Archive for March, 2012

Eucalypt Festival: Easter weekend

Posted in Events by John Myers on March 30th, 2012

8 April , 2012
9 April , 2012

 

Photos by wlcutler via flickr CC

8 – 9 April 2012

Australia’s iconic plant – the Eucalypt – will take centre stage at the Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. The Eucalypt Festival has something for all the family to do over the two days, from kids’ activities to walks, talks and workshops. Easter Sunday is themed as Family Day and Easter Monday as Gardeners’ Day.
www.rbg.vic.gov.au


The Local Harvest Challenge: A week of eating locally

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 29th, 2012

7 April , 2012
12:00 am


Photo (and broccoli) by shannonkringen via flickr CC

Get connected with your food!  Join us and the many individuals, households and community groups around Australia who are taking up the Local Harvest Challenge!

It’s one week where we take on the goal of intentionally reclaiming your food choices and decreasing the degrees of separation between us and our food. Find out resources near you, and put into practice the art of eating locally, supporting local and organic farmers and businesses, and discovering the face behind your food.

Choose your challenge – your level of commitment (bite-sized, meal-sized, or feast sized) – and the activities and events you plan to participate in. Blog your experiences as you make changes both large and small.

Sunday 1st April — Saturday 7th April 2012

Find out more and register on the Local Harvest website.


Draft food policy consultation: City of Melbourne

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on March 28th, 2012

The City of Melbourne draft food policy is now available and we would like to hear your thoughts.

Attend our Draft Food Policy Conversation event to be held on:

When: Thursday 29 March 2012, 3–7pm
Where: City Library, Majorca Room, Level 1, 253 Flinders Lane (accessible venue)
Light refreshments provided

This event is self-directed, so stop in when it is convenient for you and visit the information stations and take up an opportunity to talk to staff and share your questions and comments.

About the Policy:

The draft food policy provides a vision and a framework to work towards a more sustainable food system in the City of Melbourne to ensure all residents, workers, students and visitors have sufficient access to healthy, safe and affordable food, now and into the future.

The development of the draft food policy has been informed by background research through the food policy discussion paper and a series of consultation processes including postcard surveys and forums where we collected community views on what food means to you.

The draft food policy identifies five key themes for action, these include:

  • Strong, food-secure communities
  • Health and wellness for all
  • A sustainable and resilient food system
  • A vibrant local economy
  • A city that celebrates food
Download the draft food policy and the discussion paper from the City of Melbourne website.

The closing date for feedback is 5pm on Friday 13 April 2012.


Melbourne Growth Area: WSUD Tour

Posted in Events by Clearwater on March 28th, 2012

20 April , 2012
9:00 amto2:00 pm

Clearwater offers a number of capacity building initiatives that can help broaden your skills and knowledge in sustainable urban water management.

Tour Overview
Clearwater is proud to announce a new half day Growth Area WSUD tour in Hume City Council and the City of Whittlesea. The tour will include site visits to biofilters and wetlands in new housing estates, visits to council owned WSUD assets and town centre renewal projects incorporating WSUD and stormwater harvesting.  This tour will focus on the opportunities and challenges for growth area councils to implement WSUD in greenfield estates and urban renewal projects. Presenters will discuss issues of engineering, urban design, landscaping, organisational/ community engagement and working with developers.

Audience
Suitable for anyone interested in applying water sensitive urban design in growth areas or new housing estates. This will include commercial developers, planners and designers, engineers, landscape architects, environment and asset maintenance staff and contractors.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Course completion will contribute CPD points to programs with the following organisations: Nursery and Garden Industry Association (NGIA), Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Engineers Australia, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Register now at the Clearwater website

Date: Friday 20 April, 9am – 2pm

RSVP
Friday 13 April


Growers and Eaters Forum

Posted in Events by kdonati on March 27th, 2012

23 April , 2012

Photo: Shari Mcdonald

Some of us are growers, but all of us are eaters. And we all want to eat well. In the face of an uncertain economic and ecological future, what does a truly sustainable food system look like?

A collaboration between Cultivating Community and Slow Food Melbourne, the Growers and Eaters Forum will bring together farmers and food experts committed to healthy and resilient food systems for the future. Food cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, farmers markets, urban agriculture and poly-farming are all on the menu. The all-day event will celebrate innovative projects and initiatives that are creatively reshaping relations between growers and eaters, valuing the people and communities who produce our food.

Conference registration includes a long, slow lunch featuring produce and wine from the region.

Keynote speaker and US farmer and author Michael Ableman will address how we can feed the future and present his ideas for achieving real change in the food system. Other inspirational speakers include Les Cameron, Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative; Carol Vincent, South Australian Farmers Federation; Neil Barr, author of The House on the Hill and Rod May, Captain’s Creek Organic Farm.

Monday, 23rd April 2012, 8.30am-5.00pm

‘Gravel Hill’ Salvation Army Complex
65-71 Mundy Street, Bendigo VIC

For more information:
http://slowfoodmelbourne.com.au/events/growers-and-eaters-2012/


Retrofitting Your Home For Energy Efficiency: Free Online Seminar

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on March 27th, 2012

4 April , 2012
11:00 amto12:00 pm

How do you improve your home to make it more energy efficient?  Learn about the simple techniques and products that can save you on bills, improve a home’s comfort and help save the environment: LED lighting, draught proofing, window coverings, insulation and secondary glazing.

The free online seminar by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), with support from bankmecu, will also look at two home retrofitting case studies – in Melbourne and Goulburn, NSW.

It will feature a presentation by ATA technical expert Michael O’Connell, and insights into their own retrofitting experiences from ATA members and homeowners Gavin Webber and Peter Fraser. It will finish with a Q&A session.

When: Wednesday, April 4.

Time: 11am-noon

For more details and to register: http://www.ata.org.au/news/retrofitting-webinar/


Electric Vehicles and Sustainable Transport Infrastructure

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on March 26th, 2012

2 April , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group Guest:

Joan Manuel Fernandez Mendoza is PhD candidate from The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His studies focus on the life cycle assessment of urban transport infrastructures.

He is researching different types of infrastructures required for different modes of transportation (i.e., sidewalks and urban squares for pedestrians/cyclists, streets for motorized vehicles, charging systems for electric vehicles, refuelling systems for conventional cars, etc). The aim is to develop guidelines and criteria for the promotion of sustainable and eco-friendly designs that minimize the environmental burden of the built environment of cities related with personal mobility. Joan will also share his experiences about living in Barcelona, a leader in urban form and sustainable city design.

6:30pm – 8pm,  Monday April 2

Entry: Gold coin donation

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

For more information about our guest, visit the Discussion Group on the Beyond Zero Emissions website.

Sustainable Communities: Collaborating, Planning, Delivering

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 22nd, 2012

29 March , 2012
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

This Melbourne Conversations event has been developed to support the C40 Workshop. The desire for sustainable communities is the touchstone of city-forming when comparing major cities across the globe.  As city design and planning experts meet in Melbourne as part of the C40 group, never have the challenges of city growth been so great, nor the achievements so promising. Hear about our local achievements and those of comparable large world cities.

Speakers include:

  • Ms Romilly Madew – Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia, Sydney
  • Ms Melanie Nutter – Director San Francisco Environment Department, USA
  • Prof Jan Gehl – Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Prof Billie Giles-Corti – Director, McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Li Lixin – Deputy Chief of Air Pollution Control Division, Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, China

Moderated by Peter Mares, Grattan Institute, Melbourne.

Thursday March 29, 6-7:30pm
BMW Edge, Federation Square

Free event, no bookings needed.


Echology: Data-driven public artworks

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 21st, 2012

26 March , 2012
3:00 pmto6:00 pm
Source: Bindarri

Imagine living alongside artworks that reflect the choices that you and your local communities are making towards achieving a sustainable future… artworks that live and breathe, that reward your choices and encourage change.

ECHOLOGY brings together Australia’s leading artists and urban developers to create data-driven public artworks that engage with serious issues in evocative and playful ways. Come along to the seminar and networking event nearest you to find out how you can be a part of this exciting opportunity and to meet some of the best international artists working in the field: Julie FREEMAN (UK), Usman HAQUE (UK), Joyce HINTERDING (AU), Geo HOMSY (US), Natalie JEREMIJENKO (AU/US) and DV ROGERS (NZ/AU).

Melbourne Seminar: March 26
>> Register here

ECHOLOGY: Making Sense of Data brings together Australia’s leading creative talent, a world leader in urban development and three urban communities to create data-driven public artworks that drive meaningful engagement with issues surrounding sustainability, climate change and resource use.

ECHOLOGY: Making Sense of Data is a three-stage project that will support the utilisation of real-time data and sensing in the production of artworks for the public realm. Each of the stakeholder groups involved with the project have different, but complementary objectives that together can be met through the project’s realisation.

ECHOLOGY: Making Sense of Data is presented by the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) in partnership with Carbon Arts.

Events to be held in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane.>> More information on the site

BZE Film Nights present “Dirty Business” by Peter Bull

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on March 21st, 2012

5 April , 2012
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Beyond Zero Emissions Film Nights

Dirty Business:

“Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a 90-minute documentary that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Politicians and corporate interests have mounted a formidable public relations campaign promoting “clean coal” as a solution to our energy/climate problem.
The film is the first major public media project to explain and demystify “clean coal” and to explore the extent to which increased energy efficiency and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar thermal power might make “clean coal” unnecessary and uneconomical.
At the end of the night we will open the floor to discussion. Lead by a member of the BZE team, we can discuss some of the issues raised in the film.

6.00pm, Thursday April 5

Entry: Donations welcome ($5 suggested)

Kindness House,
288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 3065
Tram 112, stop 16 (cnr Johnston & Brunswick St).

Read more about the film and watch trailers here – http://dirtybusinessthefilm.com/