Posts Tagged ‘seminar’

Tomorrow’s Suburbs: Seminar

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 1st, 2012

9 October , 2012
5:45 pmto7:00 pm

In Australian cities, new ‘greenfield’ suburbs are being built at a remarkable rate. These new suburbs are often well designed to suit the needs of their initial residents. Yet in a generation the demographic profile of local communities can shift radically. As residents change, neighbourhoods need to change with them – or they won’t be good places to live.

The new Grattan Institute report, Tomorrow’s suburbs, argues that we must build in flexibility right from the start, and shows how it can be done. At this free public seminar Jane-Frances Kelly, Director of the Cities Program at Grattan Institute, will discuss the report and its implications with Andrew Whitson, General Manager – Residential Development, Victoria, Stockland, one of Australia’s largest property developers.

For those not able to attend in person, this event will be streamed live. Please note that there is no need to register for the live stream, simply access the link at the scheduled event time to view online.

Date and time:
Tuesday 9 October 2012
Registration at 5:45 pm or online via eventbrite
Seminar 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Melbourne City Conference Centre
333 Swanston Street,
(Opposite the State Library of Victoria)

For more information visit our website at

Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Valuing the Earth’s Natural Capital

Posted in Events by unaavic on September 13th, 2012

20 September , 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Photo by London Permaculture via flickr CC

United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Valuing the Earth’s Natural Capital Seminar will be held on Thursday 20 September, in partnership with National Australia Bank.

Building momentum for collective action post-Rio+20, the seminar brings together key players from business, government and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities in measuring the true value of nature and enhancing natural capital as a critical economic, ecological and social asset.

Join the conversation with an expert panel to discuss:

  • The Natural Capital Declaration and the finance sector
  • Australian Government perspective on natural capital and sustainability: current priorities, measurement and where Australia can make a difference
  • Business and biodiversity: valuing natural capital and ecosystem services in practice
  • The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (TEEB for Business)
  • The System of Environmental – Economic Accounts (SEEA)
  • Integrating the valuing and management of environmental assets into business and government decision-making processes
  • Experiences and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration

Guest speakers:

  • Rosemary Bissett (Head of Sustainability Governance and Risk, Enterprise Risk, National Australia Bank)
  • Malcolm Thompson (Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
  • Stuart Anstee (Chief Adviser, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Rio Tinto)
  • Dr Joshua Bishop (Former Chief Economist, IUCN and National Manager, Markets, Sustainability and Business Partnerships, WWF Australia).
  • Charles Berger (Director of Strategic Ideas, Australian Conservation Foundation)

Rosemary Sainty (Former Head, Secretariat UN Global Compact Network Australia and Adviser, Corporate Engagement, Transparency International Australia)

Download Seminar Flyer

Date: Thursday 20 September
Time: 1.30pm registration, 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Hosted by National Australia Bank, The Bowl, 500 Bourke St, Melbourne
Cost: Business/Government: $180 (+GST); Non-profit/NGO: $120 (+GST)

Registration deadline: 5pm, Monday 17 September.

RSVP Essential. Please note places are limited, please register early to avoid disappointment.

For more information visit the registration website.

If you don’t understand habits, how can you hope to change them? Seminar

Posted in Events by jmcurtis on July 9th, 2012

24 July , 2012
5:30 pmto6:30 pm

Why do we behave the way we do? Why does it seem so difficult to change behaviour? Common sense suggests, and many behaviour change programs optimistically assume, that we weigh up the pros and cons of a behaviour before we decide to perform it. But in reality, many of the behaviours that we undertake in our daily lives are “habits”, which are performed without much conscious thought or deliberation. As a result, conventional approaches to influencing behaviour (e.g., information and incentives) are less likely to be effective when behaviours are habitual.

In a seminar to be held on Tuesday 24 July in Melbourne, one of the world’s leading experts on habits—Professor Bas Verplanken—will discuss the importance of understanding habits when developing interventions to influence behaviour (with a particular focus on environmental sustainability). He will highlight how habits can be measured, broken and created, and will offer guidance on timing interventions at key “moments of change” when habits are particularly vulnerable. Bas will argue that habits can serve as barriers as well as opportunities, and should take centre stage in behaviour change interventions.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012
5.30 – 6.30 pm

The 242 Telstra Conference Centre
242 Exhibition Street

This is a free public event.
All welcome

RSVP by 20 July 2012

About the speaker: Bas Verplanken is a professor of psychology and the head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, England. He specialises in theory-informed applied research, with a particular emphasis on habits in the health, consumer and environmental behaviour fields. Bas Verplanken is being hosted by BehaviourWorks Australia—a collaboration between the Monash Sustainability Institute, EPA Victoria, The Shannon Company and Sustainability Victoria that brings together interdisciplinary researchers with leading practitioners who share an interest in behaviour change research and environmental sustainability

The Future of Coal and Gas in Australia: Seminar

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 15th, 2012

27 June , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Coal-seam gas pipe-laying machine photo by Jeremy Buckingham MLC via flickr CC

Energy analysts and commentators envisage coal and gas playing major, if not dominant roles in supplying an energy hungry world for many decades. Australia is a major exporter of coal, and coal-based electricity underpins our standard of living. Gas development is undergoing a revolution driven by technologies that extract it from coal seams and shales and the scale is mind boggling. Yet an effective response to climate change means the combustion of coal and gas as we know it today must cease by mid-century.

This seminar in our Energy Futures Series will examine this conundrum, one of the major challenges of our time.

6.30-8pm Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne

Register here for this free event or visit the website to find out more.

Do pro-environmental behaviours spill over? BehaviourWorks Seminar

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 13th, 2012

23 April , 2012
5:30 pmto6:30 pm

Environmental organisations, governments and businesses often rely on “positive spillover strategies” to drive pro-environmental behaviour change.

These strategies rest on the assumption that targeting simple and painless actions can spillover into motivating other related and more ambitious environmental behaviours. But such endeavours might also lead to “negative spillover effects”, where the adoption of one particular pro-environmental behaviour decreases the prospects of other related actions being performed.

In this seminar, one of the world’s leading experts on this topic—Professor John Thøgersen—will give an introduction to spillover, discuss evidence supporting and challenging spillover effects, and offer a number of tips to optimise the chances of achieving positive spillover effects in behaviour change programs.

About the speaker: John Thøgersen is a professor of economic psychology at Aarhus University, Denmark. In addition to spillover, his research interests include social and environmental marketing, social and moral norms in the environmental field, media influences on consumer behaviour and sustainability, and the inter-generational transfer of pro-environmental values, attitudes and behaviour.

John Thøgersen is being hosted by BehaviourWorks Australia—a joint venture between the Monash Sustainability Institute, EPA Victoria, The Shannon Company and Sustainability Victoria that brings together interdisciplinary researchers with leading practitioners who share an interest in behaviour change research and environmental sustainability.

Monday, 23 April 2012 5.30 – 6.30 pm

Village Roadshow Theatrette State Library of Victoria
Entry 3, 179 La Trobe Street Melbourne

This is a free public event. All welcome

RSVP by 18 April 2012

City Square Seminars: Climate Change & Environmental Politics

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on December 12th, 2011

13 December , 2011
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Melbourne Free University at City Square in collaboration with Occupy Melbourne

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


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


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


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.

Towards Zero Emissions: Business & Design

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 3rd, 2011

16 February , 2011
5:30 pmto8:00 pm

Source: Design Victoria

Can Australian businesses reach zero carbon emissions? If so, how do we do it?

The latest science tells us that it is increasingly important to maintain a safe climate for our planet. Discover the emerging opportunities that the field of sustainability presents your business to move towards being part of the solution for a sustainable society.  Join us at this keynote presentation with Alan Pears and Bill Jones who work towards the target of zero in their day-to-day work. Their work covers areas including energy efficiency, sustainable energy, whole systems thinking, and greening the supply chain.  Alan and Bill will showcase examples on how to design for significantly reduced and ultimately zero carbon. They will share the strategies they have used, and challenges they have faced in creating positive change for a low carbon future.

What you will learn

  • Strategies for businesses to drastically reduce energy demand to make zero emissions possible
  • Strategies for businesses to green their supply chain
  • Examples from products that assist in the move to zero carbon
  • Insight from one of the first businesses in Australia to have their entire product range certified as carbon neutral.


  • Alan Pears – Co-director of Sustainable Solutions and Adjunct Professor at RMIT Centre for Design: Alan Pears is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Design, and co-director of environmental consultancy Sustainable Solutions. He has been expert in the field of Sustainable Design since the energy crisis of the 1970s.
  • Bill Jones – Managing Director, Sustainable Living Fabrics: Bill Jones is CEO of Sustainable Living Fabrics, the first company with their entire product range to be certified carbon neutral under the Carbon Neutral Program.


  • Dr Stephen Clune – Sustainable Products and Packaging Researcher, RMIT Centre for Design

Seminar details
Wednesday 16 February 2011
5.30 pm to 8.00 pm
Registration: 5.15 pm
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne

The seminar includes networking opportunities and light refreshments.

Free bookings
RSVP by Friday 11 February 2011
Bookings are essential for catering. Please book early as places are limited.
To RSVP please click ‘Register for Event’.
Please direct further enquiries to David McLachlan on +61 3 9925 4195 or

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Carbon, Sustainability and Your Business: Seminar

Posted in Events by Carbon Neutral on June 11th, 2010

This seminar will provide practical information on how effective carbon reduction strategies can lead to cost savings.  It will demonstrate how to leverage environmental action to gain a competitive advantage, outline the business case for sustainability and highlight risks & opportunities for green marketing and “green wash”.  It will cover the impact regulatory schemes such as a carbon price or mandatory reporting will have on your organisation and funding mechanisms and other opportunities available for businesses to prepare themselves.

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Environmentally, Socially and Economically Sustainable Mobility: Seminar

Posted in Research by Tahl.Kestin on June 3rd, 2010

You are invited to hear Dr Janet Stanley present some of the preliminary findings from Monash-led research that looks at the links between transport, social inclusion and sustainability. The findings touch on issues such as the value of mobility, the role of mobility in facilitating social inclusion and improving wellbeing, how people adjust when they have poor mobility options, and policy needed to reduce the transport emissions footprint. The research, which has been mostly funded under an ARC project, has brought together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from transport planning, economics, geography, social policy and psychology, as well as researchers at two levels of government.

About the speaker

Janet Stanley is a Chief Research Officer at the Monash Sustainability Institute. Prior to her current role, Janet was Senior Manager, Research and Policy at the Brotherhood of St. Laurence. Janet’s current research interests are in relation to social policy, transport, equity and policy on climate change, bushfire arson, social exclusion, social capital and community development, and project evaluation. Janet is a member on the Ministerial Advisory Council for the Victorian Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Innovation. Janet has many publications and speaks widely in Australia and internationally. Books include: Currie, G., Stanley, J., Stanley, J., (eds) (2007) No Way to Go: Transport and Social Disadvantage in Australian Communities.

For further information see the MSI Seminars & Events webpage.

Date: Thursday, 10th June, 2010
Time: 1:00–2:00 pm
Venue: Monash Sustainability Institute, Building 74, Clayton