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Food-Security and Water-Security in the Urban Context

Posted in Research, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on June 20th, 2013

 

Image: CRC for Water-Sensitive Cities

Image: CRC for Water-Sensitive Cities

From The urban water-energy-food nexus by Prof. Tony Wong:

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Australia’s water consumption is dominated by agricultural uses, followed by consumptions in cities (domestic and industrial) and for electricity generation principally to meet demands in our cities. Our communities have an important role in managing demands. Our consumption of food, energy and water remains inefficient. We waste more than 30% of food produced, we are only beginning to recycle our wastewater for non-drinking purposes, and we do not capture and use the ‘waste heat’ from our electricity production. Transforming our cities to a more sustainable and efficient consumption of resources require socio-technical approaches, starting with a concerted effort to foster community awareness and behavioural change for efficient consumption of water, energy and food. Exploiting the water-energy nexus in urban development, such as district-level tri-generation and the further utilisation of available heat for water disinfection and production of district-level reticulation of hot water, are simple cathartic initiatives to lead this transformation.

The creation of productive landscapes is emerging as a core element of urban green infrastructure strategies. Our cities are water supply catchments with the combined stormwater and wastewater resources exceeding the water consumption in most Australian cities. These resources may be exploited to support a greener city for a multitude of liveability objectives, including the support of productive landscapes ranging from community gardens, to orchards and urban forests.

>> Read the full article by Prof. Tony Wong on the CRC for Water-Sensitive Cities website.


Stonnington and Port Phillip: WSUD Tour

Posted in Events by Clearwater on February 28th, 2012

23 March , 2012
9:00 amto2:00 pm

Clearwater offers a number of capacity building initiatives that can help broaden your skills and knowledge in sustainable urban water management.

Tour Overview
The tour highlights an array of WSUD stormwater treatment measures and harvesting systems across the City of Stonnington and Port Phillip. Council experts and design consultants will be onsite to provide insights into the development and management of each project, discussing challenges, learnings and outcomes from concept to completion.  This tour will visit tree pits, raingardens in both commercial and residential areas, stormwater harvest systems designed for open space irrigation and vehicle washdown sites.  You will gain an insight into project goals, costs, engineering, landscaping and maintenance considerations and community engagement.

Audience
Suitable for anyone involved in sustainable water planning or asset maintenance / design, including developers, planners, architects, environment and maintenance staff.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Course completion will contribute CPD points to programs with the following organisations: Nursery and Garden Industry Association (NGIA), Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Engineers Australia, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Date: 23rd March 2012, 9am – 2pm

RSVP
Friday 16 March

Register now at the Clearwater website


WSUD 2012 Conference: Associated workshop & tour

Posted in Events by Clearwater on February 6th, 2012

24 January , 2012
20 February , 2012

Clearwater offers a number of capacity building initiatives that can help broaden your skills and knowledge in sustainable urban water management.

There are currently two unique development opportunities being delivered in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design.

Gaining Institutional Capacity for WSUD will provide council staff with the skills to assess organisational capacity, build commitment into planning and policy, and engage stakeholders to adopt new initiatives.  This one day workshop will be held on Monday 20th February – click here for more information.

2012 WSUD Technical Site Tour will highlight how innovative WSUD stormwater treatment measures and harvesting systems contribute to a water sensitive city vision.  The tour will visit new and established WSUD sites at a range of scales across Melbourne.  This one day tour will be held on Friday 24 February – click here for more information.


Water-Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Tour – Stonnington & Port Phillip

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 28th, 2011

14 October , 2011
8:50 amto1:30 pm
Source: Clearwater

Clearwater’s latest tour highlights an array of WSUD stormwater treatment measures and harvesting systems across the City of Stonnington & Port Phillip.

Council experts and design consultants will be onsite to provide insights into the development and management of each project, discussing challenges, learnings and outcomes from concept to completion. This tour will visit tree pits, raingardens in both commercial and residential areas, stormwater harvest systems designed for open space irrigation and vehicle washdown sites. You will gain an insight into project goals, costs, engineering, landscaping and maintenance considerations and community engagement. The tour will include visits to 7 sites; morning tea; sit down networking lunch. Suitable for anyone involved in sustainable water planning or asset maintenance / design, including developers, planners, architects, environment and maintenance staff.

8:50AM – 1:30PM, Friday 14th October 2011

Meeting point to be advised upon booking your place.

The City of Port Phillip Water Plan is a great example of a municipal strategy, that sets long term integrated water management targets and promotes a water sensitive approach to urban water management. The plan sets considerable targets for reduction in council and community mains water consumption, and promotes the substitution of mains supply with alternative water sources where appropriate. Pollution reduction targets are set to be achieved through an increase in water sensitive urban design (WSUD) projects in road, drainage, and streetscape works.

The City of Port Phillip Water Plan recently won the 2011 Stormwater Victoria Excellence Awards in the category of Research, Innovation, Policy and Education.

Read more about the City of Port Phillip Water Plan.