Archive for June, 2009

Sustainable Building Design Workshop

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 30th, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar. Email Monique Decortis on decortis@ bigpond.net.au to join the mailing list.

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Image: ShelterSpace

Murrundindi Climate Network in partnership with the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd are hosting a workshop on sustainable building. This is the second in a series and will focus on design aspects of sustainable building.

Sunday 12 July , 12pm-5pm

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Forum: More Housing Along Tram Corridors

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 30th, 2009

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter

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Image: sensesmaybenumbed via Flickr

Planning Institute Australia (PIA) Transport Planning Chapter Forum: Can we accommodate more people living along Melbourne’s tram lines?

Wednesday 15th July, 2009 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Corporate Car Sharing: Charter Drive

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on June 29th, 2009

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter #89

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Image via netstarter

Charter Drive is a corporate Car Sharing service, offering CBD businesses access to a fleet of low-emissions vehicles. Financial savings include costs being up to 70% less than the cost of a cab and considerably less than operating one’s own pooled cars. For the same cost as one CBD parking bay, businesses can drive their staff with Charter Drive for up to 4 hours every working day.  Carbon emissions savings are made through the centralised sharing and maintenance of a resource that would otherwise be under-utilised.  These models of corporate shared resources support the shift to a low-consumption, highly serviced lifestyle in a sustainable future.

Source: “Charter Drive – Swipe into sustainability”, the GreenPages


Smart Garden Watering: Online Calculator

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 29th, 2009

Source: Melbourne School of Land and Environment, Newsletter #16

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Image: nicolas.boullosa via Flickr

Smart Garden Watering gives all Melbourne and Geelong gardeners the capacity to make informed decisions on achieving a water efficient garden. The program determines the amount of water required for each zone or section of the garden. The postcode of the garden is used identify local climate and also identify native soil type. The program uses the Burnley Plant Directory to provide comprehensive drought tolerance, water use, flower colour information, as well an image for each plant. The algorithms and data sets required for the water calculator model were developed at Burnley. Trials were conducted on mulch, wetting agents, irrigation systems and irrigation control devices as part of the project.

The SmartGardenWatering website, developed by Department of Resource Management and Geography, in conjunction with the Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, is the product of a 3 year project funded by the Smart Water Fund.

Source: Melbourne School of Land and Environment, Newsletter #16


Eco Timber: The Greenpeace Good Wood Guide

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 26th, 2009

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter #88

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Agroforestry plot, Ethiopia; image: treesftf via Flickr

This week, TV presenter and ambassador for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Jamie Durie helped launch the new Greenpeace Good Wood Guide and a Joint Statement on illegal logging at the Sydney Theatre Company.   The Good Wood Guide is an online guide for builders, designers, architects and DIY enthusiasts on where to find FSC certified and eco timber. The launch also served as a joint initiative of Bunnings, major timber importer Simmonds and a host of other industry and non-government organisations in the call to halt illegal timber imports and encourage Australians to buy legally sourced timber.

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Earth Matters Climate Change Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 26th, 2009

Source: Melbourne School of Land and Environment, Newsletter #16

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Image: @dino via Flickr

Saturday August 8th 12.45pm-5.30pm

The Earth Matters Climate Change Forum will run again this year in Ballarat.  The Forum will provide expert knowledge and information for the Ballarat community to take personal action on dealing with Climate Change impacts – such as changing weather patterns, rising energy and living costs and reduced rainfall. Tickets are now available.

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Reborn: Giving E-Waste a Second Life

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 25th, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar. Email Monique Decortis on decortis@ bigpond.net.au to join the mailing list.

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Image: Reborn

Environment Victoria and the Total Environment Centre have launched a new campaign for a national e-waste recycling scheme. Reborn is calling on federal and state environment ministers to give televisions, computers and other old electronics a second life. There are already over 168 million items of toxic e-waste in Australian landfill. With Australians continuing to buy new electronics, including digital TVs, this number will rise unless the government takes action.  TV and IT industry groups actually support a nation-wide ‘take-back’ and recycling scheme for e-waste. Visit Reborn and tell Peter Garrett you support e-waste recycling.

Source: Climate Action Calendar.


Estimating Sea-Level Extremes in an Uncertain Future

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on June 25th, 2009

Source: Greenleap ( a list for people interested in leapfrogging rapidly to an ecologically sustainable economy)

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Beach Huts by purplesnail; Image by innpictime via Flickr

A continuing rise in sea level will be one of the major impacts of climate change.  More than 80 per cent of Australians currently live in the coastal fringes on the east and southwest of the continent.  Around a quarter of Australia’s population growth is occurring within three kilometres of the coast. A significant proportion of Australia’s population will experience the impacts of a changing climate through rising sea levels, increased coastal erosion and extreme flooding events.  Infrastructure owners and planners need to be able to assess the likely risk to existing assets and to plan appropriately when building new coastal assets.

The Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) has responded to this need, by developing a method of determining the likely impact of future sea-level rise on coastal assets.  A national program of FREE information seminars and training workshops will explain how, using the latest methods from leading sea-level rise scientists.

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Alliance urges Govt to rebalance transport budget

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on June 24th, 2009

Source: Sustainable Cities, Australian Conservation Foundation

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Image: RAATA

A new report by the Rapid Active & Affordable Transport Alliance (RAATA),  Investing in sustainable transport: Our clean, green transport future, urges the Federal Government to catch up on years of neglect by investing two thirds of the transport budget in public and active transport measures.  Speaking at the report launch in Canberra, ACF executive director Don Henry said public and active transport infrastructure has been neglected for too long and some money allocated to roads should be spent on public and active transport infrastructure.

“Climate change and peak oil are key challenges for Australia. Investment in public and active transport infrastructure will help make Australia more sustainable, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help wean us off our addiction to oil,” Mr Henry said.

Source: Sustainable Cities, Australian Conservation Foundation


“Beyond Zero Emissions” Discussion Group: Dr Geoffrey Will

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on June 24th, 2009

A monthly discussion group hosted by Beyond Zero Emissions focusing on energy solutions to climate change, held on the first Monday of every
month.

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For July, we present ‘Dye solar cells – the next generation in solar technology’

Guest speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Will
Time: 6:30 – 8 pm, Monday 6th July 2009

Dye sensitised solar cells mimic photosynthesis in plants to generate electricity by using colour dyes, just as plants use chlorophyll. They are an exciting new generation of solar technology which can theoretically reach 100% efficiency, as they do not have the (energy band gap) limitations of the traditional silicon solar cell. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) was recently granted $1.3 million of government funding for further research into this revolutionary solar cell.  Dr. Geoffrey Will, senior lecturer at QUT, will explain the research being conducted, as well as the future applications and costs for dye solar cells. Read the rest of this entry »