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Going Nowhere: Sustainable Creative Experiences and Conversations

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 8th, 2012

23 November , 2012 6:00 pmto25 November , 2012 3:00 pm


“Gauge” photo by Cameron Robbins

Join us over three days at Arts House to explore the different ways that we – as artists and as audiences – can sustainably generate and share creative experiences across the globe.  Without anyone getting on a plane.

Friday 23 November – Opening Night Party (6–11pm)

  • 6pm Free Gauge performance with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
  • 7.30pm Free Pecha Kucha (bookings required)
  • 6pm–11pm Free Gauge/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth

Saturday 24 November – Think it, Talk it, Do it

  • 10am–12pm $10* Responsible Mobility Workshop
  • 12pm–2pm Free Gauge (incl. performance at 1.30)/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth
  • 2pm–4pm $10* Ideas Lab
  • 5pm–6.30pm $10* New modes of Cultural Exchange Public Forum

* $20 day pass available to all sessions

Sunday 25 November – Forage & Feed

  • 9.30am–12.30pm $15 Food Foraging
  • 12pm–3pm Free Gauge/ We See Fireworks/ What on Earth
  • 1pm–3pm Free Sunday Lunch with eco-poets (bookings required)
Friday 23 November to Sunday 25 November, Arts House, Meat Market

>> Download the Going Nowhere program
>> Visit the website for more details and bookings


Fractures and Transformations: Political reflection and action in a shifting world

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 10th, 2011

15 June , 2011
7:30 pmto9:00 pm
Arena Discussion Forum
Fractures and transformations: political reflection and action in a shifting world
Wednesday 15 June, 7.30 pm

Climate change, catastrophe and transformation – The necessity and possibility of a post carbon future

  • John Wiseman, Melbourne Sustainable Society institute, University of Melbourne
  • Fiona Armstrong, Convenor, Climate Change and Health Alliance

Many of us share a growing awareness that we are on the threshold of social, ecological and political transformations as encompassing as the scientific and institutional shifts of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. The escalating risks of climate change, peak oil, nuclear technology and economic meltdown are only some of the most obvious consequences of a world dominated by neo-liberal institutions and underpinned by a dangerously seductive faith in the capacity of technological innovation to drive boundless economic growth and consumerism. In this public forum John Wiseman and Fiona Armstrong will lead a discussion about the importance of a rapid transition to a just and sustainable post carbon society and economy – at the speed and scale needed to prevent runaway climate change.

When: Wednesday 15 June, commencing 7.30 pm
Where: Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St Fitzroy (b/n Brunswick & Nicholson Sts)

Further information: 9416 0232 or www.arena.org.au
All welcome: gold coin donation at door


Sustainable Energy At What Cost? Seminar

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 19th, 2011

25 May , 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Sustainable Energy At What Cost? Presented by The Grattan Institute

The debate on how to make the transition from the current carbon intensive energy system to one that is sustainable and low-carbon largely centers on cost. This seminar will explore various zero or low-carbon technologies, the cost of bringing them online and what people will end up paying for their electricity under the different scenarios. Experts from industry and academia will also investigate what carbon pricing signal will promote the best long term strategy, other complementary mechanisms we might need, and what impact these might have on the economy.

The Melbourne Energy Institute’s Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review, prepared for the Garnaut Review Update, will be launched at this seminar. This report looks at how innovation in wind and solar energy production will shape the future cost of zero-carbon technologies.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:30

Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Carrillo Gantner Theatre
The University of Melbourne

Chair

Mr Robyn Williams AM, Science Journalist, The Science Show, ABC

Speakers

Mr Patrick Hearps, Energy Research Fellow, Melbourne Energy Institute
Mr Andrew Stock, Executive General Manager, Origin Energy Australia
Mr Terry Teoh, Power Project Development, Pacific Hydro

Panel

Prof Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Scientific Engineer and Chair, Australian Centre for Renewable Energy
Mr Ric Brazzale, Managing Director, Green Energy Trading
Dr Jenny Hayward, Research Scientist, Energy Technology, CSIRO
Mr Tristan Edis, Energy Research Fellow, Grattan Institute

Bookings and event link here.


The Business Benefits of Moving to a Low Carbon Economy: Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 1st, 2011

6 April , 2011
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Jennifer Lauber Patterson is a specialist in environmental and energy markets with over 20 years experience in the banking and energy sectors. During her time in the energy industry Jennifer held a number of senior roles before transitioning to banking in 2004, taking up the position of Director, Electricity, Emissions and Renewables at ANZ. In this role she established ANZ’s carbon and renewable derivative business. In 2009 Jennifer moved to NAB where she is currently heading up the development of the bank’s carbon trading capability.

Jennifer will be presenting notes from a discussion paper that focuses on the business benefits of Australia moving to a low carbon economy. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 6th April from 6 – 8pm.

Please note that it is essential to RSVP every month. Due to the ever increasing popularity of the event, it may not be possible to accommodate people who do not RSVP. This is not a sponsored event; i.e. you buy your own drinks, as we choose to come together in the spirit of a shared interest.

Wednesday the 6th April from 6 – 8pm.

Melbourne Sustainability Drinks has a new home!

Location: Slate Bar & Restaurant Mezzanine, 9 Goldsbrough Lane Melbourne VIC 3000

As space is limited it is essential to RSVP. Spaces go quickly, so respond now: http://www.melbournesustainabilitydrinks.com/rsvp


Carbon Management 101: December

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 18th, 2010

2 December , 2010
14 December , 2010
Transition to a low-carbon economy – what does it mean for your business?

Why we developed this course

Keeping track of current national and international developments towards a low-carbon economy can be challenging. Businesses that understand how the transition to a carbon-constrained economy will impact upon their business operations will not only save money, they will also be better placed to capitalise on new business opportunities.

The Carbon 101 information session was developed in response to the requirements of small and medium-sized businesses. The briefing will help you cut through the ‘carbon jargon’. Carbon 101 is an essential guide to measuring and managing your business’s carbon footprint, and identifying opportunities for making environmental and financial savings.

What will be covered

* Navigating the labyrinth of terms, research, facts and figures.
* An outline of new government regulation and legislation.
* Identifying steps to start reducing carbon emissions immediately.
* An explanation of the effects of a low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.
* Energy-efficiency information specifically tailored to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Who should attend

All business representatives interested in climate change and the impact of the low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.

Dates

02/12/10: East Melbourne
14/12/10: East Melbourne

Visit the website for more information.


Carbon Management 101: October

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 1st, 2010

14 October , 2010
19 October , 2010
Transition to a low-carbon economy – what does it mean for your business?

Why we developed this course

Keeping track of current national and international developments towards a low-carbon economy can be challenging. Businesses that understand how the transition to a carbon-constrained economy will impact upon their business operations will not only save money, they will also be better placed to capitalise on new business opportunities.

The Carbon 101 information session was developed in response to the requirements of small and medium-sized businesses. The briefing will help you cut through the ‘carbon jargon’. Carbon 101 is an essential guide to measuring and managing your business’s carbon footprint, and identifying opportunities for making environmental and financial savings.

What will be covered

* Navigating the labyrinth of terms, research, facts and figures.
* An outline of new government regulation and legislation.
* Identifying steps to start reducing carbon emissions immediately.
* An explanation of the effects of a low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.
* Energy-efficiency information specifically tailored to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Who should attend

All business representatives interested in climate change and the impact of the low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.

Dates

14/10/10: Traralgon
19/10/10: East Melbourne

Visit the website for more information.


Carbon Management 101: September

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2010

9 September , 2010
14 September , 2010
Transition to a low-carbon economy – what does it mean for your business?

Why we developed this course

Keeping track of current national and international developments towards a low-carbon economy can be challenging. Businesses that understand how the transition to a carbon-constrained economy will impact upon their business operations will not only save money, they will also be better placed to capitalise on new business opportunities.

The Carbon 101 information session was developed in response to the requirements of small and medium-sized businesses. The briefing will help you cut through the ‘carbon jargon’. Carbon 101 is an essential guide to measuring and managing your business’s carbon footprint, and identifying opportunities for making environmental and financial savings.

What will be covered

* Navigating the labyrinth of terms, research, facts and figures.
* An outline of new government regulation and legislation.
* Identifying steps to start reducing carbon emissions immediately.
* An explanation of the effects of a low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.
* Energy-efficiency information specifically tailored to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Who should attend

All business representatives interested in climate change and the impact of the low-carbon economy on small and medium-sized businesses.

Dates

09/09/10: Dandenong
14/09/10: East Melbourne

Visit the website for more information.


Jobs for the Future Economy

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on May 12th, 2010

Source: Sustainable Living Space

Jobs Future Economy – Victoria’s Action Plan for Green Jobs sets out actions across Government to secure jobs in a low carbon economy. These actions support jobs growth and will improve environmental outcomes. They are designed to build resilience in our economy, maximise investment, facilitate regional development, and encourage businesses, families and communities to reduce their energy and water consumption.  This Action Plan outlines what we can do right now to facilitate green investment and secure jobs for the long-term. It provides incentives to accelerate innovation and the uptake of green technologies, and signals how we will build the green skills needed in our workforce – providing our children with skills for the new economy.

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Report on “Smart 2020: Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age”

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on February 24th, 2009

This report was recently published on Australian Policy Online. To view the full text of the document click here.

Transformation in the way people and businesses use technology could reduce annual man-made global emissions by 15 per cent by 2020 and deliver energy efficiency savings to global businesses of over EUR 500 billion (AUD 980 billion), according to a new report published by independent non-profit The °Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).

The report – SMART 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information age – is the worlds first comprehensive global study of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors growing significance for the worlds climate. The reports supporting analysis, conducted independently by international management consultants McKinsey & Company, shows that while ICTs own sector footprint – currently two per cent of global emissions – will almost double by 2020, ICTs unique ability to monitor and maximise energy efficiency both within and outside of its own sector could cut CO2 emissions by up to five times this amount. This represents a saving of 7.8 Giga-tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) by 2020 – greater than the current annual emissions of either the US or China.

To read the full report click here.