Sustainable Snowies

Governments, businesses and the local community are often dealing with similar issues when it comes to sustainability and managing people in a fragile environment.

When people work together to share ideas and look for opportunities for collaboration, achievements can be much greater.

Sustainable Snowies is all about working together to achieve more. 
The Sustainable Snowies group was established in 2019, with the aim of improving sustainability in our region by working collaboratively, sharing ideas and implementing on-ground projects.

Check out Sustainable Snowies facebook page @sustainablesnowies for more information and upcoming initiatives and projects. If you wish to contact the group, please email
Sustainable Snowies is a group of local business, government and community representatives, fostering improved sustainability within the NSW Snowy Mountains and developing environmental projects to benefit the region.
Collaborating partners
(in alphabetical order)

  • Canberra Region Joint Organisation
  • Charlotte Pass Snow Resort
  • Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce
  • Kosciuszko Thredbo P/L
  • Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa P/L
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service 
  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Nuggets Crossing P/L
  • Perisher P/L
  • Perisher Chamber of Commerce
  • Selwyn Snow Resort
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Snowy Monaro Sustainable Business Network
  • Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre
  • Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre
  • Thredbo Chamber of Commerce
  • Upper Snowy Landcare Network
Projects identified at the group’s inception include initiatives to:

  • Reduce use of single-use plastics such as disposable coffee cups, water bottles and packaging
  • Reduce littering within the Snowy Mountains
  • Promote messages to Snowy Mountain businesses, government and the community about a range of practical measures to improve sustainability 
  • Proposals for Sustainable community grants to be activated by the partnering organisations.
The Sustainable Snowies group will work towards development and implementation of a Regional Sustainability Strategy in order to:

  • Ensure that all important sustainability issues are being addressed
  • Work towards broader implementation of sustainability actions 
  • Help embed sustainability planning in the Region
Sustainable Snowies Successful Projects

EPA Community Litter Grant - Sustainable Snowies Litter Prevention Project

In December 2020 Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Snowies were successful recipients of the EPA Community Litter grant to tackle litter in the Snowy region.  This project was completed in October 2021.

During the project extensive research was carried out to determine historical and current litter volumes and patterns in the Snowy Mountains. Through litter audits and surveys of community members and Sustainable Snowies stakeholders, it has been observed that one of the biggest environmental challenges faced by the region is management of litter.

The project was led by a Litter Prevention Project Officer who trialed and refined a local region's Litter Prevention strategy, engaged with a diverse stakeholder group to develop a toolbox of resources for regional litter prevention plans. At the conclusion of the project, the partnering organisations established targets and commit resources to systematically reduce litter using evidence-based approaches, ensuring long term coordinated litter prevention outcomes across the Snowy Mountain region.
Sustainable Snowies Litter Prevention Strategy and its accompanying Action Plan aims to reduce the amount of litter in the Snowy Mountains by developing a compelling business case presenting evidence that litter is an issue in the region, providing a comprehensive list of recommendations to implement and to set up the framework for an ongoing cohesive and measurable strategy towards litter prevention in the region.

This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority, Waste Less Recycle More Initiative funded from the Waste Levy.
Launch of Green Caffeen - August 2020

Snowy Monaro Regional Council financially contributed, along with National Parks and Wildlife Service, Kosciuszko Thredbo, Perisher and Charlottes Pass, and partnered with Green Caffeen to revolutionise our takeaway coffee culture and help save the planet. 

Did you know that over 1.2 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year in Australia, 90% of which end up in landfill or as litter? 

Over 700 cafés around Australia are already on board. Our region has Green Caffeen Cafés in Berridale, Cooma, Jindabyne, Michelago, Nimmitabel, Perisher and Thredbo.

To get involved check out the Green Caffeen website or Facebook page for more information and download the Green Caffeen app to get started!
Green Caffeen Sustainable Snowies
Check out the Green Caffeen website or Facebook page for more information. 
How does it work? 

  • Download the Green Caffeen app on your phone
  • Use the app to scan the Green Caffeen symbol at your favourite green café
  • Buy your beverage of choice
  • Return the cup to that café or any Green Caffeen café in NSW/ACT and they’ll give you a new clean one
  • Repeat, and help make a difference
Please see the local supporting Snowy Mountains regional cafés