Posts Tagged ‘resource’

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


Sustainable Living Brochures in Different Languages

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on August 8th, 2011

Source: Environment Victoria via Mt Alexander Sustainability Group Inc (MASG)


As part of our Sustainability for Diverse Communities Resource Hub, we’ve pulled together some sustainability translations created by other orgs and have added lots of new translations of our own – you’ll find them in green. On this page you’ll find them sorted by language, and we also have a page of translations sorted by topic.

A word of warning! Many of the translations were produced by different organisations for different projects. We have tried to only include information which is widely relevant, so we don’t confuse people. If you find that any of these translations are confusing, or badly translated, please let us know. Also contact us if you have other translations you’d like to add, or if you find a link which is no longer working.

If you would like to widely distribute any of these publications, you’ll need to check with the original publisher on their copyright conditions. You are welcome to distribute the Environment Victoria publications, as long as you acknowledge Environment Victoria. Have fun!

www.environmentvictoria.org.au/translations


Shaping Tomorrow’s World: Website Launch

Posted in Opinion, Research, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on May 17th, 2011

From climate change to peak oil and food insecurity, our societies are confronted with many serious challenges that, if left unresolved, will threaten the well-being of present and future generations, and the natural world. This website is dedicated to discussion of those challenges and potential solutions based on scientific evidence and scholarly analysis. Our goal is to provide a platform for re-examining some of the assumptions we make about our technological, social and economic systems.

The posts on this site are generally written by domain experts, specialists and scholars with an interest in these problems and we hope they will generate informed and constructive debate. We will archive seminal papers and posts for future reference.

We are now open for conversation. Our initial posts provide a preview of what’s to come. At the moment, most of the categories of topics remain to be filled, and we need to take up more policy issues. This will all happen over time—we have lots more content coming over the next few weeks and months. Just sign up to our RSS feed and you’ll stay informed.

www.shapingtomorrowsworld.org


Australia’s Premier Handbook on Sustainable Homes Design

Posted in Research, Visions by sashashtargot on May 9th, 2011


From the Passive Design Section: Solar shading in Summer and heating in Winter using trees or eaves.

The updated fourth edition of Your Home Technical Manual is now available.

Your Home is a thorough compendium with 340 pages of environmentally sustainable solutions for designing and building a home.  For people who are building, buying or renovating, it shows how to make a more comfortable home that has less impact on the environment – one that will also be more economical, healthier to live in and adaptable to changing needs.

A project of the Federal Government in collaboration with the building and design industry, Your Home is written by architects, designers and builders and edited by award-winning architect Paul Downton. The fourth edition has updates on insulation, lighting and solar hot water.

Your Home is a comprehensive guide to:

  • Building with sustainable materials
  • Passive solar design
  • Designing and building for your climate
  • How to collect and save water
  • Insulation products and installation
  • Shading and ventilation
  • Energy-saving appliances
  • Solar hot water
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Renewable energy for home

The manual is available for download (section by section) from the yourhome.gov.au website.  Hard copies are available for purchase from The Alternative Technology Association’s Online Shop or contact the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) on (03) 9631 5401.

Your Home Technical Manual is distributed by the ATA, Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting renewable energy, green building and water saving in the home.

 

 

 

 


Open Every Weekend in 2011: Port Philip Eco Centre

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 14th, 2011


Photo: Phooey Architects

The Port Philip Eco Centre in St Kilda will be open every Saturday and Sunday in 2011 with a Duty Manager on site, all day. There will be a wide variety of activities – workshops on making your rented or owned home more resource-efficient, daily tours of our retrofitted building, community gardening, regular guest speakers, sustainability markets, bicycle maintenance workshops, the EcoShop (selling a range of products from worm farms to insulation), workshops for kids, artistic workshops with a green theme and even musicians/bands to help create a good vibe. We will have tea and cake available on weekends too. Please make a plan to visit us on at least one weekend in January as we launch this exciting new 2011 weekend program – check out the Calendar for January’s activities and come and say hello.

This “Open on Weekends” strategy will enable us to access the “Residents” market more effectively.

However, we are expanding our market strategy and will also be targeting employees who come to work in the region. We will take the message TO them, at their offices or at excursion sites. We will do this by offering companies opportunities to:

* provide their employees with volunteering excursions (which we will set up and manage),
* sponsor research (and even participate)
* sponsor our sustainability education projects at partner schools,
* learn about food security by having us mentor their staff in establishing a small vegetable garden, on site, at their office
* hear presentations (at their offices) on living more sustainably at home and at work.

All of these programs will be offered to corporates for a fee. This approach will have the additional benefit of diversifying our sources of funding. Click here for more information on this program or, of course, give us a call if you know someone who might be interested.

http://ecocentre.com/home

Phone (03) 9534 0670

55A Blessington St, St Kilda



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.


Sustainability in Action: VECCI Resource Efficiency Training

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 17th, 2010

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 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.
  • 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.
  • Communicating your business’s environmental goals to staff and customers.
  • 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.

Next Event: June 30

Visit the website for bookings and more information.



Electric Cars in Australia: MyElectricCar Website

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 25th, 2010

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter


Image: Mitsubishi Mirage conversion via MyElectricCar

A new information website has been launched in Australia to inform motorists about electric cars. MyElectricCar.com.au has been created to bring Australians up to date information on the global and local Australian electric car market.

This non commercial site is a resource centre to bring Australians the latest information on the global surge in electric vehicle development. It provides videos, photos and information on the vehicles currently in production or due for release over the next two years and covers issues surrounding the transport fleet such as health, air quality, battery technology and other environmental concerns. There is a fuel savings calculator which compares petrol vehicle running costs to electric vehicle running costs as well as CO2 emissions outputs.

The site has been developed and built by former CEO and founder of not for profit Carbon Neutral Ltd., Leo Kerr who has been driving an electric car for the past year.

“It is important for Australians to have current information on the global surge in electric car development and its implications for Australia. I couldn’t find any local sites which gave an overview of the developments in electric vehicle technology and covered the issues surrounding the electrification of the fleet. Electric vehicles are the future of transport over the next five to ten years for a whole host of reasons. It’s important the Australian public is educated and prepared for the changes that I’m convinced are inevitable,” commented Leo.

MyElectricCar features videos and roundups on electric vehicles such as the Mitsubishi Miev, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster, GM Volt as well as information on vehicles converted from petrol to electric.


Starting a Sharing Community in Your Neighbourhood: Info Night

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on November 4th, 2009

Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne

The Sharehood is all about sharing resources within your neighbourhood. Sewing machines, cars, tools, books and washing machines all have the capacity to be shared. Skills too are meant to be shared, gardening help,handiwork, bike fixing, accountancy and so on, are all both desired and available within your neighbourhood. The Sharehood infrastructure provides a great way to get to know your neighbours and build a sense of community while saving money and the environment. So far around three hundred neighbours are interacting in Northcote, Thornbury, Carlton, Westgarth, Abbotsford, East Brunswick, Newcastle and in the US and UK.

This workshop will explain the process of starting a Sharehood community in your area: letterboxing, the first meeting, organising social events, as well as generally sharing the experience of building community. We will also cover privacy issues, the local currency, people without the internet, and will have plenty of time for questions and discussion.

When: 7-8pm, Thursday the 19th of November

Where: Loophole Community Centre, 670 High St, Thornbury. Note: new address.

RSVP: contact@thesharehood.org

For more information, check out http://www.thesharehood.org/