5 Quick Steps
The ACT Government listens to the voices of Canberrans. We listen to residents, businesses, and community groups all calling on us to take the lead on climate change.
That is why Canberra is a global climate change leader, powering forward to 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and carbon neutrality by 2050.
While Canberra is kicking big goals with climate change, this doesn’t mean we can be complacent. We need to keep moving forward together.
Climate change is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to be champions; our role is extremely important. It’s not as complicated as you might think. Many things you can do don’t cost anything and some can save you money.
Check out the 5 Quick Steps below.
Spring in to spring
Here's our top tips to get ready for spring:
- Add mulch to your garden and check that your water systems are working before the warm weather hits. Save water and money by using timers and drippers
- Be ready for bush fire season by clearing leaves out of your gutters and tanks
- Get your solar panels cleaned to make the most of the coming sun and free power
- Check out the easy-to-use webtool Canberra Plant Selector, you can quickly find plants to suit your garden and our climate.
Want to save money and energy? Free workshops are regularly available in various locations across Canberra with useful, practical advice on how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Some of the topics covered in these workshops include:
- Energy efficiency
- Understanding solar
- Home energy advice
Check out News/Events to secure your spot at one of these workshops.
Choose active travel
Park your car and walk, cycle or take the bus instead. A great way to get involved in becoming more sustainable is by registering for the Carbon Challenge. It's a FREE web tool that provides more ideas on how you can save on energy, water and waste.
Switching to solar could be a great way to reduce your electricity bill and your emissions, and it will contribute to the achievement of our renewable energy target. Combined with battery storage, this new technology allows you to use your solar energy when you need to, even when the sun isn’t shining.
Free resources, such as the Battery Storage factsheet, are available to answer common questions.
Recycling at work
Recycling just 1 aluminium can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours. Consider new ways of using unwanted or old items before throwing them away. A free 10 step program is available to help your business:
- reduce costs—recycling waste can be as much as 50 per cent cheaper than tipping at landfill
- reduce impacts on the environment—a motivating factor for customers and staff
Check out all the steps on our Business Recycling page.
Actsmart for Change Luncheon - Thursday 1st September 2016
Actsmart recently held a special luncheon where attendees were able to:
- Learn how to run a successful engagement campaign
- Discover innovative communication tools
- Attract local media and get your message out on social media
The Guest speakers included:
Mitchell Pearce - Canberra Urban Honey
Reece Proudfoot - World Wildlife Fund Australia
Natalie Isaacs - 1 Million Women
The 2016 Actsmart Business Sustainability Expo
This years expo was bigger than previous years, with a new venue, great exhibitors, informative workshops, interactive displays, on stage presentations and a networking event that had Canberra talking.
Those who work in a business, own a business, support business or had an interest in sustainability initiatives were just some of the many likeminded individuals to attend this years event.
Attendees had the opportunity to network with this years star speaker Barry Du Bois from Channel Ten's 'The Living Room'.