Geothermal in Australia

Australian heat flow map 1999

Geothermal energy is energy derived from “warm areas” below the earth’s surface. This energy can be obtained by circulating a fluid through pipes between the surface and the warm area below, which can then be extracting using a heat pump. This article describes geothermal “warm areas” in Australia. Geothermal energy in Victoria In Victoria if the geothermal… Continue reading Geothermal in Australia

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History of Brown Mountain

Brown Mt, WP008. Unprotected old growth Mountain Ash

A short history of Brown Mountain, situated in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Brown Mountain was assessed and listed as an old growth National Estate area by the Commonwealth Heritage Commission in the 1980s. That means it has the same values as a National Park. The management of these areas were handed to the state government which promptly… Continue reading History of Brown Mountain

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Christie Walk ecovillage

Christie Walk ecovillage. Credit: Effie Best

The Christie Walk ecovillage is an urban ecological development in Adelaide that demonstrates a sustainable urban lifestyle. The 27 environmentally sustainable dwellings use a range of sustainable construction materials and systems and are independently funded with ethical finance. Water saving is a high priority, as is the use of solar energy, healthy non-toxic materials and natural ventilation… Continue reading Christie Walk ecovillage

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Swimming pool

Water tanker filling a pool in Camberwell

Consider carefully whether you really need a swimming pool. Domestic swimming pools lose a lot of water every day due to evaporation. Perhaps the time has come to only allow the filling of pools from roof storm water, or to ban them? Surely this is now a luxury that we cannot really afford, if we are… Continue reading Swimming pool

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Swinburne National Centre for Sustainability

Swinburne Centre opening ceremony

The Swinburne University National Centre for Sustainability and Environmental Design Building, located in Wantirna, Melbourne has been built with innovative sustainability features. The building is the new home for staff of the National Centre for Sustainability. The grand opening for the building was held on October 14 2008 as part of the Wantirna’s Centenary function. The… Continue reading Swinburne National Centre for Sustainability

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Ecovillages

WestWyck Apartments with solar panels

Australia Aurora is a sustainable suburb in outer Melbourne, Australia The Ecovillage at Currumbin has been awarded as Queensland’s finest example of sustainable urban development and best residential subdivision. The Aldinga Arts EcoVillage is built on 33 hectares of previously farmed land within the rural township area of Aldinga, is 40 minutes south of Adelaide. Sustainable design principles have… Continue reading Ecovillages

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Climate Code Red

Climate Code Red book cover

Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action is a 2008 book which presents scientific evidence that the climate change and global warming crisis is worse than official reports and national governments have so far indicated. The book argues that we are facing a “sustainability emergency” that requires a clear break from business-as-usual politics. The authors explain that… Continue reading Climate Code Red

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CEN Eddington report submission

Monash freeway traffic June 2008

Introduction The Climate Emergency Network (CEN) represents 12 groups around Victoria who in turn represent thousands of people who believe more urgent and profound action needs to be taken to prevent the economic, social and ecological collapses being caused by climate change. The CEN welcomes the opportunity to comment on the East-West Links Needs Assessment… Continue reading CEN Eddington report submission

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Australian national feed in tariff

Submission from Lighter Footprints Climate Change Action Group RENEWABLE ENERGY (ELECTRICITY) AMENDMENT (FEED-IN-TARIFF) BILL 2008 To: Committee Secretary http://www.lighterfootprints.org Lighter Footprints is a local climate change action group with 300 supporters from in and around postcode 3127 in Melbourne. This submission is endorsed and authorised by Lighter Footprints and issued on behalf of our supporters.… Continue reading Australian national feed in tariff

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30 The Bond

30 The Bond exterior. Credit: https://ptw.com.au/project/30-the-bond

30 The Bond in Sydney is a sustainable commercial building that was the first CBD building in Australia to be accredited 5 stars under the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating. In May 2007, the building’s official greenhouse result is over 20% better than the 5 star benchmark and about 30% better than the next best certified building… Continue reading 30 The Bond

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