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==Transport== ==Transport==
-* Drive a [[Green cars|green car]]+* Drive a '''[[Green cars|green car]]'''
 +* Catch a train rather then fly
* Ride a bicycle * Ride a bicycle
* Use public transport * Use public transport
 +* Walk
==House== ==House==
-* Build using a [[Passive solar design]]+* Build using a '''[[passive solar design]]'''
* Install double glazing or thermal glass * Install double glazing or thermal glass
* Use blinds and/or sails for shading windows from the sun when it is hot * Use blinds and/or sails for shading windows from the sun when it is hot
* Draughtproof your doors and windows * Draughtproof your doors and windows
* Build using recycled products * Build using recycled products
-* Use [[Forest friendly timber|forest friendy timber]]+* Use '''[[forest friendly timber]]'''
-* Install [[Solar power]]+* Install '''[[solar power]]'''
-* Buy accredited Greenpower+* Buy accredited '''[[greenpower]]'''
-* Check [[carbon emissions]] of various energy sources to inform decisions about which to use and which to avoid.+* Check '''[[carbon emissions]]''' of various energy sources to inform decisions about which to use and which to avoid.
* Buy energy efficient appliances * Buy energy efficient appliances
-* Buy a [[Green computing|green computer]]+* Buy a '''[[Green computing|green computer]]'''
-* Buy an [[Fridge facts|energy efficient fridge]]+* Buy an '''[[Fridge facts|energy efficient fridge]]'''
-* Install a [[Smart power meter]]+* Install a '''[[smart power meter]]'''
-* Use [[Solar hot water]]+* Use '''[[solar hot water]]'''
* Capture rainwater in tanks and use it * Capture rainwater in tanks and use it
* Use your greywater * Use your greywater
* Use fans for cooling * Use fans for cooling
* Use gas for cooking rather than electricity * Use gas for cooking rather than electricity
-* [[Recycling|Recycle]] your waste+* '''[[Recycling|Recycle]]''' your waste
-Dont:+'''Dont:'''
* use an airconditioner or evaporative cooler * use an airconditioner or evaporative cooler
* use electricity for heating purposes * use electricity for heating purposes
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* Put scrap food on a compost heap, in a worm farm or a bokashi bucket * Put scrap food on a compost heap, in a worm farm or a bokashi bucket
-Dont:+'''Dont:'''
* Grow a lawn that requires watering or regular mowing * Grow a lawn that requires watering or regular mowing
==Energy policy and politics== ==Energy policy and politics==
* Put a price on carbon * Put a price on carbon
-* Make [[Energy efficiency labelling]] mandatory for all appliances+* Make '''[[energy efficiency labelling]]''' mandatory for all appliances
 +* Implement rigorous '''[[building greenhouse rating]]''' and apply them to domestic and business building construction and renovation.
* Join a local climate change action group * Join a local climate change action group
* Write a letter to local, state and federal parliamentary members to communicate your views on sustainability and tackling climate change and ask them what they are doing about this * Write a letter to local, state and federal parliamentary members to communicate your views on sustainability and tackling climate change and ask them what they are doing about this
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==Recreation and travel== ==Recreation and travel==
-* [[Green travel|Travel green]] and offset carbon emissions associated with travel.+* '''[[Green travel|Travel green]]''' and offset carbon emissions associated with travel.
-* Choose [[Green sports and recreation|green sport or recreation]]+* Choose '''[[green sports and recreation]]'''
==General== ==General==

Revision as of 00:25, 13 March 2008

This is a Greenprint that identifies strategies, actions and approaches for moving us towards a sustainable future.

Contents

Transport

  • Drive a green car
  • Catch a train rather then fly
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Use public transport
  • Walk

House

Dont:

  • use an airconditioner or evaporative cooler
  • use electricity for heating purposes
  • build a house with bricks on the outside - put them on inside walls with insulated cladding on the outside - this is the best location for thermal mass

Garden

  • Create a low water garden
  • Grow a permaculture garden with herbs, vegetables and fruit and nut trees
  • Keep chickens
  • Put scrap food on a compost heap, in a worm farm or a bokashi bucket

Dont:

  • Grow a lawn that requires watering or regular mowing

Energy policy and politics

  • Put a price on carbon
  • Make energy efficiency labelling mandatory for all appliances
  • Implement rigorous building greenhouse rating and apply them to domestic and business building construction and renovation.
  • Join a local climate change action group
  • Write a letter to local, state and federal parliamentary members to communicate your views on sustainability and tackling climate change and ask them what they are doing about this
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local, state and/or national newspapers
  • Write your own blog articles to express your thoughts and observations on sustainable living. You also publish the letters you write to politicians and newspapers.
  • Vote for candidates in elections who espouse green living and sustainable policies.

Environment

  • Plant trees
  • Protect all old growth forests and water catchments from logging

Food and diet

  • Eat less meat, or even become vegeterian or vegan
  • Buy organic food
  • Use reusable shopping bags
  • Buy locally grown food from shops and farmers markets

Don't:

  • Buy or eat GM food
  • Buy foods with excessive packaging
  • Use plastic shopping bags

Investment and finance

  • Put money and superannuation into ethical investments.

Dont:

  • Invest in companies engaged in destruction of native forest or uranium mining

Recreation and travel

General

  • Make paper telephone directories optional. Provide households that request them with telephone/address book data on CD roms and cheap CD/LCD display units for households that request them. Allow households to opt out from all directory distribution - some may choose to just use the Internet.

See also

External links

  • Manningham City Council - GreenPrint. A plan to ensure that the ecological processes on which life depends on are maintained, and the total quality of life we enjoy now and in the future can be enhanced.
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