Early in 2014, MEFL completed a project as Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Advisor to Yarra Ranges Council which focused on providing strong impetus in the municipality’s efforts to implement the sustainability elements of the Council and community plan ‘Vision 2020’.
The role included the development of improved sustainability integration processes, particularly in capital works and planning operations, with staff capacity building and training. MEFL provided targeted and specialised advice, training and support across the following areas:
- Capital Works Program – developed an ESD plan for nominated capital works projects.
- Carbon Management Program – review of Council’s existing Carbon Management Program and Asset Management Systems
- Planning Services – investigation of similar planning systems and tools to assist planners evaluate ESD inclusions in development applications
- Capacity & Training – delivered training and built capacity of Council staff on the assessment tools and frameworks that help to integrate environmentally sustainable development into capital works projects and planning application and approval processes.