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Carbon Neutral Communities: Making the Transition

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on January 14th, 2010

A free RMIT Forum

This forum will bring together academics and practitioners from the public, private and NGO sectors to explore critical aspects of the journey towards carbon neutral communities.  The forum will present the findings of the three-year ARC project “Carbon Neutral Communities”, which examined approaches to advancing carbon neutrality at the community and local government levels. This included working with local governments to map municipal renewable energy potential, and conducting action research with household sustainability program providers and participants to explore opportunities for achieving broad change in social practices.

Presentations of experts from the research, program delivery and government arenas will be short and incisive. Panel discussions will encourage your input into the debates. The following topics will be addressed:

• What role can local government play in community resource consumption and emissions reduction? • To what extent can renewable energy generation be implemented and used in local government areas? • How can sustainability practitioners move beyond the ‘behaviour change’ paradigm to achieve broader changes in social practices? • What are good and innovative examples of initiatives supporting carbon neutrality? • How can ‘co-management’ support the transition to carbon neutral communities?

The Carbon Neutral Communities forum is your opportunity to engage with experts in the field, get up-to-date with the latest research and programs, and challenge your own ideas about how change can be achieved.

For more information and to register please contact Nicole McGrath at

9am – 1:30pm, 22 February 2010, Research Lounge, Building 28, Level 5, RMIT University

FarmGAS Calculator Launched

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on September 4th, 2009

Source: Cleanfood, the Future Climate newsletter

Image: Hannam Vale

The Australian Farm Institute has launched its FarmGAS Calculator.

The Calculator is an online application which enables farmers to model both the financial and greenhouse gas outputs of farm activities and the implications of changes in enterprises. The FarmGAS Calculator is available free online for anyone to access. The FarmGAS Calculator includes individual calculators for the major livestock and cropping enterprises, and any combination of these enterprises can be added to create an individual farm business. Farmers can come back to the calculator at any time to update or change their production data, or complete the process in stages.  The Calculator applies the same methodology that is used by the Department of Climate Change in the estimation of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Accounts; and provides reports on the annual amount of methane and nitrous oxide emitted by each enterprise expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e). Read the rest of this entry »