Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

Collective Action for Sustainable Development: Rio+20 Seminar

Posted in Events by UNAAVictoria on May 7th, 2012

17 May , 2012
2:30 pmto5:00 pm
UNAA Australia at Rio+20 Seminar
Collective Action for Sustainable Development: Rio+20 and the transition to a green economy.

In June 2012, world leaders will convene at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to build global consensus on the green economy as a means to achieve sustainable development. The upcoming UNAA (Vic) Australia at Rio+20 Seminar, be held in Melbourne on Thursday 17 May, brings together key players from business, government and civil society to discuss Australia’s role and contribution at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Recognising that business is a key agent for achieving the Rio+20 goals, this seminar explores the role that Australian business can play in advancing sustainable development and the green economy through responsible business practices and collective action with government and civil society.

Melbourne, 2.30pm – 5pm, Thursday 17 May


Come and be part of the conversation with an expert panel to discuss:

  • The Australian Government’s position at Rio+20;
  • Australian business involvement in the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum and Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD2012);
  • Calls for a global sustainability reporting framework from the international community;
  • Opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to advance Rio+20 goals; and
  • Expected outcomes and impacts of Rio+20 for the Australian business community and beyond.


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

Guest speakers:

  • Donna Petrachenko (First Assistant Secretary Australian Government Rio+20 Taskforce)
  • Caroline Bayliss (Australian Director, Climate Change Group)
  • Charles Berger (Director of Strategic Ideas, Australian Conservation Foundation)
  • Nathan Fabian (Chief Executive, Investor Group on Climate Change)
  • Melanie Stutsel (Director, Health, Safety, Environment & Community Policy, Minerals Council of Australia)
  • Matthew Tukaki (Australian Network Representative, UN Global Compact)
  • Victoria Whitaker (Network Manager, Global Reporting Initiative, Focal Point Australia).


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

CERES Global: Travel with Purpose

Posted in Events, Seeking, Visions by ceres on May 2nd, 2012

3 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
24 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

CERES Global is offering the opportunity for students and professionals interested in areas of environment, sustainability, community development, global equity, health and education to travel to Indonesia in July this year and contribute to local village societies by sharing skills in a range of community engagement areas.

To find out more attend and Information Session

Thursday 3rd May 6.30pm
Thursday 24th May 6.30pm

All information sessions are held in the CERES Eco house, Crn Roberts and Stewarts Streets, East Brunswick.

Alternatively, you can read more information below.

Background to CERES
CERES is an environmental community organisation in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It has become an icon of locally based education and action on environmental and social justice issues. CERES aims to create awareness and action on issues of environmental sustainability and social equity – engaging the community in the process and celebrating the diversity of cultures making up our local community and world.

Background to CERES Global
CERES Global is a project within CERES aiming to engage with the issue of global inequities and the well being of all people on the planet and the environments in which they live. CERES Global runs trips India, Indonesia and Arnhem Land with the aim to engage Australian people with the issues of developing countries whilst enjoying the richness of their cultures and the wisdoms they can add to our understanding of sustainable wellbeing. The trips are also valuable in establishing ongoing relationships and links between remote communities and the resources and skills of our part of the world.

Indonesia 1 – 17th July 2012
This cultural volunteer program offers interested people the opportunity to take part in a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange. The aim of the trip is to harness connections and build cross cultural friendships, share ideas, skills and experiences, and create understanding between people from diverse backgrounds. Travellers will experience daily village life and work alongside community organisations implementing fresh approaches to sustainability and community development.

Most of our time in Indonesia will be spent working alongside the organisation Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM)

“Yum’s community based projects aim to provide a better standard of living for those families living in poverty. They work in a number of sectors including water and sanitation, agriculture and microcredit for women. YUM aims to create a foundation for long-term stability and growth by promoting cooperation between members of each community and show communities what can be achieved when they work together.” 

How participants can get involved:

  • English teaching (kindergarten to adult)
  • English teacher training
  • Organic/permaculture farming/training
  • Community Library activities
  • Environmental/outdoor education
  • Art, drama, dance, sport, music classes
  • Waste Education (project development and implementation with staff)
  • Maternal Health
  • Recycling program
  • Possibly – researching the implementation of hydro electricity generation (they already have the site and plans, but no funding or feasibility study)
  • Organise activities and workshops with the local community (mostly children) or with the YUM staff
  • Undertaking maintenance around the grounds

CERES provides a fully supported program including pre-trip information sessions and post-trip debriefs. We organise all internal transport, accommodation, and food and facilitate projects with the groups we visit. We will even help you raise funds to get over there.

Please note that there is a cost to participate in this program of $2000 including all internal food, accommodation and transport. This does not include flights to and from Indonesia.

How to express interest

To get involved and for more information please contact Sophie with your area of interest:


Phone: 03 9389 0183

Or visit our website:

Cultivating Sustainability: Learn to engage people

Posted in Events by timc on March 13th, 2012

27 March , 2012
9:30 amto4:00 pm

Tuesday  March 27th,  2012,  9:30am – 4:00pm

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:

  • 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.

Venue: South Melbourne Commons

$140pp Individuals/Community Groups

$225pp Not for profits/Govt

$275pp Corporates/For profit

For information and online registration click here

Keep your cool with trees and vines

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by kheffer on February 8th, 2012

21 February , 2012
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Blog of the Year Competition: Renew

Posted in Seeking, Visions by sashashtargot on December 19th, 2011

Calling all keen sustainability e-scribes! Enter your blog in ReNew Magazine’s Blog of the Year Competition for your chance to win a pair of 110-watt solar panels! We’re looking for blogs about sustainable homes on a budget, energy efficiency, DIY projects or wider issues to do with climate change or environmental policy. The blog should provide new details or insights for those seeking information on sustainability and should have been regularly updated in 2011.

To enter, simply email with your blog’s URL, your contact details, your goals when you started blogging on this topic and a little about your audience, such as their age bracket, skill levels and level of engagement with you and your blog.

Email entries (under 200 words) to

Entries close Friday, February 3, 2012. For more details:

Sustainable Apartment Living: SOCs & Blocks Round 3

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 8th, 2011

Source: Port Philip EcoCentre

SOCs & Blocks (short for Sustainable Owners Corporations and Apartment Blocks) is a program to encourage the uptake of sustainable technology and practices in the operation of apartment buildings in the City of Port Phillip.

Through this program, Council works with owner’s corporations (formerly called body corporates) to increase the energy and water efficiency of common areas and common services, as well as improving the level of diversion of waste from landfill and the uptake of sustainable transport through improvement of facilities improvement and education. The central plank of the program involves council engaging a consultant to undertake a sustainability assessment of the participating buildings. The ultimate aim is to reduce the environmental footprint of participating apartment blocks. Council’s Toward Zero Sustainable Environment Strategy indicates that council will work with the community to reduce energy and water consumption, and this program works toward the goals in that strategy.

The third round of SOCs and Blocks is now OPEN so please register your interest by Friday 9 December 2011.

This program is FREE to join and the sustainability assessment of your block is also FREE.

Read more about the program, including participant experiences and registration details.

Your Money or Your Life

Posted in Events by samgreen on October 10th, 2011

16 October , 2011
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Photo by Rubbermaid Products via flickr CC

Based on the bestselling book ‘Your Money or Your Life’ , this session explores ways in which you can simplify your life and financial goals; align spending habits with personal values in order to save money, promote a sense of fulfilment and reduce consumer impact on the environment; and reduce over-consumption and clutter.

Date: Sunday 16 October 2011, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Location: Blackwood Street Neighbourhood House, 114 Blackwood Street, Yarraville

Presenter: Grace Girardi, Maribyrnong City Council

To register for this session, please visit or for further information contact council’s Sustainability Officer on 9688 0357

Permaculture Playgroups and Mud Monsters: Green Lunchbox Series

Posted in Events by samgreen on October 3rd, 2011

12 October , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Photo by donkeycart via flickr CC

It’s spring time and we’re eager to spend time in the garden with our families! Permaculture and play come together to bring both children and their families to the garden.  While adults get their hands dirty and share gardening and permaculture skills and ideas, children learn about how things grow, where food comes from and healthy food choices.

Come along and listen to our presenters showcase sustainability, education and play activities for children and their families. This session is likely to be of interest to teachers, educators, community workers and families.

Date:   Wednesday 12 October 2011, 12.30-1.30pm
Location:   Reception Room, Maribyrnong Council Offices, cnr Hyde & Napier Sts Footscray

Presented by: Braybrook Sprouts, Mud Monsters & Permaculture Out West

To register for the session visit or for more information call council’s Sustainability Officer on 9688 0357

CERES Global India Cultural Exchange Information Session

Posted in Events by ceres on September 14th, 2011

21 September , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
20 October , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

When:         Wednesday 21st September 2011 & Thursday 20th October 2011
Time:         6.30 – 8.00pm
Where:       CERES Eco House
Address:   Lee St, East Brunswick, 3058

Learn about how CERES connects with grassroots community development organisations that focus on women’s empowerment, education, health, and climate action, and how you can be involved through a CERES Global culture exchange program.

Urban Infrastructure: Towards a Sustainable Economy?

Posted in Events by unaavic on August 26th, 2011

14 September , 2011
5:45 pmto7:45 pm

UNAA Earth Summit Series 2011: Urban Infrastructure: Towards a Sustainable Economy?

In the lead up to the next United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, the UNAA Victoria Earth Summit Series examines Victoria’s transition to a green economy in the context of the two themes of  Rio+20: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development. The upcoming UNAA Victoria Earth Summit event will discuss Victoria’s urban infrastructure and Melbourne’s progress towards becoming a sustainable city.

Guest Speaker: Professor Rob Adams
Architect and urban designer, Rob Adams has been at the nerve centre of the revitalisation of the City of Melbourne and surrounds and numerous redevelopments and flagship buildings bear his mark and influence.  Acquiring perspectives in urban design from Africa and the UK Rob moved on to adopt Australia in the early eighties. A Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne since 2004 and lecturer in demand at RMIT, Rob’s passion is now turning toward the liveability of Victoria while addressing its growth.

Forum Discussion
Rob Gell will facilitate a discussion following Rob’s presentation and will invite contributions from members of the audience.  The issues of sustainable development and infrastructure as they relate to transport, Melbourne’s CBD, metropolitan areas, regional Victoria and rural areas will be explored in this stimulating and thought provoking forum.

5.45pm, Wednesday 14 September, 2011
Allens Arthur Robinson
530 Collins St, Melbourne

RSVP Essential. For more information and RSVP form please visit the UNAA Victoria website or contact us on: (03) 9670 7878 or

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