Archive for July, 2008

Event – Shopping with a Conscience Supermarket Tour, 31 July

Posted in Models, Movements by Ferne Edwards on July 29th, 2008

Please see a message below from Nick Ray from the Ethical Consumer Group. He refers to the 100 Mile Diet, a challenge, now a book and becoming a movement! If you’d like to be involved he’s your chance to join others!

Hi folks,
Just a quick email to let you know we are running our next “Shopping with a Conscience” Supermarket Tour this Thursday night – the 31st July.
Also for our Ethical Consumer Group in September we’ll be discussing a local trial of the 100 mile diet. See more below.
If you can pass these events on through your networks, that would be great.
Nick Ray

Ethical Consumer Group

Coming up….

“Shopping with a Conscience” Supermarket Tours 2008
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: last Thursday of each month. 6pm – 8.30pm. Cost $15. Light supper provided. Meet at Footscray Baptist church, 60 Paisley Street, Footscray.

Ethical Consumer Group meetings and movies
The Ethical Consumer Group meets monthly to discuss aspects of living out sustainable alternatives in a consumerist culture.
No meeting for August. (Nick & Janet are having a baby instead).
September meet. Thursday 17th July. “100 Mile Trial”
The 100 Mile diet has taken off in many places around the world, with people have experimenting with sourcing their food from within an 100 mile (160km) radius from where they live. We’ll meet to discuss and prepare for how we can do this for a week’s trial later in the year. Includes short movie input.

Event – Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion group- Monday Aug 4 – Phil Hart speaking on Peak Oil

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on July 27th, 2008

Topic: Peak oil and climate change
Speaker: Phil Hart
Where: Kindness House Level 2, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
When: Monday August 4, 6.30 pm
RSVP: mark

Phil Hart studied Materials Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne before spending five years with Shell UK Exploration and Production. He worked on two new North Sea oil and gas field development projects before joining the Brent field maintenance team as a corrosion engineer.
In late 2006, Phil returned to Melbourne and is a member of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil. He has provided briefings and presentations to all levels of Government and other business and community audiences.
Phil’s presents a coherent and robust explanation of why peak oil is near at hand and delivers a sober assessment of some of the alternatives to oil.

Peak Oil is is a phenomenon that will effect on us all. As global oil production declines while demand continues to increase, there will be dramatic rises in the price of oil. As oil fuels almost all our transport of people and goods both domestically and internationally the implications are enormous. Combined with climate change, it adds even more urgency to the task of ending our dependence on fossil fuels.

As the Chief Economist of the IEA recently commented, ‘… putting these two things together, the short and medium term security of our oil markets, plus the climate change consequences of this energy use, my message is that if we don’t do anything very quickly, and in a bold manner, the wheels may fall off. Our energy system’s wheels may fall off …’ In urging OECD governments to rapidly change policy from ‘business-as-usual’ he commented ‘…we must leave oil before it leaves us.’

Peak oil represents both enormous opportunities and dangers.If we take the opportunity to electrify our transport to be run off renewable energy, combined with other wider energy efficiency planning measures, both our climate and economy will benefit. The danger is however, that there will be a rush to producing liquid fuels from coal, and extracting “unconventional oils”, which would be ruinous to the climate. As Jeremy Leggett puts it, ” we would quickly find out whether the worst predictions of the climate scientists were right”

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Model – Ride2School

Posted in Events, Models by Ferne Edwards on July 25th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #68, 15 July 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar, This newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.

Ride2School – The Time is Now
“Riding and walking to school is an idea whose time has come. Schools promote it, parents support it and students love it. Ride2School builds on this momentum to get more young people walking and riding more often. Australian children lead increasingly sedentary lifestyles. How they get to school provides a good example.

“In the 1970s and 80s around 80% of children walked and rode to school. Today the state average is 20% of children who get themselves to school. Participating schools in the Ride2School program are averaging 45% of their students walking and riding. More and more schools are becoming involved – 41% of Victorian schools are registered with Ride2School. There are so many benefits to walking and riding to school – its good for students health, good for the environment and good for the family budget too. Local governments find Ride2School a successful strategy in reducing traffic congestion around schools and throughout the morning peak. Check out the Ride2School ‘Nifty Numbers for the program, and help to make walking and riding to school normal for this generation, and the ones to come.”
Thanks to Meeghan Auhl, Bicycle Victoria, for this item


Seeking entries – MIX08: Sustainability is Old News International Design Student Project – closes 22 September

Posted in Events, Seeking by Ferne Edwards on July 25th, 2008

MIX08: Sustainability is Old News International Design Student Project
Call For Entries Open. Closing 22 September 2008

Indigo, the international indigenous design network invites tertiary design students from around the world to take part in a major cultural exchange project entitled MIX08.

MIX08 invites students to collaborate with their local communities and peers, either within or outside their schools, and respond to the MIX08 brief in the form of a poster.

This years MIX08 brief is based on the following statement: Sustainability is old news.

The context for this brief is drawn from the 2008 Kyoto Design Declaration. Click here to read the declaration.

A panel of judges will select up to 50 entries to be showcased in the MIX08 exhibition. The exhibition will be displayed on the Indigo website and will be available to schools and other institutions wishing to stage a physical exhibition.

MIX08 encourages collaboration and discourse between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students worldwide, as well as the participation of Indigenous people as advisors or mentors.

MIX08 is Indigos cultural exchange project for tertiary design students from Icograda Education Network, Icsid Education Network, IFI Education Network, Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media and other institutions around the world.

Indigo is an Icograda-led project of the International Design Alliance (IDA). Indigo is operated under license by the National Design Centre. Sponsored by FutureBrand and Monash University.

For further information –
Email: info



Posted in Events, Models, Movements, Policies, Research by Ferne Edwards on July 24th, 2008

International Public Lecture by Cassio Taniguchi, Secretary for the Department of Urban and Environmental
Development, Brasilia and former Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, will give a lecture based on his extensive experience of Curitiba on Tuesday 29 July at 6.30pm, Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre. Admission is FREE. Bookings are ESSENTIAL. Register at: . Enquiries: 03 8344 6004.

Invitation to the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 12 August

Posted in Events, Models, Policies, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on July 24th, 2008 and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab in association with the University of Melbournes Entrepreneurs Week would like to invite you to:

The Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Tuesday 12 August night, 6 – 8pm
Copeland Theatre, Economics & Commerce Building
University of Melbourne
RSVP now to save your seat at rsvp

The challenge of climate change presents many opportunities for new sustainable ventures. Entrepreneurs working in this space are able to creatively develop innovative solutions that have environmental, social and economic benefits, yet like all entrepreneurial ventures it is not without risks. At this Sustainable Cities Round Table we will showcase examples of proactive entrepreneurs who have taken this step and bravely gone where no mainstream business has gone before!

The evening will feature a series of short presentations, musical interludes, networking opportunities and more!

Speakers include:
Nick Savaidis, Etiko Fair Trade;
Mitch O’Sullivan, Waterwall Solutions;
Samantha Parsons, Family of Sam design;
Alexi Lynch, Australia Manager, Cities for Climate Protection, ICLEI & Co-founder, the Environmental Jobs Network;
Cathy Parry, Owner of Ron D Swan: Bags and Cycling Accessories;
Bruce Rowse, Director, CarbonetiX;
Cam Hines, Co-founder & owner, Mountain Goat Brewery;
Elizabeth Boulton, Founder, Logistick – Sustainable Supply Chain Solutns;
Aldo Penbrook, Central Victorian Carbon Auditing Service.

The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are a regular series of events that showcase local environmental initiatives and encourage networking for people working in urban sustainability issues across the government, academic, industry and community sectors. To view footage of previous events visit

Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in attending.


Ferne Edwards
Sustainable Cities Research Officer
Victorian Eco-Innovation Laboratory (VEIL)
Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society (ACSIS)

Resource – 10,000 FREE Energy Saving Light Bulbs to give away!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on July 24th, 2008

Green Energy Watch,, is giving away 10,000 FREE Energy Saving Light Bulbs! Visit to put your name down to receive them. Applications are due by 1 August.

Green Energy Watch

Resource – Short film on “Thinking global while eating local”

Posted in Models, Movements, Policies by Ferne Edwards on July 24th, 2008

Please find information below about the “Think Global: Eat Local” film. The details for ordering the film can be found on the website We are retailing it for $20.

Think Global: Eat Local – a diet for a sustainable society
This short film brings together 15 years of footage from 15 countries. It celebrates local food systems and explores how they provide key strategies for working toward a more ecologically sustainable and socially just society. More information:

PDF: film-cover-image.pdf

think global : eat local

News – Interview with Environmentalist of the Year, Prof Rob Adams!

Posted in Events, Models by Ferne Edwards on July 23rd, 2008

Find an excerpt below of an interview with the winner of the very recent Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Banksia Awards, Professor Rob Adams. Rob Adams has also spoken at the Sustainable Cities Round Tables. To view footage of his presentation click here. To read the entire interview visit

Environmentalist of the year
AM – Saturday, 19 July , 2008 08:21:00
Reporter: Jane Cowan

BRENDAN TREMBATH: He’s not your typical environmentalist. But last night in Melbourne, Professor Rob Adams was crowned the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year at the prestigious Banksia Awards.

The trained architect and urban designer is credited with bringing residents back to Melbourne’s central business district, by establishing the greenest building in Australia, the CH2.

The Director of Design and Urban Environment at the City of Melbourne spoke to Saturday AM’s Jane Cowan.

ROB ADAMS: I suppose the biggest achievement has been something called Postcode 3000, which was designed to bring back the residential population to the central city. If you went back to 1985 you would have found that there were about 750 dwelling units in the Central Business District.

By the time we got to the year 2000 there were 10,000 dwelling units in the central city. And that’s gone on to close to 15,000 today which is a dramatic increase in a city population.

And in doing that, we’ve obviously reduced the footprint of those people and the amount they have to travel to get to work and get to their entertainment and leisure.

JANE COWAN: Which of your other achievements would you single out as your greatest?

ROB ADAMS: I think the one that is most well known is the Council House 2 Project. It’s a building that uses a very low energy consumption. 20 per cent of the energy is saved simply by opening the windows late at night.

To read the entire interview visit

Event – National Tree Day – this Sunday 27th July

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on July 23rd, 2008

See attached pdf with invitation to spend a morning planting trees along the Mullum!

PDF: treeday.pdf

National Tree Day