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What is Council doing?

Tauranga City Council is committed to improving its own sustainability performance and has set up an internal corporate sustainability group to lead this work.

A corporate sustainability strategy was launched in 2011 called Sustainable Steps.

Areas of focus include:

  • an energy improvement project is underway which includes the development of a new energy policy and action plan.
  • council signed the Local Government Climate Change Declaration in late 2015
  • water auditing of council facilities
  • fleet management
  • encouraging staff to consider sustainable modes of travel to and from work
  • waste minimisation at council offices
  • education of staff
  • integrating sustainability principles into our procurement process where appropriate
  • gathering data to compile a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for TCC operations

New approaches are also being explored.  These include the use of solar hot water in some council facilities, using rain tanks to supply water to the toilets at the Papamoa Library and Gordon Spratt Reserve and the development of a rain garden at Rutherford Street.

Council created our first staff travel plan in 2007 and have revised it in 2012. The overarching purpose of the travel plan is: To promote alternative transport options that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits. 

The 101 Simple Steps poster which highlights the 101 steps Council is taking towards sustainability.

Council also plays a role in the provision of information and education to the wider community.  For more information contact our Sustainability Advisor on 07 577 7000.

Sustainable Steps (1.3mb pdf)

Tauranga City Council staff travel plan (350mb pdf)

101 Simple Steps poster (968kb pdf)


Last Reviewed: 07/02/2017