Archive for the ‘Events’ Category
Events refer to local (ie. Melbourne-based, Australian) events that contribute to urban sustainability. Event topics often refer to themes such as water, food, energy, and urban design and built form. Sustainable Melbourne strongly encourages environmental organisations and institutions to post their own events. To do so visit the “How to use this site” page and follow the prompts.Move the mouse pointer over a date to show the events for that day. Days highlighted in red have events posted to them.
Posted in Events by EcoCentre on October 30th, 2013
|4 November , 2013|
|7:00 pm||to||9:00 pm|
Announcing the premiere of a brand new documentary on marine plastics in Port Phillip Bay, produced by an International team of filmmakers in conjunction with Port Phillip BayKeeper.
This documentary is an expose of the extent of plastic pollution in our beloved Port Phillip Bay.
Film synposis: After hearing about expansive amounts of plastic in every major ocean, Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake finds the sands of his local beaches are turning into a kind of micro-plastic confetti. In his journey to measure how far the age of plastics has invaded the bay, Neil discovers a growing community striving to protect Port Phillip’s health for generations to come.
Please RSVP as light refreshments are provided: www.trybooking.com/DUKJ
Date: Monday 4 November
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Beachcomber Cafe, St Kilda Sea Baths Complex
Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
Brought to you by Port Phillip EcoCentre
Posted in Events by timc on October 29th, 2013
|27 November , 2013|
|9:30 am||to||4:00 pm|
Cultivating Sustainability is a 1-day workshop which provides sustainability advocates with insights, models and tools to engage and inspire people for sustainable action. This workshop will assist you to
This workshop will assist you to:
Identify what people need in order to embrace sustainability
Target your efforts and resources to the points of most leverage
Incorporate psychological principles to your sustainability programs
Communicate about sustainability more effectively
Meet others who are dealing with similar challenges and share ideas and success stories.
Presented by Tim Cotter, a psychologist specialising in the psychology of sustainability.
When: Wed. November 27th, 2013. 9.30am – 4.00pm
Where: Melbourne, Venue to be confirmed
Online Registration and Further Info at www.awake.com.au
Earlybirds! Register and pay before the end of October and receive a 20% discount
For-profits $300pp ($240pp before October 31)
NFP/Govt $250pp ($200pp before October 31)
Indiv’s/Community Groups $160pp ($128pp before October 31)
Posted in Events by unaavic on October 21st, 2013
|29 October , 2013|
|2:00 pm||to||5:15 pm|
Join the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria) for this upcoming Sustainability Leadership Seminar on Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Australia’s Role? Challenges and Opportunities to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 October in partnership with NAB and the University of Melbourne.
Held in support of the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, this seminar is part of our Sustainability Leadership Series and seeks to build momentum for collective action on food security and sustainable agriculture post Rio +20.
Bringing together experts and practitioners from government, business, civil society, farmers’ organisations, research and academia, the seminar seeks to provide a platform for shared learning and discussion on Australia’s role in addressing the global food security challenge and advancing sustainable agricultural practices.
It will highlight the challenges and opportunities that Australian government, businesses, and NGOs face as they contribute to developing and promoting sustainable food supply chains that increase food production, preserve natural resources and fight hunger at the local, national and global level.
Date: Tuesday 29 October
Time: 2pm Registration, 2.15pm to 5.15pm
Venue: Hosted by National Australia Bank, The Bowl, NAB Academy, 500 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Registration Fee: Business / Government: $165 (incl. GST), Non-profit / Academic: $120 (incl. GST)
RSVP by 5pm, 23 October 2013.
For more information and to book see the UNAA Victoria website.
Posted in Events by EcoCentre on October 18th, 2013
|21 October , 2013|
|7:00 pm||to||9:00 pm|
Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic documenting the world’s changing glaciers and gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.
Central to this film is the belief that we cannot divorce civilisation from nature. This vision is rendered in James Balog’s extraordinary photographs of ice and his compilation of video footage of glaciers melting at an unnatural rate. The film argues that global warming promises to turn sublime beauty on its head.
“This portrait of a man on a mission moves us, not by showing us what we’ve already lost, but what’s still at stake.”
Date: Monday 21 October, 7pm sharp start.
Venue: Port Phillip Ecocentre, Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda(in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens)
Cost: $2 recommended minimum donation on the door.
Enquiries: Paula or Yas – 9534 0670
|19 October , 2013|
|1:00 pm||to||2:30 pm|
Since May 2013, a new wave of plastic pollution has been uncovered by Melbourne BayKeeper volunteers in the form of ‘nurdles’. Hundreds of these plastic pre-production pellets have been found regularly on St Kilda Beaches, and more recently, in streams flowing into the Bay.
EcoCentre Director and Port Phillip BayKeeper, Neil Blake, will give a talk about this spreading problem and then lead people on a plastic pollution field survey.
We need ongoing support to measure plastic pollution in the Bay. The aim is to clearly show there’s an ongoing issue and to call on government agencies and plastics manufacturers to be part of the solution.
Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre, Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda (in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens)
Date: Saturday 19 October
>>> For More Information and background, visit the BayKeeper website.
|16 October , 2013|
|6:30 pm||to||8:30 pm|
Coal seam gas – what is it and how does it affect the environment and communities?
Find out at a public meeting on October 16 held by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).
Coal seam gas extraction involves unconventional techniques to extract gas from coal deposits that are otherwise difficult or impossible to exploit.
These new techniques and the challenges posed by them will be discussed by Mark Ogge of the Australia Institute and Monash University’s Dr Gavin Mudd. The meeting will include an overview of the CSG industry, what the infrastructure looks like, the scale of this infrastructure and the economic impacts of mining booms including gas. Both speakers have an in-depth knowledge of the topic.
When: October 16, 6.30pm for 7pm
Where: Grace Park Lawn Tennis Club, 6 Hilda Crescent, Hawthorn
Cost: Free, but RSVP on the Alternative Technology Association website.
Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on October 9th, 2013
|12 October , 2013|
|4:00 pm||to||6:00 pm|
Notice of Annual General Meeting for the Mullum Mullum Festival.
Plans for the 2014 festival will be discussed. The meeting will be held at 5pm this Saturday 12 October, 2013, Yarran Dheran Information Centre, Mitcham. Mel 49 B6.
The Meeting will be preceded by a presentation by Paul Mahony titled ‘Omissions of emissions: Our environment, livestock and the climate crisis’ between 4pm-5pm.
>> For more information, please see the Mullum Mullum Festival website.
Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 16th, 2013
|20 September , 2013|
|12:30 pm||to||1:30 pm|
On Friday 20th September at 12:30pm come and hear author Greg Foyster speak about his inspiring pedal-powered detour from the rat race – Changing Gears – at The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville.
Changing Gears is a high-spirited adventure book charting Greg Foyster’s remarkable, life-transforming cycling challenge he undertook with his girlfriend Sophie from Hobart to Cairns on a quest to find out if we can be happier with less.
Cycling for more than 8 months and 6500 kilometres, Greg and Sophie conducted over 80 in-depth interviews with lone visionaries and engaged communities alike, all seeking a more sustainable life. There’s the barefoot monk who walked from Gold Coast to Townsville with only three robes and an alms bowl, the man who lived in the bush for 20 years without electricity and went on ‘historical treks’ using 18th century tools and clothing, the ‘modern swagman’ who wandered the highway for three decades, and many more DIY downshifters with fascinating stories to tell.
Greg tells a riveting yarn – engaging, self-effacing and with many laugh-out-loud moments. The 6586km bike expedition was a million miles from Greg’s comfortable former lifestyle as an ad man – the furthest he’d cycled in one sitting was 50km and the longest he’d been in a tent was three days at a music festival. Along the way he confronted his own character flaws, contended with bum blisters, tasted road kill and got by on only two changes of clothing.
Greg and Sophie are now on a 60-day, 2000-kilometre pedal-powered book tour, visiting 30 bookshops from Melbourne through regional VIC, ACT & NSW before finishing in Sydney in mid November. Don’t miss out on this chance to hear Greg and Sophie talk about their fascinating stories of life on the road.
WHAT: Greg Foyster’s Pedal-Powered Book Tour
Meet the Author & Signings
WHEN: 12:30pm Friday 20th September
WHERE: The Sun Bookshop, Yarraville
10 Ballarat St Yarraville VIC 3013
(03) 9689 0661
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Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 3rd, 2013
|8 September , 2013|
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On Sunday 8th September, Sustainable House Day will be celebrating its 12th year. The event will continue to showcase some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling, and other practices suitable to their lifestyles.
150 private houses and display houses featuring a variety of sustainable ideas will open their doors to the public. Homes are open from 10am-4pm and will be showcasing environmentally sustainable design, innovative use of materials, and homes that have invested in renewable energy, recycling and other sustainable living practices. Homes will feature experts in areas of green living and energy-efficient products.
Check out the Sustainable House Day website to find open houses around Australia, or to read more about the different ways that people make their homes more sustainable.
Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on August 30th, 2013
|2 September , 2013|
|6:30 pm||to||8:00 pm|
Dr Scott Watkins (Stream Leader, Organic Photovoltaics, Materials Science and Engineering at CSIRO), is developing next generation organic solar cells. He will talk about the new manufacturing facility in Melbourne printing solar cells at the size of an A3 sheet of paper, which are one of the largest in the world.
The Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) has developed processes that use spray coating, reverse gravure and slot-dye coating as well as screen printing, and the technology that has gone from producing solar cells the size of a fingernail to 10cm square in three years. Dr Watkins says the new $200,000 printer has allowed the VICOSC team to jump to producing solar cells on sheets 30cm wide – right here in Melbourne!
The flexible, organic PV cells have applications in consumer devices and small integrated electronics, and into the future, they could be coated onto buildings, into windows and on roofs. Dr Watkins will join us to explain organic PV technology and how the printing process works.
Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 2 September 2013
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton
Entry: Gold coin donation
Thank you to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.