Online Survey Results – Sustainability Portal


Outcome of Online Survey on a Climate and Sustainability Portal

(March-April 2009)


An online survey was undertaken in early 2009 to determine the level of public interest in a local “one stop” website portal that:

1.       Provides links to all available information about ACT-climate change related issues, initiatives and active groups, organisations and businesses;

2.       Facilitates on-line interaction and collaboration between interested individuals and groups by providing access to “social networking” tools.

Survey Results

71% of the 133 survey respondents indicated that they would use such a website portal, and a further 23% replied that they “may” use it. Many had already committed significant time and/or money to help address climate change issues. They mostly heard about climate change issues through newspapers/magazines (53%), e-mail at work (49%), talking to friends/relatives (44%), e-mail at home (44%), visiting websites (44%), membership of community/other groups (40%), reading books (26%), and using Google (23%).

They would most like to receive information on a website portal about the following issues:

Table 1. Subjects that respondents would find helpful in a local website

Subject Specific issues (over 50% of respondents rated these issues as very important or important)
Using energy Renewable energy options (72%).Saving energy in the home (68%) and workplace (66%). Comparing household per capita energy usage with that of other residents (55%). Reducing energy costs (53%)
Links to “green” product suppliers and service providers Purchasing local services to run house and life in a more environmentally sustainable way (69%)
Suppliers of products for improving sustainability (69%)
Service providers specialising in improving sustainability eg retrofitting projects for households/businesses (67%)
Product lifecycle costs To see the lifecycle cost of the main things used (68%)
Government services To find information about government rebates, advisory services and assistance programs (66%)
Information about what governments are doing on climate change (62%)
Food Reducing ecological footprint by learning where to buy local produce (65%),
by starting a garden (59%),
and by cooking/preparing eco-friendly food (60%)
Waste and recycling Links to information about selling, exchanging and recycling used things (67%)
Buying and refreshing products without wasting packaging (65%)
General consumption Links to information about reducing the ecological footprint created by general consumption (66%)
Using water Reducing water use (65%)
Installing rainwater tanks and/or grey water systems (60%)
Transport Links to bicycle and walking maps for the ACT (59%)
Links to public transport information (58%)
Relevant events To attend events, workshops and meetings (50%)


We’ve tried to capture the survey outcomes but also keep it short and interesting. If you have any questions or would like to find out more details about the survey then please contact us