Posts Tagged ‘Models’
Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on May 6th, 2009
What: SUSTAINABLE CITIES ROUND TABLE – The Energy to Change
When: 6-8pm, Wednesday 20 May 2009
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, State Library of Victoria
How: RSVP essential â€“ email firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 May.
Proudly presented by the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab and the State Library of Victoria
In this Sustainable Cities Round Table we will consider energy â€“ such as renewable energy types, their distribution and systems alternatives. Well also take it further to consider how we can mitigate energy losses, implement greater uptake of more sustainable options and ultimately conserve the energy within ourselves to make sure that these changes take place!
FareShare (formerly One Umbrella) is a small not-for-profit community organization that rescues food that would normally go to waste to combat hunger in Melbourne. It was the first organization of its kind when it was founded in 2001 by a handful of people with support from the social justice not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors. In 2007-8, FareShare gave away over 180,000 meals and a further 190 tonnes of food.
The estimated benefits of FareShare’s food recovery activity in 2008-9 alone amounting to 400 tones of rescued food is the avoided emissions of 620 tones of greenhouse gases (or the annual equivalent of switching off 953 refrigerators for a year), a water savings equivalent to the annual consumption of 96 households and a saving in landfill disposal equivalent to the annual generation of 730 households (OFarrell 2008).
Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on March 23rd, 2009
Australian sustainable landscaping design guru Philip Johnson, of Phillip Johnson Sustainable Landscape Systems (formerly Greenmark Landscapes), will present the largest and most ambitious installation ever featured at the 13th annual Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) from April 1 â€“ 5.
HABITAT is a spellbinding billabong oasis which celebrates our countrys enviable natural beauty, showcasing the true possibilities in sustainable landscape design.
An ode to water conservation, capture, storage and efficient use, the 600 square meter slice of paradise is like nothing ever seen before. With its Upper and Lower Billabong, hot shower, orchard, vegetable garden (complete with chooks) and stunning recycled timer Sunset Viewing Platform, HABITAT is an aesthetically breathtaking demonstration of landscape design principles for the 21st century.
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Iain Walker, Promoter, Banyule E Cohousing project and Sustainable Living Foundation Convenor Cohousing / Intentional Communities Group, promotes the idea of sharing houses, ie. co-housing, in order to address sustainability issues. His presentation is titled, ‘Co-housing a sustainable solution that works‘ which emphasizes the theme of sharing and the importance of that theme in achieving sustainability.
Michale Oke, from City of Yarra, talks about a bulk solar purchasing initiative in order to tackle the problem of zero greenhouse emissions.
Paul Brown, Director of Ironbark Sustainability, highlights the dichotomous relationship between the incentives of big electrical companies and local government’s attempts to thwart climate change. Speaking from an engineering background, Paul provides a valuable insight into the background dealings with such issues as climate change. His talk is titled “Public Lights“.
Glenda Lindsay, volunteer of Yarra Neighhbourhood Orchard Edibles Swap, introduces another pilot project that she’s involved with: The Compost Mates Pilor Project. The project aims to tackle the problem of food wastage by collecting food wastes and to turn it into compost. Her talk is titled “Feed de Soil, dat Feed de Plant, dat Feed us too“.
Kate Luckins (formerly Pears), founder of The Clothing Exchange, was the first of the 3-minute presenters at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing. The title of her presentation was “Releasing fashion waste from closeted detention; the tale of The Clothing Exchange“. You can view her presentation and slides below.
The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model allows consumers to share producers risks of production for mutually beneficial outcomes â€“ farmers are guaranteed that their crops will be purchased while consumers receive produce often at a discounted price from a transparent and trustworthy source. I’m wondering if we have any CSAs in Victoria? If you have any information about where CSAs may be found could you please either comment on SustaianbleMelbourne.com in the comment box below or email me directly at fedwards@ unimelb.edu.au.
Ferne Edwards, Moderator, SustainableMelbourne.com