Archive for August, 2012

Return to Royal Park: Community Consultation

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2012

The City of Melbourne and the Department of Health are working together on Return to Royal Park, a project to reinstate parkland on the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital, on the corner of Gatehouse Street and Flemington Road, Parkville.

The first phase of community consultation was held over a six week period in March and April 2012. During this phase the community told us their ideas and vision for the reinstated parkland. This information was summarised in the Community Consultation Feedback Report and was used to inform the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan.

We are now inviting your feedback on the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan during a second phase of community consultation. The second phase of consultation will start on the 15 August 2012 and will run for four weeks, finishing on the 12 September 2012.

A design for this parkland is expected to be complete in 2013 and the parkland reinstated by the end of 2014.

>>Go to the website for more information.


Sustainable House Day, September 9, Melbourne

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on August 29th, 2012

9 September , 2012

 

Melbourne’s greenest homes will open their doors to the public as part of the 11th annual Sustainable House Day on Sunday September 9, from 10am-4pm.

The day will showcase the city’s most environmentally sustainable and innovative homes that invest in renewable energy, recycling and other practices designed to reduce their carbon footprint.

Highlights include an award-winning renovation and extension of a Victorian terrace in North Fitzroy, a home in Hampton that blends elegant heritage values with sustainability, and a 9.1-star rated Preston house that lifts the bar high on green features.

Everyone is welcome to see what sustainable homeowners have done and how these ideas can be applied. Entry is free.

Sustainable House Day September 9

10am-4pm

Free

For house locations, go to: http://www.sustainablehouseday.com/victoria.php


Renewables 2012: Positioning Australia in a Global Context

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 27th, 2012

20 September , 2012
6:30 pmto7:00 pm

This free public seminar featuring Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21 will provide insight into advances being made in renewable energy business and policy in both developed and developing economies and will position the Australian industry within this global context.

REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) is the world’s most frequently referenced report on renewable energy business and policy. The most recent report, released in June this year, found that in 2011:

  • renewable energy sources supplied 16.7% of global final energy consumption
  • 118 countries were implementing renewable energy targets
  • investment in renewables increased to a record $257 billion, and
  • photovoltaic module prices dropped by 50%.

The 2012 GSR highlights the steady growth of renewables in all end-use sectors – power, heating and cooling and transport – and across energy markets, support policies, investment and technology.

Concurrent with these global developments have been significant changes in Australia’s clean energy industry with the introduction of the carbon price, the commencement of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the review of the Renewable Energy Target.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
GM-15 Lecture Theatre, Level 1
Carlton Victoria, 3053

>> Please register for this free event.

Ms Lins’ presentation will be introduced by David Green, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council and followed by a panel discussion, featuring Kane Thornton, Deputy Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council; Malte Meinshausen, Senior Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne; Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute; and chaired by Tristan Edis, Editor, Climate Spectator.


Climate Change Science: Impacts and Adaptation for Victoria Public Lecture & Symposium

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 24th, 2012

20 September , 2012
21 September , 2012
Climate Change Science: Impacts and Adaptation for Victoria Public Lecture & Symposium

This is one of a series of annual Royal Society Victoria Symposia on Scientific issues of importance to Victoria. It will consist of formal presentations and panel discussions on three aspects of the science of climate change.

  • The Physical Science
  • Impacts on Victoria
  • Adaptation to Climate Change

Speakers are leading academics from Universities, CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and the State Government. Most speakers have played leading roles in the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The intended audience is University staff and students, Royal Society of Victoria members, representatives of planning authorities and the state government, and the general public.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM:

Understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes are important challenges for Australian scientists as well as for planners and politicians.

  • The Physical Science: Talks and panel sessions on the observational record, on the major climate drivers for Victoria, on the science of climate change projections and on the science of extreme weather events.
  • Impacts on Victoria: Talks have been invited on the impacts on health, on water supply for cities and agriculture, and on sea-level rise and coastal inundation
  • Adaptation to Climate Change: Adaptation addresses options for reducing exposure and vulnerability to changing climate and its impacts. It also addresses options for increasing resilience to the potential adverse impacts of climate extremes.

The proceedings of the Symposium will appear as a special issue (in 2013) of the peer-reviewed journal: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria.

Symposium: Friday 21 September 9.00 am – 5.00 pm and Saturday 22 September 9.30 am – 1 p.m

>> Click here to find out more about the symposium.

Free Public Lecture: Thursday 20 September 

>> Click here for registration for the free lecture.

The Symposium and Lecture will be held at University of Melbourne in the Basement Theatre, Spot Building, (cnr Berkeley and Pelham Streets, Parkville) University of Melbourne.


Replant A Forest At ‘The Island’!

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 23rd, 2012

29 August , 2012
4 September , 2012


Photo by Glenn Tempest (CC Licence)

Tree planting projects at The Island Reserve, Werribee Gorge will be held on 29th August and 4th September.

`The Island` is a narrow, lava-capped ridge at the junction of Myrniong Creek and the Werribee River. A large property of over 200 hectares, it was donated to Conservation Volunteers in 2006.

Although `The Island` is directly next to the Werribee Gorge State Park, it is significantly degraded and a focus of Conservation Volunteers is to restore it back to environmental health.

You can be a part of this environmentally significant project by planting hundreds of native trees, shrubs and grasses this year!

If you would like more information or would like to make a booking phone Heidi on 03 9326 8250 or email melbourne@cva.org.au


The New Resource Game in the Indo-Pacific

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

23 August , 2012
7:30 pmto8:30 pm

From the history the 17th Century Nutmeg Wars between the British and the Dutch in Indonesia, through the 19th century Opium Wars between the British, French and Chinese, and past the 20th century Oil Wars between the US and the Arabs, the tactics of the New Game players have not changed much because the market imperative forbids it.

In the markets of resources and raw materials, Australia depends for its survival in competition with the interests of Russia, China, India, and several African states. If these market dynamics do not make the level playing field which Australian governments claim they expect and demand from the global trading system; if force, fraud, corruption and subversion are pervasive in deciding who wins, what then are the scenarios for Australia’s future as a resource exporter?

What do Australian policymakers need to know and do to say in the game?

What lessons, what demands do Indian policymakers insist Canberra should learn, or else?

About the speaker:

John Helmer is visiting professor at the University of Melbourne and this semester he is teaching investigative journalism at the Institute of Advanced Journalism. He is the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, and the only Western journalist to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties. Born and educated in Australia, then at Harvard University, he has also been a professor of political science, and an advisor to government heads in Greece, United States, and Asia. He has published several books and anthologies of essays.

7:30pm 23 August 2012

Institute of Postcolonial Studies

78-80 Curzon Street North Melbourne 3051

Charges: Waged: $5, Unwaged:$3, Members free


Energy & Water Consumption Displays (and other good things) in a Melbourne Apartment Building

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

4 September , 2012
9:30 amto12:30 pm

As the first Green Star Multi-Unit Residential certified project in Victoria, Convesso’s 4 Star Green Star rating represents ‘best practice’ in sustainable construction, with green features including:

  • In-home energy and water consumption displays that give occupants access to real time or historic usage data;
  • Energy efficient lighting and appliances;
  • Water efficient fixtures and fittings;
  • High performance glaze;
  • Superior acoustic treatment; and
  • Ample natural light.

Join a GBCA (Green Building Council Australia) tour for to see these ESD features and more in action prior to full occupation of the development.

Date: Tuesday 4 September 2012

  • Tour 1: 9.30 – 10.30am
  • Tour 2: 10.30 – 1.30am
  • Tour 3: 11.30 – 12.30pm

Location: 1 Waterside Place VICTORIA HARBOUR VIC 3000
Tickets: Member Individual $55
Non-Member Individual $95

>>Book a place on the tour


Sustainable Living Festival 2013: Call for events

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 17th, 2012

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL  Call for Event Applications 2013

 

Men And Women Of Victoria, Be A Part Of Australia’s Largest Sustainable Living Festival, 9-24 Feb 2013.

It’s The Biggest Push For Sustainability Of Our Time.

HOST AN EVENT IN YOUR CITY, STREET, LANEWAY OR VENUE.

Join The State Wide Festival And Boost Your Profile Through The Festival’s Promotions & Networks.

 

FOOD | TALKS | DESIGN | ART | FILM | SPORTS | MUSIC

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

www.slf.org.au/festival

PROMO VIDEO – http://festival.slf.org.au/festival-video


‘No Impact Man’ film screening

Posted in Movements, Uncategorized by EcoCentre on August 15th, 2012

Monday 20 August 2012, 6.30pm
Port Phillip EcoCentre, St Kilda

Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

A guilty new york liberal decides to practice what he preaches for one year: turns off the electricity; stops making rubbish; gives up tv, taxis and take away and becomes a walking, bicycling, composting, tree-hugging, polar bear saving local food eating citizen!

After the screening, there’ll be a post film discussion and action planning for a No Impact Day in the Port Phillip Region. Come and share your ideas.

Delicious snacks available. Entry by gold coin donation.

Our film nights are becoming increasingly popular. Be sure of a spot and book (no payment required at booking/gold coin donation requested on the night)

http://www.trybooking.com/30789

Enquiries: 03 9534 0670 / 0425 728 922

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Cnr. Blessington & Herbert St, St Kilda
(adjacent St Kilda Botanic Gardens)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CERES Global working with Women’s groups in India

Posted in Movements, Visions by ceres on August 14th, 2012

Women cooking pirchandikulum

Each year CERES Global spends 6 weeks in India and invites interested people to join us on a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange. As a past participant explains, “I took away a sense of humanity of possibility, a beautiful sense of how big the world is”.

CERES Global works with communities and organisations in India to generate solutions that are community driven and meet the needs identified by members of the community. Project sustainability is a key aspect of successfully engaging with communities and projects are designed and implemented with these principles in mind.

We will be holding a number of information sessions for people interested in learning more about our trips and how they can get involved:

Information sessions
6.30pm 23rd August
6.30pm 20th September
6.30pm 18th October
6.30pm 8th November

All information sessions are held in the CERES Eco house, crn Roberts and Stewart Streets, East Brunswick, VIC (enter via the Lee street gates). Please RSVP to the contacts below

For more information contact Sophie on – (03) 9389 0183 or ceresglobal@ceres.org.au
Or visit our website http://www.ceres.org.au/global

Our projects in India, often involve working with women’s groups. A past participant explains her experience:

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