An eco-city reduces its ecological footprint to fit within the boundaries of one planet. In an eco-city, people and organisations adapt to a changing climate and gladly act to build a sustainable future.
As an eco-city
, Melbourne has a healthy environment with a high quality of life and a growing economy. We will develop and use technology to preserve resources to ensure the city is sustainable now and in the future. Melbourne will achieve zero net emissions, manage climate change risks and lead the way in sustainable water management.
An eco-city is compact, with a high density of housing, business and cultural uses that sustain an effective public transport system, and walking and cycling above car use. With excellent air quality and generous public open space and landscaping, biodiversity is supported and people enjoy the benefits of health and happiness. City infrastructure and buildings generate and use renewable energy and feed into the metropolitan electricity grid. Food is grown locally and creatively, using horizontal and vertical spaces on buildings and in private and public gardens.
In its journey to become an eco-city, the municipality achieves zero net emissions, manages climate change risks, leads the way in sustainable water and resource management, and increases its population density. To guide this the municipality employs a 'city as an ecosystem' approach to develop new models of living that allow us to prosper within the Earth's ecological limits.
As a result, people in Melbourne are motivated to minimise their energy and water consumption and to support mandatory measures such as water and carbon restrictions. The City of Melbourne also advocates the importance of the metropolitan, regional and global ecosystem, partnering and sharing knowledge about green technologies and sustainable urban management practices with other cities. It supports and promotes innovative industries
and businesses that have positive benefits for our environment.
Goals to be an eco-city: