Archive for July, 2010

Dr Alex Wonhas: CSIRO

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on July 30th, 2010

Image: CSIRO

A monthly discussion group hosted by Beyond Zero Emissions focusing on energy solutions to climate change.

August guest speaker: Dr Alex Wonhas, Director, Energy Transformed Flagship CSIRO.

Dr Alex Wonhas joined CSIRO directly from McKinsey & Company where he was one of the co-authors of McKinsey’s Carbon Abatement Cost Curve for Australia. He took up the role as CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship Director in August 2009. The Flagship aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by providing sustainable, efficient, cost-effective energy solutions. Dr Wonhas will present an overview of his work including:

- Australia’s first Zero Emissions House (Aus ZEH),
– Energy efficiency for commercial buildings,
– Web-based smart metering system,
– Ultra batteries (super capacitor + lead acid battery hybrid),
– Distributed energy systems (using microturbines, PV, wind, demand mangement, etc),
Solar Brayton Cycle demonstration system.

Come prepared with lots of questions as it is rare that we have a guest speaker with the breadth of knowledge as Dr Wonhas. He will appear via Skype video link.
Further reading:

Event location: 2nd Floor, Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Time: 6.30 – 8 pm, Monday 2nd August 2010
Cost: Gold coin donation

Wheelchair access available via lift; 2 flights of stairs. Happy to assist with access. Please call 0421 272 884 to arrange.

All welcome

CERES Electric Vehicle Conference 2010

Posted in Events by ceres on July 29th, 2010

Since 2007 CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies – has been involved in retrofitting petrol cars to electric drive to demonstrate how Australia’s existing car stock can be used to build an Electric Vehicle (EV) fleet, minus the carbon emissions that result from the manufacture of new cars.  CERES’ latest project aims to provide small business, local councils and rural delivery services with a non-polluting transport option by pioneering the conversion of one of Australia’s most popular delivery vans, the Mercedes Sprinter.

As part of this project, CERES Green Technology is holding an Electric Vehicle Conference to provide interested individuals, auto mechanics, small business, local councils, researchers and educators with practical information about undertaking roadworthy EV conversions, and driving EVs.  Spend a day with Australia’s top EV experts to learn about the practical side of converting cars to electric drive.

Download a conference program.

Sunday 29 August, 2010
9am – 5pm
CERES Van Raay Centre – Cnr Roberts and Stewart Street
East Brunswick, VIC 3057

Early Bird Tickets – $110 (before 1 Aug 2010)
General Tickets – $150

Tickets can be purchased from the CERES Visitor Centre
Tel: 03 +61 (3) 9387 2609

Life Pscycle-ology: The Secret Life of Things

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on July 29th, 2010

Life Pscycle-ology” is a humorous look at the life story of an unhappy mobile phone, who seeks therapy after his owner dumps him in favour of a new model. This animation is the first in a series called The Secret Life of Things (SLOT), which explores the hidden environmental impacts of everyday things and includes free learning resources for educators.

“It’s about taking a fun approach to a serious subject. I want to inspire people to become part of the solution, rather than the problem,” says project developer Leyla Acaroglu. “Every day, thousands of products roll off the production line, and very few have been designed with sustainability in mind. We forget about what happens behind the scenes – and I hope SLOT will help to change that.” Telling a funny story is a great way to engage the general public, says Acaroglu, but she also wants to take things a step further by empowering designers – the people who create the “stuff” we buy every day.

Each video in the SLOT series comes with a free pack of educational resources aimed at young designers. “Ecodesign is often wrongly seen as complex and costly, but in fact it’s simply good design that offers financial, social and environmental benefits,” says Acaroglu, who runs Melbourne-based eco design consultancy Eco Innovators. “If designers embrace sustainability, we can create consumer goods with the smallest possible ecological footprint.” The film and learning resources, set to be tested by six Australian universities, can be accessed free from the project website from 22 July. International research shows that by using a life cycle approach, exploring the impacts of each stage a product goes through, designers can make informed decisions that lead to more socially and environmentally responsible products with lower carbon impacts.

Life Pscycle-ology” was launched as part of the State of Design Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

CERES Global: A different way to travel!

Posted in Events by ceres on July 26th, 2010

CERES Global trips to India, Indonesia and East Arnemland embed people within village communities doing impressive environmental and community development work.  While absorbing local life and culture, travellers can also share their skills to strengthen the work of the host organisation and make an important contribution to greater global sustainability, equity and goodwill.  CERES Global is running free information sessions for the 2011 India Travel Program. Each session will focus on one of the five key areas of community engagement participants can experience while on a CERES Global trip to India.

Free Information Sessions :

Climate Action ++ Thurs 22 July 2010

Schools (English) ++ Thurs 5 August 2010

Women’s Self Help Groups ++ Thurs 19 August 2010

Health Programs ++ Thurs 26 August 2010

Environmental Education ++ Thurs 2 September 2010

All sessions 6pm – 8pm
CERES Van Raay Centre – Cnr Roberts and Stewart St, East Brunswick, VIC 3057

To RSVP or for more information contact:

For more information about the 2011 India Travel Programs

CERES Fruit Tree Workshop

Posted in Events by ceres on July 23rd, 2010

Discover how easy it is to grow a variety of fruit and nut trees in your backyard at this two day workshop!

Learn about:

•Selecting a bare-rooted tree

•Varieties available including heritage


•Pruning (with demonstration).

•Organic maintenance and pest control

•Problem solving and commonly asked questions

About the teacher: Justin Calverley is a landscape designer with 15 years experience. He has taught regular CERES workshops in organic gardening, fruit tree pruning, indigenous plants and permaculture. Justin is also a regular broadcaster on 3RRR`s “Dirty Deeds” and channel 31`s “The Garden Tap”.

Saturday 7th & Saturday 14th August 2010
10.00am – 3.30pm

CERES Community Environment Park

Cnr. Stewart St & Roberts St, East Brunswick, Vic. 3057

$190 or $180  concession – includes coffee and bushfood mini muffin

To enrol:

Tel: 03 9387 4403



CERES Reception on 9387 2609


Better than TV @ State of Design Festival

Posted in Events by katelyn samson on July 22nd, 2010

‘Better than TV’ will be launched on Friday July 23 during the State of Design Festival.

Better than TV is a night of entertainment for the easily distracted. It is an evening where opinions, provocations and conversations are shared. This event is inspired by the festivals theme “change by design: sustaining beauty” and challenges 3 prominent Melbourne designers to provoke conversation around the following theme:

“We are rapidly compromising the beauty of the natural environment and preoccupied with constructed beauty exemplified by the products of consumerism. In modern life, one thing is certain, we all desire beautiful things. Designers tap into our desire for beauty, they capture and create beautiful things that we previously didn’t even know we wanted. As creators of beautiful things, how can designers shape a sustainable future by redefining beauty and our consuming desires accordingly?”

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Broadmeadows 2032 Exhibition: New Photos!

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

Vision: Broadmeadows 2032 is the latest and greatest VEIL Exhibition.  Student works, designers, local suppliers, council and sponsors – it has all come together in the Ericsson Building at Broadmeadows.  Visit us and check out these explorations of visions and ideas for the future of a thriving suburban community.


Dates: 19th to 25th July, 2010
Times: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Location: The Ericsson Administration building, 61 Riggall St, Corner Blair and Riggall Streets (Enter via Blair Street) Broadmeadows
Parking: On-site 200 meters from entry

Accessibility: Wheelchair access is provided


The # 532 and the #540 buses run from Broadmeadows Train Station past the Ericsson Building. The Station is an easy daytime walk from the Exhibition and it only takes 8 minutes by bike!
Visit Viclink’s Journey Planner for more details.

Join the commuter revolution: Register for Ride To Work Day

Posted in Events, Movements by Elysia on July 20th, 2010

More and more Australians are joining the commuter revolution, and they want the world to know about it. Record numbers are registering for Ride to Work Day on 13 October, and are proud to proclaim their commitment to a healthier and congestion-free way to get to work. Ride to Work Day, the only nationally recognised event of it kind, provides a day in the workplace calendar for those thinking about commuting by bike to start or re-energise cycling habits deterred by the winter months.

Ride to Work Day registrations are crucial in ensuring the continuous improvement of bike facilities across Australia. Ride to Work Day spokesperson, Mr Max Goonan, said the biggest barrier to riding to work was poor facilities. “Registering for Ride to Work Day is a sure way for bike riders to make their ride count,” Mr Goonan said. “Registering your support is a critical means of capturing valuable data on bike commuting.” “We use this data to convince Governments and business that there is massive support for riding to work amongst Australians, and that it is time to get investment rolling to meet the burgeoning demand.” Bicycle Network’s Ride to Work twelve month behavior change program has been a strong influence in the dramatic increase of people choosing to ride to work. Ride to Work Day post-event surveys revealed that over 50% of those who weren’t riding to work in 2009 are now riding to work in 2010.

Register online for Ride to Work Day 2010 at

Dialysis Project Saves Lives and Water

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 19th, 2010

Source: Smart Water Fund

Image: Bill Peckham CC 3.0

One of Australia’s largest providers of dialysis, North West Dialysis Service (NWDS) is set to save up to 1.68 megalitres of water a year per site through an innovative water recycling system. A Smart Water Fund grant enabled NWDS to investigate a system that captures clean reject water generated during the dialysis procedure for reuse in a number of its facilities. This water would otherwise go directly to sewer.

“We’ve worked with 23 of our sites to find beneficial uses for waste water that also have an acceptable project payback timeframe,” said James Gerrish, NWDS Business Activity Coordinator and Project Manager.  “Instead of going straight to sewer, it’s possible to use the water for toilet flushing in health care facilities, as wash down water, in air- conditioning cooling towers and to water gardens in regional facilities.  For example our Wodonga site could rescue six litres of water per minute during dialysis and use it for toilet flusher tanks or cooling towers,” Mr Gerrish said. “This equates to 1.68 megalitres of water a year – that’s enough to half-fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

A key aspect of the project’s success has been to determine the quality of the reject water and ensure water use demand matches the consistent quantities of water produced during dialysis.  “Many regional dialysis centres are co-located with aged care facilities in regions with tough water restrictions,” Mr Gerrish said. “While demand for irrigation water fluctuates throughout the year, these sites place a high value on this water use as they see the therapeutic and aesthetic value of maintaining their gardens.”

In addition to saving millions of litres of clean water a year, a key project outcome will be the development of a dialysis water reuse handbook for dialysis providers across Australia. NWDS project sites will also receive a detailed individual site report and an overall project report enabling benchmarking with similar facilities.

Part of Melbourne Health, NWDS, provides haemodialysis (blood filtration) for approximately 580 Victorians with kidney failure at 30 centres and 150 homes. NWDS dialysis units range from regional and rural healthcare centres to metropolitan dialysis services, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Read more about the project.

Knowledge Cities World Summit: Melbourne 2010

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 16th, 2010

Registration is now open for Melbourne 2010 – Knowledge Cities World Summit being held from 16 – 19 November 2010 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Victoria, Australia

Knowledge is a resource, which relies on the past for a better future.  In the 21st century, more than ever before, cities around the world rely on the knowledge of their citizens, their institutions and their firms and enterprises.  Integrating knowledge-based development in urban strategies and policies, beyond the provision of schools and locations for higher education, has become a new ambitious arena of city politics.  Coming from theory to practice, and bringing together the knowledge stakeholders in a city and preparing joint visions for the knowledge city is a new challenge for city managers. It requires visionary power, creativity, holistic thinking, the willingness to cooperate with all groups of the local civil society, and the capability to moderate communication processes to overcome conflicts and to develop joint action for a sustainable future.  This timely summit makes an important reminder that ‘knowledge’ is the key notion in the 21st Century development.

Summit themes include:

  • Knowledge-based (urban) development
  • Knowledge-based economy and value generation
  • Knowledge cities, regions and societies
  • Knowledge cluster, enterprise and organisations
  • Knowledge-intensive service activities
  • Knowledge assets and capital systems
  • Knowledge workers and creative class
  • Creativity, innovation, technology and learning communities
  • Sustainable (urban) development

Early bird registration closes: 10 August 2010

Early bird full time registration fee AUD900, and full time students* pay only AUD400 (* students will be asked to show their full time student ID cards upon registration at the venue)

Visit the website for more information.