Archive for May, 2009

Environmental Jobs Network- Networking Workshop

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on May 22nd, 2009

Everyone telling you the importance of networking if you want to find a great job? Would you like some tips from the best on how to feel confident and what to say? Come to the EJN networking workshop where we give you handy insights and skills into the wonderful world of networking. Informal, relaxed atmosphere. Entertaining practice exercises. Mark Garbelotto will take you through some of the basic skills of networking and will have you walking away a little more relaxed and knowledgeable about it all.

When: Wednesday 10th June at 6.15 – 8.00
Where: Imperial Hotel, Top floor, Cnr Bourke & Spring Streets, Melbourne CBD
Cost: $25 (finger food supplied, attendees purchase own drinks)

Put your skills into practice after, with a drink or meal in the bar and bistro downstairs.

Contact Details: Tracey Skinner, ECO Coordinator,
Ph: 9249 1802 / 0425 771 413

Earth Made Me

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on May 21st, 2009

Earth Made me

Here at Earth Made Me, we are very much involved in sustainability. With our parent company having been in the fashion industry for 13 years and having been appalled by the amount of wastage, the Earth Made Me brand aims to both address and raise awareness about the issue, whilst still appealing to the fashion savvy demographic.

Earth Made Me is an eco-chic boutique, showcasing local and internationals labels with eco-friendly product ranging from casual wear and evening wear to accessories; an amazing selection in fashion and lifestyle for the eco-chic shopper. Earth Made Me is a proud supporter of Fair Trade practices and supports sustainability through the use of environmentally friendly processes.

Currently under development, our store will be unique by nature, encompassing an eco-friendly and sustainable fit-out with recycled and environmentally conscious fixtures. In the meantime, we have an online store at Earth Made Me.


Posted in Events, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on May 20th, 2009

When: 6-8pm, Wednesday 20 May 2009
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, 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!

Speakers are:
Brad Shone, Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd – The Solar Cities project
Ralph Horne, RMIT University – Home energy efficiency – why havent we fixed it yet?
Faye Adams, Manningham City Council – Harnessing community passion
Michael Ambrose, CSIRO – The Zero Emissions Home project
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Ethical Investor Green Marketing Forum

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on May 20th, 2009

What: 2nd Annual Green Marketing Forum by Ethical Investor
When: Wednesday – Thursday, July 1 – 2, 2009
Where: Mercure Hotel, 13 Spring Street

Marketing to the ‘green’ consumer is extremely challenging, especially so in times of worsening economic conditions and continued uncertainty over climate change and the government’s response to global warming. This conference and workshop explores strategies for successfully marketing green products and services, profiling current campaigns by a range of leading companies (corporate and SMEs). (Green Marketing Forum)

Master Class with Dr. Wendy Sarkissian on World Environment Day

Posted in Events by Virginia on May 19th, 2009

On World Environment Day (5 June), the Victoria Local Government Agency (VLGA) will be hosting three master classes with planner, sustainability practitioner and co-author of the new book Kitchen Table Sustainability, Dr. Wendy Sarkissian.

This new ground-breaking book presents a model that demonstrates how building community trust and capacity and bringing the whole sustainability debate down to our kitchen tables, empowers both community members and those who work with them to bring about transformative change.

For  more information, please visit VLGA.

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Bushfire Relief Art Fundraiser

Posted in Events by Virginia on May 18th, 2009

The horrific fires of February 7 has left us in disbelief and feeling helpless. A few of us began talking about what we can do to help and show our support and it was quickly apparent that an art auction would be one good way. All monies raised from the auction (100%) will go to The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund. All art works are to be donated in full without reserve.

Event: Artists Unite Art Auction Fundraiser
: Thursday 21st May, 6pm
: Fitzroy Town Hall, Cnr Napier and Moor St, Fitzroy.

Entry into the Auction will be $20 and includes a glass of wine from Gippsland and a selection of gourmet foods from Gippsland and Yarra. For more information please contact Dawn Stubbs on 5145 8282 or email gallery@  To book your tickets, go to bookings.

Registrations for the Climate Change Adaptation Symposium

Posted in Events by Virginia on May 18th, 2009

The Working with climate change: an adaptation symposium program is now available and registrations are open.

The symposium is bringing together leaders and decision makers from government, business, academia and the community to jointly address the challenges and explore the opportunities of climate change.

To register, please go to registrations for adaptation symposium.

When: 3rd and 4th June
Where: Grand Hyatt 123 Collins St, Melbourne

For more information visit Climate Change Adaptation Week.

Adaptation Symposium

Solar Power for homes, businesses and schools

Posted in Models by solar power for all on May 18th, 2009

I have just recently had solar power installed to my roof.  This is an article about the offer which I thought was worth passing on!
$8000 Grant for Solar Panels is Closing soon!

It is fast approaching the time when people earning less than $100,000 per annum will no longer be able to receive the $8000 government grant for their solar panels. No one can deny that they produce clean energy straight into the home making use of the sun as it shines. 1kw will save about $500 worth of electricity a year and of course – no carbon miles when using it. There is a Community Neighbourhood in the Melbourne area concerned about the environment and making a difference. In four weeks, its members have grown to almost 300!
If you are interested in 1kw of solar panels for $1895 make sure that you apply ASAP as the $8000 government rebate has almost dried up. Those who are not eligible for the government rebate are also entitled to the free inspection, quote and assessment by an ethical company and high quality components.

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Climate Change Human Sign at the St. Kilda Sea Baths

Posted in Events by Virginia on May 15th, 2009

This event aims to provide a means for people who are concerned about the effects of climate change, to make a public statement to Government, that more needs to be done to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

10,000 people are expected to attend this hour long event. If 10,000 people attend, it will be a Guinness World Record, and you will have your picture in the book next Christmas. There is also free entertainment for kids in what is a family friendly event at the beach.

Afterwards enjoy lunch at one of the Sea Baths restaurants, explore the Esplanade Craft Market, go to Luna Park, or visit cosmopolitan Fitzroy or Acland Streets. You could also have a picnic in nearby Catani Gardens.

Time : 11 am (sharp) to 12:30 pm
Date: Sunday 17 May
Cost: Free
Location: St.Kilda Beach at the St.Kilda Sea Baths (Melway Map 2N, J7)
Travel: Tram 16, 96 to stop 136
Tram: 112 to stop 143


What is a Human Sign?

A Human Sign is where people assemble to form the letters of a phrase designed to send a message to government. The message, CLIMATE CHANGE – OUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS, was submitted by a primary school student at one of the participating schools. As the message can only be seen properly from the air, photos will be taken from a tethered blimp, and a light plane.

Human Sign

For more information, go to

Commonwealth Government’s new Jobs Fund and Community Gardens

Posted in Seeking by Devin Maeztri on May 14th, 2009

The $650 million is part of the Governments Jobs and Training Compact.  The Jobs Fund will support and create jobs and improve skills, by funding projects that build community infrastructure and create social capital in local communities.

The Jobs Fund comprises three streams of funding:

  • $300 million Local Jobs stream to support community infrastructure projects with a focus on the promotion of environment-friendly technology and heritage
  • $ 200 million Get Communities Working stream for self-sustaining projects which create jobs and provide activities and services to improve community amenity
  • $150 million Infrastructure Employment Projects stream for investment in infrastructure projects which generate jobs in regions affected by the economic downturn

For more information visit the Australian Government – Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.