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Agents for low carbon innovation: Alfred Deakin Eco-Innovation Lectures

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 15th, 2009

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Communities, cities and regions as agents for low carbon innovation: a view from the Netherlands

Exploring pathways to the creation of new industries and new jobs in response to the pressures of climate change. How can regions, cities and communities take the lead in creating a new future suited to the resources, skills and history of a specific locality?

Friesland (in the north of the Netherlands) has developed a high profile in Europe for its approach to generating a new sustainable, low carbon economy.

This Alfred Deakin Eco-Innovation lecture will explore Simon Tijsma’s perspectives on the approach of the Friesland provincial government towards the development of a bio-gas distribution system which replaces petrol and diesel in cars and trucks, a zero-carbon housing development, and new solar technology production and design in small-scale solar products. The work involves visionary new goals for an ‘Energy Valley’ and similar innovations in the development of new water technologies and exciting new eco-tourism developments – such as their outstanding annual international solar boat race.

The Capital, Bendigo’s Performing Arts Centre

Tuesday 15 September 2009 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Yoram Krozer – University of Twente; Founding Director European Institute for Sustainable Innovations – the Cartesius Institute.

Simon Tijsma – Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Recreation and Tourism of the province of Friesland.

Cost: Free

Working within the Friesland province is the Cartesius Institute for Sustainable Innovations. Dr Yoram Krozer was founder of this Institute, he will demonstrate how he managed to creatively link the knowledge base of three leading technical universities into the Friesland process. The Cartesius Institute brings students, academics and local business together to invent and develop solutions, to shape the future of the region.

This Alfred Deakin Eco-Innovation lecture will be of particular interest to businesses, local government, students and community groups who wish to explore new strategies for community and regional development underpinned by sustainability and collaboration.

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