City Supports Green Events

The City of Sydney continues to reduce carbon pollution and raise awareness of climate change; and in March and we will sponsor three landmark events.

Earth Hour, which began in Sydney in March 2007, draws attention to the threat of climate change by encouraging people to turn off their lights for one hour. Other cities began taking part in Earth Hour from 2008 and hundreds of millions of people across 135 countries switched off for Earth Hour 2011.

The City has supported Earth Hour every year since its creation and in November 2011 Council approved approximately $50,000 cash and value-in-kind to support Earth Hour 2012 on Saturday 31 March. Don’t forget to mark the date in your calendar.

The way we use energy has a big impact on our environment. As part of the Energy Efficiency Summer Study Conference, the City is supporting a public event, The People Power Revolution: Clean Energy that doesn’t cost the Earth, which gives people tools and skills to control energy use. The event will be held on 28 February in Customs House, with the Conference being held between 29 February and 2 March.

Green Cities is the largest conference about green infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region and this year the City of Sydney is providing approximately $40,000 in cash and value-in-kind sponsorship to help stage the conference. To showcase our plans for a greener city, Sussex Lane will be turned into a ‘green oasis’, providing an engaging space where workers can enjoy a break, listen to public sustainability talks and see animations of the City’s green infrastructure plans.


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