Yarra joins One Planet

In August 2014, Council’s world-class sustainability program saw Yarra become the first Australian local government to achieve national certification against the One Planet Council standard.

'One Planet Living' is an internationally recognised benchmark bestowed on regions around the world, for being exemplars of sustainable living.

Council’s sustainability performance was audited against ten principles that allow communities to live and work within their fair share of the earth’s resources.

The independent audit placed Yarra alongside leading international communities like Brighton in the UK and Sonoma Mountain Village in the USA.

One Planet Living  provides a framework and plan of action for projects and organisations to make it easy, attractive and affordable for people to lead happy and healthy lives within earth’s finite resources - one planet's worth of resources.

 You can read a summary of the analysis of Council's sustainability program here:

 docx format Yarra - One Planet Living Gap Analysis (1.77 MB)

pdf format Yarra - One Planet Living Gap Analysis (1.97 MB)


Yarra’s One Planet Certification timeline

May 2014 - Council engaged a licenced One Planet Sustainability Integrator (Ironbark Sustainability) to complete an independent a gap analysis of Councils’ sustainability performance, programs and targets against the One Planet framework.

June 2014 – Ironbark Sustainability submitted this formal report, based on this initial gap analysis, on behalf of Council to BioRegional Australia for independent assessment.

August 2014 – BioRegional Australia confirms Council as Australia’s first One Planet Council, and the world’s third One Planet Council.


Further information
Michael Oke
Coordinator - Environmental Programs
9205 5723


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