Archive for January, 2009

Volunteers wanted for the Sustainable Living Festival!

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on January 30th, 2009

1. Sign Up
The 2009 Sustainable Living Festival is now only just under three weeks away. There is still plenty more room for on-site volunteers and we would love to have people who have previously been involved with SLF to come on board again! If you have yet to sign up to volunteer during the Festival weekend, you can do so here: At this site you can nominate your preferences in terms of which areas you would like to be involved with and which days you are available to volunteer. Come along and enjoy the incredible experience that is volunteering for the Sustainable Living Festival – we hope to see you there!

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The 2009 Sustainability Convergence – ‘Breakthrough: From Recession to Sustainability’

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on January 30th, 2009

Proudly presented by the Sustainable Living Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Environment Victoria and the Greenleap Institute.

About: As we face a looming financial crisis, what are the threats and opportunities to social and environmental movements? How do we break the ‘business as usual’ model? How do we ‘bail out’ the planet? This convergence seeks to bring together people from across Melbourne to start to develop a pathway through the recession to a sustainable economy. What would this look like and how we would we get there? What about livelihood and good work, what about community resilience? What about our place in the world? How do we respond effectively to the looming crisis of climate change? And what does this mean for the social and environmental movements in the short term?

This one day forum will look at the opportunities and threats connected to the economic downturn – political, financial, cultural. We will look at hope and fear (and how we can speak in frames not of opposition but of hope and determination), sketch out pathways to a better future, and how we could get to a safe climate economy in 10 years. We will also consider how we could make Melbourne a sustainable city – one that is compact, people friendly, based on public transport, renewable energy, biodiversity and food production. There will be a session for workshops – you are welcome to send proposals in before the conference.

When: Saturday February 14, 9am – 5pm
Where: Northcote High School, St Georges road, Northcote. Take tram line 112 towards West Preston, stop 26
Cost: Low income – $15 Waged – $25 (no one excluded through lack of funds)
To register: Please pre-register so we have a sense of numbers (you can still just show up on the day). Email your details (name, address, organisation if relevant) to Cam (details below). If you felt like pre-paying, that would be welcome, please send a cheque made out to Friends of the Earth to sustainability convergence, c/- FoE, Box 222, Fitzroy, 3065.

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Launching the UBD® 09 Green Directory

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on January 30th, 2009

Please find a Media Release below about the UBD® 09 Green Directory from Michael Bernard, THE PR EDGE. Comments welcome!

With over 14 million registered vehicles in Australia there is no doubt were a nation of car lovers. However we are also an increasingly ‘green nation, keen to reduce our environmental footprint and aware of the impact driving has on habitats, air pollution and climate disruption.

With recent AAA reports showing that 79% of Australian motorists are concerned about the impact of car usage on the environment, the new UBD® 09 Green Street directory provides useful tips to motorists on reducing the environmental impact of their driving without changing their lifestyle.

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Reminder – THE CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT – starting Saturday 31 January

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on January 29th, 2009

This Summit is very close to commencing. See below for information about attending – it’s still not too late!

This exciting and critical event is the first of its kind, and we look forward to an inspiring four days of networking, strategizing and action with hundreds of people from across the climate movement. If you have not already registered please do so as soon as possible, via the to help us judge numbers.

To find out more about the Summit visit this previous post on Sustainable Melbourne.

The National Sustainable Events Key Forum & Expo

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on January 28th, 2009

The National Sustainable Events Key Forum & Expo is a dedicated conference focusing on leading sustainable event practice. The program will challenge how we look at event production and how sustainability is quickly becoming the main event. To register visit

National Sustainable Events Key Forum & Expo

Todd Litman, sustainable transport expert, to run workshop

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on January 26th, 2009

Todd Litman, a sustainable transport expert from Canada will be visiting Melbourne in March 2009 and will hold a workshop for those currently working in the sector. Check out his website at

Todd Litman Workshop flyer

Food trends 2009: comfort food to be prominent

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on January 23rd, 2009

I found this article to be very interesting, especially points that regard sustainable food consumption which include ‘head to tail eating’ (less waste), more cooking from raw ingredients (less packaging), sustainable meat and fish, and ‘Restaurant and farm alliances’ (makes me think of community supported agriculture…). Of course, not all the choices are sustainable nor healthy! Find an abstract below of ‘Food trends 2009: comfort food to be prominent‘,  January 2, 2009, Daniel Palmer, Source: Australian Food News.

“Spotting trends in food is essential to understanding what food consumers are doing now and more importantly may be doing in the future.  ‘thefoodpeople‘, a British-based food consultancy, split their food trend predictions into “mega trends” – which are already apparent within the market – and also “emerging trends” that are just starting to take hold.”The big trends for 2009 include comfort food, nostalgia, scratch cooking and home baking as consumers want to save money as well as feel good about themselves and the food they consumer just like mum or grandma did,” they advise. “Also big in 2009 will be head to tail eating where more people will be eating those forgotten cuts of meat in a bid to make food go further.”

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RMIT Community Advocacy Unit to cease operations + forward contacts

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on January 22nd, 2009

The RMIT Community Advocacy Unit has ceased operations. For alternative advocacy training opportunities, please visit the VCOSS Clearinghouse at or contact the following workshop facilitators:
The Change Agency,
Trent McCarthy: Communication Skills at trent
Amy McDonald: Grant Seeking Skills at amykmcdonald
Mandy Oakham: Media Skills at mandy.oakham
Janet Powell: Lobbying Skills at janetpowell
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Seeking knowledge of environmental networks

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on January 21st, 2009

The Environmental Jobs Network is seeking to develop a list of environmental networks on our their ‘Networks’ page for people seeking to get into the industry or further develop their knowledge. At the moment they have listed a few Victorian networks such as Greenleap, Sustainability Drinks, Sustainable Melbourne Network, and Melbourne Conversations, but are sadly lacking in networks elsewhere.

If you know of any great groups you’d like to see on this list then please contact the Environmental Jobs Network.

AWARE seeks President – due 24 January 2009

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on January 20th, 2009

Heres a great opportunity for the right person. AWARE (Association for Waste and Resource Education) is seeking an inspired leader! The AWARE President position is soon to become vacant and applications are invited by Friday 24 January. Position Description attached.

Send your expressions of interest to: president

Queries to: Judith Alcorn – phone 8698 9807(W)

AWARE position