Archive for March, 2008

Research – Dr Patrick Moriarty on transport issues at the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 17 March

Posted in Events, Models, Movements, Policies, Research, SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on March 31st, 2008

The fifth three-minute presenter at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Mobility was Dr Patrick Moriarty, a GAMUT Partner. According to his GAMUT profile, Patrick Moriarty taught Civil Engineering at Dar es Salaam Technical College and carried out field research on low-cost housing for the National Housing and Building Research Unit from 1971-1977. Since 1977, his research interests at Monash University have been in the areas of urban land use and transport (both in Australia and Asia), and alternative energy. An important part of this research has been the climate change implications of different fuels/energy sources for transport and electricity generation. From this experience and background, Paddy’s talk at the Sustainable Cities Round Table was titled “The wearing of the green” (as this event was held on St Patrick’s Day!).

Please find footage of his presentation below.


Resource – Stephen Ingrouille presents on transport innovation at the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 17 March

Posted in Events, Research, SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 31st, 2008

Stephen Ingrouille, Principal, Going Solar, http://www.goingsolar.com.au/, also spoke at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Mobility with his presentation titled “Introducing innovative & cost-effective transit technologies”. Stephen is a regular contributor to SustainableMelbourne.com with excerpts from his informative and fascinating Transport Newsletter. His talk focussed on two very interesting and innovative sustainable transport options – ultralight rail and hovercraft. Stephen also made one of the most amusing comments of the evening with his statement that “if you’re swimming and a hovercraft went over you, you wouldn’t feel a thing!

Please find footage of his presentation below.


Resource – Marie Watt and her artistic work on transport, Sustainable Cities Round Table, 17 March

Posted in Events, SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on March 31st, 2008

It is our pleasure at the Sustainable Cities Round Table to encourage artists to present their work which relate to the event’s themes to broaden sustainable perspectives beyond the technical and purely functional. Marie Watt, a photographic artist presented “The power of spin” at the most recent Sustainable Cities Round Table focused on mobility. She also exhibited her work in the foyer during the event.

Please find footage and images of her artistic work below.

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Local Action & Network – Paul McKay talks about Cyclovia at the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 17 March

Posted in Events, Models, Movements, SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 31st, 2008

Also speaking at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Mobility, 17 March 2008, was Paul McKay, a Cyclovia Consultant, whose talk was titled “Cyclovia”. Cyclovia is described on http://www.cyclovia.org/ as Life to the street! The website reads: “Imagine roads with barely a car insight and people of all ages walking, cycling, rollerblading or pushing a pram. That is a Cyclovia. During a Cyclovia, cars are not allowed to drive along the selected road but are still able to cross at designated intersections. The first Cyclovia in Australia was held on 28 May 2006 in Moreland, Victoria. Over 5,000 participants attended this great day.”

Please find footage and the powerpoint slides from Paul McKay’s presentation below.

Cyclovia powerpoint


Event – Eating, moving, living: Pathways to sustainable urban planning, transport and food production – 5 April

Posted in Events, Models, Policies, Research, Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 31st, 2008

Saturday April 5: 11am – 7pm
Port Phillip EcoCentre, Cnr Herbert and Blessington Street, St Kilda

The urban environment presents unique challenges to planning for sustainable living, food production and transport. Hear our three panels of speakers address these themes in the local context to educate you about some of the issues and present some solutions. The event opens with an indigenous welcome, a brief from the City of Port Phillip on their local Community Pulse program and a tour of the Port Phillip EcoCentre, followed by our first panel session on local food production and food sustainability issues.

Then share a hearty Mexican lunch, browse over our free community and campaign stalls, listen to some local musicians and be part of the local launch of the new book ‘Climate Code Red’ by David Spratt and Phillip Sutton. This very timely publication is an initiative of Greenleap, CarbonEquity and Friends of the Earth.

We will then return to hear panel discussions on sustainable transport and urban planning. Then stay around after 5pm and be part of the Engage Media and Plug-in TV short documentary screenings.

Panel speakers include:
– Ben Neil (Cultivating Community);
– Bob Phelps (Gene Ethics)
– a speaker from ‘Lentil as Anything’
– Frank Fisher (Undertandascope)
– Elliot Fishman (Institute for Sensible Transport)
– Kerryn Wilmot (Public Transport Users Assoc)
– Anna Griffiths (unChain St Kilda)
– Bridget Puszka (BP Architects)
and other speakers still to be confirmed. These speakers address issues and present a vision for what a sustainable urban future might look like with specific reference to local issues, policy and development.

Visit www.melbournesocialforum.org for a full program and speaker listing. Entry by gold coin donation. Want hold a free stall at our event? Email stalls @melbournesocialforum.org.

Organised by Melbourne Social Forum and supported by Port Phillip EcoCentre. For more information contact info @melbournesocialforum.org or www.melbournesocialforum.org.

Directions on how to get there: The Port Phillip EcoCentre www.ecocentre.com is located on the corner of Herbert and Blessington Sts, (Melway ref. 58 B11) on the corner of St Kilda Botanic Gardens.

Public transport: Take the 96 Tram to St Kilda. It stops at the corner of Barkley St and Acland St. At end of Acland St and walk 100 metres and you will see a 7-11 on the corner. Then turn left, up Blessington St, walk 100 metres until you come to the EcoCentre. Look for the Melbourne Social Forum banner out the front.


Resource – Dr John Grant at the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 17 March

Posted in Events, Models, Policies, Research, SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on March 31st, 2008

Dr John Grant, from JA Grant & Assoc., http://www.jagrant.com.au/, was the first presenter at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – Mobility, 17 March. The title of his talk was “Walking to a more sustainable future – Solvitur Ambulando”.

Dr John Grant is consultant who specialises in Walking – but there is much more to walking than just walking! The approach to his company is summarised (from their website) as: “Efforts to improve walkability include support for people who walk; or who have a disability and are required to walk; or who use mobility aids (wheelchairs, walking frames, shopping jeeps etc.); or who use prams or pushers for children”. Walking is not only a means of transport but also improves an individual’s health, is a major form of recreation for people of all ages, and is an enjoyable way of using public space.

Please find below powerpoint slides and film footage from Dr John Grant’s presentation.
Dr John Grant powerpoint slides


Introducing the Sustainable Cities Round Table – Mobility, 17 March

Posted in Events, Models, Movements, Policies, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 31st, 2008

The Sustainable Cities Round Table – Mobility was held recently on Monday, 17 March, at the University of Melbourne. Proudly supported by GAMUT – The Australasian Centre for the Governance And Management of Urban Transport and organised by SustainableMelbourne.com and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) the evening was full of speakers from a variety of backgrounds and projects across the sustainable transport spectrum. The evening was professionally filmed by Ryan Spanger from Dream Engine Productions and footage of the event is published here on SustainableMelbourne.com.

Speakers included:
Dr John Grant, JA Grant & Assoc., “Walking to a more sustainable future – Solvitur Ambulando”
Paul McKay, Cyclovia Consultant, “Cyclovia”
Marie Watt, Photographic Artist, “The power of spin”
Steven Ingrouille, Principal, Going Solar, “Introducing innovative & cost-effective transit technologies”
Dr Patrick Moriarty, GAMUT Partner, “The wearing of the green”
Alice Woodruff, Walking & Cycling, Department of Infrastructure, “Changing the way we travel”
Daniel Epstein, Managing Director, “Conservo & Sustainiversity”
David Fewchuk, Chairman Aurora Vehicle Assoc. Inc., “Travelling on the Sun”
Bill Bretherton, Human Powered Cycles, “Asylum seekers, sustainability & cycling as transport”
Bruce Herbes, Wayfinding Consultant, “Making the City Legible”
Dianne Moy, VEIL, & Kathleen Turner, Architect student, SKM/ University of Melbourne, “Mobility & the Extended School System 2032”

Other features of the evening included drumming by Mathew Apted and a photography exhibition by Marie Watt. Assoc. Prof. Nick Low from GAMUT, the sponsors of the event, led a discussion on sustainable transport futures – responses have also been posted on SustainableMelbourne.com.

We would like to thank the sponsors, presenters, muscian, artist and everyone who was involved – it was a great evening!

Prof. Chris Ryan and Ferne Edwards from VEIL introduced the event. See footage of their presentations below.


Local action & Resource – Leading the way to green futures

Posted in Models, Policies, Seeking, Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 28th, 2008

Please find below an abstract of an article, “Greening by example”, written by Katherine Kizilos in The Age. The article refers to the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, http://www.csl.org.au/, which is currently advertising for scholarship applications.

Monday, 24 March 2008
Brown’s idea “If we can’t get people in positions of influence to care, why not get people who care to be better equipped to influence?” was the basis for her new career path as founder of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
Looked at one way, Larissa Brown’s brilliant career has been possible because she made a chain of rational choices.

It is also an example of what can be achieved when you decide that the work you are called to do is more important than your fears. Brown, 26, is the founder of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL), which each year offers a free eight-month course to young people who want to forge new ways to work and live on a fragile planet. Brown began this work four years ago in Melbourne and plans to offer a course in Sydney next year. With the United Nations Environment Program as her partner, she is also developing an online course for international students.

The centre came about because of the difficulties Brown faced learning how to implement change herself. “I always knew that I wanted to work to make the world more sustainable but I didn’t know how I was going to do that,” she says.

To read the full story visit http://www.theage.com.au/news/environment/greening-by-example/2008/03/23/1206206929869.html


Event – VeloRock 2008 – The bicycle powered indie gig – 29 March

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on March 27th, 2008

VeloRock is special because all the bands and their equipment will be transported to the venue by bicycle and the event will be run on 100% greenpower. VeloRock is a demonstration of the unrealised utility of the bicycle, human power and sustainable energy. Also there is free bicycle servicing by Bikefix.

Date & Time: Saturday 29th March 2008, 2pm – 7pm
Venue: Brunswick Velodrome, Harrison Street, on the Merri Creek
Cost: Free Entry
More information: http://www.velorock.net/

www.velorock.net


Event reminder – Melbourne Sustainability Drinks – April 2

Posted in Events, Movements by Ferne Edwards on March 27th, 2008

Come and join us at the next event held on Wednesday the 2nd of April. Melbourne Sustainability Drinks is a non sponsored event, held on the first Wednesday of every month in the Melbourne CBD.

The aim of this event is to provide a forum for professionals working in various parts of the “sustainability industry” to meet, exchange ideas about this sector and hear different perspectives about the social and environmental challenges we face. We hope you will meet many passionate people who are working to make a positive difference.

Further information and to RSVP at www.sustainabilitydrinks.com.