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​Human impact on the environment is  commonly referred to as an 'ecological footprint'. An ecological footprint is generally defined as the amount of land required to supply resources used and to deal with the waste emitted by an organisation's or individual's utilisation of goods and services.

When you calculate an ecological footprint you generally look at the amount of:

  • Energy used in the generation of electricity

  • Energy, water and resources used in the manufacturing of products and goods

  • Fuel consumed in the transportation of people and goods

  • Water used for drinking (potable) and non-drinking (non-potable) purposes and

  • Waste created that is either disposed of at landfill or emitted into the atmosphere (for example greenhouse gas emissions).

What is Council doing to reduce its ecological footprint 

The consumption of energy, water and natural resources will affect the quality of life and opportunities available. Some of the key areas that Council will address in minimising her ecological footprint include:

  •  Reducing overall energy consumption of our assets and investigate opportunities to move from non-renewable and high greenhouse gas emission fuels (such as coal and gas) to renewable and low emission energy sources (such as solar energy) in the future.

  • Increasing water efficiency and reducing the use of potable water for non-potable uses particularly during periods of low rainfall.

  • Reducing the amount of waste going to land fill and seeking to avoid waste, then reuse and recycle as many resources as possible.

What can you do to reduce your ecological footprint?

There are a number of simple things that you can do in and around your home to reduce your impact on our environment. Many of these are inexpensive and are easy to implement.

  • Save on heating and cooling bills by installing insulation in your roof.

  • Save energy and money by turning off appliances at the wall socket.

  • Sign up to an accredited GreenPower provider or put solar panels on your roof.

  • When you need to change your appliances or hot water system – look at their energy and water rating to pick the most efficient model.

  • Put in a rain water tank than can be used for your garden and if possible plumb it in to your toilet and washing machine.

  • Fix all dripping taps and leaks as soon as possible.

  • Use mulch in the garden and compost all of your food scraps and garden waste.

  • Think before you throw out – can it be repaired, reused or donated. The Giant car Boot Sale (see the Council website : www.Wollongong.nsw.gov.au) provides an excellent opportunity to make cash out of your unwanted items or to pick up a bargain.

  • If you need to renovate – make it an opportunity to also green your home.

  • Avoid extra packaging and bring a reusable shopping bag when shopping.

  • Take part in our ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ program.

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