Go @cityofballarat carbon neutral by 2025! Up to $6.5m to be spent to change street lighting to LED lights, with a…

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15 December

Light Years Ahead is back & bigger than ever! With initial savings of $20m & 91000 tonnes of GHG emissions it's now…

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13 December

Just released: Local Government & Climate Change Survey 2017: Preliminary Report! How many councils have baseline g…

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06 December

American councils and states are fighting climate change globally despite Trump pulling out of Paris…

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Ironbark Sustainability

Suite 8, 70-80 Wellington Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

1300 288 262