Greener Spaces Better Places is a movement that brings together community, growers, government, business and every day people just like you to make our homes, streets and suburbs the greenest in the world.
It all started in 2013 as the 202020 Vision: an aim to increase and improve Australia’s urban green spaces by 20% by 2020. Since then, over 490 organisations and individuals have joined the network to increase, maintain and create better urban green space.
At the same time, the number of Australian urban local government areas with an Urban Greening Strategy grow from 7% to an impressive 88%.
Growing this success, Greener Spaces Better Places has rebranded to bring everyday citizens into the fold. After all, every green space counts towards a greener Australia. And when everyone gets involved, together we can bring the power of plants into every life.
Greener Spaces Better Places is an initiative of Hort Innovation Australia Ltd.
It is funded by Hort Innovation using the nursery research and development levy and funds from the Australian Government. For more information on the fund and strategic levy investment, visit horticulture.com.au.
The purpose is to put the power of plants in every Australian’s life. Our mission is to make our streets and suburbs the greenest in the world. We do this in several ways:
To make the biggest impact and make Australia’s urban areas the greenest in the world, individuals and organisations need to work together, and by understanding the issues and barriers to increasing green space and then connecting on pathways and solutions and inspiring and educating others.
The presence of green spaces can enhance the health and wellbeing of people living and working in cities, they provide oxygen and limit carbon in the atmosphere. They reduce air pollution, provide food and shelter for wildlife, minimise erosion and maintain healthy soil, increase rainfall, and absorb sunlight as energy. Find out more about the benefits of green space here. Simply put, we can’t survive without it: greener spaces make better places.
Greener Spaces Better Places defines green space as parks, verges, street trees, nature strips, green walls, community gardens, large parks, small parks, playgrounds and other shared greened areas. Greener spaces however, can be created almost anywhere you see a patch of possible - backyards, inside our homes, balconies, walls, and rooftops.
In Australia, we live in one of the most urbanised nations in the world. With our cities expanding, infrastructure projects on the rise, as well as extreme weather events occurring at alarming rates, the role of green space is paramount.
Green space in the built environment can help mitigate some of the negative impacts and social consequences of urbanisation, and make cities more resilient to these changes.
Urban areas mean there is a density of structures such as houses, commercial buildings, roads, bridges, and railways, within towns, cities, and suburbs.
Our network is diverse, passionate and dedicated. We are always keen to hear from individuals and organisations across a range of sectors including government agencies, landscape architecture and place-making, horticulturists, community members, and not-for-profit organisations, academics, developers, peak bodies and passionate urban greening enthusiasts.
Big change is about collaboration and we can’t do it alone. By joining Greener Spaces Better Places, we can showcase your work to the world, inspiring more green spaces, funding and support. Your partnership will give you access to an impressive research library, a network of professionals and potential media and profiling opportunities.
Green Spaces Better Places partners with urban greening and industry professionals to drive local, state and national conversations with media and the network. We partner with experts to share and promote urban greening initiatives that are linked to new research or projects that have had a positive impact on the wider community.
The Greener Space Better Places advocates embody a commitment to improving the way green spaces are valued - this could be through research, one-off projects or large-scale ones.
The full list of advocates can be accessed here.
We have over 490 partners who consist of individuals, organisations, and businesses working towards creating more and better urban green space in Australia.
The full list of partners can be accessed here.
There's a range of ways to get involved.
Greener Spaces Better Places has a dedicated media team. For all enquires call 02 8097 8746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To help promote green space research and projects, funding is available from The Green Cities Fund. The Fund seeks to identify and reveal the trends for green infrastructure in cities, and to identify opportunities for more green life through world-class research in the horticultural sector.
Technically, we’re still here, we’ve just updated our look to reflect our purpose beyond 2020. We see both big challenges and big opportunities for urban greening. What won't be changing is our commitment to working towards more and better green spaces across the country.
The aspiration of 202020 Vision has generated a vast amount of activity in terms of research, advocacy, awareness, policy and actual plants in the ground.
Along the way, we have developed and produced a number of projects to help achieve the 202020 Vision’s overarching goals.
While we haven’t reached 20% more green space by 2020, our achievements go well beyond a number.
All of our resources are still available here.