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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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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Kancoona house

Kancoona House

The Kancoona house is a stone dwelling in Victoria’s north east that has a standalone energy system using solar, micro hydro and LPG gas backup systems. Owners Brendan O’Leary and Catherine Upcher Location Kancoona South Country Australia Type New dwelling, owner built House size Medium – 22 squares Summary of house features Micro hydro system The micro… Continue reading Kancoona house

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St Kilda Ecohouse

North side with solar panels

The St Kilda Ecohouse was a project of the Port Phillip EcoCentre. The goals were to transform the house and garden on the corner of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens into a model sustainable building to provide education and inspiration to the wider community, acting as a seed for further change. NOTE: The Ecohouse is now closed,… Continue reading St Kilda Ecohouse

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Climate emergency rally Melbourne July 5 2008

The Climate emergency rally and human sign event was held on Saturday July 5, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. The rally was organised and attended by more than 50 community groups concerned about lack of government action on climate change. About 5,000 people attended. The rally followed yesterday’s release of economist Ross Garnaut’s draft report on climate… Continue reading Climate emergency rally Melbourne July 5 2008

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Victorian desalination plant

Plans to build a desalination plant at Wonthaggi in Victoria, Australia, were announced by the Bracks Labor government in June 2007.[1] Information about the plant Controversy about the location Floodwater has again threatened the South Gippsland site of proposed desalination plant. Flooding of the site in 2007 was called a “one-in-100-year” event by the State Government, but… Continue reading Victorian desalination plant

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Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market roof

The Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Victoria has the largest urban grid-connected solar photovoltaic array in the Southern Hemisphere consisting of 1328 solar panels covering one third of the market roof. The system, launched in April 2003, has the capacity to generate 252,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year for the Queen Victoria Market – enough to power… Continue reading Queen Victoria Market

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Box Hill house

Box Hill house

Owners Robin and MaryLou Friday Location Box Hill, Melbourne Country Australia Type Sustainable renovation House size Medium Summary of house features Robin and MaryLou Friday’s home and garden in Mont Albert have been progressively modified to implement sustainable living features to maximize use of solar energy, reduce water use and minimise heating loss in winter.… Continue reading Box Hill house

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Brunswick house

Brunswick house solar panels and solar hot water

Owner Matthew Wright Location Brunswick Country Australia Type Sustainable renovation House size Medium Summary of house features Observations With hindsight the owner wouldn’t use gas boosting for the solar hot water, he would buy Green electricity.

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