Posts Tagged ‘Management’

Urban stormwater: Public nuisance or precious resource?

Posted in Events, Research by land-environment on September 12th, 2011

21 September , 2011
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

Speaker: Associate Professor Tim Fletcher

Urbanisation results in major disturbance to the water cycle, with infiltration and evapotranspiration greatly reduced and the volume and rate of runoff greatly increased. Resulting pollution and degradation of receiving waters is one of the major threats to waterways in Australia and around the world. At the same time, water shortages in cities have resulted in stormwater being considered seriously for the first time as an alternative water resource. This presentation will focus on a new approach, which aims to retain and use stormwater within the catchment, rehydrating urban landscapes, and protecting receiving waters from degradation. It will present as a case study the innovative long-term catchment-scale experiment – the Little Stringybark Creek Project – discussing social, economic and technical lessons for stormwater management.

To register, please visit: http://www.land-environment.unimelb.edu.au/deanslectures/fletcher/

Wednesday 21st September
Time: 5.30pm

Location: Lower Theatre, Melbourne School of Land and Environment building, University of Melbourne


Green Cleaning Management: Masterclass

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 29th, 2010

16 November , 2010


Image: dorena-wm via flickr CC

Are the cleaning contractors applying best practice green cleaning in your building?  What does it mean and how can you be sure? The Green Cleaning Management workshop can help you to address these issues.

Aimed at facility and contract managers, environmental and OH&S managers, and anyone interested in cleaner and healthier workplaces, this full day course covers:

* Key health and environmental impacts associated with cleaning and hygiene operations
* Australian and international regulations and industry benchmarks
* Latest green cleaning methods and innovations
* Evaluating green cleaning products and consumables through procurement checklists
* Key sustainable and low-harm cleaning outcomes to include in contract specifications
* How cleaning operations relate to sustainability reporting requirements for NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System), Green Star Buildings and carbon offset programs
* Practical solutions for the on-going monitoring and management of green clean practices

What: Green Cleaning Management Masterclass
When: Tuesday, November 16
Where: ECO-Buy, 60L Green Building, Carlton, Vic
For more information and to register, visit Eco-buy.


Volunteer Management Resources

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 23rd, 2009

Source: People First

OurSharedResources is a new and free service for those who work in the field of supporting and managing volunteers.

In a nutshell, anyone can add useful (and free) resources so that others in the field can access them. The aim is to avoid re-inventing the wheel time and time again. Resources can be:

  • Downloadable, real-world examples of forms, manuals or position descriptions
  • Templates and tools for creating resources
  • Tips, ideas and how-to resources

In addition, you can request resources from peers and see if they are available globally.

Source: People First


Green Technologies Manager: CERES

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 23rd, 2009

Source: Ethical Jobs

Biolytix
Image: Biolytix System via EPA

CERES Community Environment Park is seeking a Green Technologies Manager.

Applications close September 28.

Green technology has been a source of inspiration and wonder at CERES since its earliest years. Its products form the basis for many of the displays and educational programs at CERES. In the early 1980s CERES had an intensive worm-farming and composting program. It had the latest in energy saving designs and technologies in the Low Energy House. It had a water management master plan aimed at collecting and storing water from roads and rooves. And it helped organize the first kerb-side waste collection pilot scheme for Melbourne.

Since those times the breadth of green technologies has continued expanding – embracing renewable energy production (PVs and wind), energy conservation, water harvesting and distribution, waste management and recycling (including composting and worm farming), organic agriculture (including aquaponics in recent times), sustainable building design and construction, and alternative transport (bikes and electric vehicles). Most recently CERES green technology work has focused on solutions to climate change – including exploring solutions in developing countries (in conjunction with CERES Global annual trips to India and Indonesia).

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Professor John Whitelegg, Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008


Professor John Whitelegg, Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008 from VEIL on Vimeo.

Professor John Whitelegg, international guest from the Stockholm Environment Institute works on projects such as the Implementing Research Group. Similar to Horst’s presentation on active living, Professor Whitelegg highlighted cycling as a sustainable tranport and a way in prioritising the key group for promoting sustainable transport in urban environment. Professor Whitelegg’s inspiring presentation can be seen from the video above.


Cr Libby Mears encouraging community participation at the Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

Cr Libby Mears, a Councillor and former Mayor for Surf Coast Shire and a Chair of the Victorian Coastal Council highlighted the importance of community participation in creating healthy cities. She encouraged us to vote and express our voice for a healthy community we deserve. Please see her presentation above.


Associate Professor Mardie Townsend at the Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

“Parks also bring measurable direct and flow-on economic benefits to local, regional, state and national economies. These economic benefits are a key enabler for communities to function and prosper, allowing them to build social cohesion, social capital and healthy communities.” (Parks Victoria Website)

Elaborating the parks as part of a healthy city, Associate Professor Townsend, Associate Head of School (Strategic Planning and Development), School of Health and Social Development
, Deakin University, gave a persentation on how healthy parks create healthy people.


Lizzie Bickmore on Gardening a Healthy Community Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

Lizzie Bickmore, Project Officer for The Grow and Share Project, Moreland Community Health Service, passionately shared their work at Sustainable Cities Round Table this month. They run a range of activities that involve the whole community and one of them is gardening where community grow and share their produce. Check out Lizzie’s presentation in the video above.


Stephen Cook from CSIRO speaks at the Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

“Our research shows that water use may increase by 50 per cent if urban sprawl and energy use continues at the same pace.” (CSIRO website)

“Restricting Melbournes urban sprawl could have a big impact on reducing the citys water use over the long term, says a CSIRO report launched today to coincide with National Water Week. 24 October 2008″ (CSIRO website)

This concern has been addressed by Stephen Cook from the CSIRO , when he spoke about CSIRO project on water at our last Sustainable Cities Round Table. His presentation titled “Water-energy futures for Melbourne” can be seen from the footage below.


Jennifer Alden on How Melbourne Becomes a Healthy City through Sustainability at the Sustainable Cities Round Table 12 Nov 2008

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Devin Maeztri on November 24th, 2008

“Health promotion is a powerful, cost-effective and efficient way to maintain a healthier community. It enables people to increase control over and improve their health. Rather than focusing on people at risk for specific diseases, health promotion involves the population as a whole in the context of their everyday lives. Activities are geared toward promoting health and preventing ill-health.” (VicHealth website)

Working for the Victorian Government focusing on health issues, Jennifer Alden, Senior Policy Advisor, Research, Strategy & Policy Unit, VicHealth, was speaking about the efforts of the government to make Melbourne a healthy city.