Posts Tagged ‘Victoria’

Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2013

Posted in Seeking by Jessica Bird on June 26th, 2013

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Cape Paterson Eco Village, winner of the Design category, Premier’s Sustainability Awards, 2012.

From the media release ‘Eco-leaders encouraged to enter Premier’s Sustainability Awards':

Individuals, businesses, community or government groups who have shown commitment to sustainability are encouraged to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards as positive role models for all Victorians. Now in their 11th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action. The winner of last year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards, Brightgreen, is urging Victorians who have developed a sustainable product or service to enter this year’s awards program, saying “it is a real thrill to be recognised on a state level… We entered the awards last year because they celebrate sustainable innovation – the whole driving force behind Brightgreen. We’re on a mission not just to make the most efficient or the brightest light but to actually change the way people think about lighting – encouraging them to see it as investment rather than something that’s disposable,” said Brightgreen Co-founder and CEO, David O’Driscoll. “The Premier’s Sustainability Awards align perfectly with everything that we set out to achieve.”

CEO of Sustainability Victoria, Stan Krpan, said that the awards are a great way to recognise and celebrate leadership in sustainability. This year the awards provide even more opportunities for recognition. Entries are open in eight categories: Infrastructure and Buildings, Tourism, Environmental Protection, Education, Innovative Product and Services, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), Large Business, and Community.

>>> Entries close at 2pm Monday 15 July, 2013.
>>> Visit sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au for entry criteria and kits, and queries.

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Sustainable Living Festival 2013

Posted in Events, Movements by Jessica Bird on February 7th, 2013

9 February , 2013to24 February , 2013
Source: Sustainable Living Festival 2013.

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Poster from the SLF 2013 wesbsite.

From “A guide to unpacking your festival program” by Festival Team 2013.

Australia’s largest sustainable living celebration is back with a jam-packed program with more than 300 events over two weeks across Victoria. This year’s diverse program includes delightfully different perspectives bound to challenge, engage and inspire action. As a guide to this ocean of events, we hope this blog post will help you navigate the program better.

Big Weekend: At the heart of the Festival, the Big Weekend program at Federation Square on 15 -17 Feb includes high quality food for thought in The Great Debate, influential thought leaders, such as Annie Leonard behind the widespread online animation The Story of Stuff, and a laughter guarantee at the Steaming Toad Variety Show with HG Nelson and Dan Ilic. By buying a ticket to these key Festival events, curated by the Festival’s operations team itself, you’re supporting the future of this non-profit Festival. Other event highlights of this year’s Big Weekend program we are really excited about bringing to you include Jason Roberts’ Better Block Keynote, The World’s Biggest Organic Feast hosted by ABC TV’s Costa Georgiadis, the Fix it! Workshop. While forums, talks and interactives like The Heat is On, Activating Community Energy, Playing God with the Planet, Green Inventors, The Gratitude Box and No Place like Homelands are sure to inspire and educate. Over the Big Weekend, Birrarung Marr and River Promenade are transformed into a bustling mini-village, complete with The Green Market and Bikefest Treadlie Market. In the weekend’s open community program stream, there’s a multitude of exhibitions, forums, kids activities, performances and workshops to discover.

Melbourne CBD: The second layer of the Festival takes place across Melbourne’s CBD, as the city comes to life with events throughout 9 – 24 Feb. This year, the Sustainable Living Festival, together with City of Melbourne and CrowdSpot, are launching My EcoCity Map, a collaborative online map for residents and visitors to capture and share sustainable projects, events, shops and organisations in the city. Check out the map and add you own favourite EcoCity spots! As part of the Festival’s film program, the Transition Film Festival kicks off on 15 Feb and runs til 24 Feb with solutions focused movies at several cinemas across town. Sign up to be part of the nationwide synchronised screening of Transition 2.0, a movie that tells an inspiring story of Transition Towns initiatives from around the world.

Statewide: In the second week of the statewide Festival program, the Festival’s first ever regional Victorian tour program – The Better Block Tour – heads out to regional locations (18 – 24 Feb) to help kickstart a revitalization of neighborhoods and communities across Victoria by inspiring, connecting and supporting local changemakers. Across the State of Victoria, there are a huge range of events taking place, feeding conversations and generating new ideas on how you can find and create your own ‘state of sustainability’!

>>> You can read the original post here.
>>> You can find out more about SLF 2013 on the website or via the festival program.


Melbourne’s Metropolitan Strategy: Discussion paper open for contributions

Posted in Policies, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 3rd, 2012


Photo by elizabethdonoghue via flickr CC

Information drawn from Urbis Think Tank and Plan Melbourne:

The Discussion Paper, “Melbourne – let’s talk about the future,” is part of the work currently underway in preparation for a new Metropolitan Strategy for Melbourne’s next 3 decades of growth and change.  The paper is intended to stimulate dialogue across the community, private sector and industry around a series of ideas and principles for the future of the city. A draft Metropolitan Plan will then be shaped from the current consultation around these principles, due for release in Autumn 2013.

The Government is calling for input on the proposed principles, which raise fundamental issues around the growth and structure of the city, including:

  • The structure and location of job clusters in the new economy;
  • Opportunities for strategic renewal in areas that are ripe for urban transformation;
  • Partnership opportunities to realise new ways of funding for urban infrastructure;
  • The potential for long term containment of the city by a permanent green belt.

The 9 principles are focused around three key themes:

  • “What most people value about Melbourne”, (principles 1 to 5) exploring ideas that could inform a future vision for Melbourne,
  • “What needs to change”, (principles 6 & 7), focusing on how Melbourne’s urban form should be managed at a metropolitan and local scale.
  • Implementation considerations (principles 8 & 9), focusing on leadership and partnerships.
Opportunities to comment through online forums or event attendance are currently open, with comments closing on March 1, 2013.
>> Read the Discussion Paper
>> Get Involved


Climate Change Science: Impacts and Adaptation for Victoria Public Lecture & Symposium

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 24th, 2012

20 September , 2012
21 September , 2012
Climate Change Science: Impacts and Adaptation for Victoria Public Lecture & Symposium

This is one of a series of annual Royal Society Victoria Symposia on Scientific issues of importance to Victoria. It will consist of formal presentations and panel discussions on three aspects of the science of climate change.

  • The Physical Science
  • Impacts on Victoria
  • Adaptation to Climate Change

Speakers are leading academics from Universities, CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and the State Government. Most speakers have played leading roles in the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The intended audience is University staff and students, Royal Society of Victoria members, representatives of planning authorities and the state government, and the general public.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM:

Understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes are important challenges for Australian scientists as well as for planners and politicians.

  • The Physical Science: Talks and panel sessions on the observational record, on the major climate drivers for Victoria, on the science of climate change projections and on the science of extreme weather events.
  • Impacts on Victoria: Talks have been invited on the impacts on health, on water supply for cities and agriculture, and on sea-level rise and coastal inundation
  • Adaptation to Climate Change: Adaptation addresses options for reducing exposure and vulnerability to changing climate and its impacts. It also addresses options for increasing resilience to the potential adverse impacts of climate extremes.

The proceedings of the Symposium will appear as a special issue (in 2013) of the peer-reviewed journal: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria.

Symposium: Friday 21 September 9.00 am – 5.00 pm and Saturday 22 September 9.30 am – 1 p.m

>> Click here to find out more about the symposium.

Free Public Lecture: Thursday 20 September 

>> Click here for registration for the free lecture.

The Symposium and Lecture will be held at University of Melbourne in the Basement Theatre, Spot Building, (cnr Berkeley and Pelham Streets, Parkville) University of Melbourne.


Direct Geothermal Systems pilot in Victoria: Prof. Ian Johnston

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on April 23rd, 2012

7 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


Image from Direct Energy website

Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group Guest

Prof. Ian Johnston Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Melbourne

Prof. Ian Johnston leads a team of geothermal experts from the University of Melbourne demonstrating direct geothermal systems in Victorian conditions.  Earlier this month (3rd April 2012), the Victorian State Government announced a $1.6 million grant to support the work of the University of Melbourne and its industrial partners, Geotechnical Engineering and Direct Energy. This project will install geothermal heating and cooling systems into a range of buildings around Victoria and will monitor their performance.
Direct geothermal energy uses the ground to within several tens of metres below the surface to extract heat in winter for heating and to reject heat in summer for cooling. Prof Johnston will join us to explain how this technology works and what the project will achieve.
Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for joining us in bringing you this event.

6:30- 8pm Monday 7 May

Entry: Gold coin donation
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

For more information about our guest, visit the discussion group at Beyond Zero Emissions


Victorian Small and Community Scale Wind Workshop

Posted in Events, Policies by Enhar on February 7th, 2012

9 February , 2012
10:00 amto1:30 pm

Planning Issues for Small Wind and Community Wind in Victoria

In Victoria, proponents of wind turbine projects for domestic, business and community
use, although smaller in scale than large wind farms, may be asked to satisfy the same
environmental criteria as a large wind farm. Meanwhile, local authority decision-makers
are faced with ambiguities in the planning system on how to respond to applications for
small wind turbines: when are proposals exempt from the new 2km restrictions for
example?

Wind projects which are smaller than large commercial wind farms may have a lower
impact on the landscape and the environment. Planning controls for large wind farms in
Victoria may not always be applied to small wind projects, but how should local
authorities in Victoria determine what constitutes an acceptable smaller wind project?

Enhar is organising this event to cater for those who are motivated to find answers to
these questions.

Date & Time:
Thursday 9th Feb
2012 from 10am – 1:30pm

Place:
Gravell Room
Brunswick Business Incubator
420 Victoria Street
Brunswick 3056, Melbourne

Price:
$50+GST including light lunch

Speakers:
Demian Natakhan: Director, Enhar:
“A case for clearer planning guidance for small wind in Victoria”

John Phillips: Acting Director, Department of Planning and Community Development, Victorian Government:
“Existing planning controls for small wind in Victoria”


Victorian Food Supply Scenarios: Impacts on Availability of a Nutritious Diet

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 6th, 2011

The report of the Victorian Food Supply Scenarios: Impacts on Availability of a Nutritious Diet project has been released. This VEIL-led research project was funded by VicHealth and undertaken in partnership with the CSIRO, Deakin University and the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development.

The purpose of this project was to develop and demonstrate a new methodology to link land and resource use with availability of a nutritionally adequate food supply for Victoria’s population.

To do so, it has built the capability of the CSIRO stocks and flows model as a platform for on-going ‘what-if’ investigation of Victorian and Australian food supply security.

The full report and a summary version are available for download on the VEIL website. www.ecoinnovationlab.com


Green Action: Stories, Inspiration

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 7th, 2011

From Environment Victoria:
What is Green Action?

Green Action is a bold new movement to mobilise every single person in Victoria (all 5 million of us) to become actively involved in safeguarding our environment.  It’s about each one of us taking actions to help the environment in our own special way. Actions that are meaningful to us as individuals—and remarkably powerful when they are multiplied by 5 million.

What will Green Action do?

As Kermit says, it’s not always easy being green. People are busy and taking actions for a greener future is not always at the top of the ‘to do’ list. Green Action makes it easier for people to take action to safeguard Victoria’s environment.  Everyone who signs up to Green Action will receive a Green Action of the month. The Green Action of the Month will be different each month and will be focused on either actions you can take to green up your life, like buying smarter products that use less energy, or actions you can take to change the system like writing to your local MP about making critical changes in the way we govern our state.

Why 5 million?

Let’s face it. Safeguarding the environment has been on the front pages for a while. It’s one of the biggest issues we face. Scientists can’t solve it alone. Neither can individuals. Or even a bunch of hard working environmentalists. It’s going to take all of us. Sure, getting everyone to join together on Green Action won’t be easy. But 5 million people can get our representatives hopping. Get businesses bending over backwards to make green profitable and productive. Get the whole country to pay attention. Maybe even the world.

What will be the impact?

The hardest part about doing something good for the environment is that the results aren’t always immediately visible. But if everybody gets in on Green Action, before long, we’ll start to feel the cumulative effects of our actions. And we’ll start to see the incredible results of those actions in the environment around us too.  Just imagine the impact if 5 million people in the same month ask their financial institution about their sustainability credentials or wrote to their MP about climate change. Imagine if 5 million people went to their local Bunnings hardware store in the same month and ordered a worm farm or bought energy saving lights.

When 5 million people do something, it gets noticed.

Check out the Green Action Stories posted by some of the people who have joined the Green Action Movement.  The stories cover wide range of actions – people doing what they can wherever they are – and show that Green Action is possible in all kinds of ways. -KA

www.environmentvictoria.org.au


Future Shots 2010

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 10th, 2010

15 November , 2010

Are you aged 25 or under and want to win some great cash and prizes? The Future Shots Sustainability Film Challenge is now open. For the second year running, Future Shots invites all young Victorians to create a short film of under three minutes addressing the theme of sustainability.

You could film a drama, documentary, animation, music video, advertisement, a blend of these, or even a new genre altogether!  All you have to remember is to stick to the Future Shots theme of ‘sustainability’. You might even like to make a film with one of our major prize entry categories in mind: ‘water-smart cities‘, ‘waste-free Victoria‘ or ‘smart energy‘.  There are over $9000 in cash and prizes to win across 10 categories, so all young Victorians – whether you’re 5 or 25 – have a great chance of being in the running.

This year’s film entry deadline is November 15 so now’s the time to start conjuring, storyboarding and filming your best ideas.

Visit the Future Shots website for more information.


Dialysis Project Saves Lives and Water

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 19th, 2010

Source: Smart Water Fund


Image: Bill Peckham CC 3.0

One of Australia’s largest providers of dialysis, North West Dialysis Service (NWDS) is set to save up to 1.68 megalitres of water a year per site through an innovative water recycling system. A Smart Water Fund grant enabled NWDS to investigate a system that captures clean reject water generated during the dialysis procedure for reuse in a number of its facilities. This water would otherwise go directly to sewer.

“We’ve worked with 23 of our sites to find beneficial uses for waste water that also have an acceptable project payback timeframe,” said James Gerrish, NWDS Business Activity Coordinator and Project Manager.  “Instead of going straight to sewer, it’s possible to use the water for toilet flushing in health care facilities, as wash down water, in air- conditioning cooling towers and to water gardens in regional facilities.  For example our Wodonga site could rescue six litres of water per minute during dialysis and use it for toilet flusher tanks or cooling towers,” Mr Gerrish said. “This equates to 1.68 megalitres of water a year – that’s enough to half-fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

A key aspect of the project’s success has been to determine the quality of the reject water and ensure water use demand matches the consistent quantities of water produced during dialysis.  “Many regional dialysis centres are co-located with aged care facilities in regions with tough water restrictions,” Mr Gerrish said. “While demand for irrigation water fluctuates throughout the year, these sites place a high value on this water use as they see the therapeutic and aesthetic value of maintaining their gardens.”

In addition to saving millions of litres of clean water a year, a key project outcome will be the development of a dialysis water reuse handbook for dialysis providers across Australia. NWDS project sites will also receive a detailed individual site report and an overall project report enabling benchmarking with similar facilities.

Part of Melbourne Health, NWDS, provides haemodialysis (blood filtration) for approximately 580 Victorians with kidney failure at 30 centres and 150 homes. NWDS dialysis units range from regional and rural healthcare centres to metropolitan dialysis services, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Read more about the project.