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Fri 2 Feb World Wetlands Day - check out website
Sat 3 Feb 8-10am ECCO WWD Walk-and-Talk at Ploughmans Wetland 
Sat 3 Feb International Straw Free Day - visit website for details

ECCO Now on Facebook - pay us a visit!

Featured Links:
'Shining a Light on Sustainability' Online
Central West Environment Council www.cwecouncil.com
Orange Field Naturalists www.orangefieldnats.com

Welcome to ECCO

ECCO is the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange. We are an environmental watchdog and a peak environmental lobby group for the community of Orange.

ECCO Ready for Another Big Year 
Posted: January 13th 2018

ECCO's year kicked off today at the Farmers' Market with a wide range of brochures available including info on NSW's recently-introduced Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), as well as our popular reusable fruit and vege bags for sale. Our first general meeting of the year is on Jan 24th at the ELF (agenda to be circulated soon). In February, many of our members will commence involvement in the new OCC Community Committees (following Council's confirmation of memberships on Feb 6th). ECCO members will work through these committees and through community education and direct action initiatives on renewable energy, lower plastic living, sustainable urban planning and many other key environmental issues - it should be another big year!

End of Year Message from Nick
Posted: December 10th 2017

President Nick King and the ECCO Committee would like to thank our members and supporters for your involvement in ECCO events and campaigns during 2017, and for your ongoing commitment to the environment. We wish you and the community of Orange a safe and sustainable Christmas with a focus on connection with family, friends and the natural environment, rather than excessive consumption. We look forward to working with you again in 2018 to achieve a genuine and equitable balance between environmental, economic and social outcomes for the city of Orange.

Community Renewable Energy Workshop
Posted: November 20th 2017

ECCO members Robert Alford, Brian Phillips and Nick King are attending the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit Workshop being held at the Flannery Centre in Bathurst on Tuesday November 28th The workshop will provide an understanding of the tools needed to enable community renewable projects to get off the ground more quickly with sound economic outcomes. It will also provide an in-depth understanding of the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit, which was developed as a guide to support community solar projects. This is a free workshop hosted by ARENA and the Frontier Impact Group and interested members of the community can still register.

ECCO Supports:
Orange Climate Action Now is a Sub-Committee of ECCO that focuses on taking local action to raise awareness about climate change and to mitigate its impact. OCAN organises direct action and local participation in global events such as Earth Hour and the Walk Against Warming.

Local Environment Awards:
ECCO hosts local environment awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups who are making a real difference by taking action on climate change or helping make the City of orange a more sustainable community.

Earth First:
Earth First is a column that appears in the Central Western Daily each Saturday. It focuses on a different environmental issue each week. ECCO has been co-ordinating contributions to the column since the middle of 2008.

Daroo Urban Landcare Group:

The Daroo Urban Landcare Group is a group of volunteers working to rehabilitate and revegetate Wentworth Reserve in west Orange. Daroo was the winner of the inaugural ECCO Award for Environmental Sustainability in October 2008.

ELF Community Garden Group:
The ELF Community Garden Group established a permaculture community garden at the Environmental Learning Facility in 2005. The group continues to maintain and develop the garden, providing an opportunity for members to garden with others, share knowledge, experiment with new gardening techniques and enjoy the local produce grown in the garden.
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