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.



Dr Ralph Horne, 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

Dr Ralph Horne is the Director of the Centre for Design at RMIT University. The Centre for Design promotes sustainability through research, consulting, and capacity building through active dissemination and professional development. They are recognised internationally for our innovative design methods and tools to support sustainable design of products and services – everything from packaging and consumer products to buildings, suburbs and cities.

The image “http://www.designit.com.au/var/designit/storage/images/showcase/education/centre_for_design_at_rmit/732-5-eng-AU/centre_for_design_at_rmit_client_logo.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.


Andrew Lawson, 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

Andrew Lawson represents MBD Energy Limited and presents a different solution to the problem of climate change. MBD Energy (formerly MBD Biodiesel Ltd) is utilising private equity to develop an algae feedstock based on the key ingredients of waste CO2, derived from gas or coal fired power stations and, where available, nutrient enriched surplus waste water. Their approach has the potential to provide a viable approach to coal flue gas sequestration (the removal of carbon from the energy system) by actively providing a cycle for carbon to be reintroduced or re-absorbed into the energy cycle. The project has the potential to significantly mitigate the climate change potential presented today by Australias power stations.

MBD Energy


Brad Shone, Sustainable Cities Round Table, The Energy to Change, Wednesday 20th May 2009

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

Brad Shone is from the Moreland Energy Foundation, who are committed in encouraging community action on greenhouse gas emissions. They work with the Moreland community in Melbourne to help people in all walks of life to make informed energy smart lifestyle choices. Some of the programs they are involved in are: solar bulk buying programs and providing workshops to educate the community on the effects of climate change and empowering people with the knowledge to make a difference.

The image “http://www.slf.org.au/festival08/files/festival08/moreland_energy_foundation.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.


Introduction to the Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

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

The Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change was held recently on Wednesday, 20 May 2009. This Round Table considered energy – such as renewable energy types, their distribution and systems alternatives, how to mitigate energy losses, implement greater uptake of more sustainable options and ultimately conserve the energy within ourselves to make sure that these changes take place!

Guest speakers included:
Brad Shone, Manager – Energy Strategy, Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd.
Ralph Horne, Director, Centre for Design, RMIT University
Faye Adams, ESD Planner, Manningham City Council
Michael Ambrose, Greg Foliente and Phillip Paevere, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems Melbourne
Tim Forcey, President, Bayside Climate Change Action Group
Read the rest of this entry »


TONIGHT – THE SUSTAINABLE CITIES ROUND TABLE – The Energy to Change

Posted in Events, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on May 20th, 2009

When: 6-8pm, Wednesday 20 May 2009
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, State Library of Victoria

In this Sustainable Cities Round Table we will consider energy – such as renewable energy types, their distribution and systems alternatives. Well also take it further to consider how we can mitigate energy losses, implement greater uptake of more sustainable options and ultimately conserve the energy within ourselves to make sure that these changes take place!

Speakers are:
Brad Shone, Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd – The Solar Cities project
Ralph Horne, RMIT University – Home energy efficiency – why havent we fixed it yet?
Faye Adams, Manningham City Council – Harnessing community passion
Michael Ambrose, CSIRO – The Zero Emissions Home project
Read the rest of this entry »


Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change – RSVP today!

Posted in Events, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on April 28th, 2009

What: SUSTAINABLE CITIES ROUND TABLE – The Energy to Change
When: 6-8pm, Wednesday 20 May 2009
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, State Library of Victoria
How: RSVP essential – email rsvp@sustainablemelbourne.com by 15 May.
Proudly presented by the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab and the State Library of Victoria

In this Sustainable Cities Round Table we will consider energy – such as renewable energy types, their distribution and systems alternatives. Well also take it further to consider how we can mitigate energy losses, implement greater uptake of more sustainable options and ultimately conserve the energy within ourselves to make sure that these changes take place!

Read the rest of this entry »


Lincoln Smith, Sustainable Cities Round Table, Sustainable Sharing, Thursday 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 24th, 2009

Lincoln Smith, Founder of Growlocal, seeks to localise food production by sharing food.  He seeks to add passion, culture and connectivity from individuals to formulate a model that will increase the sustainability of food produce. GrowLocal is an online food swapping websit that reduces food waste.


Joanne Hay, Sustainable Cities Round Table, Sustainable Sharing, Thursday 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 24th, 2009

Joanne Hay, Co-creator of the website Herdshare.com, initiates a new approach to sustainable agriculture by sharing farm animals. She advocates the importance of localism and culture to attain holistic goals such as sustainability. Her talk is titled “Herdsharing for the Future“.

Herdshare 1

Read the rest of this entry »


Ferne Edwards, Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing, 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 24th, 2009

Ferne Edwards, the host and organiser of the Sustainable Cities Round Tables, VEIL, introduces the concept of sharing, from shared spaces, to shared commodities demonstrating new ways to attain sustainability. This Sustainable Cities Round Table was the 10th event and the first for 2009. Including all the speakers we have now had a total of 99 speakers! All of these can be viewed online at SustainableMelbourne.com.  Speakers were chosen to represent three different kinds of sharing – shared spaces (public lighting by Ironbark Sustainability, co-houses); shared products and materials (The Clothing Exchange, Green Hanger, Grow Local, Herd Share); and shared services (Permblitz, Solar Yarra Program). These examples are innovative, funky and fun models that could be replicated elsewhere. The evening also represented a mix of sharing with new technologies, and old forms of sharing that have been retrofitted somewhat to suit present day needs. And of course, sustainable sharing relates to our approaches to consumption – reducing our footprint by consuming less and sharing and living more.

The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are structured as follows: each presentation is for just 3 minutes – kept to time by the egg timer on its throne here + by the sensational percussionist, Miss Arwen Johnston (missarwen@ yahoo.com.au), whos playing the vibrophone. Arwen will start to play gently when speakers go over time to gradually increase in volume – just like at the Oscars! At the end of the presentations well ask you to comment on some of the ideas emerging from the talks + from the exhibition that were sitting amongst.

Read the rest of this entry »


Dianne Moy, Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing, 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 19th, 2009

Dianne Moy, Coordinator of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, introduces the many systems that are currently in place to facilitate the sharing of common goods ranging from houses, bags to transport. Her presentation aptly titled, ‘New Forms of Sharing‘, highlights both commercial and non-commercial forms of sharing.

Type of Sharing

Read the rest of this entry »