LEARN how to live a life that leaves a smaller footprint on the world at Orange Sustainable Living Week from September 7.
A range of events across the city will teach people how to improve energy and water usage and reduce waste.
Now in its fifth year, the Rotary Club of Orange event will target schoolchildren, home and business owners and shoppers alike.
Committee member Geoff Bargwanna said there were many ways the community could live a more sustainable life.
“We are still large consumers of water and we don’t use solar water as much as we could,” he said.
“There’s not a lot of houses that have solar hot water systems.”
Day one will kick off with an inspection of the city’s created wetlands and includes birdwatching, native plant and frog call identification, nest building and a chocolate frog hunt.
“Come and find out how the wetlands work, it’s a lot of fun for the children and it’s a family day,” Mr Bargwanna said.
The community also has the chance to visit Orange City Council’s stormwater harvesting scheme and waste recycling centre, take part in a sustainable home design workshop or witness the primary schools cooking challenge to be judged by Kate Bracks.
The Love Food Hate Waste shopping challenge is back again with places still open for teams to join.
“We use excessive food, there’s a huge proportion of food we purchase that is actually thrown out,” Mr Bargwanna said. “We have to get better with our waste rather than dumping it.”
Many events are free and all are open to anyone in the community with information sessions to appeal to business and residents in the program.
Orange Sustainable Living Week is on from September 7 to 14. For the full program visit www.rotarycluboforange.org.au.