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There's a smorgasboard of sustainability activities on show this month - the winning of the Premier's Community Sustainability Award in 2011 by Sustainable Jamboree, the launch of the Samford Green Street Business Precinct and the great work of the West End Sustainable Business Cluster.

The 2011 winner of the Premier's ClimateSmart Sustainability Award (community category) was Sustainable Jamboree working in the western suburbs of Brisbane and with influence way beyond that. From left, Dorotee Braun, Justin Clareburt, (Then) Minister Kate Jones, Glenda Parker, Garry Willett, Ed Parker, Ngaire McGaw

The group initiated the Rocks Community Garden after being founded by a city councillor five years ago. Since then they've used diverse strategies for engaging the community with co-ordinator Ngaire McGaw playing a dynamic role.

 

A buying group for electric bikes was set up by Sustainable Jamboree and the team shows off one of the bikes at a local Eco Zone festival.

Media campaigns and petitions for better transport infrastructure are part of Sustainable Jamboree's contributions to developing a more sustainable community.They also organise a wide array of topical events which feature highly reputable and engaging speakers.

Visit sustainablejamboree.org for more.

 

Policy submissions to each level of government have been prepared by the high-energy Sustainable Jamboree team. They also actively cross-promote government programs and practical activities like the ENERGEX energy conservation communities project.

The SJ team shows off the Energex project materials. Standing left: Ed and Glenda Parker, Justin Clareburt, Doone Wyborn, Ngaire McGaw, Dorotee Braun, Garry and Laura Willett. Seated: Kenny Mizzi and Joanna Hitchings of ENERGEX

 

Samford Seafood was the venue for the launch of the Samford Green Street Business Precinct. Rod Glass from Sustainable Corporate Solutions was the guest speaker on carbon pricing and how businesses could benefit from wise carbon-conscious decisions.

Samford Green Street and the Samford Chamber of Commerce are partnering to support the Precinct and now Samford is well on the way to being a location of choice for the environmentally conscious visitor and purchaser.

 

Louise Meredith from NACC worked with the West End Sustainable Business Cluster to help improve the eco-efficiency of their businesses.

The final report showed one business reduced energy use by just over 30% and another reduced waste by 80%. Here's Louise (right) with managers from Black Dove Body Bar and Nelson Molloy Fashions.


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Recommended Links

Department of Climate Change www.climatechange.gov.au is the Federal Government’s umbrella site with internal links to its sections on:

  • www.livinggreener.gov.au - Overall information, how to’s and info on government support for sustainable living
  • www.yourhome.gov.au - an in-depth New Buyer's home guide, a Renovator's Guide and a Technical Manual to assist with all the 'nitty gritty'.

Suzuki Foundation www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do The David Suzuki Foundation website covers a wide range of issues for sustainable living. The 'Suzuki Green Guide'- is a concise but thorough book on how to live sustainably - with particular focus on how to reduce the four key impact areas for an individual’s carbon footprint - home (including its location), transport, food, and material consumption. The book also includes focus on the Australian context, and how individuals can advocate in their community. By David Suzuki & David R.Boyd, Allen & Unwin.


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