Sustainable Cities Awards 2021
Energy Finalists

City of Greater Geelong
Zero Carbon Buildings Program
The Greater Geelong Zero Carbon Building Program was established to minimise the ecological and carbon footprint of the community facilities through renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements.

The benefits of this program are being seen at sites such as the Leisurelink Aquatic and Recreation Centre, which was one the highest energy-consuming buildings.

The installation of a 230kW capacity rooftop solar system, energy efficient lighting upgrades, automated building control systems and upgraded heating and cooling systems have dramatically reduced the carbon emissions associated with the operation of this site.


City of Stonnington
Spotlight on Chapel Off Chapel
In the last few years, Chapel Off Chapel has taken major steps towards improving environmental sustainability, reducing energy use by 40% over the last two years.

Single use plastics including straws, coffee cup lids, plastic containers and bottled water have been removed from the bar and water taps have been installed so visitors can fill their own containers.

A 23kW solar system has been installed on the roof and over 470 lights across the site have been replaced with more energy efficient LEDs.

Along with the energy and cost saving benefits, the upgraded theatre lighting also provides enhanced versatility. A recently installed airlock at the entrance to the site reduces the amount of air infiltration and heat loss when the exterior door is opened.

To transition away from gas use, the gas hot water service was replaced with an electric heat pump system.

As an all-electric site, Chapel Off Chapel will be 100% powered by renewable energy from 1 July through the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO), a group of 46 councils working together to purchase renewable energy.


South Melbourne Market
South Melbourne Market Solar Project
As part of the City of Port Phillip’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and energy use, the Council installed an extensive solar power system at the South Melbourne Market, one of Melbourne’s most loved, iconic destinations.

The Market had a 32kWp system installed in 2012 when its new roof was completed. With 155 small businesses to support and over 5 million visitors annually, however, a larger system was required to reduce the Market’s impact on the environment.

At the end of 2019, an additional 612 solar panels were installed on the Market’s roof. The new 200kWp solar panel system generated 245600kWh of electricity last year – the equivalent to powering 44 houses in Port Phillip – an average monthly increase of 406% compared to the 32kwp system.

Overall 2021 Sustainable City Finalists

  • Greater Geelong
  • Yarra Rangers