Film Premiere: Marine Plastics in Port Phillip Bay

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on October 30th, 2013

4 November , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Announcing the premiere of a brand new documentary on marine plastics in Port Phillip Bay, produced by an International team of filmmakers in conjunction with Port Phillip BayKeeper.

This documentary is an expose of the extent of plastic pollution in our beloved Port Phillip Bay.

Film synposis: After hearing about expansive amounts of plastic in every major ocean, Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake finds the sands of his local beaches are turning into a kind of micro-plastic confetti. In his journey to measure how far the age of plastics has invaded the bay, Neil discovers a growing community striving to protect Port Phillip’s health for generations to come. 

Please RSVP as light refreshments are provided: www.trybooking.com/DUKJ

Date: Monday 4 November

Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start

Venue: Beachcomber Cafe, St Kilda Sea Baths Complex
Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

Brought to you by Port Phillip EcoCentre

 

 

 


Cultivating Sustainability: Learn to engage people in sustainability

Posted in Events by timc on October 29th, 2013

27 November , 2013
9:30 amto4:00 pm

Cultivating Sustainability is a 1-day workshop which provides sustainability advocates with insights, models and tools to engage and inspire people for sustainable action. This workshop will assist you to

This workshop will assist you to:

Identify what people need in order to embrace sustainability
Target your efforts and resources to the points of most leverage
Incorporate psychological principles to your sustainability programs
Communicate about sustainability more effectively
Meet others who are dealing with similar challenges and share ideas and success stories.

Presented by Tim Cotter, a psychologist specialising in the psychology of sustainability.

When: Wed. November 27th, 2013. 9.30am – 4.00pm

Where: Melbourne, Venue to be confirmed

Online Registration and Further Info at www.awake.com.au

Costs:

Earlybirds! Register and pay before the end of October and receive a 20% discount

For-profits $300pp ($240pp before October 31)

NFP/Govt $250pp ($200pp before October 31)

Indiv’s/Community Groups $160pp ($128pp before October 31)


Premier’s Sustainability Award Winners 2013

Posted in Models, Movements by Jessica Bird on October 28th, 2013

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From the media release ‘Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre win Premier’s top sustainability award‘:

A project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre has won the top Premier’s Recognition Award in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 for introducing recycling to a community housing estate. The Ascot Vale Housing Estate Household Recycling project defied previous failed attempts to introduce recycling and established a successful, ground-breaking model using targeted and broad-ranging community engagement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and lower Socio Economic Status (SES) groups.

The project won the Community category of the awards and then went on to win the night’s overall award. [...]

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre project team for their innovative work which delivered recycling to estate’s residents, of whom 55 per cent were born overseas. “A key initiative of this project was the focus on engaging residents from many cultural backgrounds with varying competency in English, in the importance of recycling,” he said. In its first six months, 52 tonnes of recyclables were recovered. Three of the 11 residents who worked on the project secured jobs as a result of their experience.

Now in their eleventh year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. The full list of winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 are:

The Premier’s Recognition Award – Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award – Victoria Carpets, for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant
Innovative Products or Services Award – ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
Infrastructure and Buildings Award – RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
Environmental Protection Award – Mallee Catchment Management Authority’s project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes
Education Award – Bentleigh Secondary College – a world recognised, very sustainable school
Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Rae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
Large Business Award – Victoria Carpets
Community Award – Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre.

>>> For more information on the winners and finalist entries visit the Premier’s Sustainability Awards website.


Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Australia’s Role?

Posted in Events by unaavic on October 21st, 2013

29 October , 2013
2:00 pmto5:15 pm

Global Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture

Join the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria) for this upcoming Sustainability Leadership Seminar on Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Australia’s Role? Challenges and Opportunities to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 October in partnership with NAB and the University of Melbourne.

Held in support of the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, this seminar is part of our Sustainability Leadership Series and seeks to build momentum for collective action on food security and sustainable agriculture post Rio +20.

Bringing together experts and practitioners from government, business, civil society, farmers’ organisations, research and academia, the seminar seeks to provide a platform for shared learning and discussion on Australia’s role in addressing the global food security challenge and advancing sustainable agricultural practices.

It will highlight the challenges and opportunities that Australian government, businesses, and NGOs face as they contribute to developing and promoting sustainable food supply chains that increase food production, preserve natural resources and fight hunger at the local, national and global level.

Date: Tuesday 29 October
Time: 2pm Registration, 2.15pm to 5.15pm
Venue: Hosted by National Australia Bank, The Bowl, NAB Academy, 500 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Registration Fee: Business / Government: $165 (incl. GST), Non-profit / Academic: $120 (incl. GST)

RSVP by 5pm, 23 October 2013.

For more information and to book see the UNAA Victoria website.


‘Chasing Ice’ film Screening at Port Phillip EcoCentre

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on October 18th, 2013

21 October , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Chasing-Ice

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic documenting the world’s changing glaciers and gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.

Central to this film is the belief that we cannot divorce civilisation from nature. This vision is rendered in James Balog’s extraordinary photographs of ice and his compilation of video footage of glaciers melting at an unnatural rate. The film argues that global warming promises to turn sublime beauty on its head.

“This portrait of a man on a mission moves us, not by showing us what we’ve already lost, but what’s still at stake.”

Date: Monday 21 October, 7pm sharp start.
Venue: Port Phillip Ecocentre, Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda(in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens)
Cost: $2 recommended minimum donation on the door.
BOOKINGS: trybooking.com/DRMH
Enquiries: Paula or Yas – 9534 0670

 


The Nurdle Hunters – Plastic pollution talk and survey

Posted in Events, Research by EcoCentre on October 14th, 2013

19 October , 2013
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

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Since May 2013, a new wave of plastic pollution has been uncovered by Melbourne BayKeeper volunteers in the form of ‘nurdles’. Hundreds of these plastic pre-production pellets have been found regularly on St Kilda Beaches, and more recently, in streams flowing into the Bay.

EcoCentre Director and Port Phillip BayKeeper, Neil Blake, will give a talk about this spreading problem and then lead people on a plastic pollution field survey.

We need ongoing support to measure plastic pollution in the Bay. The aim is to clearly show there’s an ongoing issue and to call on government agencies and plastics manufacturers to be part of the solution.

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre, Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda (in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens)
Date: Saturday 19 October
Time: 1pm-2.30pm

>>> For More Information and background, visit the BayKeeper website.

 


Coal seam gas – public meeting

Posted in Events, Movements by sashashtargot on October 9th, 2013

16 October , 2013
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

COAL SEAM GAS PROTEST SYDNEY

Coal seam gas – what is it and how does it affect the environment and communities?

Find out at a public meeting on October 16 held by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

Coal seam gas extraction involves unconventional techniques to extract gas from coal deposits that are otherwise difficult or impossible to exploit.

These new techniques and the challenges posed by them will be discussed by Mark Ogge of the Australia Institute and Monash University’s Dr Gavin Mudd. The meeting will include an overview of the CSG industry, what the infrastructure looks like, the scale of this infrastructure and the economic impacts of mining booms including gas.  Both speakers have an in-depth knowledge of the topic.

When: October 16, 6.30pm for 7pm
Where: Grace Park Lawn Tennis Club, 6 Hilda Crescent, Hawthorn
Cost: Free, but RSVP on the Alternative Technology Association website.


Mullum Mullum Festival AGM and Lecture

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on October 9th, 2013

12 October , 2013
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

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Notice of Annual General Meeting for the Mullum Mullum Festival.

Plans for the 2014 festival will be discussed. The meeting will be held at 5pm this Saturday 12 October, 2013, Yarran Dheran Information Centre, Mitcham. Mel 49 B6.

The Meeting will be preceded by a presentation by Paul Mahony titled ‘Omissions of emissions: Our environment, livestock and the climate crisis’ between 4pm-5pm.

>> For more information, please see the Mullum Mullum Festival website.


Pedal-Powered Author Comes to Yarraville

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 16th, 2013

20 September , 2013
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

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On Friday 20th September at 12:30pm come and hear author Greg Foyster speak about his inspiring pedal-powered detour from the rat race – Changing Gears – at The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville.

Changing Gears is a high-spirited adventure book charting Greg Foyster’s remarkable, life-transforming cycling challenge he undertook with his girlfriend Sophie from Hobart to Cairns on a quest to find out if we can be happier with less.

Cycling for more than 8 months and 6500 kilometres, Greg and Sophie conducted over 80 in-depth interviews with lone visionaries and engaged communities alike, all seeking a more sustainable life. There’s the barefoot monk who walked from Gold Coast to Townsville with only three robes and an alms bowl, the man who lived in the bush for 20 years without electricity and went on ‘historical treks’ using 18th century tools and clothing, the ‘modern swagman’ who wandered the highway for three decades, and many more DIY downshifters with fascinating stories to tell.

Greg tells a riveting yarn – engaging, self-effacing and with many laugh-out-loud moments. The 6586km bike expedition was a million miles from Greg’s comfortable former lifestyle as an ad man – the furthest he’d cycled in one sitting was 50km and the longest he’d been in a tent was three days at a music festival. Along the way he confronted his own character flaws, contended with bum blisters, tasted road kill and got by on only two changes of clothing.

Greg and Sophie are now on a 60-day, 2000-kilometre pedal-powered book tour, visiting 30 bookshops from Melbourne through regional VIC, ACT & NSW before finishing in Sydney in mid November. Don’t miss out on this chance to hear Greg and Sophie talk about their fascinating stories of life on the road.

WHAT: Greg Foyster’s Pedal-Powered Book Tour

Meet the Author & Signings

WHEN: 12:30pm Friday 20th September

WHERE: The Sun Bookshop, Yarraville

ENQUIRIES:

10 Ballarat St Yarraville VIC 3013

(03) 9689 0661

Follow the Pedal-Powered Book Tour at:

https://www.facebook.com/ChangingGearsBook


Sustainable House Day 2013: September 8

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 3rd, 2013

8 September , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

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Photo from Inspiring, easy steps to comfort and low cost living

On Sunday 8th September, Sustainable House Day will be celebrating its 12th year. The event will continue to showcase some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling, and other practices suitable to their lifestyles.

150 private houses and display houses featuring a variety of sustainable ideas will open their doors to the public. Homes are open from 10am-4pm and will be showcasing environmentally sustainable design, innovative use of materials, and homes that have invested in renewable energy, recycling and other sustainable living practices. Homes will feature experts in areas of green living and energy-efficient products.

Check out the Sustainable House Day website to find open houses around Australia, or to read more about the different ways that people make their homes more sustainable.