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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.

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Unley City Council: Seven Steps to Gold Standard for South Australian Smart Lighting

As an ever-increasing number of South Australian councils start implementing LED projects, projects throughout the state are becoming a whole lot smoother. Having already worked with Onkaparinga, Mitcham, Charles Sturt, Holdfast Bay, Burnside and Campbelltown on their LED projects, we’ve just recently worked with the City of Unley and can safely say that we now have the “Gold Standard” for South Australian smart lighting projects. We’re yet to see a project run as smoothly, and there some key learnings worth keeping in mind. Here are the seven steps to Gold Standard! To no one’s surprise... the key is careful planning and preparation. If you jump straight in without careful planning then get ready for cost and time blowouts, quality issues, ordering delays and logistical nightmares. Or you can go for gold.


How Not to Use the SLSC Programme's Latest 5% Business Case Tool

We've had several councils ask us to review the most recent Smart Lighting Smart Controls (SLSC) Programme's “Model Business Case for Street Lighting and Smart Controls Upgrades" package, a template document supported by an accompanying Excel-based modelling tool. There is a long list of flaws within the business case documentation that councils need to be aware of before they think of using it. We've started with four initial “red flag” issues to be aware of. If you are going to use the templates then please have a good review of the information first, especially if you’re going to share the results with other stakeholders because it could lead poor decisions and possible embarrassment, both internally and to the broader community.


NSW LED Programs Update and #Fake #News: Smart Controls, Specifications, Prices, Timing, Gifting and Tax!

There’s a fair bit going in NSW in relation to smart lighting. Many councils are starting to get in on the act and are following the award-winning gold standard for NSW LED public lighting projects – the Light Years Ahead program, now open to every NSW council. However, in classic controversial public lighting fashion, there has been some confusing commentary around the Light Years Ahead program that needs to be addressed! NSW councils have been receiving questions and commentary regarding the Light Years Ahead program. The comments were somewhat inaccurate and indicated a basic lack of understanding of how the Light Years Ahead and other successfully implemented LED programs have been rolled out. So, in the interest of transparency, sharing information and ensuring the projects throughout NSW - and indeed Australia - are not delayed, here are the answers to make sure everyone's on the same page and there's no confusion in the industry.


Leading the Smart Lighting Revolution: Smart Lighting Program Mark II Now Open

Ironbark are again joining forces with leading local government associations to assist councils with upgrading public lighting to LEDs and smart lighting. Now that many councils have all but completed the upgrade of old inefficient lights to LEDs on minor roads, it’s onto main roads, smarter technology, more market contestability, more council control and an expansion interstate. The Smart Lighting Program Mark II will again offer councils the opportunity to purchase LEDs directly from a standing panel of lighting suppliers whose LEDs have been approved for use, but there are also some other big new additions. Everything you need to know is right here including FAQs and the EOI form. And although the program is being led by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGA), we haven't forgotten about councils from SA, NSW, Qld, WA, NT and ACT


Evidence Based Climate Action Planning Webinar

Action. At the end of the day, all the climate modelling, planning, profiles, business cases, targets, carbon budgets all mean nothing if there’s no real on-the-ground action. Council greenhouse inventories are important. As are community emissions profiles and reduction targets. But in themselves they do not reduce a single tonne of emissions. Nearly 100 councils in Australia have completed internationally-recognised community emissions profiles and dozens that have set targets in line with what the science demands. It’s now time to move onto how we can use that information to determine the most effective pathways to action. We’ve got a lot of data at Ironbark and a lot of expertise on local government and climate action. At this special council webinar, we explained how councils can use this data to ensure we are selecting interventions that will give municipalities the best chance of meeting emissions reductions targets.

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16 August

Using #solar and #wind power; switching 850 street lights to #LED; transitioning to electric cars, and planting more trees could bring @cityofbayswater carbon footprint down to zero by 2040. And the payback period? 25 years! https://t.co/jEBrbJaUpZ pic.twitter.com/bVy45ljRxh

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15 August

FUN FRIDAY FACT: To date, more than 6,000 solar panels have been installed across buildings and facilities of councils participating in the Western Sydney Energy Program. #WesternSydney #ScienceWeek #sustainable #futurecities pic.twitter.com/cAsZnn80fu

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06 August

In Western Sydney it can be 5 to 10 degrees hotter than the eastern seaboard. A new 3D mapping program could help local government better plan for #heatwaves and urban heat island effect @WSROC_Australia @parracity @ALGAcomms https://t.co/z5TGMGowDF pic.twitter.com/7GzOHkQuj9

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Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
30 July

Great snapshot of highlights from our #vgac2019 greenhouse alliance conference 2 weeks ago by @Ironbarksustain https://t.co/bcrEQpWwuN

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