Logan City Council staff have taken out top honours at the national Cities Power Partnership Awards overnight for their work to drive the city’s climate response.
The Cities Power Partnership Awards recognise the work of climate heroes in local governments across the country who are helping to transform Australia’s energy landscape.
Logan City Council’s Health, Climate and Conservation Branch staff are this year’s Climate Champion award winners, recognising their commitment to cutting emissions and educating the community on climate change.
Mayor, Darren Power said the award highlights the city’s proud and strong green credentials.
“To be recognised as a Climate Champion is a credit to Council’s efforts towards protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations,” Mayor Power said.
“It underscores the clever and innovative initiatives undertaken by Council to achieve our target of becoming carbon neutral.
“This recognition spurs us on to determinedly continue to find new ways to even further reduce our impact on the environment and tackle the challenges of climate change.”
Dr Portia Odell, director of the Cities Power Partnership, congratulated Logan staff on their award, saying they shone in a competitive field of entrants.
“Logan’s Health, Climate and Conservation Branch staff has made a significant contribution to local emissions reduction, achieving carbon neutral certification through leading a range of projects including energy efficiency upgrades and installing large scale solar,” Dr Odell said.
“Logan is tangible proof that Australian communities are rising up to meet the challenges of climate change and play a critical role delivering climate solutions in Australia.”
The Cities Power Partnership Awards celebrated outstanding work from local governments in the fields including, renewable energy, energy efficiency, collaboration and innovation.
FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS
Energy Efficiency Achievement Award Winner:
Brimbank City Council, VIC – Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre
Highly commended: Merri-bek City Council, VIC – Solar Thermal Program
Climate Champion Award (council staff) Winner: Logan City Council, QLD – Health, Environment and Waste Branch staff
Highly commended: Katie Biggs, Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Sustainability Planning Officer, WA
Collaboration Award Winner: Yarra City Council, VIC – Business Renewables Buying Group
Highly commended: City of Greater Bendigo, VIC – Greater Bendigo Climate Collaboration
Innovation Award Winner: ACT Government – Australian-first Household Electrification Digital Experience
Climate Ambassador Award (elected representative) Winner: Tweed Shire Council, NSW – Mayor Chris Cherry
Winner: Shoalhaven City Council, NSW – Climate Resilient Shoalhaven: Battling bushfires, floods and storms
Renewable Energy Achievement Award Winner: City of Mitcham, SA – Community Renewables Program
Community Choice Award Winner: City of Mitcham, SA – Community Renewables Program.