Archive for March, 2009

Media release: Melbourne Social Forum

Posted in Events by ChrisChinchilla on March 27th, 2009

Here’s the media release for the Melbourne Social Forum, we’re still on the look out for stalls, workshops et…


The world is changing rapidly, with major crises such as Climate Change and The Global Financial Meltdown polarising in peoples minds the need for action. The time for discussion and talk is long over, realistic and practical ideas are needed now to help us all through our daily lives.

In the Hot House is a weekend festival that aims to do just that, bringing together diverse areas of Melbournes community to lead discussion, engagement and (most importantly) action. To create and promote ideas that attendees can take home and put into effect immediately, making a real difference to their lives and the lives of those around them. Read the rest of this entry »

Environment Week at the University of Melbourne

Posted in Events by Virginia on March 27th, 2009

Celebrating ten years of the Office for Environmental Programs, home of the Graduate Environmental Program at the University of Melbourne.

Related events include:

Living Well Within Our Environment – Are We? Can We? Dr Ian McPhail, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria, and a panel of environmental thinkers debate the Commissioner’s 2008 State of the Environment Report.
When: Monday 30th March, 5:30pm-7pm
Where: Prince Phillip Theatre, Architecture
RSVP to: query-environment@

Discover environmental study options and initiatives at The University of Melbourne .
When: Tuesday 31st March, 1-3pm
Where: Deakin Court (South side of Union Building)

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Melbourne Social Forum and Festival

Posted in Events by Virginia on March 26th, 2009

The Melbourne Social Forum (MSF) is a progressive grassroots organisation that provides open space to discuss, share, and act on ideas for sustainable social and ecological justice. Our goal is to help create socially just and ecologically sustainable world through collaboration with community groups, activists, and the wider community. This year’s event explores ‘Positive responses to climate change‘.

Under this umbrella, vital contemporary themes consisting of human rights, sustainability and social and environmental justice will be discussed. The current social, ecological and economic challenges facing the world highlight the urgency for us to look for alternatives and solutions.

When: Friday 17 April
Where: TBA

The MSF launch will be followed by a two-day weekend festival at CERES Environmental Park in Brunswick featuring workshops, stalls, live music, performances by two local schools, films and art displays (Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April).

For more information click here or email workshops@melbourne socialforum. org.

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Cultivating Sustainability – Behaviour Change Training for Sustainability Advocates

Posted in Events by timc on March 26th, 2009

When: Wed April 15,   9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Port Phillip Eco-Centre, Cnr Herbert and Blessington Streets, St Kilda

Cultivating Sustainability is a 1-day workshop which provides sustainability advocates with insights, models and tools to trigger the psychological drivers of sustainable behaviour. This workshop will assist you to

  • Identify what people need in order to embrace sustainability
  • Target your efforts and resources to the points of most leverage
  • Incorporate psychological principles to your sustainability programs
  • Communicate about sustainability more effectively
  • Meet others who are dealing with similar challenges and share ideas and success stories

Presented by Tim Cotter, a psychologist specialising in behaviour change in an organisational and environmental context.

Cost: $120 Individuals/Community Groups – $200 Not for profits/Govt – $250 Corporates/For profit
Details and Registration at
Or contact info@ or 0404 212 903

Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Transport Public Forum

Posted in Events by Virginia on March 25th, 2009

Do we understand the extent to which global change will shape our cities? How liveable will our cities be in the future? What will they look like? How many people will be living in them by 2050 and 2100? Where will the food come from to feed them? What resources will be available to maintain and operate city services and its infrastructure? How much of the infrastructure we are building today will have value in the future? Do we really know what future we should be planning for? – These are critical questions that should be reflected in government policy yet almost all of today’s planning policies continue to be based on business as usual approaches. This forum aims to address these questions and consider the implications for city and transport planning.

Complete and return Registration Form and Payment by Monday 23rd March 2009 by fax, mail or as outlined below:
Fax: 03 95318748
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VOTING ON THE FUTURE – Audiences responses from the ECO-CITY Melbourne Exhibition

Posted in Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 24th, 2009

At the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing, 26 February, which was held in collaboration with the ECO-CITY Melbourne Exhibition by VEIL, the audience was asked to identify from the posters “What is the most exciting, positive and desirable aspects / ideas of what life could be like?“. Their responses – a sporadic list of vibrant topics and themes – can be read below. To learn more about the VEIL ECO-CITY Melbourne exhibition read this article in The Age and check out the VEIL website here.

1.    Water solution – storm water recycling, wetlands
2.    Water solution – visible water tank
3.    Eco-business – “more than once”
4.    Office-farm
5.    Vertical farm
6.    Community initiatives e.g. nature strips/rooftop gardens –reducing food miles, encouraging interaction + public health initiative all in one
7.    More than once eco-friendly supermarket
8.    Visible water tanks and pipes
9.    EBD mobility
10.    Fridge
11.    Bikes
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Lincoln Smith, Sustainable Cities Round Table, Sustainable Sharing, Thursday 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 24th, 2009

Lincoln Smith, Founder of Growlocal, seeks to localise food production by sharing food.  He seeks to add passion, culture and connectivity from individuals to formulate a model that will increase the sustainability of food produce. GrowLocal is an online food swapping websit that reduces food waste.

Joanne Hay, Sustainable Cities Round Table, Sustainable Sharing, Thursday 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 24th, 2009

Joanne Hay, Co-creator of the website, initiates a new approach to sustainable agriculture by sharing farm animals. She advocates the importance of localism and culture to attain holistic goals such as sustainability. Her talk is titled “Herdsharing for the Future“.

Herdshare 1

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Ferne Edwards, Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing, 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 24th, 2009

Ferne Edwards, the host and organiser of the Sustainable Cities Round Tables, VEIL, introduces the concept of sharing, from shared spaces, to shared commodities demonstrating new ways to attain sustainability. This Sustainable Cities Round Table was the 10th event and the first for 2009. Including all the speakers we have now had a total of 99 speakers! All of these can be viewed online at  Speakers were chosen to represent three different kinds of sharing – shared spaces (public lighting by Ironbark Sustainability, co-houses); shared products and materials (The Clothing Exchange, Green Hanger, Grow Local, Herd Share); and shared services (Permblitz, Solar Yarra Program). These examples are innovative, funky and fun models that could be replicated elsewhere. The evening also represented a mix of sharing with new technologies, and old forms of sharing that have been retrofitted somewhat to suit present day needs. And of course, sustainable sharing relates to our approaches to consumption – reducing our footprint by consuming less and sharing and living more.

The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are structured as follows: each presentation is for just 3 minutes – kept to time by the egg timer on its throne here + by the sensational percussionist, Miss Arwen Johnston (missarwen@, whos playing the vibrophone. Arwen will start to play gently when speakers go over time to gradually increase in volume – just like at the Oscars! At the end of the presentations well ask you to comment on some of the ideas emerging from the talks + from the exhibition that were sitting amongst.

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HABITAT at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on March 23rd, 2009

Australian sustainable landscaping design guru Philip Johnson, of Phillip Johnson Sustainable Landscape Systems (formerly Greenmark Landscapes), will present the largest and most ambitious installation ever featured at the 13th annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) from April 1 – 5.

HABITAT is a spellbinding billabong oasis which celebrates our countrys enviable natural beauty, showcasing the true possibilities in sustainable landscape design.

An ode to water conservation, capture, storage and efficient use, the 600 square meter slice of paradise is like nothing ever seen before. With its Upper and Lower Billabong, hot shower, orchard, vegetable garden (complete with chooks) and stunning recycled timer Sunset Viewing Platform, HABITAT is an aesthetically breathtaking demonstration of landscape design principles for the 21st century.
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