Archive for May, 2010

The Climate Change Act in Scotland: What are the lessons for Victoria?

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on May 31st, 2010

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

A discussion with Sally Moxham, who has long worked in the sustainability field, and who has just spent a year heading up the Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration Policy Unit in the Scottish Government. While in Scotland she worked on the Scottish Climate Change Act – which sets out greenhouse emissions reduction targets of 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Sally will speak about her experiences, namely her work on the Scottish Government’s ambition on energy efficiency and microgeneration front as they relate to the built environment.

Please note: We are back at Kindness House this month.

Event location: 2nd Floor, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Time: 6.30 – 8 pm, Monday 7th June 2010

Free Bike Maintenance Workshops: Broadmeadows

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 29th, 2010

Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne

Image: madlabuk via flickr CC

Do you want to learn how to fix your bike?

Learn how to maintain your bicycle at our four free workshops. For all abilities and no experience necessary. Learn from the experts on how to change tyres, adjust brakes, ride safely and what equipment you might need.

Workshop 1: Wheels and Tyres
Saturday 5th June, 10am – 11am

Workshop 2: Bike Maintenance
Saturday 19th June, 10am -11am

Workshop 3: Brakes
Saturday 3rd July, 10am – 11am

Workshop 4: Safety and Equipment
Saturday 17th July, 10am – 11am

All equipment and tools are provided on the day but feel free to bring your own bike to practice on.

Workshops organised by the Northern Transport Links project and in partnership with Banksia Gardens Community Centre and the HumeBUG.

Location: Banksia Gardens Community Centre, 69-75 Pearcedale Parade, Broadmeadows (03) 9309 8531

Being Water Wise: Using your water twice

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 28th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

HAUT House Image, NY Times

Join Rory Fort, to discuss using, re-using and cleaning our precious water when it is dirty. Rory will talk about these things and answer your questions about what works, what doesn’t work, what works well, and why.  Rory Fort is an inventor and sustainability enthusiast. Over the years he has built Earth Sheltered houses, designed clever gizmos and worked out how to do more with less. He is currently best known as a designer of the super-efficient “Root Zone” system of waste-water reuse and an expert Green Plumber.

Tue, 8 June, 6pm – 8pm
$5 entry including a tea or coffee.

The Conversations About Living Sustainably series invites community discussion on issues of environmental solutions, local food production and community resilience.  All conversations are held at the ELTHAM College Professional Learning Centre, 1660 Main Road, Research.

For bookings or more information visit the website, or contact us:  (03 9433 9859)

Transition Management: Institute for Social Research

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 27th, 2010


Professor Derk Loorbach, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Visiting Distinguished Researcher at the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology

The issue

Australia has ‘inherited’ from the 20th century highly liveable but unsustainable cities, and a very cheap but unsustainable energy system. These and other challenges have been catalogued in Transitions: Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development in Australia (2008, Springer and CSIRO Publishers). Visions of where our urban, water, energy, transport and housing systems could be by 2050 have been advanced, but the process of transformation is proving to be intractable.

Towards a solution

Professor Derk Loorbach is a pioneer in Transition Management (TM) and author of a 2007 book with that title. At the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at Erasmus University, he and his colleagues have led several major TM initiatives, including a national energy transition program, urban transitions in Rotterdam Harbour and city, among many others. Professor Loorbach will outline the TM process invented at DRIFT, together with case studies, and reflect on its potential for application in Australia.

Running sheet for the event

Professor Peter Newton from ISR at Swinburne University of Technology will briefly outline AHURI’s Greyfield Regeneration project he is leading with Monash and RMIT Universities before introducing Professor Loorbach.Following Professor Loorbach’s presentation there will be a brief wrap-up by ARUP who will introduce the Melbourne Transformation Cluster initiative. The session concludes with light refreshments, drinks and informal networking.


5.30pm – 7.00pm Thursday 10 June 2010 (presentation followed by drinks and light refreshments)


Level 5, 215 Spring Street Melbourne (ARUP)


Before Monday 7 June 2010 Email: Telephone: 03 9214 5978 (seating is limited)

Hepburn Wind at Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 26th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Melbourne Sustainability Drinks: The first Wednesday of every month

Speaker: Simon Holmes á Court from Hepburn Wind will talk about Australia’s first community owned wind farm.

All are welcome who are passionate about sustainability

Federation Square, Tjanabi restaurant (In the atrium, Flinders St side)
Wed 2 June 6pm

Please RSVP:
Buy own drinks

Replace Hazelwood with Clean Energy: Ongoing Campaign

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on May 25th, 2010

Image: takver via flickr CC

A growing coalition of community groups are campaigning for the State and Federal governments to make an election commitment to replace Hazelwood power station with clean energy by 2012.  This will be a key election test for the Federal and State Labor governments.  Hazelwood is the dirtiest coal fired power station in Australia and one of the most polluting in the developed world.

Upcoming actions & events

6.30pm, Tuesday 25 May Public forum on Climate Change and Our Energy Choices, Concert Hall, rear of the Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St Coburg. (Climate Action Moreland)

Join us in Door Knocking the inner city throughout June

7pm-9pm Wed June 23 Community Forum – Truth and Lies about climate change – the science and solutions, Northcote Town Hall, High St. Darebin Climate Action Network

July 19 National Day of Action (details soon)

Sign a letter to State Politicians


Water Sensitive Cities: A road map for cities’ adaptation to climate and population pressures on urban water

Posted in Events by Tahl.Kestin on May 24th, 2010

Urban communities face future uncertainties in water supplies. Protecting the water environment and managing its resources sustainably will help make our cities more resilient to climate change, while accommodating higher population densities. Key principles underpinning the design of a water sensitive city are minimising the import of potable water into, and the export of wastewater out of, the boundaries of the city; and optimizing the use of water resources within the city. Buffering the impacts of climate change on natural aquatic environments and preserving, and/or re-establishing, ecosystem services are also essential.

An initiative underway to realise future water sensitive cities is the Cities as Water Supply Catchments Research Program. The first of its kind, the program will develop a blueprint for water sensitive cities to support the wide-scale integration of new stormwater management practices into existing infrastructure and into the planning of new urban developments. Adoption of the basic principles set forth from this research will provide a way forward to an efficient, reliable and safe water supply for future generations.

About the speaker

Tony Wong is Professor and founding co-director of Monash University’s Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He has over 25 years experience and is internationally recognised for his research and practice in sustainable urban water management. He is also Director of Environmental and Ecological Planning in the Global Design Firm AECOM Design + Planning, Tony remains active in research throughout his consulting career. He was the Program Leader (1999-2003) of the highly successful Urban Stormwater Quality research program in the Cooperative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology, and then served as the Chief Executive Officer (2005 to 2009) of the Facility for Advancing Water Biofiltration at Monash University.

For further information see the MSI Seminars & Events webpage.

Date: Tuesday 25th May, 2010
Time: 1:00–2:00 pm
Venue: Monash Sustainability Institute, Building 74, Clayton

Stormwater Storage Aquifer: Rossdale Golf Club

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on May 20th, 2010

Source: Smart Water Fund

The Smart Water Fund congratulates Rossdale Golf Club on being announced as a finalist for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Water Wise Award.  One of five national finalists, Rossdale Golf Club was nominated for its integrated stormwater harvesting and aquifer storage and recovery project. Working in partnership with the CSIRO, the Club received funding from the Smart Water Fund to implement Victoria’s first aquifer storage and recovery project (ASR).  The project has seen the Club reduce its drinking water usage by 56 per cent, saving 35 million litres per year while still providing a high quality course for local golfers.  This innovative approach to water management combines the harvesting of stormwater from a nearby drain with traditional dam storage and the innovative ASR process.  ASR is the process of using natural underground aquifers as storage medium for treated urban stormwater that can then be used as required.

In Rossdale Golf Club’s case, stormwater collected during the winter months is stored within an aquifer until needed during the dry summer period.

Smart Water Fund CEO Christine Cussen congratulates Rossdale Golf Club on being recognised by this prestigious award.  “To be nominated as a finalist for the Prime Minister’s Water Wise Award is a fantastic achievement for the Rossdale Golf Club and for the CSIRO research team, backed by the Smart Water Fund, who has contributed to the success of this project,” she said.  “This project is a great example of research being applied to create real life water saving solutions.  With such positive results, the lessons learnt by Rossdale Golf Club are already being leveraged by other golf clubs and local councils across Victoria who are investigating the potential of ASR,” Ms Cussen said.

The Legal and Technical Issues of Electric Bikes

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 19th, 2010

Source: Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Melbourne EV Group

Image: sandman_kk via flickr CC

Guest speaker Vince Mannix is the Managing Director of Australian All Electric Vehicles and will talk about the requirements for you to have a legal electric bike and what technical aspects to look out for. Several electric bikes will be on display.  Come along and don’t miss out on our after meeting informal get together.

7:00pm on Wednesday 26 May
Room EN515 at Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus (see map)

Melbourne EV Group
Convenor: Michael Jacombs

Southern Colour – think | act.

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on May 18th, 2010

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter

Southern Colour with Philip Lawrence has launched think – act; a book that gives honest and factual information about the Printing Industry and its true effects on the environment. It highlights the huge inroads made and makes comparisons to other industries. Additionally, it explains the many industry associated terms, accreditations and creative vocabulary used.

Providing solid foundation in support of “think – act” is Southern Colour’s existing and more recent business initiatives including a list of environmental accreditations and technological advancements.  Despite having gained FSC, PEFC and ISO 14001 and supporting OH&S and QA accreditations, Southern Colour developed its own set of environmental practices to supplement these guidelines called ‘Ecolour’. Part internal philosophy and part protocol, it is a mechanism used to identify and monitor in greater depth areas such as energy consumption, emission reduction and technology efficiencies found in the printing industry.

Read the full article on Green Pages.