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Drinking Water: New service models in Melbourne

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 13th, 2011

Photo by Harry Troedel

Article by Kate Archdeacon:

Last week the Southbank Campus of the Victorian College of the Arts stopped selling bottled water through its vending machines, bars and cafés, with the support of staff, students, commercial tenants and Sharyn Lowe from Do Something! Water is now available through public water fountains (Aquabubblers) across the campus, as well as in the ReSauce café on site.  Harry Troedel, Sustainability Manager, Implementation, at the University of Melbourne, explained that including the café tenants in discussions about the move away from bottled water allowed them to make decisions about the services they could offer instead.  As a result, ReSauce now owns and operates a Freshie water vending machine.  Patrons can refill their bottles from the machine, with prices varying depending on what type of water they buy.  The choices range from chilled, filtered, sparkling, and flavoured water, with prices coming out at considerably less than a single-use bottle.  The water from the Aquabubblers is the same quality and temperature as tap water, so the café has an opportunity to provide a point of difference.

As part of the initiative launch, Vestal Water gave away some of their stainless steel water bottles.  Vestal Water are developing new services around water supply – they have a V.I.P. card which allows the bearer to refill their water bottle for free at participating outlets (cafes, service stations etc) on purchase of a hot drink, and they are developing a refill station map to support this promotion.  Mr. Troedel says that Hairy Little Sista, the bar at Council House 2 (CH2) has replaced their bottled water with a Vestal Water system.

Shifting water consumption away from throwaway packaging while still providing quality products has been proposed as a great product-service-system in many student designs we’ve seen at VEIL.  It’s great to see some real-world examples emerging in Melbourne.

Sustainability Week at the University of Melbourne

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 24th, 2010

The Sustainability Week program provides a week of lectures, workshops & activities, including a Sustainability Fair that will showcase a range of new and emerging NGOs and innovative social and ethical enterprises. A central part of the week will be a series of three public lectures based around the major aspects of sustainability: the social, ecological and economic. Sustainability Week aims to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about sustainability and how they can take action in their own lifestyle and in the broader community. Organised by the Sustainability Collective to promote and enhance awareness of a global ethical sustainability, Sustainability Week aims to educate and inspire students, staff and the broader public to adopt sustainable ideas and practices.

Social. Simplicity, Equity & Action for Humanity

Wednesday 24th March – 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Basement Lecture Theatre, The Spot – Economics and Commerce Building

Facilitated by Jess Fritz – CEO, Victorian Council of Social Services
Samuel Alexander, (Phd Law) – Editor, Voluntary Simplicity: The Poetic Alternative to Consumer Culture
Peter Singer – Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics – The Life You Can Save – Acting Now to End World Poverty
Rebecca McNaught – Red Cross / Red Crescent – Climate Centre

Economy. Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Thursday 25th March – 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Lecture Theatre D, Old Arts Building

Monique Conheady, CEO – FlexiCar
Leyla Acaroglu, Director Eco Innovators Pty Ltd
Dominique Hess – Lecturer – Sustainable Architecture, Building and Planning
Visit the Sustainability Collective to see the full week program.

‘Festival of Ideas’ at the University of Melbourne

Posted in Events by Virginia on April 8th, 2009

The University of Melbourne will be host to a ‘Festival of Ideas’ from 15-20 June this year, at which key thinkers from around the globe will consider some of the major issues facing the world in relation to “Climate Change and Cultural Change”.

The Festival has a live streaming video for more information available at:

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Environment Week at the University of Melbourne

Posted in Events by Virginia on March 27th, 2009

Celebrating ten years of the Office for Environmental Programs, home of the Graduate Environmental Program at the University of Melbourne.

Related events include:

Living Well Within Our Environment – Are We? Can We? Dr Ian McPhail, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria, and a panel of environmental thinkers debate the Commissioner’s 2008 State of the Environment Report.
When: Monday 30th March, 5:30pm-7pm
Where: Prince Phillip Theatre, Architecture
RSVP to: query-environment@

Discover environmental study options and initiatives at The University of Melbourne .
When: Tuesday 31st March, 1-3pm
Where: Deakin Court (South side of Union Building)

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