Sustainability

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ECOfiesta

A festival of fun, friendship and eco-inspiration. The ECOfiesta celebrates and showcases our unique natural environment, tropical lifestyle and green economy. More

Sustainability at Council
ECOlogic Council

From policy to practice, Council is working towards environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability. More

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ECOlogic Schools

Supporting sustainability from kindergarten to Year 12 and beyond. More

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ECOlogic Home

ECOlogic Home is a portal of resources for sustainable living in the tropics. More

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ECOlogic Business

Resources, programs and support for a sustainable and prosperous business. More

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ECOlogic Community

Find out about local sustainability groups, on-ground programs, grants, how to run a sustainable event and the annual ECOfiesta. More

ECOlogic is Council's flagship sustainability program. It has two key objectives:

1. To support triple bottom line (economic, environmental and community) decision making in Council operations

2. To support a prosperous community that values and protects the environment.

Connect with sustainability solutions today with the ECOlogic resources below or contact the Council's sustainability team at sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: 14 February 2018

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The Cairns ECOfiesta 2018 music line-up has dropped! This June 3rd, celebrate sustainability down at the Cruise Liner Terminal with tropical treats from OKA, Koahlition Reggae Band, The Montgomery Brothers, Sunny Ray, nico, Robbie-V, Leon Tussie Drums and Joshua Wendt.
🌱❤️Join the growing social entrepreneurship network in FNQ! Hear from keynote speaker, Cheryl Kernot from the Centre for Social Impact and other local legends working across business, policy, NGOs and academia. Registration is free: https://events.jcu.edu.au/SocialEntreForum (This is a plastic free event, with catering delivered by a local social enterprise - so be sure to fill your tummy and your heart!).
This Thursday, 6pm at Cairns City Library Free registration: https://www.actforbirds.org/town-hall-meeting-cairns?utm_source=Master+list&utm_campaign=4bdb22cd49-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1297921781-4bdb22cd49-78552985
Ditch the rat-race and dig the earth this Saturday... it's Permaculture Day at Endeavour Foundation, Manunda.
The Queensland Government Plastic Bag Ban commences 1 July. The National Retail Association is in Cairns to support businesses with the transition this Tuesday 17th at: • Smithfield Shopping Centre: 2pm-4pm • Cairns Night Markets (Esplanade side): 9pm-10pm & Wednesday 18th: • Pier Cairns, Cheeky Yam Café: 9am-10am • Cairns CBD: 11am-4pm More information is at: www.qldbagban.com.au Call 1800 RETAIL or email qldbagban@nra.net.au to arrange a one on one meeting.
Fully-subsided Sustainability in Business Workshop: Save your business money while reducing your impact. 6:00-7:30PM, 19 April, Babinda Taskforce,51 Munro Street REGISTER NOW: https://www.cciq.com.au/events/event/236/ CIQ ecoBiz is a fully-subsidised program that has helped businesses save thousands of dollars across energy, water and waste bills. ecoBiz provides access to a number of free tools and events including one-to-one coaching, a site survey, benchmarking tools, workshops and webinars.
Earth Hour 2018 starting at 8:30 pm today!
Just one day to go until Earth Hour. Cairns Regional Council will join with millions of climate-conscious people worldwide in “switching off” for Earth Hour this Saturday evening from 8.30pm-9.30pm. Council has permanently changed its operations to ensure that all non-essential lighting is turned off every night.
💡💡 Want to see savings in your business? The Energy Efficiency Council has energy management training in Cairns on the 20th April at a subsidised rate, as supported by the Queensland Government, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland and NSW Office Environment and Heritage. REGISTER HERE: http://www.eec.org.au/introduction-to-energy-management
Do you have a sustainability solution you can share? Does it have a festival flavour? We want to hear from you to help grow a vibrant Cairns ECOfiesta 2018! Email: ecofiesta@cairns.qld.gov.au to tell us all about it.
Reef Guardian Stewardship Grant applications will open from 1 March to 1 May 2018. Reef Guardian Councils, schools and other entities with an ABN are encouraged to apply for grants from $500 to $4,000 for projects which will improve the health of the Reef. Applicants can be made at: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-us/corporate-information/grants/reef-guardians-stewardship-and-community-grants-2018
❤️ Your Bike? Cairns Regional Council is updating its Cycling and Walking Strategy for the next 20 years and is seeking your input! Have your say at: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/have-say/open/cycling-and-walking-strategy
Your business can increase its profit margin with improved energy management. Learn how with BDO Nth Qld, ecoBiz and Cairns Regional Council. Register at: https://www.cciq.com.au/events/event/229/
The EcoArts Grant is now open! Up to $1,500 is available for arts & cultural projects that celebrate our natural environment or highlight a sustainability challenge. Applications close March 9th: Apply at: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/facilities-sport-leisure/arts-culture/regional-arts-development-fund Made possible by Arts Queensland​ Regional Arts Development Fund and Cairns Regional Council