City of Melbourne wins climate adaptation award.


City Climate Leadership award for its Urban Landscapes Climate Adaptation program. The Adaptation and Resilience award was presented to Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at an event in New York this week hosted by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

This is the second win for the City of Melbourne, with the Melbourne Sustainable Buildings Program last year taking home the Energy Efficient Built Environment award.

“The City of Melbourne implemented our Urban Landscape Adaptation Program in 2010 to protect our people, businesses, trees and other environmental assets after more than a decade of drought, low rainfalls and record-breaking extreme heat,” Mr Doyle said.

“We have spent $40 million above “business as usual” implementing scalable solutions to reduce our susceptibility to drought and cool our city by four degrees Celsius.”

The program includes increasing green space to 7.6 per cent of municipal space, doubling tree canopy, retrofitting streets to increase permeability and introducing water sensitive urban design.

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