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Model – Sustainable Homes programs in Melbourne

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on April 17th, 2007

If you live in Melbourne, there’s a very good chance that you may have a Sustainable Homes program – of one variety or another – in your suburb. Commencing this Wednesday, 18 April, the Sustainable Homes Program for Darebin, Whittlesea, Banyule and Nillumbik residents is due to commence again. A FREE program designed to help make it easy for you create a more sustainable home, evening workshops will be held  for local residents to share their experiences and outcomes using photos and stories. The program focuses on five key environmental themes of water, energy, biodiversity and gardening, waste and travel. For more information, email sustainablehomes @darebin.vic.gov.au.

You say that you don’t live in Darebin, Whittlesea, Banyule or Nillumbik? Well, never fear as the GreenHomes program is underway for Franklin and Dromana residents with more planned later in the year for the City of Casey. Run by the Australian Conservation Foundation, the program includes a series of FREE evening workshops to teach people tips for reducing water, energy and waste in their homes, creating drought-resistant, food-producing gardens and how to shop smarter and greener. Contact the Australian Conservation Foundation GreenHomes program for more information.

What – you don’t live in Frankston or Dromana either?! Well, all is not lost, as Sustainability Street, a program run by Vox Bandicoot supported by the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd and the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, also holds FREE evening workshops for sustainable living for residents with 16 Sustainability Street groups running across the northwest of Melbourne and another 14 Villages recently born in the City of Whitehorse. Send Jason Cox at Vox an email, Jason @mefl.com.au, to find out more.

How about the city? Sustainable Living in the City is another series of FREE workshops to help people who live in city high-rise apartments live more sustainably. Covering the areas of water, water and energy, the program is run by the City of Melbourne. Go to their website for more information.

And if you don’t live in any of the above suburbs, you’re welcome to simply do a do-sustainability-yourself approach using the above organisations’ websites – www.sustainablehomes.vic.gov.au, http://www.acfonline.org.au/ and www.voxbandicoot.com.auas a guide to living more sustainably.

So what are you waiting for? Help Melbourne to become the first city where sustainable homes are a norm! And perhaps then we’ll move on to our local businesses and streets and parks and schools next?!

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