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Sharing Government and Community Facilities: BSL Lunchtime Seminar

Posted in Events, Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 20th, 2011

28 April , 2011
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


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A Lunchtime Seminar presented by the Research & Policy Centre at The Brotherhood of St Laurence:

A public inquiry investigated the sharing of government and community facilities in Victoria, for example using school buildings after hours or local council neighbourhood houses. A cost/benefit framework was explored. Some 20,000 facilities exist in Victoria, but what is the role of government in managing benefits and costs? What governance and commercial principles apply? There is potential for increasing the sharing of facilities and the associated social inclusion benefits but control from the top would be unwise. The (then) government accepted most of the inquiry recommendations. The conclusions provide community organizations with a basis for pursuing their expectations of government.

Robert Kerr is an economist working as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. His career was in the Commonwealth Treasury and the Productivity Commission, and latterly as a Commissioner of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Thursday 28 April 2011 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fr Tucker’s room 67 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Visit the website for more details and to RSVP.


Resource Efficiency Training: November & December

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 8th, 2010

25 November , 2010
9 December , 2010
Simple ways to ‘green’ your business and save money

Environmentally-friendly businesses are those that make a conscious decision to choose sustainable practices. Customers, staff and suppliers increasingly want to work with and for these businesses. Sustainability in the workplace is fast becoming essential to give businesses the competitive edge. This interactive, one?day workshop was developed in response to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses that wish to adopt more sustainable practices.

What will be covered

* A brief overview of relevant environmental legislation.
* Steps to measure and monitor your resource usage.
* Opportunities that can lead to reduced resource use, cost savings and reputational gains.
* An introduction to easy-to-use tools to help you successfully measure water, energy use and waste disposal.
* Example of what other organisations are doing to be sustainable.
* Expert assistance with the development of a draft Action Plan to reduce water, waste and energy use.
* A resource pack that includes case studies, information on grants and funding, and useful contacts for future assistance.

Dates

25/11/10: East Melbourne
09/12/10: East Melbourne

Visit the website for more information.


Resource Efficiency Training: September & October

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

21 September , 2010
7 October , 2010
28 October , 2010
Simple ways to ‘green’ your business and save money

Environmentally-friendly businesses are those that make a conscious decision to choose sustainable practices. Customers, staff and suppliers increasingly want to work with and for these businesses. Sustainability in the workplace is fast becoming essential to give businesses the competitive edge.  This interactive, one?day workshop was developed in response to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses that wish to adopt more sustainable practices.

What will be covered

* A brief overview of relevant environmental legislation.
* Steps to measure and monitor your resource usage.
* Opportunities that can lead to reduced resource use, cost savings and reputational gains.
* An introduction to easy-to-use tools to help you successfully measure water, energy use and waste disposal.
* Example of what other organisations are doing to be sustainable.
* Expert assistance with the development of a draft Action Plan to reduce water, waste and energy use.
* A resource pack that includes case studies, information on grants and funding, and useful contacts for future assistance.

Dates

21/09/10: East Melbourne
7/10/10:  Traralgon
28/10/10: East Melbourne

Visit the website for more information.


Sustainable Water Management for The Built Environment

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on March 20th, 2009

The upcoming Melbourne Forum will investigate the issues of reducing water consumption, improving water efficiency and reusing water in the commercial and public domain.

When: 1 April 2009, 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
Where: The Treasury Theatre, Lower Plaza, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne

This is a free event. You must be registered to attend. Please RSVP to melbforum@airah.org.au. Drinks and light refreshments will also be served after the event.

Guest speakers:
·         Anthony Marklund, Umow Lai
·         Paul McKenna, Facility Manager / Site Manager for Broadmeadows Health Service
·         Phil Pryor, Project Manager – Water conservation in cooling towers

Details of the talks and registrations are at: http://www.airah.org.au/mel_forum.asp