Our clean, green and sustainable city
In 2031, our healthy rivers, waterways, natural areas, parklands and biodiversity will attract businesses to establish here, and residents, students and employees to live, study and work in Brisbane.
Brisbane will have a range of healthy native plants and wildlife and well protected and connected habitat areas free of invasive species.
Residents and business will value water and its quality and demonstrate water smart behaviours in daily life, including conserving our water supply and protecting our waterways by ensuring only rain goes down the stormwater drain.
All residents and visitors will work with us to keep Brisbane clean, and reduce and recycle our waste.
- 40% of mainland Brisbane will be natural habitat
- Brisbane City Council will have maintained its carbon neutral status
- the average household's carbon emissions from energy, waste and transport will be six tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year
- in partnership with our neighbours and the Queensland Government, waterway health will improve for the Lower Brisbane River Catchment, Bramble Bay, Waterloo Bay and East Moreton Bay
- the use and visitation by our communities of our waterways and bay will increase compared to 2013
- total domestic waste generated per annum going to landfill will be reduced compared to 2013
- domestic waste recycled/recovered will be increased compared to 2013.
What you can do
- join a local environment group, such as a Brisbane catchment and community group or a Habitat Brisbane group
- identify weeds and remove them from your garden
- if you have native bushland on your property, think about entering into a voluntary conservation partnership agreement, such as the Land for Wildlife program
- plant native species - Brisbane residents can collect two free native plants each year through Council's free native plants program
- clean up after your dog
- dispose of household hazardous waste responsibly
- recycle and reduce waste
- help reduce litter
- check Brisbane's air quality today
- plan a bike trip on a Brisbane bicycle path
- plan your next journey or commute using Brisbane's public transport
- get a free graffiti removal kit from Council and help keep Brisbane graffiti free
- visit one of Council's Environment Centres to learn more about Brisbane's natural areas.
What Council is doing
Brisbane City Council's plans and strategies, projects, programs and initiatives include:
- Clean Air Strategy
- Carbon Neutral Council
- Brisbane's Plan for Action
- Sustainability policy
- Environmental policy
- Brisbane Invasive Species Management plan
- Towards Zero Waste strategy
- WaterSmart strategy
- Green Living program
- Bushland Preservation Levy
- Wildlife Conservation Partnership Program
- Protected Vegetation
- Pest animals and invasive species
- Free Native Plants program
- Environmental Grants - assisting non-profit community organisations in environmental activities
- Environmental Learning Program
- Environment Centres
Council's current achievements:
- achieved carbon neutral status for Council operations in 2016-17, negating more than 800,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
- planted two million trees in the Brisbane local government area within four years - the largest project of its type worldwide, solely delivered by a local government in a defined local government area
- achieved the 500 hectare bushland acquisition target in 2011. Since 1990, 3000 hectares of significant bushland has been purchased through Council's Bushland Acquisition program
- purchased almost one million tonnes of accredited carbon offsets since 2007 to neutralise the carbon emissions from Council's bus, ferry, fleet vehicles and stationary gas use. Continued procurement of new buses has meant that over half the fleet is now the highest environmentally-friendly standard commercially available in Australia
- supported the renewable energy industry and reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with Council’s electricity use by purchasing renewable energy and installing rooftop solar systems
- rehabilitated 58 local waterway sites to enhance waterway health. Sixty kilometres of waterway corridors were rehabilitated and maintained by catchment groups in association with Council
- developed one of Australia's largest capacity bioretention systems at Wakerley, capturing stormwater runoff generated from an 87 hectare development, treating one cubic metre of stormwater every second. The project won the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Award in Water Sensitive Urban Design in May 2008.