Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

Cultivating Sustainability: Learn to engage people in sustainability

Posted in Events by timc on October 29th, 2013

27 November , 2013
9:30 amto4:00 pm

Cultivating Sustainability is a 1-day workshop which provides sustainability advocates with insights, models and tools to engage and inspire people for sustainable action. This workshop will assist you to

This workshop will assist you to:

Identify what people need in order to embrace sustainability
Target your efforts and resources to the points of most leverage
Incorporate psychological principles to your sustainability programs
Communicate about sustainability more effectively
Meet others who are dealing with similar challenges and share ideas and success stories.

Presented by Tim Cotter, a psychologist specialising in the psychology of sustainability.

When: Wed. November 27th, 2013. 9.30am – 4.00pm

Where: Melbourne, Venue to be confirmed

Online Registration and Further Info at


Earlybirds! Register and pay before the end of October and receive a 20% discount

For-profits $300pp ($240pp before October 31)

NFP/Govt $250pp ($200pp before October 31)

Indiv’s/Community Groups $160pp ($128pp before October 31)

Premier’s Sustainability Award Winners 2013

Posted in Models, Movements by Jessica Bird on October 28th, 2013


From the media release ‘Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre win Premier’s top sustainability award‘:

A project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre has won the top Premier’s Recognition Award in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 for introducing recycling to a community housing estate. The Ascot Vale Housing Estate Household Recycling project defied previous failed attempts to introduce recycling and established a successful, ground-breaking model using targeted and broad-ranging community engagement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and lower Socio Economic Status (SES) groups.

The project won the Community category of the awards and then went on to win the night’s overall award. […]

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre project team for their innovative work which delivered recycling to estate’s residents, of whom 55 per cent were born overseas. “A key initiative of this project was the focus on engaging residents from many cultural backgrounds with varying competency in English, in the importance of recycling,” he said. In its first six months, 52 tonnes of recyclables were recovered. Three of the 11 residents who worked on the project secured jobs as a result of their experience.

Now in their eleventh year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. The full list of winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013 are:

The Premier’s Recognition Award – Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award – Victoria Carpets, for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant
Innovative Products or Services Award – ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
Infrastructure and Buildings Award – RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
Environmental Protection Award – Mallee Catchment Management Authority’s project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes
Education Award – Bentleigh Secondary College – a world recognised, very sustainable school
Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Rae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
Large Business Award – Victoria Carpets
Community Award – Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre.

>>> For more information on the winners and finalist entries visit the Premier’s Sustainability Awards website.

Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Australia’s Role?

Posted in Events by unaavic on October 21st, 2013

29 October , 2013
2:00 pmto5:15 pm

Global Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture

Join the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria) for this upcoming Sustainability Leadership Seminar on Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture: Australia’s Role? Challenges and Opportunities to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 October in partnership with NAB and the University of Melbourne.

Held in support of the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge, this seminar is part of our Sustainability Leadership Series and seeks to build momentum for collective action on food security and sustainable agriculture post Rio +20.

Bringing together experts and practitioners from government, business, civil society, farmers’ organisations, research and academia, the seminar seeks to provide a platform for shared learning and discussion on Australia’s role in addressing the global food security challenge and advancing sustainable agricultural practices.

It will highlight the challenges and opportunities that Australian government, businesses, and NGOs face as they contribute to developing and promoting sustainable food supply chains that increase food production, preserve natural resources and fight hunger at the local, national and global level.

Date: Tuesday 29 October
Time: 2pm Registration, 2.15pm to 5.15pm
Venue: Hosted by National Australia Bank, The Bowl, NAB Academy, 500 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Registration Fee: Business / Government: $165 (incl. GST), Non-profit / Academic: $120 (incl. GST)

RSVP by 5pm, 23 October 2013.

For more information and to book see the UNAA Victoria website.

Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013

Posted in Seeking by Jessica Bird on June 26th, 2013

Cape Paterson Eco Village, winner of the Design category, Premier’s Sustainability Awards, 2012.

From the media release ‘Eco-leaders encouraged to enter Premier’s Sustainability Awards':

Individuals, businesses, community or government groups who have shown commitment to sustainability are encouraged to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards as positive role models for all Victorians. Now in their 11th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. The winner of last year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards, Brightgreen, is urging Victorians who have developed a sustainable product or service to enter this year’s awards program, saying “it is a real thrill to be recognised on a state level… We entered the awards last year because they celebrate sustainable innovation – the whole driving force behind Brightgreen. We’re on a mission not just to make the most efficient or the brightest light but to actually change the way people think about lighting – encouraging them to see it as investment rather than something that’s disposable,” said Brightgreen Co-founder and CEO, David O’Driscoll. “The Premier’s Sustainability Awards align perfectly with everything that we set out to achieve.”

CEO of Sustainability Victoria, Stan Krpan, said that the awards are a great way to recognise and celebrate leadership in sustainability. This year the awards provide even more opportunities for recognition. Entries are open in eight categories: Infrastructure and Buildings, Tourism, Environmental Protection, Education, Innovative Product and Services, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), Large Business, and Community.

>>> Entries close at 2pm Monday 15 July, 2013.
>>> Visit for entry criteria and kits, and queries.


Become a Green Ape Today

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on April 10th, 2013

Green Apes Screen Grab

Sustainable Melbourne’s mothership, the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) has become a Green Apes Jungle Guardian (!!!) and so we’re doing a shout-out to our networks to let you know that the Green Apes app is now available online.

What’s a Green Ape and why would you want the app?

From the website

Build & share your green profile and kick some jungle butt!

    • get points for everyday sustainable actions
    • track your progress
    • compete and collaborate with friends
    • find answers, inspire and be inspired

Book your tree in the jungle! join the ultimate sustainable community

We (VEIL) are pretty interested in behaviour change tools that are appealing, fun, or just not mind-numbingly terrifying.  A quick look at the YouTube video and the website indicates that this app might be quite fun to use, although it’s pretty new (version 1.1) and may have a few issues. It also requires a facebook log-in. What will be really interesting is what happens if/when it reaches a large audience of users and glitches get ironed out.  Unexpected (and hopefully awesome) results should follow.



EcoXpo Melbourne 19-21 April 2013

Posted in Events by aymeric on April 9th, 2013

19 April , 2013 10:00 amto21 April , 2013 6:00 pm


Sustainable products on Australian supermarket shelves have more than doubled in the past year. Buying sustainable products means creating a positive impact through the complete life cycle of the product: from the moment the materials are extracted to make the product, to the way these are shipped are assembled, right down to the final packaging, and life after disposal.

Eco living means we care about our impact on our environment. The most effective way to buy eco and sustainable products is to buy those which have been certified for their sustainability credentials.
EcoXpo Melbourne, a three-day sustainability expo to be held from the 19th to the 21st of April 2013 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, goes through a rigorous screening process to ensure that only such products and services are showcased.

Over 150 of Australia’s best eco-friendly exhibitors will be showcasing their wares. There are 9 pavilions at EcoXpo: eco baby, organic food & wines, health, beauty, sustainable fashion, eco building materials, eco gardens, sustainable transport and environmental protection. There will be a range of mouth-watering organic food and wine stalls available to tuck into. Engaging eco living workshops will be held throughout the EcoXpo weekend on sustainable food, recycling, environmental conservation, gardening, eco baby, green living, well-being and much more! There will also be a kids’ zone to keep the little ones entertained.

We encourage green business involved with anything green & eco to be part of EcoXpo: Melbourne (19-21 April 2013), Sydney with Dr. David Suzuki (20-22 September 2013) and Perth (17-20 October 2013).
Place: Melbourne Showground, located just 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD
Opening Times: 10am – 6:00pm

>>> For more information and discount tickets see the EcoXpo website and follow EcoXpo on Facebook.

Speed Date a Sustainable Designer

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on February 15th, 2013

17 February , 2013
3:00 pmto5:00 pm


It’s back in 2013! If you missed Speed Date a Sustainable Designer last year, this is your chance to discuss home renovation/building plans and ideas with leading green architects and designers. Held by the Alternative Technology Association with support from bankmecu, it’s free and part of the Sustainable Living Festival.

Ten minutes per ‘date’. All questions asked and answered!

When: Sunday February 17, 3pm

Where: The Green House, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Bookings essential. For more information on the event, designers available on the day and bookings, go to


Creative Suburbs Forum

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on February 12th, 2013

15 February , 2013
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

6. Creative Suburbs

Are growing, liveable cities and neighbourhoods achievable? Join this interactive forum to find out.

How old will you be in 2040? What sort of place do you want Melbourne to be? It is now obvious that Melbourne’s population will continue to grow. It is also obvious that climate change will have a major effect on how we live. The changes to our lives, and costs, are likely to be significant. Think: transport, electricity, gas and water. However, population growth can be comfortably accommodated, and can positively lead to thriving communities within existing urban growth boundaries. Many of the necessary processes and technologies already exist. The catch is: we must effectively plan now.

That’s where you come in. This is not just a matter for the government, developers, and planning ‘experts’. This forum gives you the chance to nurture the positive ideas, put a blowtorch to the negative ideas, and learn about what can be done to maintain Melbourne as a sustainable and liveable city.

Forum collaborators include: Urban Design Forum, Urban Rethink, Heart Foundation, Deakin University and Planning Institute of Australia and Creative Suburbs.

When:  2pm – 3pm, Friday 15th February
Where: The Shed
River Promenade, Fed Square
>>> This forum is being held as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, check the website to find out more.

Sustainable Living Festival 2013

Posted in Events, Movements by Jessica Bird on February 7th, 2013

9 February , 2013to24 February , 2013
Source: Sustainable Living Festival 2013.

Poster from the SLF 2013 wesbsite.

From “A guide to unpacking your festival program” by Festival Team 2013.

Australia’s largest sustainable living celebration is back with a jam-packed program with more than 300 events over two weeks across Victoria. This year’s diverse program includes delightfully different perspectives bound to challenge, engage and inspire action. As a guide to this ocean of events, we hope this blog post will help you navigate the program better.

Big Weekend: At the heart of the Festival, the Big Weekend program at Federation Square on 15 -17 Feb includes high quality food for thought in The Great Debate, influential thought leaders, such as Annie Leonard behind the widespread online animation The Story of Stuff, and a laughter guarantee at the Steaming Toad Variety Show with HG Nelson and Dan Ilic. By buying a ticket to these key Festival events, curated by the Festival’s operations team itself, you’re supporting the future of this non-profit Festival. Other event highlights of this year’s Big Weekend program we are really excited about bringing to you include Jason Roberts’ Better Block Keynote, The World’s Biggest Organic Feast hosted by ABC TV’s Costa Georgiadis, the Fix it! Workshop. While forums, talks and interactives like The Heat is On, Activating Community Energy, Playing God with the Planet, Green Inventors, The Gratitude Box and No Place like Homelands are sure to inspire and educate. Over the Big Weekend, Birrarung Marr and River Promenade are transformed into a bustling mini-village, complete with The Green Market and Bikefest Treadlie Market. In the weekend’s open community program stream, there’s a multitude of exhibitions, forums, kids activities, performances and workshops to discover.

Melbourne CBD: The second layer of the Festival takes place across Melbourne’s CBD, as the city comes to life with events throughout 9 – 24 Feb. This year, the Sustainable Living Festival, together with City of Melbourne and CrowdSpot, are launching My EcoCity Map, a collaborative online map for residents and visitors to capture and share sustainable projects, events, shops and organisations in the city. Check out the map and add you own favourite EcoCity spots! As part of the Festival’s film program, the Transition Film Festival kicks off on 15 Feb and runs til 24 Feb with solutions focused movies at several cinemas across town. Sign up to be part of the nationwide synchronised screening of Transition 2.0, a movie that tells an inspiring story of Transition Towns initiatives from around the world.

Statewide: In the second week of the statewide Festival program, the Festival’s first ever regional Victorian tour program – The Better Block Tour – heads out to regional locations (18 – 24 Feb) to help kickstart a revitalization of neighborhoods and communities across Victoria by inspiring, connecting and supporting local changemakers. Across the State of Victoria, there are a huge range of events taking place, feeding conversations and generating new ideas on how you can find and create your own ‘state of sustainability’!

>>> You can read the original post here.
>>> You can find out more about SLF 2013 on the website or via the festival program.

Social Traders GOOD gift Guide

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on December 13th, 2012

Photo by Jilligan86 via flickr cc

From the Good Gift Catalogue by Social Traders:

The Good Gift Christmas Catalogue is Social Traders’ initiative to encourage people to support social enterprise by facilitating online Christmas shopping.

The strategic power of purchasing is becoming one of the most effective ways that organisations and individuals can achieve social change.  To harness this collective purchasing power, earlier this year Social traders launched The Social Enterprise Finder – the first online directory of social enterprises in Australia with over 5000 listings.

An extension of The SE Finder, the GOOD Gift Catalogue enables people to browse products and services offered by over 50 Australian social enterprises and to learn about the different purposes of these organisations.  A social enterprise gift gives good to more than just the recipient.  Purchasing these goods supports businesses that exist for a community benefit.

This Christmas, why not give a gift that gives a stuff?

>> View the Good Gift Christmas Catalogue online.