Archive for August, 2010

Carbon Management 101: September

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2010

9 September , 2010
14 September , 2010
Transition to a low-carbon economy – what does it mean for your business?

Why we developed this course

Keeping track of current national and international developments towards a low-carbon economy can be challenging. Businesses that understand how the transition to a carbon-constrained economy will impact upon their business operations will not only save money, they will also be better placed to capitalise on new business opportunities.

The Carbon 101 information session was developed in response to the requirements of small and medium-sized businesses. The briefing will help you cut through the ‘carbon jargon’. Carbon 101 is an essential guide to measuring and managing your business’s carbon footprint, and identifying opportunities for making environmental and financial savings.

What will be covered

* Navigating the labyrinth of terms, research, facts and figures.
* An outline of new government regulation and legislation.
* Identifying steps to start reducing carbon emissions immediately.
* An explanation of the effects of a low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.
* Energy-efficiency information specifically tailored to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Who should attend

All business representatives interested in climate change and the impact of the low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.


09/09/10: Dandenong
14/09/10: East Melbourne

Visit the website for more information.

Clive Hamilton: The dirty politics around climate change

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on August 27th, 2010

6 September , 2010
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

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

Professor Clive Hamilton is a well known Australian author and public intellectual who ran as the Greens candidate in the by-election for the federal seat of Higgins in December 2009. In June 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to public debate and policy development. He is author of ‘Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change’ (2007) and his latest book is ‘Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change’ (2010).

Clive will be discussing the current political situation around climate change in Australia, in particular the dirty politics of the fossil fuel and energy intensive industry lobbies, and the current climate movement and whether renewable energy companies that stand to make profits from science-based climate policies have a role in this movement. He will also discuss our involvement at an individual and community level. He will appear via Skype video link.

Monday 6th September 2010 6:30 – 8pm
The Wood Theatre, ECO & COMMERCE-Rm:G09-Flr:G, University of Melbourne VIC

Please RSVP:

A big thank you to The Office for Environmental Programs (OEP) at the University of Melbourne for supporting us in bringing you this event.

CERES Global: India 2011

Posted in Events by ceres on August 26th, 2010

CERES Global is a unique cultural exchange program where participants can experience the richness of other cultures while gaining insight into different ways of sustainable living. CERES Global Trips to India, Indonesia and East Arnhemland provide people with the opportunity to experience and share in the impressive environmental and community development work carried out by village communities.  This summer we’re heading to incredible India. For the last six year CERES Global India trips have spent time with Women’s Self Help Groups all over India. From the tropical south to the foothills of the Himalayas CERES Global volunteers have been involved in helping women develop small business enterprises to empowering women through training programs.

Information Sessions for 2011 CERES Global India Travel Program:

CERES Global is currently looking for women with an interest in women’s empowerment and training to join our next trip. If you would like to find out more please come along to our next Information Session to see and hear about the projects we’ve supported over the last six years, meet past travellers, enjoy some Indian food and drink, and find out how you can be involved.

Contact Vanessa at or on 0425 856 666.

How Australian Agriculture Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lecture

Posted in Events, Research by land-environment on August 25th, 2010

2 September , 2010
5:30 pmto6:30 pm
Melbourne School of Land and Environment: Professor Deli Chen on ‘How Australian agriculture can reduce greenhouse gas emissions – the role of improved fertiliser and water efficiency’

The application of nitrogen fertiliser in agriculture is essential for world food production – about half of the world’s population would not survive without it.  Nitrogen fertiliser use in Australia has increased almost 30 fold since the 1960s. However, nitrogen fertiliser is not used efficiently and often more than 50% is lost to the environment. Agriculture in Australia is the second largest contributor of greenhouse gases, accounting for an estimated 16% of our total emission. Approximately 19% of the total is emitted as nitrous oxide mainly due to the use of nitrogen fertiliser.  In his inaugural Professorial Lecture, Deli Chen will outline the main reasons for the poor efficiency of fertiliser nitrogen use and discuss options for improving its efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Professor Deli Chen is the discipline leader in Soil Water, Nutrients and Greenhouse Gases, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne, and Deputy Director of the Australia-China Centre on Water Resource Research.  Professor Chen has active international collaboration with scientists in China, the US and Europe, and has worked on several large projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research during the last 15 years.  He has also worked closely with industry including Incitec-Pivot and other fertiliser producers.

Professor Chen was recently awarded the JA Prescott Medal for excellence and achievement in the field of soil science by the Australian Society of Soil Science.

Thursday 2 September 2010, 5.30-6.30pm
Arts Education Building (Building 199), level 2, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, University of Melbourne, Parkville.

Registrations: or

Sustainability National Forum: SIRF Rt

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 24th, 2010

The first ever SustainAbility National Forum will be held at Bayview on the Park in Melbourne. Comprising a full day of learning and networking under one roof, experts and practitioners will present big picture vision and practical case studies in the area of sustainability.

Tuesday September 7


Keynote: Professor John Thwaites, Climate Works Australia: Low Cost Carbon Roadmap for Australia

Olivia Tyler, Global Environment Manager, Fosters Group: Sustainability creates commercial value
David Wait, Data Facilities manager at Insurance Australia Group (IAG): “Put your Jacket On! Rationalising heating and cooling
Jürgen Schneider, Regional General Manager, Siemens Ltd, Victoria and South Australia: Picture the Future
Kiam Yoong, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Zoos Victoria: Making your Engagement last!
Dan Atkins, Co-founder and Managing Director of Shaper Group: The New Business Model
Geoff Lawyer, Director, Complete Colour Printing: “For the Good of All” – employee engagement that works!
Bjoern Wilhelms, Department Manager Corporate Sustainability, Australian Arrow Pty Ltd: Visualising Sustainability
Michael Cox, Program Manager Sustainability Victoria: 5 Star Sustainability

Visit the website for more information and to register.

Pixel Building

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on August 24th, 2010

Source: Green Building Council Australia (GBCA)

Grocon’s new Pixel building, the first carbon neutral office building in Australia, has achieved the highest Green Star score ever awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia.   Pixel has achieved a perfect score of 100 points under the Green Star rating system for building design, with 75 points the benchmark for 6 Star Green Star. It gained an extra five points for innovation, equating to world leadership.  Included in Pixel’s five innovation points were points for carbon neutrality, a vacuum toilet system, the anaerobic digestion system and reduced car parking. The water initiatives in the project mean the building could be self sufficient for water – in this context, the project is water balanced as well as carbon neutral.  The designers of Pixel are all Victorian firms – architects studio505, sustainability and services engineers Umow Lai and the structure engineer, VDM Consulting.

The building features Pixelcrete – a type of concrete which halves the embodied carbon in the mix – as well as wind turbines invented in Bendigo, the Melbourne University designed ‘living roof’ which re-introduces Victorian grassland species to the Melbourne area, and tracking photovoltaic roof panels. The sun shade system on the exterior of the building will provide the maximum amount of daylight into the office space, protecting it from glare and heat in the summer, while smart window technology ensures windows will open automatically on cool nights to enable air flow into the building.

Read the full article from GBCA.

2010 Great Northern Clean Up

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 23rd, 2010

Source: EcoVoice

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Clean Up Australia has announced the 2010 Great Northern Clean Up will be held on the weekend of 11 and 12 September. Created after feedback that March weather made it difficult for North Australian communities to participate in Clean Up Australia Day, the 2010 Great Northern Clean Up is a great opportunity to get things ship-shape at the end of the tourist season and before the big wet kicks in.

Ian Kiernan AO, founder and Chairman of Clean Up Australia said, “Last year’s community spirit, passion and support was fantastic, with over 90 tons of rubbish removed by nearly 1800 volunteers across Northern Australia.

“We know as the tourist season draws to an end we’re likely to find new pockets of rubbish around, with bottles, cans, plastic bags and cigarette butts the main offenders. Once the wind picks up and the rain comes in, much of that rubbish will make its way into our waterways where it can harm or kill local wildlife.

“I urge people to think about areas in their community that need cleaning up, then register your site before the cut off date – August 29″ Mr Kiernan concluded.

Anyone can register a Clean Up site or volunteer for the 2010 Great Northern Clean Up on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September just by visiting or by calling 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329).

“Australian Sustainable Energy – by the numbers” by Peter Seligman – free PDF book

Posted in Models, Research by Rob Eales on August 20th, 2010

“Australian Sustainable Energy – by the numbers” by Peter Seligman is published by the Melbourne Energy Institute at the The University of Melbourne.

Based on English Physicist David MacKay’s Sustainable Energy – without the hot air, Peter Seligman has undertaken to provide a clear account of Australia’s renewable energy potential. Peter has analysed a raft of available technologies, and offers a blueprint of a nation-wide renewable energy system based on the most efficient mix of technology, societal, and habitual changes.

Peter’s approach is characterised by simple and unyielding emphasis on what the numbers dictate here and now. He is critical of ‘futile greeness’, namely, actions based around appearance rather than substance. In this respect he offers us, both at a personal and organisation level, a range of responses that he really believes live up to the adage ‘bang for buck’.

It is a fantastic resource for designers and the public.

A PDF version is available free:

Designing for the Asia Pacific: Unlimited

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 20th, 2010

Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific is a new international initiative supported by the Queensland Government to promote the value of design thinking in shaping a positive future for the Asia Pacific region.

From October 4-10, 2010, Unlimited hosts its first event in Brisbane, Australia. Beyond the traditional design festival, Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific explores economic, social and environmental challenges impacting our region, and takes a close look at how design is making a difference.

A diverse program of talks, exhibitions, seminars and workshops, for business leaders, the public, and the design industry, will develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which design is shaping the world around us.

Join us online and for the first Unlimited event – we welcome your thoughts, your creativity and your own design story…

Advanced Permaculture Principles and Planning Tools

Posted in Events, Movements by Holmgren Design Services on August 19th, 2010

This four-day residential course is designed to deepen understanding of permaculture principles, and improve conceptual skills and planning tools for permaculture practitioners, designers, activists and teachers.  A Permaculture Design Certificate and prior reading of Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability are highly desirable for participants to successfully gain from the course, and contribute to it. The core of these courses is the presentation and workshopping in groups of the format of design principles from Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Additional presentations and group work focus on Reading Landscape, Landscape Mapping, Energy Descent Scenarios and Community Mapping.  David Holmgren presents permaculture ideas through practical projects and personal example, providing a refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.

Saturday 18th to Tuesday 21st September 2010
Hepburn Primary School, Main Road, HEPBURN VIC 3461
Cost $530, includes meals and camping on-site.

For more info email or phone 03 5348 3636.