October 22nd, 2014
Council calls for 2015 Tulip Time charity partner
October 20th, 2014
Compressed polystyrene truckload leaves RRC
What is sustainability?
If an activity is sustainable it should be able to continue forever. Wingecarribee Shire Council uses the following definition of sustainability in their strategic plan: "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". (Brundtland Report: Our Common Future, 1987).
In practical terms, it relates to the way we look after the land and waterways, how much we put in the rubbish, what we eat and how we use our energy resources.
The great thing about starting down the path of sustainable living is that your first step can be as big or as little as you like.
Some make a big effort: growing their own food, composting, recycling, harvesting water and buying local, in-season produce.
Others, such as some schools, try to avoid all packaging, which also tends to lead to healthier eating as the food is fresh.
And there is one other benefit that comes from sustainable living – cost savings. Reducing, re-using and recycling means you need to buy less and pay less for waste disposal.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) offers these tips to start on the track towards sustainable living in your home:
Sustainable table (www.sustainabletable.org.au) provides tips such as including meat free days in your household, creating a compost bin and avoiding packaging
Environmental Trust Living Thing website: www.livingthing.net.au – sustainable living for work, home and play
Both individuals and businesses can learn how to buy, cook and save food more efficiently at OEH's lovefoodhatewaste website
CANWin – Wingecarribee’s own sustainability group who can advise on energy efficiency and sustainability principles