Archive for October, 2008

Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 31st, 2008

What: Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group “Retrofitting Australia’s homes for greater energy efficiency” with Lyn and Maurice Beinat from ecoMaster
When: Wednesday, November 5th, 2008/6.30pm (notice we have changed from our usual Monday time, due to Melbourne Cup)
Where: Top Floor, Kindness House 288 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Charge: By donation

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Environmental Career Workshop

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 31st, 2008

What: Environmental Career Workshop
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2008/6:15 – 8:00 pm
Where: Theatre Room 6, Level 2, 140 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: $44 inclusive of GST
Last session fo 2008, so book your place by sending e-mail to teresa.day@environmentaljobs.com.au

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Backyard Aquaponics Workshop

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 30th, 2008

What: Backyard Aquaponics Workshop, a Two day workshop with Dr Wilson Lennard
When: Sat-Sun/8th-9th November/10am – 4pm
Where: CERES, Community Environment Park Cnr Roberts and Stewarts Street East Brunswick VIC 3057
Cost: $150/$140 CERES members / concession. Light lunch provided.
Book your place to Reception at 9387 2609
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Sustainable Living Festival Call for Applications 2009

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 30th, 2008

The Sustainable Living Festival hits the streets of Melbourne in 2009 to inspire sustainable action for our local neighborhoods, homes and communities.

Celebrating its 10th Birthday, the Festival will present a program that will span over two weeks and feature a range of community events that will lead up to the main celebration at Federation Square on the 20-22 February 2009.

Come and be a part of taking sustainability to the streets. For more information on how to participate visit Participate 09.

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Help Build a Greener Australia!

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 29th, 2008

What: National Green Star Tool Roadshow by The Green Building Council of Australia
When: Friday, October 31, 2008/8:30-5:30 pm
Where: Medallion Club, Telstra Dome, Docklands, Melbourne, VIC

Buildings contribute as much as 23 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. That means that buildings are now at the frontline in the fight against global warming.

The Green Building Council of Australia have developed the Green Star environmental rating tools and now we’re taking the new releases of our environmental rating tools on the road. Find out more about what green building and the Green Star rating tools can do for you!

The Green Star Tool Roadshow is a one-day workshop will provide you with an understanding of Green Star, case studies from key speakers and insights into green building practices in Australia.


“Trash is treasure” – A synopsis of the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Waste

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on October 28th, 2008

Please read the delightful article by Sue Jackson about the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – Waste Not Want Not. This article first appeared on aduki online.

TRASH IS TREASURE
By Sue Jackson

On a grey morning last winter I hit the jackpot. Walking past a neighbouring house, I noticed a cardboard box leaning up against the front fence with a ‘Free sign attached. Looking around carefully to make sure no one was watching, I bent down to inspect its contents, and found a hardly used Tupperware container, the perfect size for my signature biscuits and muffins. I tucked it under my arm and continued on my way with a smile on my face, never realising that Id just become a statistic.

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One Just World: If water is life, what do we do when it runs out?

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 28th, 2008

What: Public forums on global poverty and development: Water and sanitation security for the developing world hosted by One Just World
When: Wednesday, 29 October, 2008/6.00pm – 7.30pm (entry from 5.30pm)
Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square
Free event!

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Airline Trash Landings

Posted in Policies by Devin Maeztri on October 28th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #82, 21 October 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.

“Years after recycling became second nature at home, the aviation industry is taking the first steps to introduce recycling on flights and in airports. These early moves – including a Virgin Blue trial of in-flight recycling and the installation of recycling bins at Sydney Airport – follow a report that found American airlines throw out enough aluminium cans every year to build 58 new 747 jets.

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Food Waste Workshop Outcomes 4, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, 24 September 2008

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on October 27th, 2008

A Food Waste Workshop was held at the Sustainable Cities Round Table – Waste Not Want Not, 24 September 2008. Three key organisations redistribute food that is still edible to people in need: SecondBite, FareShare (previously One Umbrella) and VicRelief Foodbank. Participants at the Sustainable Cities Round Table received a five minute explanation of the key issues of the growing food waste issue that links to poverty, hunger and urban environmental issues, and then worked together in small teams to answer the following four questions.

1. Can you think of ways to help better manage these issues of food waste redistribution
2. Can you think of opportunities that could occur across the city system? ie. in terms of transport, water, urban planning, etc
3. Can you think of ways to reduce the amount of food that is generated further up the chain
4. Can you think of new opportunities or businesses that could emerge from the topics mentioned above?

The responses from the fourth question are listed below.

Key issues:
1. Awareness – that food rescue agencies exist and have the capacity to collect surplus food, so we can start making a dint on the amount of good quality nutritious food that goes to waste.
2. Funding – the cost to run our organisation is increasing, and will continue to do so. This is of vital importance as we begin to tackle to problem on a much larger scale. Collaboration, information sharing and pooling of resources will be key in addressing this.
3. Logistics – Not so much a problem but an area that will need a lot of focus (money!) and collaboration as we implement statewide strategies, incorporating multiple agencies and both internal and external logistics companies.

4. Can you think of new opportunities or businesses that could emerge from the topics mentioned above?
Start producing organic varieties so as to encourage people to go for healthy food instead of junk food
Set up brown fields with in house treatment of various types of waste and set up a centralized distribution network for recycled products
Opening as business/restaurant, sourcing form “dumpster”
Council compost business
More urban garden spaces

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Food Waste Workshop Outcomes 3, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, 24 September 2008

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on October 27th, 2008

A Food Waste Workshop was held at the Sustainable Cities Round Table – Waste Not Want Not, 24 September 2008. Three key organisations redistribute food that is still edible to people in need: SecondBite, FareShare (previously One Umbrella) and VicRelief Foodbank. Participants at the Sustainable Cities Round Table received a five minute explanation of the key issues of the growing food waste issue that links to poverty, hunger and urban environmental issues, and then worked together in small teams to answer the following four questions.

1. Can you think of ways to help better manage these issues of food waste redistribution
2. Can you think of opportunities that could occur across the city system? ie. in terms of transport, water, urban planning, etc
3. Can you think of ways to reduce the amount of food that is generated further up the chain
4. Can you think of new opportunities or businesses that could emerge from the topics mentioned above?

The responses from the third question are listed below.

Key issues:
1. Awareness – that food rescue agencies exist and have the capacity to collect surplus food, so we can start making a dint on the amount of good quality nutritious food that goes to waste.
2. Funding – the cost to run our organisation is increasing, and will continue to do so. This is of vital importance as we begin to tackle to problem on a much larger scale. Collaboration, information sharing and pooling of resources will be key in addressing this.
3. Logistics – Not so much a problem but an area that will need a lot of focus (money!) and collaboration as we implement statewide strategies, incorporating multiple agencies and both internal and external logistics companies.

3. Can you think of ways to reduce the amount of food that is generated further up the chain?
Impart training to restaurants/chefs etc. to design/devise energy efficient recipes which can be easily adapted even in households
Change farmer contract –overproduction of crops
Eating seasonally
Restaurants (less over supplying, reduced portion, better storage)
Cultural change (what people think is acceptable to buy ie. blemishes on fruit/veg)

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