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We live in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia and to ensure the same environment and opportunities are available for future generations, we can each take small steps today for a more sustainable tomorrow.

See the resources below for opportunities to reduce your household's impact whilst making it more economical to run.


Resources

Saving energy

Saving energy is not only good for your bank balance, it can reduce your household's carbon footprint. Find out about energy efficiency and renewable energy options for homes and body corporates.

Reducing waste

Helpful tips to reduce, reuse, recycle and responsibly dispose of the things we use.

Backyard biodiversity

Information to support our local environment with landscaping, pest control and responsible pet ownership.

Low carbon travel

Tips for efficient vehicle use, public transport and active travel to reduce green house gas emissions.

Saving water

Ways to conserve water in the home and garden (as well as the electricity used to treat and pump water across our region).

Food and shopping

Tips to make your dollar count, reduce waste, environmental impacts and support local businesses.

Tropical building design

Resources for renovating and designing in our tropical climate, while keeping the local environment, character and community in mind.


  • Your Energy Savings-  save on energy, water, waste and transport with information from the Australian Government, available in a range of languages.
  • Renters Guide to Sustainable Living- a handy checklist by the Alternative Technology Association for those who don't own their home.
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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address global challenges of poverty, inequality, climate, environmental change, prosperity, peace and justice. Want to find out more? JCU: James Cook University, Australia is starting a 6 month program of seminars on projects and research spanning the local to the global. The inaugural seminar is 2 May, 2019 4-5:30pm RSVP Here: https://events.jcu.edu.au/SDGSeminars Enquiries: sustainability@jcu.edu.au TropEco James Cook Uni Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science-TESS
Don’t forget to switch off for #earthhour tonight at 8.30pm. Why not have a romantic candlelight dinner with your partner or candlelight games night with the kids .... no devices allowed! What are you doing for Earth Hour?
Do you want to see our region's eco and creative experiences promoted to visitors? Perhaps you're a tourism provider yourself, a creative practitioner working with community or you're interested in showcasing the cultural diversity & heritage of Tropical North Queensland. Consider joining this focus group to promote authentic exchanges between our region and people around the globe.
The EcoARTS Grant is now open! Supporting applications up to $4,500 towards projects that focus on environmentally-based arts and cultural practice, highlighting a sustainability challenge or celebrating our unique local biodiversity. Read more on Council's RADF webpage: https://bit.ly/2NiUt8v Applications close 19 March 2019. View or download the Project Brief here: https://bit.ly/2T052QE The application form is available for download now: https://bit.ly/2NdlgRg Some previous recipients below: Rosie Miller - Message In A Bottle, The Young Company Theatre - Destination: Exploration, Old Growth Treats - Roland Smith, Catch of the Day - Robyn Glade-Wright
Parley for the Oceans has been hard at work this weekend to remove 180kg of marine debris caught in the mangroves of Chinaman Creek. Can you lend a hand to their effort to reduce what is washed out to sea?
🌱🌱🌱 Join Parley for the Oceans for their last clean up of the year at Ellie Point, Friday 30th November.
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The Climate Council has just released its Climate Action Toolkit with tangible ways that you can start tackling climate change in your everyday life. Check out their guide and make your pledge today! Cairns Regional Council joined the Climate Council's Cities Power Partnership in 2016 and had made its own pledges. You can find out more about that on: https://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/
Parley for the Oceans needs your help! After 8 weeks of cleaning up Ellie Point, they now need extra hands to tackle the river mouth. Can you be a part of the marine debris solution?
#jcudesignsprint2018 Great two-day event at JCU where over 100 #jcu IT students are working on challenges identified by Council relating to sustainability in the urban environment.