Uniting Home Care Hunter
In delivering aged care, early learning, disability, family and community services, Uniting works across all three pillars of sustainability - economic, social and environmental - to improve the lives of the people we serve, and the communities they live in.
Feedback Organic Recovery
Feedback Organic Recovery provides a solution for both food waste and food production through the use of major community stakeholders: urban landowners, local restaurants and households, community led labour, schools, corporates and consumers. The program engages these stakeholders through a closed loop of food waste into a food urban farming program with an all-inclusive community-based approach.
Compass Housing Services and Vegepod
Newcastle-based Compass Housing Services, in partnership with Vegepod, have installed community gardens in social housing complexes across the country. Community gardens not only provide tenants with access to fresh fruit and vegetables but create a platform for social inclusion and address good health and well-being on a number of levels.
Atwea is one of the largest providers of community based education in NSW, offering senior secondary and vocational education to thousands of people annually in the Hunter. Atwea also runs Alesco Senior College, a registered and accredited independent school specifically designed for the inclusion of young people who are unable to complete their education in a mainstream setting.
Equal Futures Project
The Equal Futures Project (EFP) raises awareness of inequality in Hunter workplaces, homes and communities. EFP runs the Hunter International Women’s Day Breakfast and Hunter Diversity Awards events, which raise awareness of diversity and inclusion.
Over the past ten years EFP has raised more than $160,000 for local organisations including Got Your Back Sista, Jenny’s Place Women and Childrens' Refuge and Hunter Medical Research Institute.
Hunter Water are using recycled water as one approach in the long-term management of our water supply and the reliable delivery of water and wastewater services to the Lower Hunter region.
Visit the Hunter Water website to learn more about this project and other Hunter Water sustainability initiatives.
City of Newcastle
Covering an area the size of five football fields on capped landfill that was once a coal mine, the Summerhill Solar Farm is a major step towards the City of Newcastle's ambitious 100% renewables target from 2020 and beyond.
The solar farm consists of 14,500 solar panels that generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 1,300 households.
Hunter Workers is an organisation committed to ‘strength in unity' which successfully unite 70,000 workers across 27 Unions to foster communication and solidarity within the Union Community.
Hunter Workers is the overall representative body that acts on behalf of all affiliated Unions in the Hunter Region. Established in 1895 it is one of the region’s largest community organisations.
Port of Newcastle
Port of Newcastle are committed to driving the principles of sustainability throughout their operations, internal culture and the way they engage with customers and communities. As the first port in Australia to become a member of the International EcoPorts network, they have been working across the Pacific region to advocate for a consistent and globally-recognised approach to environmental management in the Ports sector.
Port of Newcastle's approach to sustainability aligns with the principles of the UN Sustainability Goals to promote prosperity whilst protecting the planet
Hunter Homeless Connect Day
Hunter Homeless Connect Day is an annual event that links people, who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, to crisis and support services.
It is delivered by a ‘community coalition’ of government and non-government services and volunteers, in an environment that maintains dignity, fosters a culture of connectedness, and encourages a sense of being a valued member of the community.
Singleton City Council
Singleton Council aims to achieve a balance between the people, environment, economy and governance. Council has used the SDGs as a framework for identifying and prioritising the areas of sustainability that will help them work towards a sustainable future.
Given the sparse nature of the Singleton LGA, it is often difficult to find sustainable means of transport, but with the creation of 22km of shared pathways and cycleways, maps of the cycle networks and marked walking routes with attractive totem poles and stencil signs, council is meeting these challenges head on.
Plastic Police® is an innovative recycling and engagement program tackling the issue of soft plastic waste. Soft plastics are recycled into a range of products, including asphalt and bench seats, which are purchased by participants to ‘close the loop’ on what is collected.
Plastic Police® is much more than just a collection and recycling service. It’s a circular economy solution that is educating, engaging and inspiring organisations and communities to rethink, better manage and ultimately reduce soft plastic waste.
The University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle (UoN) stands tall on the international, national and regional stage as an institution leading the way in climate action. UoN know that environmental and social responsibility is extremely important to their staff, students and communities.
They also recognise that prioritising environmental sustainability isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s fundamental to our future. The University’s Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-2025 is guided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and is their roadmap to contributing to the solutions, through our operations, research and education.
Take 3 believes in simple actions to address complex problems. The #Take3ForTheSea campaign, which encouraged people to take three pieces of rubbish with them when they left the beach, waterway or anywhere, kick started the Take 3 for the Sea movement.
Today, Take 3 delivers education programs in schools, surf clubs and communities around Australia. Take 3 educators raise awareness of plastic pollution and explore simple actions to prevent it. So far they have educated over 350,000 students from 400+ schools and counting.
Hunter Region Landcare Network
Hunter Region Landcare Network supports and represents Landcare, Bushcare, Coastcare, Wetlandcare and Friends of groups, all working under the Landcare banner, on public and private lands, in just about every corner of our region and on just about every landform and land use.
The aims of the network are to facilitate field days and workshops, share knowledge and resources, promote funding opportunities, showcase local projects, and celebrate Landcare community achievements.
Belinda Charlton Lawyers
Belinda Charlton Lawyers focus on Local Government, Environmental, Planning, Aboriginal Cultural and Customary Law and Investigations Practice. The firm supports people who are from minority groups, who have limited hours working opportunities including busy mums or those that only want to work on certain project types.
Through Belinda Charlton Lawyers significant pro-bono and fee reduction work has been undertaken for elderly people, disaster response, women in hostile environments, environmental protection and for those with disabilities. This has resulted in these groups having access to law in an environment not supplemented by legal aid.
Compass Housing Services
Compass’ commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability is evident in the way we do business and in our leadership in advocating the implementation of the United Nations New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Following Compass’ participation in the United Nations Habitat III Conference in 2016 where Australia and other member nations committed to the NUA, a 20-year road map to manage how we plan and live in cities, Compass has continued to advocate for NUA implementation in Australia and across the Pacific Region.