EAGA to keep leafy eastern suburbs green

Climate change doesn’t respect municipal boundaries. That’s why seven Melbourne councils have joined forces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effect global warming is having on Melbourne’s leafy eastern suburbs.

Known as the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA), this TAKE2 Founding Partner involves the Cities of Boroondara, Stonnington and Whitehorse as well as Knox, Maroondah, Monash and Yarra Ranges Councils. They’ve joined Victoria’s collective climate change initiative because it closely aligns with their low carbon goals.

EAGA’s done some impressive work to date.

Four member councils have embarked on a joint energy performance program that could cut Council building energy consumption by 30%. It’s a first for Australian Local Government. They hope by working together they can reduce emissions, save time and cut costs. They’ll contract an energy services company to lower emissions across Council facilities.

EAGA’s members are also working with their communities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In the “Live green with less” project EAGA retrofitted 1400 households across Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, cutting $480,000 off household energy bills and reducing emissions by 3,600 tonnes, which is the equivalent of taking 14,400 cars off the road for a year! Has your Council signed on to TAKE2? Find out more about TAKE2 for councils.