Archive for June, 2007

Resource – Lighthouse Experts Bureau

Posted in Policies, Research by Ferne Edwards on June 29th, 2007

The Lighthouse Experts Bureau was created by the business Integrating Sustainability, as a response to clients’ demand for information and advice on the latest trends and developments in triple bottom line sustainability and stakeholder engagement.

The Bureau does not provide conventional consultancy services, in that it does not address specific problems. Instead it adds value by “illuminating and stimulating strategic thinking”. The name – the Lighthouse Bureau – was inspired by the idea that we assist clients to shed light on unseen risks and new opportunities. Experts for advice range across the corporate, community, industry and academic sectors representing the rich people resources who, on the whole, can be found here in Melbourne. A list of all experts and their areas of expertise can be found here.

Resource – Melbourne Atlas 2006 – Sustaining the Environment

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on June 28th, 2007

This webpage from the Department of Sustainability and the Environment lists many research documents about the state of Melbourne’s environment. Many papers can be downloaded in either of the two broad topics of the Melbourne Atlas or on Sustaining the Environment. Specific topics include Melbourne’s Ecological Footprint. This is an excellent resource for students or people with an interest to learn more about Melbourne’s development and natural resources.

Resource – the Victorian Association for Environmental Education

Posted in Policies by Ferne Edwards on June 27th, 2007

The Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE) is a not-for-profit, membership based organisation that provides leadership and a voice for the environmental and sustainability education sector within Victoria. The VAEE supports and promotes the development of environmental education and sustainable behaviour change in both the formal education and community sector.

The VAEE is driven by a voluntary council of elected members, made up of teachers, educational professionals from industry, community and business. Current projects include:
The Australian Sustainable School Initiative, Vic (AuSSI,Vic), and
The Guide Beside Project, a professional development package for sustainability education and behaviour change practitioners.

For more information about the VAEE visit their website:

Ethical Consumer Group meetings and movies

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by Ferne Edwards on June 27th, 2007

The Ethical Consumer Group meets monthly to discuss aspects of living out sustainable alternatives in a consumerist culture.

Wednesday 4th JulyThe Future of Food” – unlabeled, patented, genetically modified and on our shelves
Join us for dinner 6.30 – 7.30, byo food and thoughts to share. 8pm movie. Wrap up by 10.30pm.

Nick’s place. RSVP

Event – “Shopping with a Conscience” Supermarket Tours now up and running

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on June 27th, 2007

Wheels of Commerce

Food miles, genetic engineering, multinational ownership, packaging…. and much, much more.

Join us to find out more about the products, companies and related issues that are part of your weekly supermarket shopping adventures. Time to share questions, experiences, and to feast on some positive alternatives. We’ll explore practical ways to help you in making more ethical choices and lighten your impact.

Dates: 6pm – 8.30pm, Friday 29th June, 27th July, 31st August, 28th September.
Cost $6. Light supper provided.
Meet at Footscray Baptist church, 60 Paisley Street, Footscray.
More info: Nick Ray on ph:0500 868 498 or info

Your Dollar is your vote. Find out who (and what) you voted for today!


Local action – Launch of Environment Victoria’s Zero Waste Challenge

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on June 27th, 2007

Environment Victorias Zero Waste Team would like to take this opportunity to officially launch the Zero Waste Challenge and encourage your participation.

By taking part in the Zero Waste challenge you will be provided with practical ways to reduce your waste output. The Zero Waste challenge will help Victorian families and individuals address their consumption and waste disposal habits and challenge themselves to reduce their waste.

Would you like to be informed about how you can make better consumer choices?
Would you like to know correct recycling/waste procedures?
Would you like to learn practical ways to reduce your waste?
Would you like to help raise awareness in the community about the Zero Waste philosophy?
Would you like to have fun, while significantly reducing your ecological footprint?

How it works…
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Event – Nominations for Landcare Awards close 1 July

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on June 26th, 2007

Green is Beautiful

Reminder: Nominations for the 2007 Victorian Landcare Awards Close July 1
There’s still time to get in your entries for the 2007 Victorian Landcare Awards. The search is on for inspiring individuals, community groups, schools, youth groups and networks that deserve to be
recognised for their work in tackling environmental issues from the ground up.

You can nominate yourself, your organisation or group, or someone else – and you don’t have to be a Landcare member to apply. All award winners will receive a cash prize.

For all the award categories, tips and rules, go to the Department of Sustainability website under Landcare Awards.




Event – George Monbiot: What Australia Should do to Stop the Planet Burning

Posted in Events, Policies by Ferne Edwards on June 25th, 2007

It’s happening again! George Monbiot is about to do his second live via climate-friendly video conference on Tuesday 3rd July, 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM, at the Law GM15 Theatre, Law Building, Melbourne University Parkville campus (corner of Leicester and Pelham Streets).

An event not to be missed, George Monbiot ( is an internationally renowned journalist, acclaimed author, academic and environmental and political activist in the United Kingdom who writes a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper. In his most recent book ‘Heat‘, George presents compelling arguments about what we need to do to prevent runaway, catastrophic climate change.
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Event – How can Australia meet its future water needs?, 29 June

Posted in Events, Research by Ferne Edwards on June 22nd, 2007

Speakers for this seminar, held by the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University, are Prof. Tom Spurling, Australian Centre for Emerging Technologies and Society, and Associate Professor Ian Harding, Environment and Biotechnology Centre.

Tom Spurling is a member of The Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and the Chair of a Working Group on ‘Water for our Cities’. The report of this group is to be released on 22 June. Ian Harding runs Swinburnes biotechnology degrees and is a specialist in water quality.

For more information about the event – be sure to check out other seminars in the series too! – visit the Swinburne website.

Zero Waste Campaign, Environment Victoria

Posted in Visions by Ferne Edwards on June 21st, 2007

Environment Victoria’s Zero Waste Campaign aims to to raise the awareness of waste issues in the broader community and to advocate for better policy on waste and resource-use. Their website has been recently updated and lists the multitude of ways people can become more involved in the Zero Waste Campaign.

Actions include:
* Responding to e-bulletins when they are posted.
* Applying pressure to Ministers of Parliament and policy-makers on urgent issues, which will help to help sway decisions.
* Become involved in some of the online campaign strategies that will be developed over the coming months.
* Attend public meetings on Zero Waste in your area.

For more information about the Zero Waste Campaign, visit: