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Michael Ambrose, from CSIRO, presents the Zero Emissions Home Project, where they aim to envision and build houses with zero net emissions of green house gases. The project is a collaboration between Sustainability Victoria, Henley Properties Group, and Delfin Land Lease.
Dr Ralph Horne is the Director of the Centre for Design at RMIT University. The Centre for Design promotes sustainability through research, consulting, and capacity building through active dissemination and professional development. They are recognised internationally for our innovative design methods and tools to support sustainable design of products and services – everything from packaging and consumer products to buildings, suburbs and cities.
Andrew Lawson represents MBD Energy Limited and presents a different solution to the problem of climate change. MBD Energy (formerly MBD Biodiesel Ltd) is utilising private equity to develop an algae feedstock based on the key ingredients of waste CO2, derived from gas or coal fired power stations and, where available, nutrient enriched surplus waste water. Their approach has the potential to provide a viable approach to coal flue gas sequestration (the removal of carbon from the energy system) by actively providing a cycle for carbon to be reintroduced or re-absorbed into the energy cycle. The project has the potential to significantly mitigate the climate change potential presented today by Australias power stations.
Brad Shone is from the Moreland Energy Foundation, who are committed in encouraging community action on greenhouse gas emissions. They work with the Moreland community in Melbourne to help people in all walks of life to make informed energy smart lifestyle choices. Some of the programs they are involved in are: solar bulk buying programs and providing workshops to educate the community on the effects of climate change and empowering people with the knowledge to make a difference.
Lincoln Smith, Founder of Growlocal, seeks to localise food production by sharing food. He seeks to add passion, culture and connectivity from individuals to formulate a model that will increase the sustainability of food produce. GrowLocal is an online food swapping websit that reduces food waste.
Joanne Hay, Co-creator of the website Herdshare.com, initiates a new approach to sustainable agriculture by sharing farm animals. She advocates the importance of localism and culture to attain holistic goals such as sustainability. Her talk is titled “Herdsharing for the Future“.
Ferne Edwards, the host and organiser of the Sustainable Cities Round Tables, VEIL, introduces the concept of sharing, from shared spaces, to shared commodities demonstrating new ways to attain sustainability. This Sustainable Cities Round Table was the 10th event and the first for 2009. Including all the speakers we have now had a total of 99 speakers! All of these can be viewed online at SustainableMelbourne.com. Speakers were chosen to represent three different kinds of sharing – shared spaces (public lighting by Ironbark Sustainability, co-houses); shared products and materials (The Clothing Exchange, Green Hanger, Grow Local, Herd Share); and shared services (Permblitz, Solar Yarra Program). These examples are innovative, funky and fun models that could be replicated elsewhere. The evening also represented a mix of sharing with new technologies, and old forms of sharing that have been retrofitted somewhat to suit present day needs. And of course, sustainable sharing relates to our approaches to consumption â€“ reducing our footprint by consuming less and sharing and living more.
The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are structured as follows: each presentation is for just 3 minutes â€“ kept to time by the egg timer on its throne here + by the sensational percussionist, Miss Arwen Johnston (missarwen@ yahoo.com.au), whos playing the vibrophone. Arwen will start to play gently when speakers go over time to gradually increase in volume â€“ just like at the Oscars! At the end of the presentations well ask you to comment on some of the ideas emerging from the talks + from the exhibition that were sitting amongst.
Dianne Moy, Coordinator of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, introduces the many systems that are currently in place to facilitate the sharing of common goods ranging from houses, bags to transport. Her presentation aptly titled, ‘New Forms of Sharing‘, highlights both commercial and non-commercial forms of sharing.
Iain Walker, Promoter, Banyule E Cohousing project and Sustainable Living Foundation Convenor Cohousing / Intentional Communities Group, promotes the idea of sharing houses, ie. co-housing, in order to address sustainability issues. His presentation is titled, ‘Co-housing a sustainable solution that works‘ which emphasizes the theme of sharing and the importance of that theme in achieving sustainability.
Michale Oke, from City of Yarra, talks about a bulk solar purchasing initiative in order to tackle the problem of zero greenhouse emissions.