sustainable living


Randwick EcoLiving Fair

Sunday September 18
The EcoLiving Fair is a free festival that reflects the green aspirations and achievements of our community as well as providing an enjoyable and engaging day out for people from all walks of life. The program includes music and live entertainment; food and drink; workshops on gardening, composting, wormfarms and more; panel discussions on green energy and green cleaning options; kids art and craft and solar powered games; a speakers tent with special guests, whilst our community and market stalls and exhibits will entice and enlighten; Not forgetting the Festival of the Bike with live demo’s and bike workshops; quiet spaces and gorgeous scenery guaranteed as well.
The event is powered by renewable forms of energy including wind, solar and bio diesel. Over 3000 trees will be given away to attendees to help offset the carbon used in the event’s infrastructure delivery and operation. No plastic water bottles will be sold at this event.

Where: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street Randwick (off Hendy Avenue behind the Army barracks on Avoca Street).
When: 10:30am - 3pm, September 18.
Cost: Free!
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State of Design Fest

State of Design Festival

20 - 31 July, 2011

Stop by the State of Design Festival this July for a flash forward in innovative, sustainable design. The largest design event in Australia, State of Design is open to the public with workshops, exhibitions and forums, and free trade entry. Looking to get hands on? Become an up-cycling expert with a series of workshops in everything from fabric weaving to making your very own teepee. For the fort builder in all of us there’s the Eco Cubby Workshop where you can build a scale model of your very own mini eco home. And if you're looking to the bigger picture, see how one rural town turned sustainable with a walk through of Violet Town sustainability initiatives. For something more sedate, check out the 9 to 5 Talks Program, a series of conversations with Design Thinkers, held from the 25th through to the 29th.

Where: Various locations in Melbourne, Victoria.
When: Wednesday 20 July - Sunday 31 July, 2011.
Cost: Check out the State of Designwebsite for various event dates, places and costs.
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Smart Energy Expo - Newcastle

19 & 20th March, 2011

Hosted by Climate Action Newcastle, the Smart Energy Expo is in its 4th year and has become the premiere event in the region showcasing a wide range of products, services, and activities for us all to combat climate change and transition our communities to a truly renewable energy economy. At the Expo you will find answers and solutions for a lot those projects you’ve been putting off around the home like solar hot water, insulation, smart lighting solutions, composting and worm farming, native plant gardening, as well as renewable energy solutions for your home. Also on hand will be a range of electric bicycles, advice on sustainable building design, and a number of local community groups actively promoting and working for a truly sustainable future for all of us.

Where: Newcastle City Hall & Wheeler Place.
When: 9am to 4pm, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March.
Cost: Free!
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Family walking down a street

Green living is community living

Friday, 8 October 2010

The old fashioned view of green communities is of hippie communes. These days we’re more likely to think of Transition Towns and community gardens. But it doesn’t matter if you’re No Impact Man living in New York City or if you’re building an earthship in a country town... making green choices encourages community spirit.

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