Archive for October, 2010

Green Cleaning Management: Masterclass

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

16 November , 2010

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Are the cleaning contractors applying best practice green cleaning in your building?  What does it mean and how can you be sure? The Green Cleaning Management workshop can help you to address these issues.

Aimed at facility and contract managers, environmental and OH&S managers, and anyone interested in cleaner and healthier workplaces, this full day course covers:

* Key health and environmental impacts associated with cleaning and hygiene operations
* Australian and international regulations and industry benchmarks
* Latest green cleaning methods and innovations
* Evaluating green cleaning products and consumables through procurement checklists
* Key sustainable and low-harm cleaning outcomes to include in contract specifications
* How cleaning operations relate to sustainability reporting requirements for NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System), Green Star Buildings and carbon offset programs
* Practical solutions for the on-going monitoring and management of green clean practices

What: Green Cleaning Management Masterclass
When: Tuesday, November 16
Where: ECO-Buy, 60L Green Building, Carlton, Vic
For more information and to register, visit Eco-buy.

The Only Melbourne Farmers’ Market This Weekend

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

31 October , 2010
9:00 amto1:00 pm

Source: Melbourne Showgrounds Farmers’ Market via Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets

Did you know that this October has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays? A very special occurrence that only happens once every 823 years! This weekend, whilst ALL other Melbourne farmers markets are having a break on the 5th Sunday of the month, we are open and we are the only event on at the Showgrounds this weekend!

This Sunday the market will have plenty of delicious items just perfect for parties and race days over the cup weekend. Meredith Dairy will be at the market with their yummy cheese, Bridge Farm are back with their fabulous asparagus – perfect for any race day platter – and Beenak Farm are here with their amazing biodyamic kiwifruit. We’ve got some terrific meat at the market this Sunday too, King Valley Pork, Koallah Farm (Beef & Lamb) and Family Farmed (Beef & Pies) Don’t forget to stock up for the weekend and beyond! The lovely Darren from Walnut Park flowers is back this week too – make sure you stop by for some beautiful fresh flowers!

Thank you for your support and for shopping with us at the Melbourne Showgrounds Farmers’ Market. We are all working very hard to put the market on each week and need your ongoing support to keep the market a success. With more shoppers, we can bring in more stallholders and increase our weekly offer to you all. Please let us know if you would like to see any particular products at the market!

Finally, don’t forget its nearly Christmas (I know, scary.) and our producers will be able to take orders for collection on our December market days. if you’d like to contact producers directly, you can find their info on our stallholder page… ordering makes life a lot easier!

Wilderness Society at Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 27th, 2010

3 November , 2010
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Luke Chamberlain is The Wilderness Society’s Victorian Forest Campaigner. Luke’s role is to educate the public about the role that forest and ecosystems play in the international carbon cycle and to advocate for the protection of these critical natural systems. Luke works at all levels of government to advocate for the correct accounting of forest ecosystems in Australia’s national carbon accounts.

The Wilderness Society is a national, community-based, environmental advocacy organisation whose purpose is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution.

Luke will talk about the value of nature in economic terms, and the opportunities that we have in Victoria to reframe our view of nature rather than as something to exploit or own. He will provide international examples of where this is occurring, and how the overall benefit is much greater than the economic benefit of exploitation.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 3rd November from 6 – 8pm.

Melbourne Sustainability Drinks is held at Feddish, in Federation Square. In order to fit in with many of your transport plans, we have been fortunate enough to secure a venue at Federation Square, merely meters away from Melbourne Sustainability Drinks previous home.  Please note that it is essential to RSVP every month. Due to the ever increasing popularity of the event, it may not be possible to accommodate people who do not RSVP.  (

This is not a sponsored event; i.e. you buy your own drinks, as we choose to come together in the spirit of a shared interest.

Moreland Bicycle Strategy (Draft): Feedback Welcome

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on October 26th, 2010

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The Draft Moreland Bicycle Strategy outlines a new vision for cycling in Moreland and proposes:

“To make the City of Moreland a great place to ride a bicycle – a place where new cyclists feel safe and the experience of riding is superior to driving a car.”

The strategy provides a detailed outline of how Council, working in partnership with the community and other agencies, will work to make this vision real over the next 10 years.  The Draft Moreland Bicycle Strategy provides additional background information, and identifies priority works that will make riding in Moreland more comfortable and more popular. It was developed in consultation with the community, using feedback from consultation events and comments from the Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Some of the Moreland Draft Bicycle Strategy includes actions for:

* Community engagement and social marketing activities to make cycling attractive to a wider range of people.
* Safety Audits for all existing shared paths, and upgrades including lighting to the Upfield Path.
* New bicycle routes linking Glenroy to Coburg, Broadmeadows and the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.

The strategy is available for public comment. This feedback will help us form the final version of the bicycle strategy.  Email your comments and feedback to or send your feedback to:

Simon Stainsby
Moreland City Council
Locked Bag 10
Moreland, Victoria 3058

You can download a copy of the Draft Moreland Bicycle Strategy or view a copy at the following locations:

* Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
* Brunswick Citizen Services Centre, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick, and
* Glenroy Citizen Services Centre, 796N Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy.

Office hours are 8.30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday except public holidays.

Sustainable Shopping Tour @ Altona Library

Posted in Events by HobsonsBayLibraries on October 25th, 2010

20 November , 2010
10:30 amto1:00 pm

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“Shopping with a Conscience” Supermarket Tours: We’ll explore practical ways to help you in making more ethical choices and lighten your impact, so please bring $5 to spend on sustainable snacks.

  • What are the issues that reflect the true cost of the products we buy?
  • What are “best buys” for our health, our communities and our planet?
  • How can you find the most sustainable purchase amongst the options available?

Join Nick Ray from the Ethical Consumer Group to find out more about the products, companies and related issues that are part of your weekly supermarket shopping adventures. There will be time to share questions, experiences, and to feast on some positive alternatives.

Saturday, 20th November, 10.30am-1.00pm
Altona Library, 123 Queen St

Bookings by phone 9932 1330 or online at

Entry is free but you will need $5 to spend on the tour.

Looking for Funky Cycle Tour Crew Members!

Posted in Movements, Seeking by otesha2011 on October 22nd, 2010

Otesha: Cycling for Sustainability

Are you passionate about sustainability? Are you looking for something to do midyear in 2011? Have you ever dreamt about riding around Australia on two wheels? If so, then why not put those dreams into action and join The Otesha Project (Australia): Cycling for Sustainability‘s forthcoming adventure.  Otesha is currently seeking 20 passionate people to participate in the next eight-week cycle tour: Melbourne to Canberra (April 26 – June 22, 2011). Wow, what an opportunity!

Since 2000, The Otesha Project (Aus.) has pedaled across Australia educating youth and raising awareness about environmental sustainability and social justice issues. Otesha is a Swahili word for ‘reason to dream’ and is the underlining philosophy of the organisation. The Otesha crew combines theatre performance with interactive workshops to empower primary and secondary school students to consider their life choices to create a positive future. Following the 2010 Otesha tour, a tour member recalled ‘There is no better way to test your potential, stretch your boundaries and really live, than to do something like Otesha where you’re walking the talk of a simple and more sustainable lifestyle, meeting so many inspirational people along the way and seeing the countryside at the first light of day’.

Otesha (Aust.) is seeking people from all walks of life – people with varying experiences, backgrounds and interests. Otesha is unique in that each tour member gets the opportunity to organise a region of the tour; learning skills to become strong advocates for living sustainably, develop skills in media communication, leadership, performance whilst living as an on-road sustainable community. The application deadline for tour members for the Melbourne to Canberra tour is 28 November, 2010. For information about applying visit the Otesha (Aust.) website at

Nyssa Ferguson, Emily Nancarrow & Michael Brittain – Tour Coordinators
The Otesha Project (Australia): Cycling for Sustainability
Phone: 0425856666 or 0420715580

Aboriginal community recreates hunter-gatherer culture to solve food shortage

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 21st, 2010

Source: Permablitz Designers Guild

Image: john tann via flickr CC

A Victorian Aboriginal community has returned to traditional hunter-gatherer methods to solve food shortages and improve healthy eating.  Victoria University has been working with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in Geelong to reignite passion for traditional cooking methods, improve access to healthy foods and help close the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The project, funded by VicHealth, has led to the development of an Aboriginal television cooking series planned to be aired on community TV, the publication of a specialised cookbook and the distribution of children’s plates depicting healthy food portions. The 5000-strong Wathaurong Aboriginal community, which spreads from near Anglesea to south of Ballarat, is also developing a food bank and holding regular social cooking events.

Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the average Indigenous household income is $460 a week, compared to $740 for non-Indigenous families. VU Senior Research Fellow Dr Karen Adams said the rise in the cost of healthy foods had put pressure on Aboriginal families, with many running out of food before their next pay. Encouraging the development of community gardens, food shares and the hunting and gathering of traditional foods was vital to healthy eating and food security in the community, she said. “There has been a real focus on how you can recreate your culture in a modern colonised world. It’s about increasing people’s knowledge by planting native foods in community gardens and demonstrating cooking methods that include fish in clay wraps and paperbark, kangaroo, native spinach, native mint and even witchetty grubs. “All of this reinforces cooking as cultural, healthy, social and fun. We want to move away from diets high in sugar and salt content.’’

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Public Transport Forum

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

27 October , 2010
7:15 pmto8:30 pm

Source: Sustainability News

Got a question you’d like put to the panel? Send an email with the question you’d like put to the panel of MLCs – Questions will be also taken from the audience on the night.

Reverse Shadow Casting in Northcote

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

Source: Inhabitat

© Photo by Ben Hoskins

From “Striking Australian Home is Shaped by the Sun’s Path” by Bridgette Meinhold

This amazing modern home in Northcote, Melbourne, features a building envelope that was carefully shaped to ensure maximum sun exposure in the backyard. The owners wanted to be sure they had full sun exposure in their garden to be able to grow vegetables year round, so Australia-based firm, Harrison & White focused upon smart solar design as one of the home’s most important strategies. The architects used a technique called “reverse shadow casting” to design the exterior and included sustainable materials like recycled plastic decking for the shade screen.


The completely sunlight garden space was achieved by cutting away parts of the home to allow both morning and evening sun to hit the backyard. This process is called reverse shadow casting – taking the area of space that is to have direct light and extruding it along the different paths of the sun. This area is then subtracted away from the area of the house, and what is left is a complex form designed with the aid of computer modelling.

After the form of the home was decided upon, the exterior of the house was fitted with a shade screen and ballustrading made out of NewTech™-CleverDeck® composite decking, which is made from recycled milk bottles and risk {sic} husks. The shade screen helps protect the interior of the home from solar exposure. Bamboo was used for the flooring inside the two-bedroom home, and durable white-coated steel was used for the exterior. The ground floor living space opens completely to the back yard and garden, while accordion doors aid in natural ventilation.

Read the full article by Bridgette Meinhold.

Yarra Riverkeepers: Yarra Yabber Tour

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

24 October , 2010
9:00 amto6:00 pm

Source: Sustainability News

19-10-10: Some places remaining – get in touch (0448 927 720), or visit the website