As a result of significant urban development and population growth within the Camden Local Government Area, Council faces significant challenges in maintaining the rural charm and lifestyle that is so highly valued, accommodating this growth and creating a sustainable environment, community and economy for the benefit of our current and future populations.
The following sustainability programs and initiatives demonstrates Council’s commitment to becoming more sustainable in the day-to-day operations:
Energy Saving Initiatives
Council actively manages energy consumption at its buildings and facilities, looking at the amount of electricity and gas used and how it is used. Energy saving opportunities identified are prioritised and implemented according to costs and payback period. Council has also installed solar photovoltaic cells on our Oran Park Administration building, The Mount Annan Leisure Centre, Narellan and Camden Libraries and the Narellan Child, Family and Community Centre. This means that these facilities are partly powered by the sun!
For more information about energy consumption at Council’s facilities contact Council on 4654 7777.
Water Saving Initiatives
Council actively manages water consumption at its buildings and facilities, looking at the amount of water used and how the water is used. Water saving opportunities identified are prioritised and implemented according to costs and payback period.
For more information about water consumption at Council’s facilities contact Council on 4654 7777.
Sustainable Choice provides guidance and support to its member councils to help them work toward procuring products and services that have environmental, social, financial and cultural benefits. By making informed procurement decisions based on quadruple bottom line considerations, councils can reduce their impacts and risks now and for the future. In many cases, long term cost savings to council occur as a result.
Sustainable procurement is also an effective way for councils to meet other responsibilities, such as energy and water saving plans, greenhouse and waste reduction strategies and community service and environmental obligations.
Camden Council became a member of Sustainable Choice on 8 July 2008.
Sustainable Choice is a joint undertaking of Local Government NSW with the Office of Environment and Heritage NSW (OEH), and participating Councils.
Council facilitates a number of community events throughout the year. In 2012, Council formalised its commitment to facilitate sustainable events in the adoption of a Sustainable Events Policy. The objective of this policy is to provide guidelines, advice and standards to ensure events are operated in an environmentally sustainable manner. The policy ensures sustainable considerations for venue selection, transport, equipment and supplies, promotion, waste and information and handouts.
Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB)
Formerly known as Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation facilitating litter reduction and environmental sustainability.
KNSWB works with communities to educate and motivate environmental initiatives through its programs including Blue Star Sustainability Awards (formerly Sustainable Cities), Take the Pledge, KNSWB Litter Congress, Community Litter Grants and EnviroMentors.
Council has been an active participant of the Tidy Towns Program and member of KNSWB since 1987. Council has also participated in the Sustainable Cities Program and more recently in EnviroMentors, a sustainability education program delivered in local primary schools.