Environment & Sustainability

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We are all dependent on the natural systems that support us. How we manage and protect these systems will determine their sustainability as well as our own.


The Foundation is helping communities to transition towards energy efficiency and renewable forms of energy generation, more sustainable food systems and improving the health of waterways.

We are committed to supporting new solutions to environmental issues and climate change challenges as well as fostering the positive social change that is required to create a more sustainable Melbourne today and in the future.
 

Impact 1

Transitioning towards a low carbon economy

Increased energy efficiency investments and the uptake of small scale renewables, particularly in lower income households and the not-for-profit sector, reduces emissions, provides protection from temperature extremes and decreases energy costs.

Strategy

Support the uptake of energy efficiency measures, particularly in low income households and the not-for-profit sector through:

1.1 Research, policy development and education initiatives.

1.2 The development of affordable energy efficiency advice and funding models to finance energy efficiency measures.

Support investment in small-scale renewable energy through:

1.3 Research, policy development and education initiatives.

1.4 The development of funding models to finance small-scale renewable energy installations.

Support more sustainable production and consumption, through:

1.5 Improved resource efficiency, waste reduction and recycling activities.

Impact 2

Building a sustainable food system

A sustainable food system, which provides access to healthy, affordable food for all people while also protecting the capacity of future generations to feed themselves.

Strategy

2.1 Support the development of urban agriculture and community gardens.

2.2 Support food rescue and waste prevention.

2.3 Support the development of food systems that are secure and sustainable.​

Impact 3

Protecting water eco-systems

The health of water eco-systems is improved and maintained by reducing the impact of human populations and restoring river and bay health.

Strategy

3.1 Reduce human impacts on water eco-systems.

3.2 Understand, protect and restore water eco-systems.

Program Manager: Daniel Pediaditis

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Key Stats

Victorians produce 4 x global average

of greenhouse emissions

16 of the last 21 growing seasons

have had below-average rainfall

359kg of waste

is produced annually by each Victorian

Impact Stories

“Sometimes we think social issues are too big, but if we deal with these issues together, in a collaborative manner, we can actually achieve social change.”

Fiona Reidy | Rory McCaffrey Reconciliation Fund

“Sometimes we think social issues are too big, but if we deal with these issues together, in a collaborative manner, we can actually achieve social change.”

Fiona Reidy | Rory McCaffrey Reconciliation Fund

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