In late 2019, EAGA engaged Organica Engineering to evaluate the extent to which Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) policies and practices are being implemented in council building projects and infrastructure delivery. The overarching goal of the evaluation was to assist councils to achieve best practice sustainability outcomes in the way council buildings and infrastructure are planned, designed, built, used and maintained.
The scope of the project did not include an evaluation of ESD policies and implementation in planning schemes for privately owned buildings.
The outputs of the project included (but was not limited to):
- A customisable template ESD policy for use of all EAGA councils, to either establish a new policy from scratch, or to enhance and update an existing policy
- Guidance materials, to assist councils establish and implement the ESD policy
- Individual recommendation reports for each council, presenting the evaluation findings (what’s working, what is not working and what needs to change)
- A regional summary, including the common themes and opportunities for collaboration between councils