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Inclusive Growth, Welfare and Development Policy: International Forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 29th, 2012

29 June , 2012

This one-day Forum will be hosted by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The Forum aims to bridge the divide between welfare and social policy, and development practice through the prism of ‘inclusive growth’.

Drawing upon the expertise of leading international policymakers and academics in the field, the Forum will explore the following salient themes:

  1. Critiquing the theoretical underpinning of growth and development
  2. Examining welfare state perspectives on inclusive growth and social/economic development
  3. Presenting lessons learned and best practices from developing and developed economies

These themes will be explored at four sessions during the one-day Forum titled:

  • The Inclusive Growth Paradigm
  • Inclusive Growth and Development
  • Inclusive Growth and Welfare
  • Development, Welfare and Policy Practice
Friday 29 June 2012

Public Lecture Theatre Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne

$60 per person including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Register at

For enquiries contact Tamsin Courtney

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.

Cost-Effective Distributed Energy Systems in Australia

Posted in Opinion, Research by Kate Archdeacon on December 15th, 2011

Source: Climate Spectator

Photo by twicepix via flickr CC

From It’s time for a smarter grid by Giles Parkinson:

Imagine for a moment that you are the head of a large group of network operators, faced with a decision about what to do about rising peak electricity demand. And you are presented with a choice: invest $2.6 billion over five years on upgrading your network – the route you would normally take; or spend a comparable amount on solar power and energy storage, distributed throughout the network.  This was the question posed by Professor John Bell, of the Queensland University of Technology, and Warwick Johnston, a leading solar analyst with Sunwiz, when they sought to find out if there was a better way than the traditional response of building more poles and wires to cope with rising peak demand.

Using Queensland network operator Energex as an example, and its forecast peak demand growth of 1.25GW over the five years to 2014/15, the study analysed the existing approach of spending $2.6 billion augmenting the grid, or investing a comparable amount in either 25GWh of storage, or 1.25GW of solar PV and 10GWh of storage.  The study concluded that a combination of battery and solar PV produced a far better outcome, because of the ability to generate revenue from the energy produced, and the use of battery storage to resell energy. Over a five year period, the net present value (NPV) of the poles and wires solution was negative $2 billion, while the NPV of the solar/storage solution was negative $750 million. But because these could produce revenue over a 20-year period, the solar/storage had a positive NPV of $2 billion over a 20 year period.

Bell and Johnston say the main take-home messages from this are that the integration of distributed PV and battery storage into the existing energy system has the potential to be cost effective now, and it underpins the case for reform of the National Electricity Market, to ensure that distributed generation is fairly treated and that network providers are encouraged to opt for the solutions that have greater market benefit, rather than simply being least upfront cost.


>>Read the full article by Giles Parkinson on Climate Spectator.

>>Read about VEIL’s work on Distributed Systems.

CERES Global India Information Sessions: Cultural Exchange Program

Posted in Events by ceres on July 12th, 2011

19 July , 2011
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

This year marks CERES Global’s 7th year of connecting with grassroots organisations in rural India to create better understanding between the two countries and to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable world. CERES Global participants absorb local life and culture, while learning from and working with local communities passionate about tackling climate change in locally appropriate ways. Come and learn more about our upcoming India program at an Information Session.

CERES Global – India Cultural & Skills Exchange Program – Information Sessions
Tues 19th July 6.30–8 pm
Thurs 25th August 6.30–8pm
Wed 21st Sept 6.30–8pm
Thurs 20th October 6.30–8pm

All Sessions are at the CERES EcoHouse (just inside the Lee Street gates)

3rd Victorian Sustainable Development Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 23rd, 2010

Image: avlxyz via flickr CC

The 3rd Victorian Sustainable Development Conference will be held on May 25-26, 2010 at Zinc, Federation Square, Melbourne.

The Conference will be solution-oriented, bringing together key decision-makers from the private and public sectors, industry leaders, local government, scientists, conservationists and others to discuss ways in which to achieve real and lasting change in areas such as:

  • Water
  • Waste and resource recovery
  • Energy efficiency
  • Climate change response
  • Planning and urban design
  • Land remediation
  • Air quality
  • Human health
  • Sustainable workplaces

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Green jobs – towards decent work in a sustainable, low-carbon world

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on April 3rd, 2009

What: Green jobs – towards decent work in a sustainable, low-carbon world
by Peter Poschen, Senior Advisor Sustainable Development and Climate Change, International Labour Organization (ILO)
When: Tuesday 7 April, 12noon-1pm
Where: Brotherhood, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – Father Tucker’s Room
To RSVP or to join the seminar mailing list please contact Kristine Philipp (kphilipp@

‘Green jobs’ have become something of an emblem of a more sustainable economy and society that aims to preserve the environment for present and future generations and to be more equitable and inclusive of all people and countries. Green jobs hold the promise that human kind will be able to face up to the two defining challenges of the twenty-first century: averting dangerous climate change and environmental degradation and providing decent work and thus the prospect of well-being and dignity for all. This presentation will focus on green jobs for development. The concept of green jobs is even more relevant in the current economic crisis. The major investments made to overcome the crisis can become a unique opportunity to begin the shift towards more sustainable production systems and towards more social justice. Peter Poschen is Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development and Climate Change at the International Labour Organistion. He is currently responsible for the coordination of the ILOs Green Jobs Programme. He was originally trained as a forester and has a PhD on land-use systems in Ethiopia from the University of Freiburg. He has worked on sustainable development in over 20 countries for some 25 years.

2008 Environs Australia Sustainability conference

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on August 11th, 2008

Environs Australia has announced the dates and theme for its conference this year after the success of the 2006 and 2007 events. This years theme is ‘Sustainable Development in 2008 and the conference will focus on ongoing projects towards sustainability in the current year.

Date: Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th September

Location: Sydney at Dockside, Darling Harbour.

Environs President, Evan Thomas, said he was pleased to announce this years two day conference, and expected that it would be even more successful than 2006 or 2007. “Each year it is exciting to see how the conference brings forward the latest projects and information relevant to local governments striving to develop local sustainable communities.” Mr Thomas said. Mr Thomas invited local governments and others to submit abstracts, papers and case studies for presentation at the event.

The conference will also feature the second Environs Australia ‘Local leadership in Sustainability awards ceremony. There are nine awards for local government authorities (LGAs) and partnering organisations. Of these, there are Silver Awards are for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability (urban, urban-rural interface and rural), Outstanding Sustainability in Partnerships (large, medium and small LGAs) and Sustainability Leaders (local government councillor and local government officer).

In addition a Golden Award will be judged from the Silver Award winners for Outstanding LGA Sustainability Achievement.Nominations for the awards are invited from local governments and partnering organisations.

For more information on nominations, abstracts or the competition contact or visit our events page

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