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Sustainable House Day 2013: September 8

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 3rd, 2013

8 September , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

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Photo from Inspiring, easy steps to comfort and low cost living

On Sunday 8th September, Sustainable House Day will be celebrating its 12th year. The event will continue to showcase some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling, and other practices suitable to their lifestyles.

150 private houses and display houses featuring a variety of sustainable ideas will open their doors to the public. Homes are open from 10am-4pm and will be showcasing environmentally sustainable design, innovative use of materials, and homes that have invested in renewable energy, recycling and other sustainable living practices. Homes will feature experts in areas of green living and energy-efficient products.

Check out the Sustainable House Day website to find open houses around Australia, or to read more about the different ways that people make their homes more sustainable.

Thriving Neighbourhoods 2012: Call for papers

Posted in Models, Research, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on January 26th, 2012

Thriving Neighbourhoods is a conference on emerging approaches to the planning, design and management of local neighbourhoods that are set to radically improve health, social engagement, environmental quality and productivity in communities.  Thriving communities have the resilience needed to adapt creatively to unexpected challenges such as climate change, population change, rapid technological change, social upheaval and economic crises.

The complexity of the systems involved in creating thriving communities poses difficult and challenging issues for planners, developers, managers and researchers. But the potential returns on the invested effort and resources are massive.  Capturing these returns requires professional collaboration across policy sectors including health, planning, design, infrastructure, IT and the built and natural environments. Communities must also be engaged from the outset, recognising diverse cultural and individual needs.

We invite papers and presentations on research and practice related to the challenge of creating and supporting thriving neighbourhoods and communities. Work to be presented may be related to the areas represented in the diagram below, on: the challenges; the processes of change and development; the specifics of place; the measurement of outcomes.

2 April 2012: Deadline for Abstracts (400 words)

28 May 2012: Abstracts acceptance notice

Find out more about submitting a paper.

Sustainable Living Week in the City of Whitehorse

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 22nd, 2011

26 March , 2011to1 April , 2011

Whitehorse City Council presents Sustainable Living Week – a week-long festival of free events with a sustainable emphasis that runs from 26 March to 1 April 2011. Find out how to make simple changes to the way you live so that you can have a positive impact on the environment, your lifestyle, your community and even your finances. Download the Sustainable Living Week 2011 Program or view the events on the council website.

Free events include: Rod Quantock Comedy Show; Sustainable Cooking Demonstration; Permaculture Backyard Blitz; Eco Fashion Show; Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Twilight Tour and much more!

Sustainable Living Expo: Stonnington

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 7th, 2010

Come along to the City of Stonnington’s annual Sustainable Living Expo featuring exhibitors offering simple and affordable or free products to help you reduce your impact on the environment and save money.

* Low-energy, water saving, recyclable and organic products.
* Organic fashion
* Free Sustainable Gardening in Stonnington booklet
* Organic make-up and skin care
* Children’s activities including art, and interactive and educational performances
* Organic food, wine and coffee
* Eco-friendly cleaning products
* Renewable energy products that use solar and wind power

Environmental presentations:

* Keeping chickens
* Eco-friendly nappies
* Sustainable gardening
* Stonnington’s trees
* Sustainability around your home

Travel sustainably to the Exhibition, by public transport or cycling, and present your valid Metcard or bike helmet at the City of Stonnington’s tent and you could win sustainable transport prizes to the value of $600.

Date: Sunday 16th May
Venue: Stonnington Depot, 293 Tooronga Rd, Malvern.
Time: 11am – 4pm
Transport: This event can be accessed from Tooronga train station on Glen Waverley line, # 72 Malvern Road tram and #624 Bus on Tooronga Road. No onsite parking, however parking is available in surrounding streets including Weir St, Carrol Cres and Milton Pde.

The Victorian Green Renters’ Guide

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on June 11th, 2009

Victorian Green Renters' Guide

The Victorian Green Renters’ Guide was put together by Environment Victoria with the help of the Tenants Union of Victoria. A small number of hard copies are available from the Environment Victoria office.

It includes sections on everything from heating to fridges to food, as well as information on government rebates, a checklist for people looking for a new place to rent, and an explanation of renting law in Victoria.

For more information, to give us your feedback, or to share your experiences of sustainable (and unsustainable) renting, visit the website.

For more sustainability living fact sheets and resources visit Sustainability Tips and Resources.