Archive for April, 2009

Calls for Expression of Interest to Display Artwork

Posted in Events, Seeking by Ferne Edwards on April 30th, 2009

The Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009 and the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) are looking for artists to display their environmentally-themed art work at the upcoming Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, Thursday 20 May 2009. The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are events held approx. every 6 weeks that feature a variety of speakers who provide three minute glimpses of what they are doing to create a sustainable Melbourne. The talks are diverse in their perspective, topics and approaches whilst also balancing well-known leaders with fresh, local talent. The upcoming Sustainable Cities Round Table on Energy will take place from 6-8pm, Thursday 20 May, at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, State Library of Victoria.
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Cultivating Community – Developing community gardening

Posted in Models, RDAG by Virginia on April 30th, 2009

Cultivating Community is a not-for-profit organisation that has grown out of support for community garden projects in inner-city public housing estates.

It has evolved into an organisation to promote and support the development of community garden projects, community fresh food markets and school gardens across Melbourne. Cultivating community consists of a management committee, paid workers and volunteers. Their work is based around encouraging the development of sustainable agricultural practices in urban areas and promoting the cultural richness of food, plants and people through community gardens. Due to their extensive expertise in urban agriculture, Cultivating Community are often employed to work with other projects as consultants such as the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence’s Food
PAD project and the Yarra Community Food System Project. To find out more about Cultivating Community visit

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.

Tiffins – Light lunch or midday meal

Posted in Models, RDAG by Devin Maeztri on April 29th, 2009

‘Tiffin, an Anglo-Indian term meaning ‘light lunch or midday meal, originates in Mumbai,India, where everyday hundreds of thousands of office workers receive hand-delivered meals prepared by their families.


These meals arrive in airtight containers that are stacked one atop the other for easy delivery by tricycle. The Tiffins business replicates this Indian model in Melbourne providing city workers and residents with meals on (tricycle) wheels. Cooked by chefs from fresh seasonal ingredients, this service is environmentally-friendly as it does not consume energy through transport or by reheating meals and prevents waste by using reusable containers with reasonable portions preventing much food wastage.

To find out more about Tiffins visit their website at

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.

Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change – RSVP today!

Posted in Events, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on April 28th, 2009

When: 6-8pm, Wednesday 20 May 2009
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, State Library of Victoria
How: RSVP essential – email by 15 May.
Proudly presented by the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab and the State Library of Victoria

In this Sustainable Cities Round Table we will consider energy – such as renewable energy types, their distribution and systems alternatives. Well also take it further to consider how we can mitigate energy losses, implement greater uptake of more sustainable options and ultimately conserve the energy within ourselves to make sure that these changes take place!

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Melbourne Community Farmers’ Market – April Newsletter

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on April 28th, 2009

April Farmers Market Newsletter

April Farmers Market Newsletter

Future Canvas Launch!

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

Please see a public invitation to the Future Canvas launch party below.

You are invited to the sustainability party of the year! Future Canvas will be holding a launch party at Shed 4 in the Docklands (Future Canvas’ new Headquarters!) on Friday the 8th of May! There will be a fashion show, DJ, sustainable catering and a lot of wonderful and interesting people to mingle with!

On Sunday the 17th of May there will be a Garden and Space Blitz being held at the Future Canvas HQ to help kick-start our Reforestation Project. Future Canvas’ Reforestation Project involves creating a community garden in the Docklands on a 350 square metre space! The project aims to promote and advance urban agriculture in Metropolitan Melbourne.  During the Garden and Space Blitz we will be designing and creating the beginnings of the community garden (see attached artists impression!). Additionally, there will be opportunities to learn all sorts of sustainable day-to-day skills from permaculture, composting, clothes swapping, making bike trailers, painting canvas’ and designing furniture from waste materials.
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Mountain Goat Brewery

Posted in Models, RDAG by Virginia on April 28th, 2009

The Mountain Goat Brewery is a microbrewery based in Richmond, Melbourne. Microbreweries are typically small industrial operations that craft unique beer – more than twenty microbreweries exist in Victoria. Microbreweries consume a lot of power and water and often have significant levels of emissions yet their range of sizes and diversity creates potential for new, more sustainable products, production processes and distribution methods.

The Mountain Goat Brewery is a successful example producing 400,000 litres of beer per year with an annual sales growth of approximately twenty percent. Mountain Goat goes beyond simple carbon offsetting to incorporate many other sustainable techniques such as choosing an existing building with north-facing solar orientation to allow winter sunlight and to fuel the nine solar panels and installing an 11,000 litre tank for drinking and toilet flushing. Mountain Goat adheres to localism values by retaining eighty percent of their beer within a twenty-kilometre radius of the brewery and strives to purchase local, good quality ingredients. They also consider social sustainability with the company encouraging their employees to ride to work. To find out more about the Mountain Goat Brewery visit their website at

This is from “Social Innovations of Victorian Food Systems’ case studies by Ferne Edwards.

Sustainability, Leadership and Change – with Stuart Hill

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on April 27th, 2009

Interested in understanding and working with key factors that enable Sustainability, Leadership and Change: from general frameworks to YOUR specific goals and actions? Short, focused presentations will be followed by experiential learning designed to enable you to focus on YOUR specific situations, hoped for outcomes and the means for achieving them.

When: Wednesday 6th May, 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Where: VAEE, Level 2, Statewide Resource Centre, 150 Palmerston St, Carlton 3053
Cost: $200 VAEE members /  $250 non-VAEE members (Includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch, & workshop notes).
Please RSVP to Gary Shadforth on 9349 1806 or gshadforth@ by Wednesday 29 th April.

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‘Sustainable Energy Now’ presentation

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on April 27th, 2009

Sustainable Energy Now (SEN) is a WA based non-profit organisation, dedicated to promoting the potential of existing alternative energy sources. Chris Dickinson, Secretary of SEN, argues: “There is a huge need for a specific, costed plan from the renewable side of the debate.” In this months discussion group Chris will give an important insight into the work of SEN and the development of a software simulation of the WA power grid. This has the exciting potential to demonstrate how the grid can operate entirely from sustainable sources.Come along to hear about this exciting organisation and project from the talented Chris Dickinson!

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SWAP 4 Sustainability

Posted in Events by tomdowsley on April 27th, 2009

Brought to you by Manningham Youth Leaders, SWAP (Sustainability With A Punch) is a goods exchange market that aims to reduce waste, save precious resources and ease the burden on our landfills. Participants simply register and bring along any unwanted goods that are in good condition, clean, and useful.

SWAPers earn tokens to exchange their items for other items of equal value. SWAP is free for registered participants.

Other exciting activities, workshops and sessions include an organic BBQ, an ethical shopping workshop, a bike maintenance session, live music, free sustainability raffles and a D.I.Y. herb garden activity.

We’re also running a bike valet and giving away free Metcards to registered participants

Time: 10am-2pm

When: Saturday 2nd May 2009

Where: Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Road Doncaster 3108

To register call 98409173 or email

For more info visit the Events Calender at