Climate Change

Port Phillip Just Got Greener

Making the move to 100 per cent renewable energy is the ultimate New Year’s resolution! Every light on our streets, every barbecue in our parks and every light in our buildings is now powered by renewable energy.

City of Port Phillip is part of an innovative wind power project that will reduce its total emissions by 87 per cent. Since 1 January 2019 everything from street lights to Council buildings has been powered by renewable electricity.

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an Australian first involving 14 organisations purchasing 88 GWh of electricity each year – that’s enough to power more than 17,000 households in Melbourne annually. The electricity is sourced from a new purpose built 80MW wind farm at Crowlands, a small agricultural community north of Ararat.

Find out more about MREP here

Become a Citizen Scientist

We’ve teamed up with RMIT and the University of New South Wales to measure microclimate in City of Port Phillip and we need your help. We’re looking for 100 enthusiastic volunteers to give two hours of your time between 22 - 24 February 2019.

With the number of extreme hot days predicted to increase significantly over the next few decades in all Australian cities, the results from this study will provide data required for citizens to understand, mitigate and adapt to extreme heat.

Through participating you will be well-informed to respond to extreme heat through an understanding of design features, greenery and materials affecting the local urban microclimate.

It’s also an excellent opportunity for children as young as 12 to participate in an impactful science project.

To register your interest in participating in this groundbreaking environmental project and for further information, click here.

Art is Power - LAGI Melbourne 2018

From 19 -28 October the City of Port Phillip and partners presented an exhibition combining design and sustainability from a shipping container in the centre of the Acland Street Plaza, St Kilda.

286 people voted on site for their favourite Land Art Generator Initiative 2018 Melbourne shortlisted project. Many more stopped past to look and engage in discussions.

The winner of the public vote are as follows;

First place:

Light Up, 1st Place Winner to LAGI 2018 Melbourne

TEAM: Martin Heide, Dean Boothroyd, Emily Von Moger, David Allouf, Takasumi Inoue, Liam Oxlade, Michael Strack, Richard Le (NH Architecture);

Mike Rainbow, Jan Talacko (Ark Resources); John Bahoric (John Bahoric Design); Bryan Chung, Chea Yuen Yeow Chong, Anna Lee, Amelie Noren (RMIT Architecture Students)

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Second place:

St Kilda Halo, a submission to LAGI 2018 for Melbourne

TEAM: Pete Spence, Hiroe Fujimoto, Sacha Hickinbotham, Michael Richards, Alison Potter, Jason Embley (Grimshaw Architects)

TEAM LOCATION: Melbourne, Australia

Third place:

Ngargee, a submission to LAGI 2018 Melbourne

TEAM: Soren Luckins, Ashleigh Adams, George Thompson, Kate Luckins, Alan Pears, Erin Pears, Peter Bennetts, Jasmine Sarin, Elder Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Rae Fairbairn, Dave Stelma

TEAM LOCATION: Melbourne, Australia

It was great to have many interesting conversations with the community and visitors about the place of renewable energy technology in public art and spaces and about how the future will need artists, architects and engineers to effectively work together for quality outcomes.

Over 60 adults and children participated in workshops and activities for the duration of the exhibition, sessions included:

  • Cyanotype printing

  • Children’s storytime

  • Sensory garden

  • Bonsoy wallet

  • Plant swap meet

Project teams from Grimshaw Architecture, NH Architecture & ASPECT Studios hosted interactive displays during the program also.

South Melbourne Market Are Waste Winners

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In a major win for the environment, City of Port Phillip's, South Melbourne Market is recycling its organic waste and turning it into nutrient-rich garden fertilisers. With the help of 1 billion wriggly worms and a shiny dehydrating machine, the market recycles its organic waste and turns it into nutrient-rich garden fertilisers.

The GaiaRecycle Unit converts all offal, food and preparation waste, expired food products, ground coffee and plate scraps into fertiliser. It converts approximately 360 tonnes of product annually, every 2 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill has the same GHG reduction effect as taking a car off the road for a year (360 tonnes = 180 cars off the road).

The hard work and innovation has paid off, with the Market scooping a number of prestigious awards for its Organic Waste Management Program, including, the Award for Sustainability through The Local Government Professionals and The Environmental Sustainability Award through IPAA Victoria. 

The Program offers a number of environmental benefits

  • Reduction of organic waste in landfill saving landfill space for other purposes and eliminating the anaerobic rotting of the waste which generates methane and leachate.

  • Elimination of carbon emissions that result from transporting the waste to landfill.

  • What was previously discarded as waste now has an environmental (soil) value.

  • The economic payback from the process arises from the long-term reduction or elimination of fees for hiring skips or bins and paying landfill tipping fees.

  • Completing the circle on food waste from South Melbourne Market – with nothing to landfill, benefits back to community and the earth.

  • South Melbourne Market and its owner the City of Port Phillip as leaders in waste diversion, sustainability and innovation.

  • Being part of a meaningful change and providing a Market for future generations.

Watch this short video to discover how they turn their waste into something of value.