Environment & Sustainability

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We are all dependent on the natural systems that support us. How we live within those systems will determine their sustainability as well as our own.

While the challenges we face are numerous, there are also enormous opportunities. Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation is developing and incubating solutions to difficult environmental challenges, as well as fostering the social change required to ensure a smooth transition to a more sustainable future.

Our environment and sustainability priorities change over time in response to need and in line with the evidence base. Currently, the Foundation is focusing on these three priorities:



Transitioning towards a low-carbon economy

Help the community understand the climate challenge, rapidly reduce emissions, adapt to a changing climate and equitably adjust as we transition to a low carbon economy.



1.1 Increase energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in vulnerable households and the not-for-profit sector to reduce emissions, provide protection from temperature extremes and decrease energy costs.

1.2 Increase public understanding of the climate challenge by providing accessible, evidence based information in a way that engages a very broad audience or that targets less engaged sectors that are critical to an effective response​.



Building a sustainable food system

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


2.1 Increase urban food production, particularly in the residential sector.

2.2 Increase food rescue and reduce food and packaging waste.

2.3 Support the development of food systems that are secure and sustainable, particularly in the foodbowl that provides much of Melbourne’s fresh fruit and vegetables.



Protecting aquatic eco-systems

Improve our understanding of aquatic eco-system health, reduce human impacts and restore damaged eco-systems.


3.1 Reduce human impacts on aquatic eco-systems.

3.2 Investigate the health of aquatic eco-systems, identify threatening processes and develop management strategies.


Does your organisation's work align with these priorities?

Learn about our Environment & Sustainability Innovation Grants and speak to our Program Manager:






Sustain: The Australian Food Network


Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation


Climate Council of Australia


South Gippsland Conservation Society Inc


Alternative Technology Association Inc.


Beyond Zero Emissions Inc


Environmental Justice Australia Ltd


Friends of the Earth Melbourne Inc


Sustainable Gardening Australia


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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

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