29 July 2011
Strathfield Council has received a highly commended recognition at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2011 Sustainable Cities Awards Presentation on July 28.
Strathfield Council received the recognition in the overall Sustainable Council Award for the Strathfield Sustainability Framework.
The framework incorporated the long term vision of ensuring that the Council is better prepared for the challenges the next 20 years will bring. The framework integrates sustainability into the planning, decision-making and reporting practices of Council. It aims to create a culture of sustainability across the organisation using capacity building and staff engagement activities.
Strathfield Council has adopted the Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL) approach to sustainable development - Social, Economic, Environmental and Governance and Strathfield was congratulated for working with ICLEI to develop a framework that will integrate sustainability into all its actions, plans and policies.
Peter McLean, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, congratulated Strathfield Council on their program - the Strathfield Sustainability Framework.
“The Strathfield Council Vision 2020 contained excellent and clear desired outcomes and strategies. The Council’s strength in their project was its own policy and planning reviews, leading to changes within Council’s own operations,” said Peter McLean.
He added: “This is highly commendable and should give very positive results over time”.
The top accolade of Overall Sustainable Council Award went to Kogarah City Council for its ‘125 years of history deserves 125 years of future’ project.
The Sustainable Cities program is a Keep Australia Beautiful NSW initiative to recognise outstanding environmental initiatives implemented by local government authorities, schools and community groups and businesses whilst raising public awareness of a range of environmental issues affecting metropolitan NSW.
For more information about Sustainable Cities and Keep Australia Beautiful NSW programs, visit www.kabnsw.org.au.