Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Cities Round Table’
|24 February , 2013|
|10:00 am||to||4:00 pm|
EcoCentre is all charged up about hosting an EV Festival in St Kilda on Sunday 24 Feb.
Here’s your chance to test drive a range of electric cars and cool E-bikes (pre-registration necessary for cars). Get up close and personal with low-emissions motoring and easy cycling technology – the future of private transport. Let’s embrace EV’s in urban Melbourne, like so many other parts of the globe that are striving for healthier cities.
Experts will give short talks at the Festival on related topics such as:
-How to recharge an electric vehicle for free using solar panels
-How to get your head around technology issues, including range, speed, charging and so on
-Pricing and trends
Where: Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
When: Sunday 24 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Enquiries: 9534 0670
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!
Lincoln Smith, Founder of Growlocal, seeks to localise food production by sharing food. He seeks to add passion, culture and connectivity from individuals to formulate a model that will increase the sustainability of food produce. GrowLocal is an online food swapping websit that reduces food waste.
Ferne Edwards, the host and organiser of the Sustainable Cities Round Tables, VEIL, introduces the concept of sharing, from shared spaces, to shared commodities demonstrating new ways to attain sustainability. This Sustainable Cities Round Table was the 10th event and the first for 2009. Including all the speakers we have now had a total of 99 speakers! All of these can be viewed online at SustainableMelbourne.com. Speakers were chosen to represent three different kinds of sharing – shared spaces (public lighting by Ironbark Sustainability, co-houses); shared products and materials (The Clothing Exchange, Green Hanger, Grow Local, Herd Share); and shared services (Permblitz, Solar Yarra Program). These examples are innovative, funky and fun models that could be replicated elsewhere. The evening also represented a mix of sharing with new technologies, and old forms of sharing that have been retrofitted somewhat to suit present day needs. And of course, sustainable sharing relates to our approaches to consumption â€“ reducing our footprint by consuming less and sharing and living more.
The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are structured as follows: each presentation is for just 3 minutes â€“ kept to time by the egg timer on its throne here + by the sensational percussionist, Miss Arwen Johnston (missarwen@ yahoo.com.au), whos playing the vibrophone. Arwen will start to play gently when speakers go over time to gradually increase in volume â€“ just like at the Oscars! At the end of the presentations well ask you to comment on some of the ideas emerging from the talks + from the exhibition that were sitting amongst.
Dianne Moy, Coordinator of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, introduces the many systems that are currently in place to facilitate the sharing of common goods ranging from houses, bags to transport. Her presentation aptly titled, ‘New Forms of Sharing‘, highlights both commercial and non-commercial forms of sharing.
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.