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Uniting Communities’ Executive Manager, Lee Sauerwald (left) surveys progress on the organisation’s U City site
Executive Manager, Lee Sauerwald (left) surveys progress on Uniting Communities' U City site

Partners for positive change

You may have heard of Adelaide’s aim to become the world’s first carbon neutral city – but what does that really mean?

Simply put, it’s about embracing energy efficiency, renewable energy, zero emissions transport, wasting less and recycling more. The goal? To rapidly reduce carbon emissions to achieve a net zero carbon footprint. Getting there will take a community effort, which is why, the City of Adelaide is inviting organisations to join the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partners Program to form a collective vision and shared commitment.

Founding partner, Uniting Communities, is leading by example. Recognised as the first South Australian organisation and Australian charity to become carbon neutral certified, Uniting Communities works with people across metropolitan and regional South Australia providing more than 90 community service programs.

They see their partnership with Carbon Neutral Adelaide as essential to their continued efforts to positively contribute to reducing the global impact of climate change.

“Carbon Neutral Adelaide offers us a vehicle to help spread our message,” said Executive Manager, Lee Sauerwald.

“We’ve taken opportunities to present at forums, summits and conferences highlighting the importance, as well as the benefits, that we see from reducing carbon emissions. The Carbon Neutral Adelaide broader network is a great way for us to find like-minded organisations that share our philosophy. We hope we can all work together and grow that momentum to get people to acknowledge it and more importantly – start taking action.”

Testament to their commitment, Uniting Communities are currently constructing U City (pictured above), an Australian leading, 20-storey modern mixed use development on Franklin Street. The $80 million CBD development integrates residential, office and public spaces and is creating a vertical community focused on both environmental and social sustainability.

Designed to achieve Adelaide’s highest overall 6-star Green Star rating and featuring an embedded energy network and 55kW solar system, all occupants of the building will have the opportunity to be carbon neutral in their operations, with the cost for electricity being below current market rates.

If you want to support community-led action on climate change you can partner with Carbon Neutral Adelaide as a business or an individual. By signing up, you’ll be committing to taking meaningful action to reduce carbon emissions in the City of Adelaide. Along with ready access to a marketplace of resources, incentives and services to help you reduce your carbon emissions, you too could save money and secure new clients through our growing network.

Visit carbonneutraladelaide.com.au for more information.

Lee Sauerwald with one of Uniting Communities' green fleet
Lee Sauerwald with one of Uniting Communities’ green fleet

Uniting Communities’ extensive efforts to become carbon neutral have led to operational savings of more than $1,000,000 over five years, with flow-on benefits to the greater community. The savings were achieved through reducing electricity consumption by 29 per cent, company fleet fuel by 14 per cent, and waste to landfill by 76 per cent while also lowering their carbon footprint by 34 per cent.

For more information on Uniting Communities’ carbon neutral efforts and U City visit unitingcommunities.org/we-are-carbon-neutral and ucity.com.au

Melanie Stewart

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