Adelaide Green City
Australia’s greenest city
Besides the 29 parks that make up the famous parklands, Adelaide is one of Australia’s most environmentally sustainable cities.
For more than a decade we’ve worked hard to make this happen. Now our major events, buildings and transport look after you and the environment.
The Hilton Hotel became Adelaide’s first “green” hotel, with energy and water saving, along with recycling projects. Other hotels have also joined the “green” race. Our biggest music festival, WOMADelaide, is a “zero waste” event.
The Clipsal 500 Adelaide (V8 Supercars) and Santos Tour Down Under are carbon neutral races.
The Global Green Challenge (formerly the World Solar Challenge) is for production and prototype eco-friendly vehicles racing in the “eco challenge”.
Earthworms are also a big part of the scheme. The Adelaide Convention Centre employs 800,000 of the little critters to turn food waste into plant food.
Adelaide City Bikes has more than 500 bikes for free hire and is part of the Adelaide City Council's strategy to achieve a cleaner and greener city.
Bikes are available from 14 hire locations in Adelaide City, including from Adelaide City Council office on Pirie Street, Peter Pan's Adventure Travel on Waymouth Street and the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace. For more bike hire locations, visit BikeSA.
To hire a bike, all you need to do is show some identification (driver’s licence, passport or student card), fill out a form and a bike, helmet and lock are yours for the day.
Buses and buildings
Tindo is the world’s first solar powered bus. Glide around the city and North Adelaide in air-conditioned comfort. There’s even wireless internet.
Walk the streets of Adelaide and you’ll notice more and more “green” buildings, including Australia’s first six star rated building. We’ve built green precincts and we’re building more.
The Adelaide Central Market - which is 143 years old - now recycles more than 85 per cent of its waste.
Like other buildings, such as Parliament House, the South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide Central Bus Station, it boasts a big solar panel system on the roof.
Fancy seeing your name in lights and helping the environment at the same time? The Rundle Lantern on Rundle Street is a one thousand square metre digital canvas. It’s a spectacular sight when the sun goes down. Create a design for the lantern online and while we see your work, 40 per cent of the electricity goes back into the city grid.
Other “green” projects include the beautifully redeveloped Adelaide Zoo, major water harvesting and recycling projects. Private homes, apartment blocks and student accommodation are all part of Adelaide’s “green living” options.
Adelaide - it makes the others green with envy.
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