Delivering a Sustainable Future City

If you would like to express your interest in participating in this program in 2014, please email Sandy Burgoyne or Harriet Whyte at

Following the interest and excitement that was generated from the successful international urban planning symposium, UPE 10: Next City, Planning for a New Energy Future, co-hosted by the United States Studies Centre and the University of Sydney, the US Studies Centre has developed a program focused on supporting local government leaders in building low carbon, sustainable and liveable communities.

Liveability is the key word in cities, large and small, all over the world. Informed and visionary leadership is needed to decide how, when, and where new approaches and new technologies can be used to make a real difference in improving not only the liveability, but also the sustainability and productivity of our cities.

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, with the support of the New South Wales Government, invites local communities in New South Wales to participate in an exciting program which aims to provide leaders of cities and towns the opportunity to explore, discover and test innovative ways to address some of the challenges they face.

The Program

The program is based on the Mayor’s Institute forum conducted in the United States, where like-minded leaders meet to work with leading thinkers to develop innovative solutions for re-designing precincts so they are great places to live and work, and are also adaptive to the changes in energy and water demands — from renewing town centres or high streets, to re-designing community precincts and parks, or alternative transport possibilities.

The success of the program relies upon the representatives from each city and town fully participating in all parts of the program.

  • Mayor's Forum in Sydney: the three day workshop will be led by experts in urban re-design and sustainable development from Australia and the United States. A key resource will be the Rocky Mountain Institute, pioneers in sustainable development in the United States and around the world. The focus of the workshop will be on developing and connecting strategic thinking to planning and urban design skills and approaches. Workshop activities In the three days will focus on the real issue that each city will bring for discussion and strategy formulation.
  • Sustainability Analysis: prior to the workshop each selected community will be invited to work with specialists in carbon assessment and urban design to prepare an analysis of economic, energy and carbon impacts. This will allow these factors to be measured before and after any strategic options and scenarios are devised.
  • Study Tour: After the three-day workshop, all of the selected communities will be invited to a 7 day study tour of the West Coast of the United States to examine outstanding examples of community sustainability and liveability transformations. The expectation is that at least two workshop attendees’ from each community participate on the US Study tour to optimise the translation of outcomes for the cities and towns.

The three-day workshop will be held at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney on 4, 5, 6 April 2013, with the study tour taking place in the second week of June 2013.

Program Participants

The program is limited to ten cities or towns within New South Wales, and will comprise metropolitan and regional locations. To optimise the outcomes of the program, three participants from each city or town are required to attend including:

  • The Mayor or Deputy Mayor
  • The Director or Chief of Planning
  • A representative from the local business chamber or an involved business leader from the community.

Expression of Interest

If you would like to express your interest in participating in this program in 2014, please email Sandy Burgoyne or Harriet Whyte at

Watch the video from the Delivering a Sustainble Future City 2013 wrap-up event

Skip to individual presentations by;

Mayor Sally Betts - Waverly Municipal Council

Acting Director of City Assets Rudi Svarc - Blacktown City Council

Chief Operating Officer Farooq Portelli - City of Liverpool

Lord Mayor John Chedid - City of Parramatta

Rene Hayes - City of Botany Bay

Deputy Mayor Katherine O'Regan - Woollhara Municipal Council

See photos from the event here.

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