Dharma President & renewable energy championKundrathu Kumaran Temple, Deanside
"In future we hope to showcase this project to the community and use it to promote the use of green energy." Using funding from SV, the leaders at this Hindu temple installed a solar system and battery storage to power the temple, community hall, canteen and other facilities. By reducing their electricity costs, the congregation can now spend these savings on vital services for the community.
33.1 tonnes Co2-e savings
$5,186 Annual savings
Maylei Repair Cafe CoordinatorMernda Community House Repair Cafe
"We've diverted 694 kg of waste from landfill and delivered repair workshops teaching people how to make their own repairs." Whittlesea Community Connections runs the Mernda Repair Cafe, where volunteers repair everyday items like bikes, clothing, furniture, and electronics. This cafe, supported by SV funding, encourages people to re-use, repair and recycle rather than throw away valuable resources.
694 kg Waste diverted
99 Items repaired
Rose Chief Executive OfficerNeighbourhood Collective, Bendigo
"We’re proud to partner with several local op-shops who donate items previously sent to landfill." The Collective is a unique community hub that operates a second-hand clothes shop and mending space. SV funding helped them kick-start the idea and now they have a vibrant space with a regular rotation of clothes and slow fashion.
25 tonnes Waste diverted
Tricia CoordinatorMallacoota Sustainable Energy Group
"It all is part of reawakening community here and enthusiasm is growing for renewables." Funded through SV’s Gippsland Community Power Hub, this 22-kilowatt solar installation at Mallacoota produces the energy needed to purify East Gippsland's water.
8.7 tonnes Co2-e savings
16.4mWh Electricity produced
Dan Chief Executive OfficerGeelong Sustainability
"We've got a whole range of other not-for-profit groups that are very interested in solar energy upgrades." Geelong YMCA worked in partnership with Geelong Sustainability to install 131 solar panels on the YMCA's roof through SV's Community Power Hubs program. The solar system saves the YMCA over $13,000 per year and cut their power bill in half.
78 tonnes Co2-e savings
60kW Solar installed
Green Team StudentsWinters Flat Primary School
"The students felt empowered by the pesky fruit sticker campaign and were very self-motivated." Quote from Terry, Teacher. Students from Winters Flat Primary School campaigned to ban 'pesky' plastic fruit stickers that don't break down in the compost. They were awarded a ResourceSmart Schools Award in 2022 for this campaign and other actions which have reduced their environmental impact.
320 Trees planted on school grounds
5 Star ResourceSmart School
Green Team StudentsBrentwood Secondary College
"We are aiming to get our Brentwood greenhouse gas emissions down to zero percent" Dominique, student. The school's green team crafted the Towards Zer0 Bremissions plan, which won a Premier's Sustainability Award, as well as winning the ResourceSmart School of the Year award in 2022.
40% Renewable energy
2022 RSS School of the Year
The power of community
In the journey to a climate resilient circular economy, you can never underestimate the power of community.
More and more communities are taking action to address climate change and build a sustainable future; they know how to make a difference and are doing what it takes to get there.
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