Archive for November, 2007
Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 22nd, 2007
I recently had the pleasure of speaking about the Sustainable Cities project, VEIL (ie. SustainableMelbourne.com, SustainableCitiesNet.com and the Sustainable Cities Round Tables) at a Green Drinks/ 02 Global Network function. The event was attended by many creative types with an avid interest in green design. Below is some more information about the project.
o2 Global Network
o2 Global Network is an international creative industry network for people interested in sustainable design. The network involves people with a background in design, industrial design, architecture, graphic design, arts, fashion, and innovation, as well as people from academies, universities, public authorities, companies and knowledge centers.
The network is made up of the o2 Global Network foundation, regional hubs, local groups, liaisons and individuals (called o2’s). It has currently more than 70 country contacts, themselves representing local networks and over 1500 active members. The o2 Global Network Foundation launches System Reload in August – a Global Network Initiative to share knowledge and fast track sustainable design from concept to consumer.
Join the o2 global network mailing list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/o2mailinglist and automatically become a member of o2 Victoria.
o2 Australia works alongside partners the Society for Responsible Design and ChangeX. o2 Australia was originally founded by John Gertsakis from Product Ecology and Kirsty Mate’ in NSW. o2 Australia seeks new local and international partnerships to develop strategy for increased eco innovation and entrepreneurial activity.
For more information about o2 contact o2 Victoria Liaison, Monique McNamara or Damien Melotte at join @o2australia.org or visit o2 Australia at http://www.o2australia.org.
Stated in the Green Building Voice newsletter, Vol 47, 31 October 2007, was news of an upcoming initiative “which aims to educate and shape the next generation of green building professionals and create the property industry workforce of the future”. Suited to university or TAFE students or young professional graduates. If you would like to find out more about the Future Green Leaders of Australia, contact FGLA @gbcaus.org. Alternatively, check out the Green Building Association website at http://www.gbcaus.org/.
Posted in Visions by Ferne Edwards on November 20th, 2007
Below is a statement by Martin J. Cowling, CEO and Founder of People First Solutions, an organisation whose mission is “to assist not-for-profits to succeed in mobilising their people through our training, consultancy and coaching services”. This editorial was posted in the People First Newsletter. Visit their website to join the mailing list at http://www.pfts.com.au/.
Martin J. Cowling:
“In response to my expression of frustration at a client’s lackadaisical approach to a project (staff not briefed, materials not ready, etcetera), my client turned to me and said, “This is the not-for-profit sector. Why do you expect so much?”.
I responded by saying that NFP’s (ie. Not For Profits) can be as professional, if not more so, than commercial organisations. She countered by saying, “I used to feel that but I know now that I don’t need to push myself.”
Sorry, a half hearted approach in the 21st century won’t cut it with donors, government authorities, auditors, or clients.
The community are demanding organised workplaces that are every bit as efficient as the ones they left behind. Recently I spoke with a supervisor working with a not-for-profit who said, “Inefficiency in our sector is unjustified because every dollar we waste is a dollar that our clients miss out on.”
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Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 16th, 2007
A review of the recent talk, “Yes it is unsustainable but it is not my fault“, held at St Michaels Church in Collins Street, Melbourne, and organised by Deakin University can now be accessed on the Deakin University website. The three speakers at the event included Professor Professor Cullen, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Professor Geoff Wescott from Deakins Burwood campus and an expert in coastal ecology and Dr Anne Wallis, who specialises in creating grass-roots solutions to a lot of the problems facing modern rural communities.
Themes in the evening included speakers’ urging the audience to use their vote wisely at the next election, disappointment in a society where shopping is now a recreational activity and where want and need have become disastrously confused, and suggestions for Australians to lead themselves, out of an increasingly arid wilderness.
The brief review on the website states:
“Professor Cullen noted dryly Australians had convinced themselves rare wet seasons were the norm for this country and felt indignant every time a drought came along. And then came the commandments: Do unto others, upstream and downstream, as you would do unto yourself; Do not covet thy neighbours water, and ;
Maintain the health of our aquatic ecosystems for all other uses are dependent on this health.”
A transcript of Peter Cullens talk can be found at http://www.gsdm.com.au/newsletters/deakin/nov07/Cullen.html
The whole Life Matters program can be heard at http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2007/2062104.htm
Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on November 15th, 2007
The book, “Climate Change Needs Housing Change” by Derek Wrigley has recently been published by Scribe. This insightful tome in effect blows the whistle on the housing industry in the cool temperate areas of Australia. It is $15 post free in Australia and all profits go to Nature and Society Forum in Canberra.
“Climate Change Needs Housing Change” also complements Wrigley’s other publication, “Making your home sustainable” which is still available in good bookshops or through Scribe, Carlton. $42.95.
Reviews of either of these books would be welcome on SustainableMelbourne.com. Please post any reviews or comments below.
Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on November 14th, 2007
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing Australians today. Its up to all of us â€“ individuals, business and government â€“ to act quickly and ensure we protect this wonderful country for our kids and their kids too.
Who On Earth Cares brings together Australians from all walks of life who want to want to see Australia reduce its spiralling levels of greenhouse pollution and avoid dangerous climate change. Who On Earth Cares shows what we are all doing in our lives to save energy and helps each of us let our politicians know we want leadership and real solutions to this important issue.
Each of us really can make a difference, but together we can do even more. Put yourself on the map today at www.whoonearthcares.com to show you care about climate change.
Who On Earth Cares is an initiative of the Australian Conservation Foundation. To learn more about us and the solutions to climate change visit www.acfonline.org.au.
Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 13th, 2007
Future Leaders and Melbourne Conversations are pleased to invite you to a free event at BMW Edge on 22 November at 6.00pm.
Music: Players, Passion and Politics
(Impromptu performances will be part of the discussion.)
Why is Melbourne emerging an influential music city? Is it the depth and diversity of musicians, great venues, enthusiastic audiences and development opportunities or are we just lucky? Are the politics of the music industry understood and how will it develop?
Sophie Brous â€“ Vocalist/Composer
Deborah Conway â€“ Singer/Songwriter
Genevieve Lacey â€“ Recorder Virtuoso
Richard Mills AM â€“ Conductor/Composer
Moderator – Sian Prior â€“ Writer, Broadcaster and Singer
When: 6.00 to 7.30pm, Thursday 22 November 2007 – entry from 5.30pm
Where: BMW Edge Federation Square, corner of Swanston and Flinders street, Melbourne
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Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 13th, 2007
If you want to discover some of Melbourne’s hottest bars and talk to other Environmental Job Seekers and Professionals then come along to EJN’s GreenDrinks (www.environmentaljobs.com.au).
This is a great chance for our Melbourne subscribers to informally chat with other environmentally friendly people about jobs, careers, networks and the environment!
Each month will feature drink specials at a different bar and a couple of activities to break the ice. So come along and get to know EJN as well as a range of different people working, volunteering and studying in the environmental field.
The past few months have been a great success with positive feedback from all involved – make sure you don`t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be part of a network of people who care about the environment and their careers!
November GreenDrinks will be held on Thursday 15 November from 6-8pm at the Niagara Hotel, 383 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. See www.niagarahotel.com.au for more details.
No RSVP required.
For more information please send an email via our contacts page at
I try not to get too political on this site as I don’t want to exclude participation. However, the resource described below from The Climate Institute represents both sides of the political party and may be an excellent resource to inform people’s environmental choices for the next election. If you’d like to comment on it, please do so below.
The Climate Institute has commissioned leading risk analysts, Climate Risk, and energy statisticians, Energy Strategies, to assess the impact of the climate policies announced by each of the major parties. As a baseline against which to judge the impact of polices, The Climate Policy Analysis Tool uses Australian Government projections of future greenhouse emissions after the effect of policies announced up to December 2006. In addition the impact of state government policies after this point have also been included. Only policies with sufficient detail to 2020 are assessed. Both major parties have committed to establishing emissions trading schemes with the ALP having set an overall target of reducing emissions by 60% from 2000 to 2050. However, as at October 25, neither party has revealed short or medium term emission reduction targets to reliably assess performance of such schemes. Other assumptions can be found in Climate Risks Climate Policy Analysis Tool www.climateinstitute.org.au.
Visions – Francois JÃ©gou presents at the Sustainable Cities Round Table / Future Melbourne Forum, 31 October
Francois JÃ©gou, Director, Brussels-based design research company, Solutioning, recently spoke at the Sustainable Cities Round Table / Future Melbourne Forum, 31 October. Francois JÃ©gou is the first visitor in a series bringing leading international thinkers on eco-innovation to Australia: “ECO-LEAD” (organised by Sustainability Victoria and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab).
JÃ©gou is an important European designer; he is also a European expert in sustainability strategies. His expertise is derived from understanding that ideas of, and solutions for, sustainability are complex transformations that take place between multiple stakeholders, involving both social and technical innovation.
The art of being a strategic sustainable designer is to understand, hear and consider all stakeholder voices in the innovation process. Francois work has focused on user-centred innovation, and design-oriented scenario development, envisaging new ways for companies to interact with consumers to create and instigate radical product innovation. In a similar way to the VEIL project, JÃ©gou uses scenarios to investigate unknown outcomes and to provide an understanding of radical changes that may take place in the future. He is a partner with Ezio Manzini (a future ECO-LEAD visitor) in the global project known as “The Sustainable Every Day” which brings together visions of a sustainable future from extensive workshops in more than 18 countries.
Please find footage of his presentation – in two parts – below.