Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Living Festival’

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


Transitions Film Festival 2013

Posted in Events, Movements by Jessica Bird on February 14th, 2013

15 February , 2013 10:00 amto23 February , 2013 10:00 pm


TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL, 15 to 23 February 2013
“See the change you want to be in the world”

Featuring an amazing line-up of films including Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant’s feature narrative Promised Land, The Sundance Institute’s A Fierce Green Fire and the highly anticipated Chasing Ice, the Transitions Film Festival runs from February 15-23rd at Federation Square, ACMI and Cinema Nova. The program also features introductions and panel discussions with international filmmakers and Australia’s sustainability leaders. Key guests include Bob Brown (former leader of The Australian Greens), Drew Hutton (Lock The Gate), John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute), Anna Rose (AYCC) and Velcrow Ripper via satellite (Director of Occupy Love).

Transitions Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing powerful, inspiring and ground-breaking films from around the world that highlight the awe-inspiring global transformations that are taking place every day. Covering topics such as social entrepreneurship, energy politics, climate change, social justice and technological innovation, the festival hopes to inspire the transition to a sustainable world. To encourage low emissions transport, audience members riding bikes to Cinema Nova screenings will receive cyclist’s concession prices.

Important Dates:
Federation Square Free Screenings: 15-16 February 2013
Cinema Nova Program: 17 -23 February 2013
ACMI Shorts: 18 February 2013

>>> For more information and to view the program visit the Transitions Film Festival website.

Sustainable Living Festival 2013: Call for events

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 17th, 2012

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL  Call for Event Applications 2013


Men And Women Of Victoria, Be A Part Of Australia’s Largest Sustainable Living Festival, 9-24 Feb 2013.

It’s The Biggest Push For Sustainability Of Our Time.


Join The State Wide Festival And Boost Your Profile Through The Festival’s Promotions & Networks.





“Transition To Sharing” Micro festival

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on February 22nd, 2012

25 February , 2012
11:00 amto3:00 pm

For a fun filled day for the whole family come along to “Transition To Sharing” micro festival and join us in celebrating community connectedness, collaborative consumption & sharing culture.  Activities include: Summer harvest food swap, ‘world cafe’ cultural exchange, worm farm & composting workshops, book swap & storytelling, vegetarian cooking demo, eco crafts, fun for the kids, yoga, croquet & games in the garden.

Sat 25 Feb, 11am-3pm @ Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda

FREE event co-hosted by Transition Port Phillip & The Sharehood as part of the Sustainable Living Festival satellite event program. Supported by City of Port Phillip & Port Phillip EcoCentre.
Delicious organic vegetarian lunch by donation.
Don’t forget to bring your homegrown & homemade goodies or a preloved book to exchange.
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Sustainable Living Festival 2012

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 9th, 2012

17 February , 2012
18 February , 2012
19 February , 2012

The Sustainable Living Festival, Australia’s biggest sustainability event, rolls into Victoria again on 11 February 2012.  Packed with sustainability action – from global green leaders to vegan bodybuilders, great debates to speed dates, organic philosophy to organic feasting – there’s something for everyone with an interest in the future of our planet.

This year’s Festival theme is ‘Australia – the Lucky Country’. With our golden soil and wealth for toil, and our land abounding in nature’s gifts, Australians have every reason to feel lucky, right? As one of the sunniest places on earth, we are uniquely placed to harness our abundance of solar and wind energy better than any other country on the planet. We have a golden opportunity to use the sun’s power and nature’s wind to secure the Australian way of life well into the future.

To bring this message home and to tell us how it can be done, the Festival’s keynote speaker for 2012 is Hans-­Josef Fell, a man many call the father of renewable energy worldwide. Fell is the architect of Germany’s impressive renewable energy policy and is responsible for delivering Germany’s 2020 renewable energy targets 10 years ahead of schedule. His work has been adopted by over 70 countries and triggered major investments in solar power around the globe. The Festival’s flagship Big Weekend at Melbourne’s Federation Square (17–19 Feb) will be a swag full of fun. Events include:

  • Festival Great Debate – Economic Growth Will Save The Planet
  • The Climate Quiz hosted by Adam Hills – Find out the eco-­impact of knocking back a tinny
  • Dirty Girl Kitchen – Green granny gurus teach you a thing or two about food
  • Speed Date a Sustainable Designer – 10 minutes with a green architect or designer
  • Vegan Bodybuilding – Pecs, packs and prowess from the world’s best anti-­beef beefcakes
  • Off-­the-­Grid-­Gig – A pedal-­ and solar-­ powered party featuring musical luminaries like Lisa Mitchell
  • Pants for Poverty – Go for the Guinness World Record in a giant pair of fair-­trade pants.

Don’t miss the Big Weekend’s ever-­popular Green Market, where over 100 exhibitors showcase sustainable solutions from transport to garden gear to homewares. Get tips and tricks from Australia’s leading producers and suppliers, win giveaways and receive hefty discounts. Across the state, the two-­week EcoCity and State of Sustainability programs offer dozens of inspiring events, such as the Transition Film Festival and a surprise free music performance by an acclaimed international artist.

If it’s broke – Fix it!

Posted in Events, Movements, Seeking by ecoApril on January 17th, 2012

19 February , 2012
11:00 amto3:00 pm

Photo from the 2011 Repair Workshop by Fernando De Sousa


A free, friendly workshop to repair (or reimagine) broken household items will be staged for this year’s Sustainable Living Festival at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Collaborative Fix it! repair sessions are hosted by community members who believe there are better options than sending broken objects on a one-way ticket to landfill.  Fix it! was founded by locals April Seymore, Renae Crosthwaite and Chandra Sundareswaran with the support of Sustainability Victoria and Metropolitan Waste Management Group. The friends want to share skills and build public confidence for repairing items that otherwise literally go to waste.

“We hear so much about our current ‘throw away society’ and we want to change that thought process,” said April.  “Part of the Fix it! philosophy is to inspire participants to host fixing get-togethers in future. So while we will repair items at the Festival at no charge, we will also demonstrate how repair is achievable, affordable and help everyone feel capable.  Helping people hem their garment or gain the self-assurance to repair a basic electrical item could make a huge difference to the amount and types of things that are clogging up landfill, dumped on nature strips, or donated broken to Op Shops who don’t have repair capacity.”

Recent repair, creating and upcycling events in Melbourne have met with enormous success. Artists and technicians at the July 2011 Repair Workshops rescued 3 tonnes from landfill, and this year’s Mini Maker Faire® sold out tickets almost immediately.  Repair novices and gurus alike are welcome to drop into the festival workshop to sample repair projects. To BYO project, register your lamp, clothing, or woodworking repair request via email. Or simply share your fixing photos or questions with the Fix it! team via Facebook (Fix It Community) or Twitter (@FixItMelbourne).

There will be three themed Fix it! areas: Stitches—focusing on textiles; Switches—examining electrical appliances; and Splinters—woodworking with hand tools.

Get Involved: Fix it! is looking for skilled volunteers (Fixers) to assist in each of the focus areas at the Sustainable Living Festival. If you can lend a hand in the stitches, switches or splinters areas contact the team at

The Sustainable Living Festival runs from 11-26 February, with Fix it! held from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm on Sunday the 19th at Federation Square in the city.

For further information and photo opportunities email

Seeking Program Partners: 13th Sustainable Living Festival

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 15th, 2011


You are invited to join in the celebrations of the 13th annual Sustainable Living Festival. We want your ideas, imagination and insights into community education and mobilisation to help create the 2012 Festival program. This is the critical decade and we all know we need to help Australians achieve a new scale and speed of action for a safe climate and safe environment. The Festival’s role in helping to communicate this direction and showcase leading groups and solutions is a pivotal one in gaining community support for a mass transition to aid sustainability. The Festival’s program format is rapidly expanding to reach new audiences and develop fresh and more creative ways of engaging with people from all walks of life. We invite you to become a program partner today and help shape this direction and kick start the programming for Festival 2012.


FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Luke Taylor, Sustainable Living Foundation –

Apply: Online Event Application Form –


12th Annual Sustainable Living Festival

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 14th, 2011

12 February , 2011 10:00 amto27 February , 2011 6:00 pm

In 2011 the Sustainable Living Festival is on a mission, a safe climate mission. There’s already too much carbon in the atmosphere and that’s heating up our planet at a staggering rate. But what does that mean? Isn’t a hotter climate good for getting a tan and hang’n at the beach? NO way! Heating up the planet is causing crazy climate chaos; it’s melting our ice caps, causing floods and sea levels to rise. But so what! How does climate change affect us living here in Australia? Well major damage to our ecological systems threatens our way of life. The environment that we depend on relies on a stable climate that helps us to produce basic things like food and water supply, in fact, our whole economy depends on it. Your country needs you for this vital mission. So step up and let’s cut our emissions to restore a safe climate and sustainable future. The Festival is full of great ways to help you take the leap and get down to ground zero emissions. How carbon low can you go?

The Sustainable Living Festival 2011
February 12 – 27
Melbourne & Beyond!

Brought to you for the twelfth time by the Sustainable Living Foundation.
Download the Festival program.

Rewrite The Future: Climate Conversations

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 11th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Has the political debate left you unsure about climate change? About your role in responding to it? Do we have the solutions needed? How can we make the necessary changes?  Hear from respected climate scientist David Karoly and other experts, then join local residents and community groups for interactive discussion on climate change and our options and priorities for a sustainable future.

This forum aims to inform people about the issue of climate change and solutions for effective mitigation as well as facilitate participants’ contribution to a discussion about priorities for action. It is intended for people who are concerned about climate change but are confused by the current debate; those who wish to know more about the solutions and options for effective mitigation of further climate change; and those who would like to move from interest to action on climate related issues.

Thu 18 Feb, 6 – 9pm
Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Town Hall, Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

All members of the community are invited to attend.
Local community groups are also invited and space for a display will be made available.
Entry by gold coin donation
Organic refreshments provided courtesy of the City of Boroondara.

RSVP Fiona Armstrong 0438 900 005 or
Organised by climate action group Lighter Footprints
This event is part of the Sustainable Living Festival

Sustainable Neighbourhood House: Open Day

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 9th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Holden Street Neighbourhood House has been retrofitted to become an eco-demonstration house. Come along and see firsthand a range of measures including solar panels, water tanks, opening skylights, solar light tubes, insulated blinds, window tinting and much more. Experts will be on hand to answer all your questions.

Saturday 13 Feb, 11.00 am-2.00pm
128 Holden Street, Nth Fitzroy
All welcome, Free event.

More info: Contact Holden Street Neighbourhood House on 9489 9929