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Ironbark frequently contributes reports, information and time to the sector. Over the last decade we have written hundreds of articles, delivered webinars and developed presentations and reports that we have promoted through this website, our newsletter and social media.

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The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from mercury and mercury compounds. And guess where there is a lot of mercury? Yep, old street lights. Replacements for those old inefficient mercury vapour lights will become increasingly difficult to source by 2020 meaning councils may end up with very expensive stranded assets on their hands. Check out the simple and sweet 2-minute snapshop from Australia's foremost street...

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In late April 2018, ICLEI Oceania, Beyond Zero Emissions and Ironbark Sustainability launched the Australian Local Government Climate Review 2018, a 34 page report that is the end result of the most comprehensive local government and climate change survey Australian councils and communities have ever witnessed. Download the report and come along to a webinar on Monday 21st May where we'll be presenting the report in detail; analysing some of the trends; getting deeper into the data with our...

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Throughout 2016 Ironbark have been speaking to councils and attending conferences, events and workshops throughout Australia where setting climate targets has been high on the agenda – including greenhouse reduction targets, renewable energy targets, energy efficiency targets and the most recent trend, science-based targets. This has been impacted by some other big changes in council land around the ongoing quest for accurate community emissions data and significant local and international...

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Building Management Systems (BMS) present both a challenge and opportunity for reducing energy use in council buildings. The opportunities are enormous and when approached the right way, the challenges can be overcome! Ironbark held a Building Optimisation Webinar in July 2016, with panelists from 3 councils and Ironbark Sustainability. The presentation PowerPoint and related information are now available.

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If you haven’t already got your tickets, the Energy Efficiency in Local Government Conference in Sydney next month (16th-17th September) is a beauty, with the range of speakers from leading councils trumping other conferences from the last few years. There are presentations from all of the leading councils with Yarra, Moreland, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney City Councils all attending to discuss the most innovative projects and programs that Australian local government has to offer. Check out...

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Ironbark recently ran a webinar to discuss the use of a cost benefit analysis to help decide on policy settings and tools (Green Star, NABERS, Sustainable Design Scorecard, MEPS, etc.) for sustainability in buildings. Given more and more councils are establishing formal building performance standards, an evidence-based approach that can inform council decisions is a desirable way forward. This webinar includes a summary from Rachel Weaver of Frankston City Council, who are currently developing...

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Throughout Australia there is somewhat of an energy efficiency revolution occurring with local governments installing energy efficient street lighting such as LEDs to replace old inefficient and expensive technology. Lights are now being changed over in their hundreds of thousands and in this special council webinar we’ll look at how the barriers have fallen and what you need to do to get street lighting projects delivered. We’ll be hearing from council staff who have delivered and completed...

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With so many Victorian councils in the process of implementing an energy efficient changeover, the November 2013 NAGA Street Lighting Working Group meeting was opened up to councils to learn from successfully implemented projects and discuss some of the big issues. It was a brilliant meeting with over 40 councils in attendance. We discussed best-practice approaches to upcoming street lighting projects and also slayed a few myths. And with $60million in street lighting projects throughout the...

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Are you a sustainability officer who needs to integrate sustainability into Council-owned buildings? An asset manager who needs to include sustainability in your Asset Management Plan? Councils face the challenge of using sustainable building standards and tools that cater for large and small facilities; are easy to use and update; and enable high level benchmarking and reporting. When we work with councils to improve the sustainability of their assets, we keep tabs on what the sector is doing...

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You can call them eco champions, enviro warriors, even green armies! These are the people on the front line who volunteer to help implement your environmental programs. However a common problem with champions is they don’t really know what their role is and rarely receive any training on how to influence and change behaviours within a council. The best way to address these problems is to investigate behaviour change programs and invest in training of your champions. Here we explore the latest in...

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