Sustainable Neighbourhoods

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COOLmob’s popular Sustainable Neighbourhoods program has finished, but we will still keep our great neworks of Darwin residents connected! People from ten different neighbourhoods have come together to learn about sustainable living, share tips from actions they’re already taking and get to know their neighbours.

How to connect to a Sustainable Neighbourhoods group in your area?

Workshops

The workshops are an opportunity for interested people in each neighbourhood to meet each other and decide what they would like to do as a neighbourhood. For example, set up a facebook group to post events and activities like garden produce swaps, clothes swap parties, dinners, carpooling, tips on what you do at home to save energy and water. Or perhaps the group wants to set up a lawnmower collective, start a community garden, or bulk buy solar panels for their rooves. It’s really up to the people in the neighbourhood to decide. During the workshop COOLmob will also provide tools and practical advice on energy saving strategies in the home.

The Program

The premise of this program, which is funded by the Territory Government, is to empower residents to collectively take action to reduce their ecological footprint. That is, for householders to:

  • Reduce their use of energy and water consumption
  • Decrease waste generation
  • Increase recycling rates, and
  • Reduce fuel consumption.

As part of the program, COOLmob will provide participants with practical information and support on how they can achieve this. Households will receive a COOLmob membership, which provides access to selected discounts on energy and water saving products and services. Participants will also be able to learn how to undertake their own home energy audits using self assessment checklists.

Being part of the Sustainable Neighbourhoods program will importantly provide people with an opportunity to meet with their neighbours and to build networks within the community. Collectively participants will be able to decide on what issues they would like to focus on and how they can collaborate together to see best results. This may include, for example, sharing the use of resources like a compost bins or swapping home grown vegetables.

Participants will also be encouraged to make use of COOLmob’s online discussion forum to share these ideas, discuss ‘hot topics’ and see what other neighborhoods are doing. Relevant questions which can be explored through the forum include:

  • What techniques do you use to stay cool and keep your energy bills low?
  • Who installed your solar system? Is the size appropriate and what is your energy bills like because of it?
  • Which plants require less water in this climate?

Similar grass-root projects that have been adopted elsewhere in Australia have shown positive steps in encouraging the update of sustainability and reducing resource consumption. Participants in the Victorian Sustainability Street program, for example, have reported average reductions of 30 – 40% in energy use, 25% in water consumption and 15 – 20% in waste production .

Interested households are encouraged to sign up to the neighbourhood program and to engage and network with other houses already participating in their area. If you are interested please contact Coolmob to learn about how you and your neighbourhood can become involved.

Join the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sustainable-Neighbourhoods-Darwin/6188303…

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