Archive for January, 2010

Resource Efficiency Training: VECCI Course

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 21st, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Environmentally-friendly businesses are those that make a conscious decision to choose sustainable practices. Customers, staff and suppliers increasingly want to work with and for these businesses. Sustainability in the workplace is fast becoming essential to give businesses the competitive edge. This workshop is being run by the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VECCI) for small and medium-sized businesses that wish to adopt more sustainable practices.

What will be covered:

* A brief overview of relevant environmental legislation.
* Opportunities that can lead to reduced resource use, cost savings and reputational gains.
* An introduction to easy-to-use tools to help you successfully measure water, energy use and waste disposal.
* Communicating your business’s environmental goals to staff and customers.
* Expert assistance with the development of a draft Action Plan to reduce your water, waste and energy use.
Handout: A resource pack that includes case studies, information on grants and funding, and useful contacts for future assistance

This one-day course is on offer during February, March & April.  Visit the website for more details.

Freedom To Speak Exhibition: Gunns 20 Fundraiser

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 20th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Image: Hogan Gallery

This February, four defendants will stand trial in the long running Gunns 20 case. Gunns Ltd – the Tasmanian native forest logging company – is suing three individuals and one grass roots environmental organisation. The case has already cost Gunns Ltd $2.8 million and is likely to cost much more by the end. It is one of the longest running and most expensive cases of its kind in Australian legal history. The case will have far-reaching implications for the right to protest and the right to free speech.

Artists from Tasmania and Victoria are collaborating to bring awareness to the trial and the importance of Free Speech for the exhibition at Hogan Gallery. Printmakers, Photographers, Sculptors, Painters and Makers will show their art that has been inspired by the Gunns 20 case and Tasmania’s threatened wilderness areas, in attempt to gain wider exposure for this history-making legal case.

The exhibition is being curated by the Black Sassy Collective, the artistic arm of the Huon Valley Environment Centre.  Huon Valley Environment Centre is one of the Gunns 20 defendants.

Hogan Gallery, Smith St, Fitzroy, Fri 15 Jan – Thu 28 Jan

Homegrown, The Art of Gardening Sustainably: Exhibition

Posted in Events by fga on January 19th, 2010

An exhibition to spread the word about sustainable gardening and raise funds for SGA (Sustainable Gardening Australia).

We have artists who are passionate about living sustainably and are keen to exhibit works in various media which respond to the idea of gardening sustainably, particularly growing our own food. Artworks range from vibrant colourful paintings of cabbages to ceramic cabbages, to photographs of carrots, to sculpture in clay or recycled metal, to intricate botanical illustrations to paintings of gardens.  Deborah Halpern, well known Melbourne sculptor will be opening the exhibition, and Jane Edmanson, author, garden identity and presenter on TV & radio, will also be at the opening.

Opening: 6 to 8pm, Thursday 4th February 2010
Exhibition: Friday 5th Feb – Sunday 14th Feb 2010
Address: Bolin Bolin Gallery at Bulleen Art & Garden, 6 Manningham Rd W., Bulleen.

RSVP essential:  (9850-8165) by 1st Feb

More information.

This is a neighbourhood event of the Sustainable Living Festival.

Rotterdam Eco-Innovation Lab: REIL

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 18th, 2010

Source: Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL)

At the completion of his keynote address at the Global Urban Summit in Rotterdam on the 4th December 2009, Prof. Chris Ryan was joined by Prof. Han Brezet, from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, to announce the creation of the Rotterdam Eco-Innovation Lab: REIL. REIL will follow the methodology, and build on and adapt the outcomes, of VEIL within the development around the immense harbour of Rotterdam city. This development responds to the opening up of land for housing and commercial activity as the functions of the old harbour move ‘outwards’ towards the ocean. The Harbour development aims to set new environmental standards as part of an innovative new zone, known now as the “Clean Tech Delta”. In announcing the creation of REIL, with its collaboration with VEIL, Prof Brezet also announced that the Clean Tech Delta will send a staff member to Melbourne for several months (starting in Feb 2010) to work with the VEIL team to better understand the potential for similar projects in REIL.

Sustainable Living Festival 2010: 6-21 February

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 18th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

The very best examples of ecological and social sustainability.

The Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing tangible solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face through interactive workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibits, films and live performances.  In 2009 the Festival at Federation Square attracted over 124,000 visits and engaged more than 450 community volunteers. In its eleventh year, the Festival is getting even bigger!

The 2-week format will enable individuals and communities across Australia to host and promote their own sustainability event, extending the reach of the sustainability message even further.

Get Ready for the Safe Climate Decade!

Local Events: Sat 6 Feb – Sun 21 Feb 9am – 9pm
Main Event:  Federation Square 19-21 Feb

Visit the website for more information.

Build The Mildura Solar Power Plant: Rally

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 15th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

For info go to

Carbon Neutral Communities: Making the Transition

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 14th, 2010

A free RMIT Forum

This forum will bring together academics and practitioners from the public, private and NGO sectors to explore critical aspects of the journey towards carbon neutral communities.  The forum will present the findings of the three-year ARC project “Carbon Neutral Communities”, which examined approaches to advancing carbon neutrality at the community and local government levels. This included working with local governments to map municipal renewable energy potential, and conducting action research with household sustainability program providers and participants to explore opportunities for achieving broad change in social practices.

Presentations of experts from the research, program delivery and government arenas will be short and incisive. Panel discussions will encourage your input into the debates. The following topics will be addressed:

• What role can local government play in community resource consumption and emissions reduction? • To what extent can renewable energy generation be implemented and used in local government areas? • How can sustainability practitioners move beyond the ‘behaviour change’ paradigm to achieve broader changes in social practices? • What are good and innovative examples of initiatives supporting carbon neutrality? • How can ‘co-management’ support the transition to carbon neutral communities?

The Carbon Neutral Communities forum is your opportunity to engage with experts in the field, get up-to-date with the latest research and programs, and challenge your own ideas about how change can be achieved.

For more information and to register please contact Nicole McGrath at

9am – 1:30pm, 22 February 2010, Research Lounge, Building 28, Level 5, RMIT University

Transforming Cultures: State Of The World Report 2010

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on January 14th, 2010

Source: Eanth-L, e-list for the field of ecological/environmental anthropology.

Like a tsunami, consumerism has engulfed human cultures and Earth’s ecosystems. This cultural system encourages people to define their happiness and success through how much they consume. But on a finite planet, this system is maladaptive and threatens to cause significant disruptions to Earth’s climate and ecosystems, and subsequently to human civilization. If, on the other hand, we channel this wave, intentionally transforming our cultures to center on sustainability, we will not only prevent catastrophe, but may usher in an era of sustainability—one that allows all people to thrive while protecting, even restoring, Earth.

Worldwatch Institute‘s Transforming Cultures project turns a critical eye to how we can shift today’s consumer cultures into cultures of sustainability. The key to this transformation will lie in harnessing institutions that play a central role in shaping society–such as the media, educational services, business, governments, traditions, and social movements–to instill this new cultural orientation.

In State of the World 2010, sixty renowned researchers and practitioners describe how we can harness the world’s leading institutions—education, the media, business, governments, traditions, and social movements—to reorient cultures toward sustainability.

The report, scheduled for release in January 2010, will include articles from 60 eminent researchers and experts on consumerism, sustainability, and cultural change. It will provide information on how we can make the needed shift to a culture of sustainability and illustrate how people around the world are already taking important steps.

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Melbourne Farmers’ Markets: January

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 13th, 2010

Source: Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets

January 2010 Newsletter:

Greetings and best wishes for a fabulous year to come.

Here’s a New Year resolution I prepared earlier…get to a farmers’ market every week in 2010 and bring someone new along as often as possible to help spread the word. Easy!  No doubt you’ll be heading in some direction across Victoria this summer so check out the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association website before you go so you can find the local spoils and make the most of supporting regional Victoria.

January will be overflowing with seasonal colour and flavour so revel in new season raspberries, capsicums, blueberries, beans, tomatoes, peaches, cucumbers, strawberries, potatoes, eggplant, pistachios, garlic, apricots, lettuce, plums and zucchini – what a sensational range we are spoilt by at this time of year.

This month has five Saturdays so note that there are no MCFMs on Saturday 30th but do find another on the VFMA website and get along.

Please give your feedback – this tick is the symbol which celebrates the 250+ accredited stallholders so far and, in 2010, is for markets themselves to apply. We need your help to make sure claims to be a genuine farmer, producer or farmers’ market are just that. If you don’t see this sign on a farmers’ market stall ask the stallholder directly…are you accredited as the grower or maker of what you sell? Let us know your feelings about how we are doing around the State because that’s the key to our integrity and our future.  We’re farmers’ markets and proud of it! Cheers and thanks.

2010 Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on January 12th, 2010

The 2010 Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise and reward Victorian businesses, institutions, communities and individuals that demonstrate outstanding leadership and contribute to a more sustainable future for our state. Sustainable organisations do things better, smarter and more productively while reducing their everyday environmental impacts. Rise to the challenge of change acknowledges that becoming sustainable is not an easy task for business, government and community, but is a necessary one. The theme celebrates those that have chosen to act now rather than to deem it too difficult and provides inspiration and motivation for others to tackle the hurdles of climate change.

The eight award categories for 2010 are: large business, small business, community, products or services, built environment, local government, state government, tertiary education.  The Premier’s Recognition Award will also be awarded to the standoutwinner of the eight award categories.

Key Dates and Deadlines

* Entry open – 10 November 2009
* Information sessions
- 11 December 2009 and 28 January 2010
* Entries close – 5pm Wednesday 10 February 2010

Visit the website.

Download the Awards kit.