Over an eight week period from 10 April to 5 June 2022, Geelong Sustainability (GS) in partnership with Circular Economy Victoria (CEV), delivered the region’s first Circular Living Challenge. The Challenge aimed to introduce the community to the circular economy via a fun, engaging and informative online Challenge.
To do this, the Geelong Circular Living Challenge (GCLC) partnered with 55 local circular businesses and community organisations to deliver the Challenge, and to demonstrate to participants what the circular economy could look like in a practical way, in their lives. Circular concepts and principles were brought to life by partner’s involvement in the weekly themes, delivery of weekly events, and by offering discounts and prizes to Challenge participants.
The GCLC officially launched on 23 March during Geelong Design Week, with attendees meeting some of the local businesses who’d be involved with the Challenge, and gaining a sneak peek into what the Challenge would entail.
Two weeks later, the Challenge kicked off, with the 275 people registered participants starting their practical journey into the circular economy. Throughout the Challenge, participants completed weekly challenges, learning about the circular economy, trying sustainable behaviours, attending events, learning new skills and engaging with local businesses, while competing to win a share of prizes. Participants gained access to exclusive local discounts, and earned points for every challenge they completed; vying to win a share of prizes from Challenge partners.
On 8 June, the GCLC culminated with a celebration event and screening of Regenerating Australia, hosted by Geelong Sustainability in partnership with Bellarine Landcare.
Attendees were joined by local MP Libby Coker in learning about local regenerative initiatives Farm My School, GS’s Community Energy Revolving Fund, the work of Bellarine Landcare and Labor’s plan to make this a decade of positive action on climate change.