Eco experts gather in Melbourne

3rd Apr 2012

We all know that the best way to settle anything in the grown-up world is to sit round a big table and talk about it – which is exactly what sustainable experts are currently up to in Melbourne.

The City of Melbourne and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group are hosting the meeting, which involves the input of professionals and practitioners from 17 cities around the world.

For those of you who don't know – and who could blame you – the C40 is a network of large urban centres from all over the globe that are committed to taking action against climate change.

Not content with being just a face in the crowd, the City of Sydney has been keen to show off what steps it has taken to improve its eco-credentials.

"We've recruited some of the world's best and brightest sustainability experts to help us create a green, global and connected Sydney that holds its own alongside other great forward-thinking cities," boasted City of Sydney sustainability director Chris Derksema.

Not only this, but the city has a panel of "environmental champions" from Australia, the UK, the US and Sweden who are actively involved in ensuring Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a success.

Chris also suggested that cities need to share expertise and success stories in order to help each other out.

In case you were wondering, Sustainable Sydney 2030 is about managing the way in which Sydneysiders live in the city both now and in the future, with the blueprint for change based on responses from the public.

But for now, the question is: What will come out of this meeting in Melbourne?

Well, we could potentially see more solar panels being installed on our buildings, or even a fall in carbon emissions – but as with most things, only time will tell.

Posted by Bob Dawson


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