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Creating sustainable cities

We can create cities that are more efficient, cleaner and more liveable places with fast, reliable and convenient public transport and healthier people.

We live in one of the most urbanised nations on Earth, with the bulk of our population residing in our major centres.  

If we want our society and our environment to thrive in the future, the best thing we can do is positively address how we make decisions about the increasing population growth, urban planning and social infrastructure.

Imagine Australian cities as having exceptional public transport, low levels of pollution, locally produced renewable energy, ambitious energy and water conservation programs, a focus on local food production and a vibrant community-based culture.

By tackling our reliance on non-renewable resources and rethinking how we measure the quality of our lives, we can create healthy, low carbon cities free of social disadvantage.

We believe in order to create better planned, smarter, more ecologically resilient and liveable cities we need to:

  • Develop a sustainability framework with a series of indicators and targets to measure progress;
  • Vastly improve city planning and land use regimes including incentives for transit oriented developments;
  • Increase funding for public and active transport and clean distributed energy;
  • Ensure rapid progress towards carbon neutral and water sensitive cities and precincts;
  • Find ways to create a step change increase in energy and water efficiency;
  • Showcase zero carbon developments;
  • Mandate more ambitious fuel consumption targets for cars;
  • Invest in behaviour change and education and training; and
  • Engage in more effective government, industry and community collaboration.

What are we doing?

We’ve created the Sustainable Cities Index to measure the largest 20 cities across 15 indicators using environmental, quality of life and resilience performance as the yardsticks. 

Werribee Plains Project: Regional Sustainability Framework

Werribee Plains, on the western outskirts of Melbourne, is one of the fastest growing peri-urban regions in Australia. We’ve developed a framework for Werribee Plains that explores a range of practical yet ambitious solutions to massively reduce the ecological footprint of the region. The project was funded by the Victorian government.