Community organisations




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Why should community organisations TAKE2?

  • Depending on the size and nature of your organisation, you could lower operating costs.
  • You could support your networks in responding to climate change.
  • By participating in TAKE2, you can promote your climate change efforts and get the recognition you deserve.
  • You could connect with other, like-minded organisations.
  • If you invest wisely in low carbon technology your organisation may get its return on investment within a few years.
  • You could potentially increase membership.

How can my community organisation TAKE2?

Initially you’ll need to make the TAKE2 pledge.

Then choose from the dozens of different climate change actions community organisations can take which are listed on the website. Take as many or as few as you like.

Some examples include:

  • Encourage your networks to make the TAKE2 pledge.
  • Share climate change news stories on your organisation’s social media.
  • Host a climate change conversation and invite others.
  • Partner with organisations to share goods and services.
  • Be a community hub for sustainability.
  • Train staff / volunteers / members / clients to reduce emissions.

Once you’ve committed to actions, get started. You can share your pledge through your TAKE2 website profile as well as your organisation’s website and social media channels so your members, clients, suppliers and networks know your organisation is acting on climate change.

Actions to take

Below are TAKE2 actions your organisation can take to combat climate change. This list will help you plan what your organisation will do to save the planet for the generations to come.

Inspire and engage others category

  • Share climate change news stories on your organisation’s social media
  • Put your TAKE2 Pledge on your organisation’s Facebook page
  • Encourage your networks to make the TAKE2 pledge
  • Host a climate change conversation and invite others
  • Share your experiences reducing carbon emissions through presentations at sector forums and conferences
  • Partner with other organisations to share goods and services
  • Participate in a community-owned renewable energy project

Culture and leadership category

  • Tell staff / volunteers / members / clients about the work you’re doing to reduce carbon emissions
  • Encourage your staff / volunteers / members / clients to TAKE2
  • Involve staff / volunteers / members / clients in the development of action plans to reduce carbon emissions
  • Set up an environment team to identify emission reduction opportunities in your organisation
  • Train staff / volunteers / members / clients to reduce emissions
  • Invest the savings made from emission reduction actions to make your operations more sustainable
  • Provide staff with no interest loans, repayable through their salary, for the purchase of energy efficient products and solar photovoltaic panels
  • Provide members / clients with no interest loans, repayable through their fees / rent, for the purchase of energy efficient products and solar photovoltaic panels
  • Become a community hub for sustainability

Sustainable energy category

  • Do an energy assessment to understand how your organisation uses energy and what renewable energy options would work for you
  • Set an emissions reduction target
  • Set a renewable energy target
  • Make and implement a plan to manage your organisation’s energy use
  • Use energy bills to track how your organisation’s energy use is changing over time
  • Buy renewable energy
  • Take part in a community-owned renewable energy project
  • Use progress reports to see if you’re on track to meet energy targets

Buildings and facilities

  • Do an energy assessment to understand how energy’s used in your building/s or facility/s
  • Keep cooling in your building/s or facility/s to between 24 and 26 degrees in summer and heating to 18 to 20 degrees in winter
  • Service your building/s or facility/s heating, ventilating and cooling systems to maintain efficiency
  • Install blinds inside or outside your building/s or facility/s to keep cool on hot days
  • Install insulation to keep building/s or facility/s warmer in winter and cooler in summer
  • Install LED lighting to save on electricity
  • Install solar photovoltaic systems on building/s or facility/s
  • Buy or lease building/s or facility/s with a 4 star or higher NABERS energy or Green Star rating
  • Retrofit your building/s or facility/s to a 5 star or higher NABERS energy or Green Star rating

Equipment category

  • Encourage staff / volunteers / clients / members to turn off equipment they’re not using
  • Maintain your equipment for the best performance
  • Install timers and sensors on equipment
  • Install LED lighting
  • Get the most from IT systems. Use energy efficient equipment or cloud based services
  • Check and seal leaks in refrigerators
  • Insulate ovens and boilers to reduce heat loss
  • Install variable speed drives for pumps, fans and refrigerators
  • Swap inefficient equipment for more energy efficient models

Travel category

  • Assess your vehicles to identify opportunities for improved energy efficiency
  • Plan, coordinate and share trips to reduce transport distances
  • Train staff / volunteers in fuel efficient driving techniques to cut fuel consumption, costs and emissions
  • Encourage staff / volunteers to use public transport by providing MYKI cards
  • Provide facilities for staff / volunteers / members who cycle, walk or run to work
  • Invest in fit-for-purpose vehicles to reduce trip numbers
  • Start a car sharing initiative
  • Buy low emissions vehicles

Natural environment category

  • Participate in biodiversity mapping and planning in your area
  • Participate in urban forestry initiatives
  • Support others to select plants that can survive the changing climate
  • Develop and implement land management plans that address climate change and support sustainable land use
  • Plant trees on your property to absorb carbon emissions and / or enhance vegetation corridors
  • Food Avoid buying food wrapped in excess packaging
  • Buy locally grown, seasonal produce
  • Use every edible part of the produce
  • Turn leftovers into new meals
  • Grow your own food to reduce food miles
  • Plan meals and buy what is needed
  • Donate surplus food to community food programs
  • Compost food waste that isn’t used

Responsible purchasing category

  • Check all purchases to see if the brand is environmentally responsible
  • Avoid buying products with excess packaging
  • Buy locally produced goods when you can
  • Support clients to plan shopping and buy only what they need
  • Buy products that include recycled content
  • Buy durable products that have guarantees
  • Buy energy efficient appliances
  • Donate or buy items from not-for-profit groups
  • Support sharing goods and services rather than buying

Waste reduction

  • Do a waste assessment to understand how to minimise waste
  • Develop a waste management plan
  • Set waste reduction targets
  • Monitor waste and report against your targets
  • Improve practices and processes to minimise waste
  • Separate recyclable materials and investigate recycling options
  • Support your staff / volunteers / members / clients to reduce their waste and recycle.

What’s next?

Keep updating your climate change actions and hear how others are playing their part through the TAKE2 website.

We are part of a worldwide movement to protect our planet from the impact of climate change. Victoria can help keep the temperature rise under two degrees, as long as we all act, together.

Signing your community organisation up to TAKE2 will help create a cleaner, greener future.