Cooling the City Strategy (accessible pdf 2MB) is designed to make Penrith a better place to live, by addressing the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. This is caused when heat is absorbed by hard surfaces in urban areas such as pavements, roads and buildings with minimal shading. This heat is then radiated
back out, making urban areas significantly hotter than surrounding regions. If you’ve ever felt the heat coming off a black asphalt road, concrete path or brick wall after a hot day, this is what is occurring. As a result, cities become islands of heat surrounded by less urbanised areas which are cooler. By
improving our existing urban areas and new development areas, we can create suburbs which are better places to live, work and play.
Since adopting the Cooling the City Strategy in August 2015, Council has achieved the following outcomes:
In 1999, Penrith City Council adopted the Sustainable Penrith Program. In doing so, we acknowledged the emerging international view that a healthy future for our environment, our economy and our society, can only be achieved by balancing the pressures and demands of these 3 elements.
Since adopting this program, we've worked on several initiatives to improve the sustainability of Council and the City, including the assessment of Council's own operations and the development of policies and programs to work towards achieving a more sustainable Penrith.
In 2015 Council adopted a Sustainability Policy, which includes a
Sustainability Strategy (accessible pdf 140KB), to provide clear direction to the organisation to ensure that sustainability remains a key consideration and is effectively built into our operations, activities and decision making processes. Together they provide a platform for our future sustainability program.
In addition to the Policy, in 2015 Council adopted a suite of new sustainability targets. Targets are an important way of continuing to encourage resource efficiency within the organisation and the transition to more sustainable sources of energy and water
into the future. Previous targets have been effective in driving improvements in energy and water efficiency. Read more in our
Council report on Sustainability Initiatives - draft policy, strategy and targets (pdf 8.1MB).
Council’s new targets are:
As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a sustainable City we are undertaking research in a range of areas, building on our past projects.
We have developed a range of policies in order to guide our efforts in adopting sustainable practices across Council and the City.
Annual Report The Annual Report is our yearly report card to the community. It shows what Council has achieved and delivered through our services and programs, and the challenges we have faced. Outcome 5: We Care for our Environment is where we particularly report on what we are doing to protect our river and natural areas, and how we are supporting residents to use resources more efficiently.
Buildings Policy (pdf)
Energy Savings Action Plan (2012)
The Energy Savings Action Plan was developed to meet Council's obligations under the Energy and Utilities Administration Act 1987 while also satisfying criteria for ongoing funding under the NSW Government's Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payments (WaSIP)
Program. The Plan details the findings of audits conducted at five of Council's most energy consuming facilities and provides a program of cost effective works to be implemented over the next 4 years (2012-16).
Sustainability Revolving Fund Guidelines These guidelines provide a framework for administering Council's Sustainability Revolving Fund. The fund is a financial mechanism used to support projects and initiatives that improve Council's resource use
and adopt best practices in this field. The savings that are achieved through these projects is then diverted back into the fund, replenishing it to allow further investment in new projects. In this way it provides a continual source of finance for new sustainability
initiatives. Penrith was one of the first Council's to adopt a revolving fund, and we have provided critical feedback to many other organisations looking to set up their own.
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