Archive for the ‘Sustainable Cities Round Tables’ Category

The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are regular events that feature a variety of speakers who provide three minute glimpses of what they are doing to create a sustainable Melbourne. The talks are diverse in their perspective, topics and approaches whilst also balancing well-known leaders with fresh, local talent. Each event includes workshops designed to engage the entire audience. Workshop outcomes are published online. If you would like to attend these events place your name on the Sustainable Melbourne email list to receive an invitation. You can see the complete list of speakers from the Sustainable Cities Round Tables or watch the Video Presentations from previous events.



Priority 2 for Energy Change, The Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

Priority 2 for Energy Change‘ is an outcome from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009. Audience members were asked: “In your perspective, what are the three things that need to happen for energy?” Ie. if were going to address climate change what are the most important things that we and others around us can do? This is their response for Priority 2. The data is shown as it was collected – there has been no analysis at this stage at all.

Priority 2
    Open markets for decentralized electricity generation from renewable sources.  Including incentives for implementation.
    Government support eg policies, incentives, drivers etc
    Regulations
    Need users o reject the business as usual approach
    Large scale solar projects
    Initiating community food gardens
    High price for carbon pollution emitters for each unit of pollution
    De-emphasize CCS
    Energy efficiency existing homes-retrofit 10% per year (and educate home owners)
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Priority 1 for Energy Change, The Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

Priority 1 for Energy Change‘ is an outcome from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009. Audience members were asked: “In your perspective, what are the three things that need to happen for energy?” Ie. if were going to address climate change what are the most important things that we and others around us can do? This is their response for Priority 1. The data is shown as it was collected – there has been no analysis at this stage at all.

Priority 1
    Build a systems of clean, renewable energy straight away so we have zero carbon environment
    Mass reforestation campaigns and programs ie 1 million ha planted per yr now in Victoria
    Cut government ties to the coal industry
    A clear vision of a 100% renewable energy future
    Proper pricing of carbon
    Stop using coal
    Stop exporting coal
    Tackle influence of fossil fuel and coal industry
    Eliminate electric storage of hot water
    Political will and leadership from government to make decisions that are long term focused
    Work with communities to empower them to change-transforming this difficult and often disempowering situation into one that reunites people in a local and positive way
    Generating clean technology alongside behavioural change to wanting to be energy efficient
    A CPRS with a serious, challenging target
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Simon Holmes a Court, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 10th, 2009

Simon Holmes a Court showcases the Hepburn Wind farm project which came into fruition due to the community’s desire to establish a community owned wind farm that would help match the electricity needs of the Hepburn Shire, and thus the Hepburn Wind Farm Project was born. Since then the project has progressed through the necessary stages of development, from preliminary site analysis through the Council planning process and now has a secure planning permit. And during the course of the project, the Wind Park has gained increasing support in the Hepburn Shire community.


How do you maintain the energy for change? Responses from the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

The final question asked to the audience at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009, was: “How do you maintain the energy to change for a healthier, more sustainable future?” This question provided some shining answers of how people maintain their motivation to work towards sustainability. It can be a hard road – we’ve got to pave it! – and it takes a lot of perseverance to make such changes. Find a long list of positive and heart-felt responses from the audience below. Again, the data has not been edited or analysed at all – simply written as was collected at the event.

What keeps you motivated?

    Fear, hope
    By leading a healthy life and that stopping is not an option for a more sustainable future.  Need to stand up for people and the environment.
    Collaboration, sharing, inspiration of others
    Reflection on all that everyone is doing, grow own food, drive slowly up all hills
    Desire to leave the environment in an acceptable state for the next generation
    Networking with like-minded people and sharing stories of passion and success
    Participation in innovative and experimental projects with educational outcomes
    Keep projects fun and interesting eg, practise greening our large flat roof firstly on the shed
    Motivated by the panoramic view outside the work window-seeing the smog every day
    Encouraging our friends to use their bikes by gifting with fluro decorative leg bands
    Using electricity wisely
    Use of clean transport ie bikes
    Look at packaging before I buy
    Its all about doing stuff alongside interesting people who also want to do stuff
    Its too vital not to have the energy
    Sense of urgency
    Like minded people
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Priority 3 for Energy Change, The Sustainable Cities Round Table, 20 May 2009

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on June 10th, 2009

Priority 3 for Energy Change‘ is an outcome from the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009. Audience members were asked: “In your perspective, what are the three things that need to happen for energy?” Ie. if were going to address climate change what are the most important things that we and others around us can do? This is their response for Priority 3. The data is shown as it was collected – there has been no analysis at this stage at all.

Priority 3
    Plug in hybrid electric vehicles
    Relocate old houses rather than be demolished into strips then to become landfill.  Use of recycled materials for buildings-achieve energy ratings points
    New innovations
    Public transport
    Industry efficiencies
    Consume less
    Policy change, away from CCS towards renewables and at the same time preparing people for decrease in energy availability (renewables wont cope with current energy consumption)
    Investment
    Reduce packaging (waste)
    Signal the end of coal as primary energy source in Australia-Turn it into a sunset industry
    Less consumption.  Less energy/recycling/waste
    Invest in renewables
    Strong target of 100% renewable energy by 2020
    Needs strong and public champion
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Ken Guthrie, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 10th, 2009

Ken Guthrie represents an initiative by Sustainability Victoria in developing a concept called Smart Energy Zones. A Smart Energy Zone aims to promote energy generation closer to where it is consumed, enabling individuals and local communities to take ownership of and manage their own energy supply. Using a combination of localised supply and demand energy solutions, communities can dramatically and cost-effectively reduce their greenhouse intensity.


Jason Cox, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 10th, 2009

Jason Cox represents the Moreland Energy Foundation and introduces their new Green Town Project. The Green Town project, run in partnership with Environment Victoria is funded by the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund and will train local members from the Arabic, Assyrian and Chaldean communities to conduct environmental audits for 70 households and 15 businesses in Moreland. Other aspects of the project include the development of English as second language (ESL) materials so that environmental issues are integrated into classroom teaching in neighbourhood houses and community learning centres, as well as a range of workshops and other environmental initiatives.

Moreland Energy Foundation Limited


Marie Andrews, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 10th, 2009

Marie Andrews represents Kildonan Uniting Care whose aim is to empower people to improve their lives, through the provision of effective community services and addressing issues of social and economic hardship. One of their projects is to advise to households to manage their energy demands to reach both social and environmental goals.


Faye Adams, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 9th, 2009

Faye Adams represents the Manningham City Council whose policy statements include a vision in developing a sustainable city. They aim to tackle the issue of climate change through: reducing household waste, installing water tanks and adopting energy efficiency programs.

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Michael Ambrose, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 9th, 2009

Michael Ambrose, from CSIRO, presents the Zero Emissions Home Project, where they aim to envision and build houses with zero net emissions of green house gases. The project is a collaboration between Sustainability Victoria, Henley Properties Group, and Delfin Land Lease.

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