2014 Government & Sustainability Conference: August 12-13th in Sydney

The 2014 Government Sustainability Conference is coming up very soon and is being held in Sydney for the first time in many years. This year's conference is on the 12th and 13th August. A brochure has been released with the speaking program and there’s a stellar line-up. 

For those unaware of this annual conference, it provides comprehensive analysis and advice on addressing crucial sustainability issues for local government staff, as well as government agencies and the wider public sector.

We’ve attended the last 4 years and have always found it to be the most valuable conference for councils – we find that this conference include the gamut of topics from council asset management (for example, energy and water efficiency in council buildings to sustainable street lighting projects); broader community projects (from residential and small business energy efficiency to active transport to waste reduction); as well as examples of the most innovative projects and case studies from council land (from community climate adaptation programs to green roofs to cogeneration to behaviour change to Energy Performance Contracting and more...)

Most importantly we also find there are a high proportion of presenters who are actually from councils or regional council groupings (as opposed to just businesses selling their wares!).

This year’s conference will also be focusing on a very important and relevant core theme: how to pursue effective sustainability and resource efficiency strategies on tighter budgets. Presentations and discussion will include analysis of how to develop a business case for sustainability projects, and analysis of the implications of national environment reforms and funding cuts.

Below are some of our standouts from the 2014 program. Or you can download the full 2014 program here.

  • Case Study In Using Data To Build Business Cases For Sustainability; Anne Fitzsimmons, Environmental Project officer – Sustainability, Bankstown City Council
  • Cleantech Innovations Geelong: An Alliance To Develop Markets For Sustainable Goods And Services; Tina Perfrement, Future Proofing Geelong, Planning Strategy and Urban Growth, City of Greater Geelong
  • How To Make Your Sustainability Strategy Sustainable; Kristen Jackson, Manager Sustainability Planning, and Erin Laurie, Environmental Sustainability Strategy Officer from City of Whittlesea
  • Engaging Residents On Food Recycling: Lessons From Leichhardt; Jade Herriman, Research Principal and Laura Wynne, Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • An Environmental Sustainability Strategy In The Making - The Plan Behind The Strategy; Debbie Firestone, Sustainability Program Leader, Tweed Shire Council
  • Workshop: How Does Your Council Compare Against Other Leading Australian and International Local Governments; Ed Cotter, BioRegional Australia
  • A Regional Strategy To Reduce Carbon Emissions; Fran Macdonald, Coordinator, Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action
  • Efficiency In Action; Brett Hedger, Greenhouse Programs Officer, City of Port Phillip
  • Auburn City Council – Utility Efficiency Plan; Chris Chung, Team Leader Environmental Sustainability, Auburn City Council

We’ll be there again and Ironbark’s Alexi Lynch will be presenting as well on Building A Business Case For A Sustainability Project which should be topical given that there is less external funding around in the new Federal and State government landscapes.

So come along hear first-hand about the latest environmental sustainability issues and trends impacting local government, network and discuss environmental initiatives with leading sustainability professionals and benchmark your council’s environmental performance against other leading councils.

The Where, When and How

Where: The 2014 Government Sustainability Conference will be staged at Doltone House in Pyrmont, Sydney (a short walk from the Darling Harbour precinct).
When: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th August.
How: Register online at www.enviroinfo.com.au/govsus and note that early bird registration closes July 4! For conference registration enquiries phone (03) 8534 5050 or email registration@commstrat.com.au.