Green grants to help residents and businesses

Green grants to help residents and businesses

Sydney shoppers will be encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint and community recycling benefits measured under a new environmental grants program.

The City of Sydney will provide support to three not-for-profit organisations that are helping the community take action on climate change.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the grants would help consumers and businesses make informed choices on reducing climate change.

“These grants are a practical way we can get behind the community organisations and not-for-profits working to make change on the most pressing issue facing our city,” the Lord Mayor said.

The City will join 12 other councils sponsoring the not-for-profit organisation 1 Million Women program, whose mobile phone app helps shoppers reduce their carbon footprint through everyday purchases, travel choices and energy use.

As part of its $7,500 grant, the City will receive behaviour change and climate data, helping identify the impact of different climate messages and trends.

A grant to the Energy Efficiency Council will help the organisation develop energy efficiency information and materials for local businesses in partnership with the NSW Department of Industry’s Business Connect program. The $27,380 grant will also allow for three forums for small to medium businesses to share the information.

A $15,000 grant from the City to the Community Recycling Network of Australia will help provide a data capture and reporting tool. The program will measure and communicate the environmental and social benefits of community re-use and recycling organisations.

The funding will also help to secure international key note speakers at the annual CRNA Forum that will be held in Sydney for the first time in November. The forum brings together recycle enterprises to share innovations, knowledge and data.

The three grants totalling close to $50,000 are part of the City’s commitment to be an environmental leader for the local area, cut carbon emissions, reduce electricity demands and prioritise waste management.

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Phone 0467 810 160 or email bwallis@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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