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Seeking further responses – Sustainable Cities Round Table, 1 August

Posted in Events, Models, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on August 2nd, 2007

The Sustainable Cities Round Table was held again last night at the University of Melbourne. It was a very entertaining and informative evening with a broad selection of speakers delivering 3 minute presentations on their various environmental initiatives. VicUrban, the sponsor for the evening, also held a brainstorming discussion around their new development, Officer. As promised, the outcomes of this session have now been collated and are listed below. We would like to encourage people to continue this discussion – please read the data collected so far and feel free to add comments in the section below.

Sustainable Cities Round Table
Wednesday 1 August, University of Melbourne

Comments on paper from Brainstorming – VicUrban
For a background on the Officer project, visit the VicUrban website.

Second car as choice not need – options to connect
Access to services
First car??
Urban design – allow choice
No parking on lots
Limit cars to 1 spot/ lot
Work local
$/ litre from 1 car to 0 car
o schools close
o safe cycling
slow vehicle lanes (safety)
car fixed cost to variable cost (eg. petrol)
public transport first to set habits
bread & milk deliveries
dead end courts (permeable)
large block sizes
people & work separated
vegetation/ planting – offsets
green roof – offsets
public transport system
stat planning
o car park requirements
cultural change/ behaviour
beyond town ctk(?)
reduce home move cost
fund public transport by levy on proximity eg. Land tax

Green suburbs – increasing adaptation principles over time
build the message into sales/ marketing materials
community engagement
o early on to change peoples thinking
o and ongoing to ensure you are getting continuous improvement
o encourage people to take initiatives into their private realms
‘Friends of groups – “people getting their hands dirty”
o find community champions and support them
o reward and recognition program
A sustainability hub in the library/ community centre
People understanding the costs involved in creating and maintaining places/ spaces so that people are committed and reduce costs
Program to continuously improve the performance of homes over their lifespan
Creating a community that will be resilient in future climate changes

Energy production – aggregated or distributed?
Expensive – perception
Who bears the cost?
Grid connected?
Generation + consumption = efficiency
Demand management

Renewable energy priorities
What scale?
o Neighbourhood
o Households
o Streets (half streets)
Integrated resource networks
o Water
o Energy
o Waste what solutions exist between?
Not one solution = partnerships

Reduction in home energy use
Structure sustainable energy choices into houses
Thermal shading in windows, curtains, insulation, passive solar
Guidelines for spare ? to dray washing
Passive well designed solution to heating and cooling
Lights that turn themselves off
Smaller, better designed for energy outcomes\
No inner roads – walking/ bike paths. Cars on outer perimeter. ? flexicar options.
Pv panels on roofs and solar hot water
Gardens include food trees/ vegetable patches – community gardens ?
Places for storing and selling produce locally
Adequate local and convenient childcare
Provision in regulations and infrastructure for sharing, bartering, collaborative work
Gas backup to solar systems
Energy efficient lights
Feedback systems to tell us how much electricity, water, gas, carbone we are using/ emitting
? water recycling/ local water treatment/ waste

Behaviour change (instrumentality)
Developer (dictate market)
Or community led?
o Inter-dependencies
o Self-building (framework)
o Self-designing
o Shared private spaces
o Urban farms (agricultural)
Change externalities/ structures
Remove barriers, eg. Princess Highway, demographic
politics of social framing
o leadership
o community participation linked to authority
o community delegated planning principles
o discussing alternative visions
o communicating a vision

Food miles – changing attitudes
farmers markets
community gardens
o integrate – link to business supply – economic/ enviro links
o community owned stores – product lines locally produced – organic
o community orchards
o training and how-to
o backyards
fruit bearing trees
bulky food close
subsidised floor space near by town centres
% sta?
working/ training farms
street network – access shops