When it comes to environmental sustainability, Adelaide is a small city with some big plans.  Aspiring to be the world’s first carbon neutral city, this small town in South Australia is leading the way to environmental change.

The City of Adelaide’s Sustainability Program is committed to making this city smart, green, liveable and creative. There are a host of initiatives in the program that citizens can become involved in.  Here are just a few of the environmental projects currently running in Adelaide;

Carbon Neutral Adelaide 

Adelaide is committed to becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city, having reduced their carbon emissions by 20% since 2007.  Don’t let the term carbon emissions scare you off.  Here are some simple ways we can all get involved in collectively reducing our carbon emissions:

Make our homes or buildings more energy efficient – by making environmentally friendly changes like using energy efficient lighting or even adjusting the thermostat on your air conditioner by a few degrees will not only reduce carbon emissions, it will also save you money on your energy bill. 

Make your travel smarter and greener – help make your city carbon neutral by making greener choices like walking or cycling, car-pooling, using public transport or investing in hybrid or electric vehicles.

Renewable Energy – use renewable energy sources such as solar panels and solar hot water to reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

Biodiversity in Adelaide Parklands

The beautiful Adelaide parklands offer plenty of opportunities to get involved in caring for the fragile natural environment.  The parklands are home to many native plants and animals and volunteers can help improve the city’s biodiversity by protecting vegetation and increasing and preserving that habitat which is home to many native animals.

The City of Adelaide engages volunteers through many biodiversity initiatives like Bat Track – an initiative which aims to record and study these unique and diverse native animals to manage the city’s natural environment.  Another initiative is The Wirrarninthi Bush Regeneration Project – which provides a hands-on opportunity to improve the natural environment.  Volunteers meet once a month and participate in activities including plant propagation, planting days, seed collection, weed control and fauna surveys. 

Adelaide Gardens

Adelaide is home to many greenspaces and gardens where volunteers can get involved in caring and protecting our green environment.  An Australia wide initiative is nature strip planting; These are gardens that communities can establish in the strip of council land beside a footpath and in front of their property.  This is a fantastic way to add to the appeal of your street, meet your neighbours and grow your community biodiversity.  Be sure to gain approval from your local council before you start planting though!

Adelaide is also home to many community gardens including Box Factory Community Gardens, Whitmore Square Community Garden and Park Terrace Community Garden to name a few.  Community gardens are a great way to help environmental sustainability in your city.  They are welcoming spaces for individuals from all walks of life.  The benefits of community gardens are many;

Improve local environment

Gain access to fresh and nutritious food
Make friends with the local community
Learn the skills of gardening and gain a sense of pride from growing your own food

Adelaide is a great little city that’s a leader in international environmental initiatives.  It’s a city that has many projects to inspire its citizens to get closer to nature and help care for its beautiful environment.

This concludes our series of articles on sustainability initiatives throughout the different capital cities.  One thing that is clear are the immense achievements that are made through the combined contribution of the many volunteers who give up their time to help improve our natural environment. 

The many simple ways that we can all get involved whether in our own homes, schools or businesses will not only help care for our beautiful planet it will also give us a sense of achievement and pride and bring us all closer to nature and to our local community.