PAGE 1 The Green Leaflet June 2006 This edition of The Green Leaflet focuses on „climate change‟. Inside you will find several practical and inexpensive ways of reducing greenhouse gases within your home, and how the City of Melbourne is working to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases are a natural part of the atmosphere helping to maintain the Earth‟s surface temperature and support life. However, human activities such as burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), agriculture and land clearing are generating more greenhouse gases and raising the Earth‟s surface temperature. This is changing our climate, resulting in more intense and sporadic rainfall, and more frequent or intense droughts. Council buildings deliver on greenhouse targets Since 1996 when the City of Melbourne first took up the challenge of reducing greenhouse gases, Council has reduced its own emissions by 26 per cent and is on track to achieve its goal of a 30 per cent reduction by 2010. These efforts also provide a solid foundation for meeting the Council‟s ambitious, longer term target of zero (net) emissions by 2020. A number of building projects are helping Council to meet its greenhouse reduction targets. One of these is Council House 2 (CH2), the City‟s new office administration building which is due for completion later this year. CH2 is the first building in Australia to achieve a six star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia‟s Green Star rating scheme. Six stars means the building is categorised as „world leading‟. Compared with the existing Council House, CH2 will reduce electricity consumption by 85 per cent and gas consumption by 93 per cent. It also includes innovative technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, a gas fired cogeneration plant, efficient lighting and chilled beams and panels that cool the office space on hot days. See www.ch2.com.au for more information. Another exciting project is East Melbourne Library which is currently being rebuilt to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Council recently installed solar hot water systems as part of the refurbishment of the Ryder and Brens sporting pavilions in Royal Park. Both pavilions also have rainwater tanks for toilet flushing and showering.
Quick Tips Saving Energy at Home Give these energy-saving tips a try over winter to reduce greenhouse emissions, make your home more comfortable and watch your bills come down! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Change to an accredited Green Power option (see page 3). Use energy efficient compact fluorescent light globes. Wash your clothes in cold water. Buy appliances with a high energy star rating. Turn off appliances at the power point when not in use. Turn lights off when you leave the room. Walk, cycle or take public transport instead of the car. Use heavy lined curtains, pelmets, door seals and snakes to keep heat in. Choose gas over electricity, where possible. Locate fridges and freezers away from hot spots.
For more tips on saving energy and reducing climate change, visit the Alternative Technology Association‟s website: www.ata.gov.org/green-living
PAGE 2 SCHOOLS Clean Up Australia Day The City of Melbourne would like to thank all businesses and schools who participated in annual Clean Up Australia Day events across the municipality during February and March. One group who helped clean up the streets of East Melbourne was students from St John the Evangelist School. Teacher, Veronica Antrim, led the Grade 5/6 class who collected six large bags of rubbish from their school and the local neighbourhood. The students searched the footpaths of Victoria Parade, Clarendon Street, Albert Street and Hoddle Street. Well done everyone! Community Power Competition Would you like a new indigenous garden or vegetable patch for your school? Or maybe your school could benefit from a comprehensive energy audit? To help our community reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Melbourne is running a competition during Terms 3 & 4 for all primary and secondary schools in the municipality. Your school could win one of the great prizes listed above by encouraging families to sign up to Community Power. Community Power is an initiative between five local Councils to help more people take up electricity generated from clean renewable sources like wind, water, solar and biomass. (See page 3) Contact City of Melbourne on 9658 9658 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Groups and NGOs Moonee Ponds Creek Gets a Clean Up About 40 adults and children got together on Clean Up Australia Day to pick up rubbish at Moonee Ponds Creek, near Macaulay Station in North Melbourne. The clean up was organised by the North Melbourne Sustainability Street group, with 26 adults and 12 children taking part from North and West Melbourne, and Kensington. The group collected 23 bags of waste and eight bags of recyclables from the creek and its banks. Some of the more unusual items found were a cowskin, an umbrella, tyres, a trolley, three mattresses and a street litter bin.
Council is currently recruiting new Sustainability Street groups from the community. If you would like to register your interest, contact City of Melbourne on 9658 9658 or email@example.com
PAGE 3 RESIDENTS Community Power – Green Energy for Your Home It is not often we think about where our electricity comes from. We flick a switch and instantly there is power to run our lights and appliances. Here in Victoria, more than 95 per cent of our electricity comes from coal fired power stations which release a large amount of greenhouse gases. The good news is there are alternatives to coal power stations. Green Power is electricity generated from clean renewable sources like wind, water, solar and biomass. Community Power was developed by the Cities of Melbourne, Darebin, Yarra, Banyule, Moreland and energy supplier AGL to help residents take up Green Power. Community Power allows residents to purchase a proportion of their electricity as Green Power for no more than the standard electricity rates, which reduces their household‟s greenhouse emissions. Sign up today and you are eligible to receive a FREE household energy audit and energy saving light globe. Call AGL on 1300 762 245 and have a recent electricity and gas bill handy. Once you have signed up, send us an email to receive your free light globe. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting „Community Power Giveaway‟ in the subject line and including your sign-up date.
Clifton Family Gets Energy Wise In this edition of The Green Leaflet we profile the Clifton family, the first in our series on residents who are taking steps to make their homes more greenhouse friendly. Doone Clifton and her family are participants in the City of Melbourne‟s GreenSaver and Sustainability Street programs. They recently received a subsidised household energy and water assessment through „easybeinggreen‟ as well as free products such as a low-flow showerhead. Since joining these programs Doone has resealed external doors, capped the bathroom fan and sealed a bedroom window to prevent heat loss in their two-storey Victorian brick terrace and all the existing light globes have been replaced with energy-efficient compact fluorescent globes.
Doone has also set up a worm farm in her backyard to compost food scraps, thereby diverting waste from landfill. Waste is a potential source of methane, another greenhouse gas. Doone says her membership of the North Melbourne Sustainability Street group inspires her to “keep on track so I know I‟m not the only one” trying to live more sustainably. This group recently held a Greenhouse Workshop at the North Melbourne Library for local residents and is planning a series of other events. In the future Doone would like to see all homes become more sustainable. For more information about Sustainability Street groups contact City of Melbourne on 9658 9658. BUSINESS Going Solar Established in 1978 by Stephen Ingrouille, Going Solar stocks a wide range of products suitable for your home from solar hot water systems and water-saving showerheads to micro fibre cleaning cloths. Located in the 60L Green Building in Carlton, Going Solar includes a product supply division and a consultant division focussing on sustainable home and green office design, and other major projects. Founder of the Alternative Technology Association, the Sustainable Living Foundation and the Sustainable Living Festival, Stephen was also a finalist in two categories of the 2004 Banksia Awards: Australians Working for A Sustainable Future and the Prime Minister‟s Environmentalist of the Year. To find out about Going Solar‟s current discounts on solar hot water and non-toxic paints, call 9348 1000 or visit Going Solar at 60 Leicester St, Carlton or www.goingsolar.com.au
PAGE 4 www.melbourne.vic.gov.au Upcoming Events Friends of Westgate Park Working/Planting Days Sunday 18 June 2006 Sunday 16 July 2006 Sunday 20 August 2006 All days run from 10.00am – 4.00pm Meet at the Friends Depot, entry via Todd Rd, Fishermans Bend (Melways 42 F12). For more information contact Tony Flude on 0400 770 254 Moonee Ponds Creek Planting Day Saturday 17 June 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Meet along the creek bank. Enter site via Bent Street, Kensington (Melways 2A B5) For more information contact Stephanie Spathis on 9333 2406 or visit www.mpccc.org Winter – Planting, Mulching and Composting Workshop Sunday 18 June 10.00am – 12.00pm Kensington Neighbourhood House Presenter: Diana Cotter, Sustainable Gardening Australia. For more information, contact Carolyn Webster on 9376 6366. Cost $2.
World Environment Day in a New Wetland Sunday 4 June 2006 11.00am – 3.00pm (12pm – Official opening) Royal Park Wetlands, Parkville. Celebrate World Environment Day with the City of Melbourne by joining the community planting of native trees, an exhibition of local school children‟s photographic art, ponding activities for children, guided tours and water investigation activities. For more information call City of Melbourne on 9658 9658 or email@example.com Council Environment Committee Meetings Tuesday 11 July – 7pm start Tuesday 12 September – 7pm start Committee meetings held in Council Meeting Room, Level 2, Melbourne Town Hall Administration Building Sign up to receive The Green Leaflet Sign up to receive an electronic version of The Green Leaflet via Council‟s website www.melbourne.vic.gov.au Your details will be used to forward The Green Leaflet on a quarterly basis and other important Council environment news. For information about our programs and services call 9658 9658 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know? Street lights
Public lighting across the City of Melbourne accounts for almost 60 per cent of Council‟s greenhouse emissions. To tackle this, Council has recently developed the Sustainable Public Lighting Action Plan which includes a number of energy saving measures. You can also help too by reporting lights that fail to switch off during the day. These lights are known as „dayburners‟. If you see one, report the fault to CitiPower on 13 12 80 or AGL on 13 16 26, depending on which area you are in. Fixing ten „dayburners‟ saves 14 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, which is equivalent to the emissions from three average cars. The 2006 Melbourne Awards Celebrate Sustainability Recognising achievements in environmental sustainability is a major focus of the 2006 Melbourne Awards. Companies and individuals who have contributed to making Melbourne a more environmentally sustainable city are strongly encouraged to enter. For more information, check eligibility or to obtain an entry brochure, visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/melbourneawards or contact the Melbourne Awards Coordinator on 9658 9327 or melbourne email@example.com