In an effort to pat Sydney residents on the back for all the good things we’re doing in our local areas, the City of Sydney has updated and re-launched its website, The Good Hood, aimed at celebrating the sustainable.

The idea is simple: when you do something ‘good’– anything from recycling to growing herbs in your backyard – you can take a picture of it and upload it to the Sydney online map, which marks it and shows you all the ‘good’ things that other people are doing to make Sydney a better place.

“It grows civic pride, as well as serving as a hub for inspiration for new sustainable projects to try,” says sustainability marketing campaign officer Kylie Boyd.

You can add your picture using Instagram and the appropriate hashtags, filter your searches to highlight specific interests and more recently you can search for sustainable businesses in your local area.

“We were working with residents and setting up training workshops for people for living sustainably – but the more projects we helped set up, the more we found that people were already doing these wonderful things themselves and we wanted to celebrate that. Because people are proud of it and they should be, no matter what size their project is. So we wanted a hub to show off that work,” says Boyd.

The website was launched last year, but after some work to make it more of a community it was relaunched two weeks ago with facilities to tag, share comments and search for local interests making our city more liveable and loveable on a sustainable level.

And if the warm and fuzzy feeling you get from adding your ‘good’ pin to the map isn’t enough, there are regular prizes on offer to reward pinners for their ‘goodness’. Prizes so far have included dinner at Urban Food Market for pictures of sustainable meals, and workshops at The School for pictures of up-cycled DIY home projects. So add your good deeds today.

thegoodhood.com.au

WIN: To celebrate the launch of The Good Hood, we’re running a DIY competition on Instagram where you can win one of two $250 gift vouchers to spend on workshops at Megan Morton’s The School, so you can build your DIY skills in the most fun way possible – like tassel garland classes, shibori and macramé. To enter, upload your DIY project up on Instagram, and hash tag both #thegoodhood and #broadsheetsydney. The competition will be drawn on Friday August 23.