Archive for September, 2009

The Photon Economy: Alfred Deakin Eco-Innovation Lectures

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

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Dr. David Mills – Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Ausra Inc.

Join solar scientist Dr. David Mills as he talks about how the switch to a complete photon commercial economy is finally underway. Dr Mills will examine the current and future photon-based technologies that will make us healthier and wealthier. He will explore how we have inherited a planet full of systems that we do not yet understand, and that we will need to innovate ethically, as well as technically, to survive.

BMW Edge at Federation Square Melbourne
Tuesday 6 October 2009, 6-7.30pm
Cost: Free (register)

Dr David Mills participation in the Deakins 09 has been enabled by the VESKI [Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation] Entrepreneur in Residence Program

Campaign: Save “Solar Systems”

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

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Image: Solar Systems

The company Solar Systems has gone into administration making 100 workers redundant. This has put the construction of the first large scale solar power plant in Australia in doubt. It was to have been a 420 million project that would have created 1000 jobs in construction and powered 45000 homes. State and federal governments had already promised 125 million to the project, but so far released less than 3 million of that money.

We are asking that the federal government immediately intervenes to guarantee (i) that the Solar Systems factory in Abbotsford remains open, (ii) that the redundant workers are reinstated and, (iii) that a large scale solar power plant is built in Mildura.

We are asking you or your organisation to:

1 Support the sign-on statement
2 Endorse the Save Solar Systems rally, 2pm Sun 11 Oct
3 Publicise the rally.
4 Come to the rally, bring banners, union flags or placards.
5 Let us know if you can provide photocopying or other resources for the campaign.
6 Come to organising meetings, Sun’s 1pm

Endorsements of the sign-on statement and the rally (or to be added to our email list):
Facebook: ‘save solar systems kevin!’

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Biochar: is it a part of a safe climate future?

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on September 28th, 2009

Source: Beyond Zero Emissions

Image: BioChar, via UNSW

Guest speaker: Dr Stephen Joseph,
Monday 5th October 2009

Dr Stephen Joseph has extensive experience world wide developing processes and technologies that convert waste into energy and value added products. These include including biodiesel, and other biofuels, oil from algae, biomass combustion, pyrolysis and gasification plant, biochar, plastic wood composite, additives for high strength concretes. He has also developed combustion devices to burn very dilute combustible gases.

He has also been involved in multi-country market research into areas of waste recycling and renewable energy. He has written over 100 books and articles and lectured and trained other engineers throughout the world. He is vice chairman of the international Biochar Initiative and and co-editor with Dr Johannes Lehmann of the first major publication on biochar.

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Sustainable Living Festival: Call for exhibitors

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 25th, 2009


In 2010, the Sustainable Living Festival will run over 2 weeks from 6-21 February, with the Main Event at Federation Square running from 19-21 February. In the lead up to the Main Event, a diverse range of sustainability events will be held across Victoria and Australia – mobilising local communities to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living on a much larger scale.

The 2010 Festival theme: Get ready for the Safe Climate Decade! aims to inspire individuals and communities to make transitions over the next decade that will enable the restoration of a safe climate future. As always, the 2010 Festival will showcase and celebrate the myriad innovative solutions and ideas that can help us create an ecologically and socially sustainable world. Join us in bringing together and nurturing solutions, new ideas, community, energy, inspiration and optimism.

Submit your ideas, exhibits and events.  Join the best of the best, the cream of the organic crop, on show at this iconic sustainability event in the heart of the city.

Host your own event: join in the celebrations and help promote local action for sustainability by hosting your own event in your town, city or street.

Applications close 30 October 2009.

Find out more.

Victoria’s Major Transport Projects Laws: What do they mean?

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

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Image: latcho via flickr

Environmental Defenders Offices (EDO) Seminar Series 2009

The Major Transport Projects Facilitation legislation introduces far-reaching changes to environmental and planning laws for projects that are declared by the Premier as major transport projects. The legislation, introduced with no public consultation, replaces existing environmental approvals with a new approval process intended to fast track new freeways, ports, rail lines.

This seminar:

• How does the legislation restrict public involvement in decision making about transport projects?
• What impact does the legislation have on existing environmental approvals?
• What sort of projects will be caught by the legislation?

Speakers: Brian Walters SC and others will discuss the impact of the legislation on the community, the environment and good governance.

Tuesday September 29
5:45 for 6pm start

Bookings: EDO Victoria office, 8341 3100 or

Download the flyer for full details.

Green Technologies Manager: CERES

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 23rd, 2009

Source: Ethical Jobs

Image: Biolytix System via EPA

CERES Community Environment Park is seeking a Green Technologies Manager.

Applications close September 28.

Green technology has been a source of inspiration and wonder at CERES since its earliest years. Its products form the basis for many of the displays and educational programs at CERES. In the early 1980s CERES had an intensive worm-farming and composting program. It had the latest in energy saving designs and technologies in the Low Energy House. It had a water management master plan aimed at collecting and storing water from roads and rooves. And it helped organize the first kerb-side waste collection pilot scheme for Melbourne.

Since those times the breadth of green technologies has continued expanding – embracing renewable energy production (PVs and wind), energy conservation, water harvesting and distribution, waste management and recycling (including composting and worm farming), organic agriculture (including aquaponics in recent times), sustainable building design and construction, and alternative transport (bikes and electric vehicles). Most recently CERES green technology work has focused on solutions to climate change – including exploring solutions in developing countries (in conjunction with CERES Global annual trips to India and Indonesia).

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Research Calls for Climate Safe Houses

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on September 23rd, 2009

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation
Image: treehugger

The release of a new report signals the beginning of a national campaign to provide green makeovers for our existing homes, and set zero emissions and water efficiency standards for new houses and neighbourhoods over the next decade.

In the wake of Victoria’s warmest and driest winter on record, environment groups have called for new building standards to reduce emissions and water use, and to help the state’s homes and families cope with future temperature and price shocks.

The report, ‘Towards climate safe homes’, highlights how Victorian houses and neighbourhoods could become zero emissions and water efficient by 2020. The report was prepared by Environment Victoria in partnership with Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Friends of the Earth (FoE) and the Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL).

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HazWaste Expo: Call for Exhibitors

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 22nd, 2009

Source: Small Business Victoria


EPA Victoria is inviting applications from interested exhibitors for the 2009 HazWaste Expo. Companies offering a range of innovative solutions for reducing hazardous waste or remediating contaminated soils are invited to apply.

This is an opportunity for companies to showcase practical solutions to eliminate or reduce hazardous waste disposal, including contaminated soil.  There is no cost to exhibitors but spaces are limited.

Who should exhibit?

Companies with solutions or new technology for hazardous waste avoidance or reduction
Companies with solutions or new technology for the remediation of contaminated soil
Consultants with expertise in waste reduction and resource recovery

If your company provides a service or product that can reduce hazardous waste through avoidance, reuse, recycling, reprocessing or recovery, or if you have a waste reduction success story, submit your expression of interest to exhibit.

Applications close Friday 2 October 2009.

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Kingston Raingarden Tour: design, construction & maintenance challenges

Posted in Models by Clearwater on September 21st, 2009

Kingston WSUD Projects
Image: Kingston City Council

Join Clearwater and the City of Kingston on a half day tour of raingardens and biofilters in Kingston. Raingardens play an important role in reducing stormwater flows and pollutant loads which drain into our creeks, rivers and bay.

The City of Kingston is recognised as an industry leader in retrofitting water sensitive urban design (WSUD) into council projects. This half day tour is lead by Alan West, Kingston Council’s Engineering Design Team Leader. You will be taken to WSUD sites developed over the past ten years to discuss successes and lessons learnt from each of the projects.

Thursday 22nd October 2009

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Water – your dollar is your vote

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 17th, 2009

Source: Ethical Consumer Group

Image: Greg Noakes via Watershed Victoria

Australia’s largest desalination plant is under construction at Wonthaggi. It has been criticised for many things including its use of coal-generated electricity, a $10 million payout of taxpayers money to the failed bidder, and a range of serious and long term environmental impacts. Major financial backers of the project, Westpac and National Australia Bank, have adopted the “Equator Principles” which outline strict guidelines regarding investment in un-sustainable projects.   Watershed Victoria have organised a campaign to inform the banks via their customers of these discrepancies.

Find out how ‘your say’ can make a difference.