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Posted in Events, Movements, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on August 3rd, 2008

Showcasing success models at the Sustainable Cites Round Tables

By Ferne Edwards, Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab
1 August, 2008

Are you tired of hearing bad news about climate change? Getting down about the overwhelming changes that need to be made? Well dont fret – many Melbournians are already active in the bid to turn the tables on global warming! To pick up your spirits and get inspired to act tune in to the myriad of marvels featured at the Sustainable Cities Round Tables.

The Sustainable Cities Round Tables are regular events that each feature approximately ten speakers with three minute glimpses of what they are doing to create a sustainable Melbourne. Held as part of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, their talks are diverse in their perspective, topics and approaches whilst also balancing well-known leaders with fresh, local talent. Each presentation is kept-to-time by musicians such as Matt the drummer or Dave the keyboardist who let presenters subtly know when theyve reached their time limit! The spritely sessions are followed by workshops designed to engage the entire audience, culminating in lively discussion over drinks. Everyone is welcome at either the live presentations or to tune in online at

Since their commencement in May 2007, there have been six Sustainable Cities Round Tables featuring over fifty presenters! Supported by a variety of sponsors such as VicUrban, the City of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne and more, these professionally filmed events offer a wonderful record of Melbournes local sustainability talent.

The Sustainable Cities Round Tables offer more than just talk, providing the audience with an opportunity to network and collaborate with others in sustainability, while providing event sponsors with feedback from the community from workshops at these events. People who attended these events have remarked:

Well done for an excellent forum on Wednesday night! I received very positive feedback from participants regarding the format of the proceedings, but also the diversity of speakers. – Gabrielle Stannus, City of Melbourne

It was a pleasure being at the meeting, and thanks again for giving me the opportunity to deliver a short presentation and for your kind feedback.  I have now seen my blog and it gives me some lessons for doing one better next time. – Ian Penrose, (previously) Yarra RiverKeeper Association

Thanks to you & the team involved for last nights event, Ferne. Therese & I found the ideas presented & the follow up discussions very stimulating. We made a few contacts & hopefully will be able to contribute to the projects involved. – Christine

The next Sustainable Cities Round Table on 12 August will highlight leaders in Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation and is being held in association with the University of Melbournes Student Entrepreneurs Week. If you would be interested attending please rsvp to To view footage of previous Sustainable Cities Round Tables click on the links below or visit: category/sustainable-cities-round-table/. If you would like any further information about this event please contact Ferne Edwards, Sustainble Cities Research Officer, Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab: W (03) 8344 9268, E

Speakers from the Sustainable Cities Round Tables

Prof Rob Adams AM, City of Melbourne, Making Low Density Cities
Jennifer Alden, Research, Strategy & Policy Unit, VicHealth, VicHealth – A sustainable effort
Prof Aliakbar Akbarzadeh, RMIT University, Solar-thermal desalination in salt effected areas
Lizzie Bickmore, Moreland Community Health Service, Grow and Share: Gardens for meeting and eating
Sheridan Blunt, City of Melbourne, The city as a catchment

Mark Boyd, ICLEI Oceania, Cities for safe and healthy communities: A model for social sustainability
Bill Bretherton, Human Powered Cycles, Asylum seekers, sustainability & cycling as transport
Dr. Rebekah Brown, Monash University, Sustainable urban water futures
Dr Catherin Bull, University of Melbourne, Cities as functioning ecosystems – focusing on retrofits
Chris Chesterfield, Melbourne Water, We can do it different!
Michael Chew, Environment Victoria, Peddling Fruit Pickers
Monique Conheady, Flexicar, If you live in a city, you dont need to own a car
Stephen Cook, CSIRO, Water-energy futures for Melbourne
David Craven, Green Building Council of Australia, Sustainable cities: The role of the Green Building Council
Graham Crist, Antarctica Group Architects & RMIT University, Antarctica Live Projects
Mary Crooks, Victorian Womens Trust, Our Water Mark
Peter Crowley, VicUrban, Gardening Communities in New Urban Developments
Peter Davidson, L A B Architecture Studios, LAB: In this world together
Professor Evelyne de Leeuw, Deakin University and Senior Evaluation Consultant, WHO/EURO Healthy Cities, An introduction to Healthy Cities
Melanie Dodd, RMIT University, EN-Visioning: Bottom Up versus Top Down

Ferne Edwards, University of Melbourne, Re-Inventing the City & Mapping Meals in Metropolis 
Daniel Epstein, Conservo, Conservo & Sustainiversity
Robyn Evans, Environment Victoria, EVs Sustainable Transport campaign: Linking environment with transport
David Fewchuk, Aurora Vehicle Assoc. Inc., Travelling on the Sun
Lisa Gibbs, Senior Research Fellow, The MacCaughey Centre, Whats happening in the school communitis?
Marcus Godinho, One Umbrella, Two Million Meals

Dr John Grant, JA Grant & Assoc., Walking to a more sustainable future – Solvitur Ambulando
Bruce Herbes, Wayfinding Consultant, Making the City Legible
Mike Hill, Westwyck, The sustainability of distributed water treatment systems in urban development
Stephen Ingrouille, Going Solar, Introducing innovative & cost-effective transit technologies
Prof Paul James, RMIT University, Global Cities and Community Sustainability
Francois Jégou, Brussels-based design research company, Solutioning
Horst (Oz) Kayak, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, How does active commuter transport (walking and cycling) benefit personal and public health?
Derek Klau, VicUrban, Creating a carbon neutral community with the lights on

Mikhil Kotak, Tiffins, Tiffins – Well come to you
Prof Tom Kvan, University of Melbourne, Naturbia
Prof John Langford, University of Melbourne, Water futures for a sustainable city
Kirsten Larsen, The University of Melbourne, Sustainable and Secure Food Systems – The Next Steps
Adam Leggett, ARUP, Global transfer and transition
Carolyn Lewen & Neil Stanyer, Monash University & Photography Studies College, Water is life!
David Mayes, City of Melbourne, ‘Future Melbourne a consensus to action to make a more sustainable Melbourne
Paul McKay, Cyclovia Consultant, Cyclovia
Cr Libby Mears, Surf Coast Shire and Victorian Coastal Council, The power of participation
Eva Migdal, Hatch Generation, Sustainability Intelligence

Dr. Grace Mitchell, Monash University, Reusing our urban water resources: from house to city scale
Dr Patrick Moriarty, GAMUT Partner, The wearing of the green
Dianne Moy & Kathleen Turner, University of Melbourne, Mobility & the Extended School System 2032
Stephen Mushin, CERES & Freelance Ecological systems designer, The CERES Aquaponics research project & The Myhree Primary school kitchen classroom space snake
Benjamin John Nicholson, Green Roofs Australia, Vital signs for healthy cities
Andrew Partos, VicUrban, A new vision for a new community
Mick Pearce, Design Inc., The City and Nature
Alan Pears, RMIT University & Sustainable Solutions, The carbon neutral revolution – transforming cities
Ian Penrose, Yarra Riverkeepers Association, The Yarra River and sustainability
Prof Chris Ryan, University of Melbourne, From Jims mowing to Jims sowing and VEIL and Melbourne 2032
Prof Chris Ryan & Ferne Edwards, University of Melbourne, Welcome to the Sustainable Cities Round Tables! 1 August 2007, 12 September 2007, 31 October 2007, 17 March 2008 and 28 May 2008
Dr Maarten Stapper, BioLogic AgFood, We eat soil, make soils healthy!
Mary Stewart, Consultant, Diversity in fresh food produce
Catherine Stutterheim, RMIT University & Stutterheim/Anderson Landscape Architecture, The Un-Natural City
Grant Taresch, Elgo Estate, Quality Wines that Dont Cost the Earth
David Teller, Committee for Melbourne, The UNGCC Programme: Melbourne-based urban governance & innovation
Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, School of Health and Social Development
, Deakin University, Healthy parks, healthy people
Marika Wagner, The Food Gardeners Alliance, Food Gardeners Alliance
Jon Ward, Sustainability Victoria, Sustainability – The Big Picture and Sustainable Cities – Business, Community and Consumer Programs
Marie Watt, Photographic Artist, The power of spin
Wayne Wescott, ICLEI Oceania, ICLEI Oceania
Professor John Whitelegg, Stockholm Environment Institute
Martin Williams, VicUrban, VicUrban Sustainability Charter
Alice Woodruff, Department of Infrastructure, Changing the way we travel



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