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‘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)

Enquiries: 03 9534 0670 / 0425 728 922

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









Winter Veggie Gardening Workshop

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by kheffer on March 16th, 2012

31 March , 2012
10:00 amto1:00 pm

Keep your cool with trees and vines

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by kheffer on February 8th, 2012

21 February , 2012
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Growing Change: A journey inside Venezuela’s food revolution

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by EcoCentre on November 22nd, 2011

28 November , 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Join Port Phillip EcoCentre for this FREE screening of a film “Growing change” that investigates alternatives to the industrial and corporate controlled food system that have been developed by people of Venezuela. After the film have your say in a discussion! What can we learn from their experience? What can we do differently?

The documentary begins with an investigation of the 2008 global food crisis, looking at the long-term underlying causes. Will expanding large-scale, energy-intensive agriculture, be the solution or re problems? If we already produce enough food to feed the world why do so many people go hungry? After hearing about efforts in Venezuela to develop a more equitable and sustainable food and agriculture system, the filmmaker heads there to see if it’s working and find out what we might be able to learn from this giant experiment. It’s an inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system.

Monday, 28 November at 7pm

Port Phillip EcoCentre 55A Blessington St, St Kilda

Any questions?  Write to us: or call (03) 9534 0670

For more info about the film:

Sustainable House Day 2011

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by Kate Archdeacon on August 30th, 2011

11 September , 2011
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Sustainable House Day, Sunday 11th September, will be celebrating its 10th 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.

Houses are open for FREE between 10am and 4pm.

This year over 300 homes will open their doors for tours and give visitors opportunities to see firsthand the benefits and practicality of solar, ventilation, water harvesting, recycling, shading, thermal mass (materials that absorb and release heat), glazing and window treatments, gardens, and lifestyle products. Architects, builders and specialist service providers will also be on hand at many of the homes to provide expert tips.

Check out the house locations pages to see if there is house open near you, this list will keep getting updated until the event, so be sure to check back in.

Sunday 11th Sept 10am – 4pm

Four Degrees Or More? Australia in a Hot World

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by Kate Archdeacon on June 29th, 2011

12 July , 2011
13 July , 2011
14 July , 2011

‘FOUR DEGREES OR MORE?’ Conference – Australia in a Hot World

Current domestic and international climate policies, if honoured collectively, will result in an average warming of four degrees or more. So what will Australia look like then? The upcoming ‘FOUR DEGREES OR MORE?’ Conference occurs at a critical time for Australian climate politics and brings together internationally and nationally renowned scientists and academics, to reflect on the likely social, ecological, economic and political implications of catastrophic warming for Australia and its region.

When: 12-14 July 2011
Where: The University of Melbourne, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Victoria Australia

Click here for further information and to register

Key speakers:

  • Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Chair of the German Government’s Advisory Council on Global Change, the Chief Government Advisor on Climate and Related Issues during Germany’s EU Council Presidency and G8 Presidency, and Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany)
  • Hon Greg Combet MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy EfficiencyProfessor Malte Meinshausen, Senior climate modeller, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany)
  • Professor Ross Garnaut, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in Economics, The University of Melbourne; Author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review
  • Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director, ANU Climate Change Institute; Scientific adviser to Multi-Party Climate Change Committee; Climate CommissionerDr Penny Whetton, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship and Lead Author of the IPCC reports in 2001 and 2007


The Science – examines the science around global warming at four degrees or more.
The Impacts – assesses the impacts of warming of four degrees or more on Australian ecosystems, industries and society.
Options and Possibilities– looks at implications for economic and social welfare, and the prospects and limits for mitigation and adaption policies to help us avoid these outcomes.

The Australian Water Story: The World Bank Water Day Revisited

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by land-environment on June 24th, 2011

30 June , 2011
8:30 amto4:00 pm

Photo of Lynbrook Estate from Australian Ecosystems

Demonstrating international recognition of the strengths of water research, policy and implementation in Australia, the World Bank in Washington DC hosted ‘The Australian Water Story’ on January 31 this year. A great strength of this program was Victorian-based companies, government agencies and educational institutions which have never been showcased in Victoria.  In this day-long program, we recreate the presentations made by Victorians at the World Bank. We highlight new collaborations that have followed the World Bank visit and offer exciting opportunities for Victorian water conservation, agriculture and industry.

The event will be closed and summarised by Dr Sharon Nunes, global Vice President, Smarter Cities Strategy & Solutions of IBM. Dr Nunes will also give a public lecture at 6pm – Click through for details and reservations for the lecture ‘The Role of IT in Sustaining the World’s Water Resources‘.

Visit the website for more information and registrations or contact Skye Harrison, email:, phone: (03) 8344 5025

8:30am – 4pm, Thursday June 30, 2011
University of Melbourne, Harold Woodruff Theatre, Floor 1, Room 127, Microbiology Building 184, Map (reference J11)

Download the program.

Apologies – the Sustainable Melbourne site is experiencing technical difficulties

Posted in Events, Models, Movements, Policies, Research, Seeking, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Uncategorized, Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 15th, 2008

The website has been experiencing some technical difficulties over the last week. Due to these problems we have been unable to update content on the site. People are working on fixing these problems to get the site up and running as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Visions – Eva Migdal, Hatch Generation, presents at the Sustainable Cities Round Table / Future Melbourne Forum, 31 October

Posted in Events, Models, Movements, Research, SCRT Videos, Seeking, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Uncategorized, Visions by Ferne Edwards on November 12th, 2007

Eva Migdal, Creative Director, Consultant & Eco-Coach from Hatch – Sustainability Strategists, presented on the topic of “Sustainability Intelligence“, at the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table / Future Melbourne Forum, 31 October. Touching on aspects of Appreciate Inquiry, this presentation explored behaviour change for individuals and business.

Powerpoint presentation, Eva Migdal, Hatch Generation

Sustainability Model

Sustainability Model

Event – Reminder about “Shopping with a Conscience” Supermarket Tours this Friday!

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by Ferne Edwards on August 29th, 2007

“Shopping with a Conscience” Supermarket Tours – Food miles, genetic engineering, multinational ownership, packaging…. and much, much more
Join us to find out more about the products, companies and related issues that are part of your weekly supermarket shopping adventures. Time to share questions, experiences, and to feast on some positive alternatives. We’ll explore practical ways to help you in making more ethical choices and lighten
your impact.
Dates: 6pm – 8.30pm, Friday 29th June, 27th July, 31st August, 28th September.
Cost $6. Light supper provided. Meet at Footscray Baptist church, 60 Paisley Street, Footscray. More info: Nick Ray on ph:0500 868 498 or info
Your Dollar is your vote. Find out who (and what) you voted for today!

Ethical Consumer Group meetings and movies
The Ethical Consumer Group meets monthly to discuss aspects of living out sustainable alternatives in a consumerist culture.
Wednesday 15th August “Robert Newman’s History of Oil” – living beyond oil
Wednesday 12th September “Blowin’ in the Wind” – uranium now?