Sustainable Development Goals

Council is committed to protecting Brisbane's enviable lifestyle, managing our growing population and helping create a clean, green, more sustainable future for our residents. 

Council's aspirations for our future are reflected in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which address the social, economic and environmental challenges that impact all humans on a global and local level. The UN SDGs are 17 transformational goals aiming to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

Our residents highly value the ideals behind these goals which include fit-for-purpose infrastructure, services, economic growth, diversity, inclusion, and a clean and safe environment.

SDG Cities Global Initiative

We’re continuing our path towards a cleaner, greener future, and have received Silver Certification in the UN Habitat’s SDGs Cities Global Initiative, making us the first Australian city to receive this accreditation.

This initiative facilitates global collaboration to improve quality of life for everyone by helping cities achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability. 

Our certification means continuing improvements to our residents’ quality of life in areas such as accessibility and inclusivity, connectivity, community safety and resilience, as well as environmental improvements both in the lead up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.

Council initiatives that are helping us achieve a sustainable future

Council is the largest carbon-neutral government organisation in Australia and we’re making exciting progress towards becoming a more sustainable and inclusive city. Brisbane has twice been named Australia’s most sustainable city in 2014 and 2016.


Green Bridges Program

New green bridges across Brisbane will make it even easier to get around our city on foot, by bike or scooter, or by connecting with public transport.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will guide our ongoing efforts towards achieving better recognition and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Hanlon Park Rejuvenation

An open green space in the heart of Stones Corner that has been revitalised to return Norman Creek to a natural waterway through the park.

Brisbane Metro

The fully electric, high-capacity metros will provide more active travel options with easy links to bus and train services, building new and improved infrastructure.

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Water Smart Strategy

Sustainable water use initiatives including stormwater harvesting and reuse, water-smart street trees and using recycled water at Council facilities where possible. 

Clean and Green Brisbane

Find out about Council's sustainability targets and commitments, our parklands, waste and recycling services, and how to make your home and community cleaner and greener.

Last updated: 23 November 2022

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