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Wellington, VIC Our Sustainability Impact tool tracks progress toward council's net-zero goals

This interactive tool provides transparency for the shire's climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. A Virtual Tour presents revegetation, EV charging, and solar power projects taking place throughout Wellington. Community members also find detailed plans in five areas including Environmental Stewardship and Low Carbon Economy. Each section contains planned council projects and metrics for success as established in Wellington's Sustainability Strategy 2020-24.

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Wellington, VIC

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Townsville, QLD tracks environmental changes throughout the city with LiXiA sensors

Council officials worked with the local company on deploying solar-powered sensors in urban and green spaces. Real-time data on metrics ranging from solar irradiance to water quality are sent to a dashboard for public use. Townsville builds on this deployment with community events where participants build their own sensors while learning about the environment. A community-wide sensor network supports city decisions about resiliency, energy use, and emergency preparedness.

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Townsville, QLD

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Warrington Borough Council, GB estimates the impacts of building retrofits with digital twin

Warrington, Pure Leapfrog, and IES developed a digital twin covering the borough's 70 square miles. Data from the council and the Energy Performance Certificate system resulted in 29 area models. The digital twin built from these models shows residential buildings' use, age, and utility infrastructure. The IES Intelligent Community Information Model allows borough officials to identify the optimal retrofit for each building based on basic, intermediate, and full retrofit scenarios.

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Warrington Borough Council, GB

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London Borough of Lewisham, GB Climate Action Bond funds climate resiliency projects

The Climate Action Bond campaign seeks £1 million in community investments for sustainable projects. Residents purchase bonds starting from £5 in exchange for returns to be announced when bonds are available in 2023. Borough officials will use the funds for building retrofits, bike parking, and plug-in vehicle chargers. This initiative follows Lewisham's commitment to the Local Climate Bond pledge by the Green Finance Institute.

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London Borough of Lewisham, GB

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Columbus, OH boosts resiliency of its water supply with solar-powered microgrid pilot

The city's Climate Action Plan calls for five microgrid pilots at water stations by 2030. The first microgrid at Tussing Water Booster Station generates 100 kilowatts from three rows of solar panels. An on-site battery keeps the station's three pumps operational during main grid outages. This system replaces the emissions and costs of diesel-powered generators. City officials and utility AEP Ohio split the $1 million cost for microgrid development.

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Columbus, OH

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Ballerup, DK explains household impacts on climate change with The Family Climate Summit platform

Municipal leaders sought a method for turning global challenges into local action. The Family Climate Summit fosters family conversations about eco-friendly behaviors with one hour of virtual exercises. Participants calculate household emissions with guidance from the platform and receive tips on reducing their environmental impacts. The platform features explainers by environmental experts on concepts brought up in media coverage of climate change.

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Ballerup, DK

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Saanich, BC prepares for future challenges with Neighbour to Neighbour Resilience Initiative

District officials are recruiting three groups of up to 12 residents each for the first N2N cohort. Group members learn about climate action, emergency preparedness, and conservation during three workshops. Each N2N group can apply for grants of up to CAD 500 for the development of community activities related to these three topics. This initial cohort will help Saanich determine how to maximize the impacts of volunteerism and public funds on community resiliency.

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Saanich, BC

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Princeton, TX improves infrastructure resliency and sustainability with smart streetlight project

Princeton added 37 EnGo Solar Street Lights throughout the Municipal Park adjacent to the Municipal Center. Each light is powered by a solar-paneled cover without a connection to the utility grid. City officials selected this smart fixture because it requires minimal installation and continues operation during power outages. Princeton Municipal Park acts as a testbed for smart technology with resilient lighting and chargers for electric vehicles.

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Princeton, TX

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Stonnington, VIC trains local businesses on circular economy practices during Go Full Circle program

Stonnington sought 10 small businesses for the free initiative. Participants learn how to cut costs, shore up supply chains, and minimize waste during four online training courses. Go Full Circle offers personalized assistance with implementing sustainability concepts throughout the eight-week course. Graduates of Go Full Circle receive one-year professional memberships with Circular Economy Victoria, Certificates of Completion, and online promotional assets.

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Stonnington, VIC

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Boston, MA mandates sustainable designs for curb extensions with green infrastructure policy

Five design options for new curb extensions include subsurface infiltration areas, bioswales, and wildflower seedings. The city offers maintenance contracts for projects incorporating porous paving or tree pits into extensions. Boston will also encourage local groups to adopt specific curb extensions for light maintenance. Local officials believe sustainable curb extensions will improve stormwater filtration and shape similar standards for other infrastructure projects.

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Boston, MA

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Lancashire County Council, GB evaluates the environmental benefits of biochar with pilot program

The pilot applies biochar to seven hectares of public land at two locations. Organic materials are heated to create biochar, thus capturing carbon dioxide otherwise sent into the atmosphere. Lancashire County Council produces biochar from household compost collections and trees cut down due to dieback disease. Biochar encourages the growth of new trees and plants through improved soil quality. The pilot's results will shape local council uses of biochar in parklands and green spaces.

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Lancashire County Council, GB

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Warrington Borough Council, GB and GRIDSERVE achieve energy self-sufficiency for council operations

The borough and GRIDSERVE developed the 88-acre Cirencester Hybrid Solar Farm to power an all-electric bus fleet starting in 2023. This 23 MWp facility is the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom. This partnership previously acquired a solar site in Hull for all of the council's operational needs and built a York hybrid farm for sales back into the grid. Warrington Borough Council is the first local authority in the United Kingdom to generate 100% of its own electricity.

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Warrington Borough Council, GB

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