Australia’s leading sustainability organisation, the Alternative Technology Association, has changed its name to Renew.
The not-for-profit organisation has been at the forefront of sustainable technology and solutions for households since it was established in 1980 as a small group of enthusiasts concerned about fossil fuel pollution.
“We have succeeded in many of our endeavours, and many sustainable ‘alternative’ solutions have become part of the mainstream,” said Helen Millicer, Renew President.
“There are now more than 1.8 million Australian households with rooftop solar. This is what we have been striving for and will continue to pursue.
“These are great achievements and in our new 2025 Strategy for the organisation, we have formed a plan to engage and assist mainstream Australia address the challenges and embrace the opportunities.”
Today Renew reaches more than 250,000 people across Australia and beyond through its 6700 members in a network of 14 active branches.
Renew’s reach includes readers of its two market-leading sustainability magazines ReNew and Sanctuary, attendees at Speed Date a Sustainability Expert, Electric Vehicle Expo and Sustainable House Day events, users of online information and calculators, people contacting Renew’s expert advice service, and research and advocacy partners.
“There is an urgent need to reduce our carbon emissions to curb the impacts of climate change. All Australians should live in comfortable, healthy and resilient homes,” Ms Millicer said.
“Renew’s membership of early adopters provides the credibility from which to talk to a larger audience. Our task has evolved from informing people about the existence of sustainable technology and solutions to integrating them into our everyday lives.
“As set out in our 2025 Strategy we will be representing, engaging and advocating even more strongly that all Australians should live in comfortable, affordable, healthy homes that are resilient in a changing climate. Renew is at the vanguard of the push for sustainable living and will continue lead for the benefit of many.”
Renew’s new website renew.org.au brings together the organisation’s comprehensive, independent resources on sustainable living online.