2016, Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city for the sixth year running according the Economist’s global liveability survey… Must be doing something right, read the full article here at the Guardian.
Melbourne is a profoundly paradoxical city. It has a strikingly diverse multicultural population of around four million people, but is founded on an Anglo-European heritage that, until the late 1960s, fiercely attacked multiculturalism as anathema to its cultural-political harmony. It is a densely urbanized and vibrant city of high-rise buildings, restaurants, parks, and blue-stone footpaths. But its metropolitan footprint radiates outwards into a region of ever-stretching car-dependent suburbs, mixed-use peri-urban zones, and a hinterland of temperate dry-land farming where most of the trees have been cut down. It is a global city with a well-educated population who have a growing and sophisticated public consciousness about climate change, recycling and water-consumption issues. However, Melbourne is becoming less sustainable, even as it maintains good liveability in certain dimensions of social life.
For more than fifteen years, Melbourne has been working to become one of the world’s most sustainable cities. In responding to growing ecological challenges, the city set itself the goal of being carbon neutral by 2020. Moreover, The City of Melbourne, together with local residents, businesses and interest groups has developed a range of innovative plans, strategies and programs for a more sustainable Melbourne. Some of these plans and strategies include:
- Zero Net Emissions by 2020 Strategy
- 1200 Buildings program aims to encourage and support building owners, managers and facility managers to improve the energy/water efficiency and reduce waste to landfill of commercial buildings in the municipality of Melbourne
- Urban Forest Strategy
- Urban Landscapes Climate Adaptation Program
Further information is available at: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Sustainability/Pages/Sustainability.asp
A message from Melbourne’s mayor in leadup to #Ecocity2017
A nice visual overview of the city