Sustainable Melbourne receives award for green initiatives
There are a lot of different aspects to real estate that people look for when they're considering buying a house. Some people may look for the proximity of the local amenities, while others may investigate schooling options for their future children.
One of the biggest selling points for many Australians these days is sustainability. Living in a city that actively promotes a cleaner, greener lifestyle is a major draw card and one that many cities across the nation are promoting exceedingly well.
However, one city is doing it better than the others. Melbourne was recently awarded the prestigious C40 and Siemens Climate Leadership Award for the Energy Efficient Built Environment award at a London ceremony early last week (September 4).
The City operates a number of different initiatives to help turn Melbourne into a sustainable, energy efficient landscape.
For example, the retrofitting of 1,200 existing buildings to help bring them in line with the new, greener guidelines is expected to generate an uplift of $2 million while creating 8,000 jobs - all while helping to make the city a more sustainable environment.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said that creating a sustainable city with a high quality of life is the key to increasing the standard of living for citizens, driving innovation and amassing economic growth.
"Melbourne, the most liveable city in the world, has now been recognised as having some of the smartest buildings in the world," said Mr Doyle in a September 5 statement.
"We know that sustainability and liveability are inexorably linked. For us to maintain a high standard of living we need to set the highest standards in sustainability."
This could lead to a fantastic opportunity for property investment, or even first home buyers, to purchase a home and become apart of the effort for a sustainable future.
Furthermore, Environmental Portfolio Chair Councillor Arron Wood said that the commitment by Melbourne's residents and business owners to creating a sustainable city was reflected in the award.
Mr Wood went on to say that the award would serve to stimulate further change, with the recognition helping the city to continue the cleaner, greener changes being undertaken.
"Our work doesn’t stop here. We will continue to work with these key groups to reach new targets and standards to create a truly sustainable Melbourne."