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Canberra's Sustainable Energy Future

With the ACT Government pushing for sustainable energy provision, how do we plan more sustainably and what could be the near future? Speakers will cover the ACT Vision, power generation connection, sustainable planning and Hydrogen Fuel Cells.

Please join the Australian Institute of Energy on 22 May to hear a few thoughts on these issues from the Government, Infrastructure, Planning and Technology side during this exciting time.

Presentations will commence at 3.45 pm and conclude with Questions at 5.00 pm.

Build a Smarter Canberra Launch is on this Sunday 25 March

The Build a Smarter Canberra strategy has been developed in a collaborative partnership between SEE-Change, Canberra Loves 40% Canberra Environment Centre and the Conservation Council. BBQ food will be provided (free of charge) along with live local music.  Please be sure to RSVP through our Eventbrite page.

Big Picture Conversation Summary

On the 25th of February SEE-Change members new and old met to discuss our progress so far and where we should be headed.  We also discussed the role of the executive officer, examined our funding models, and identified new activities that could improve SEE-Change's presence in the Canberra community.  It was an excellent opportunity to pull-back and take a look at the overall operation of the SEE-Change organisation.

A summary of that conversation is attached, and we'd love to get your feedback on the ideas we discussed, particularly the recommendations section.

Movies for Hire

Woden SEE-Change has two great short Australian movies available for hire.

WASTE NOT - 26 mins:  Waste Not is a film about where your garbage goes, who sorts it for you, and what it is worth if it isn't just tossed into landfill.

MAGIC HARVEST - 26 mins:  A backyard revolution: new food-growing gardens, one square metre at a time.  Tells the sort of a backyard revolution that is developing in South Australia.

For more information about hiring, please contact woden@see-change.org.au or call the office on 6162 2320.

Support Renewable Energy TODAY

Our friends at 100% Renewable Energy have put out the call for all supporters of community owned renewable energy to email the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

They've provided an email form here to which you can add your personal message.  It only takes a few minutes but they do need us to act TODAY.  If they are successful, it will mean that funds from the CEFC will be able to be put towards inspiring community energy programs like our own Canberra Clean Energy Connection.

Progressive Dinner of Ideas 2012

To kick-start 2012, SEE-Change Inner-North got together to enjoy a Progressive Dinner. 4 sustainable houses and 4 courses were enjoyed by 20 people. With many cycling between the different houses and no rain, fun was had by all.

House 1: Watson - pre-dinner nibbles - was at Caroline's. We saw a nice array of PV panels, a reused kitchen, recycled windows and a very interesting screwdriver being used as a hook.

   

The end of an eventful year: 3 opinion pieces

Internationally, this year we have seen growing economic uncertainty, extreme weather events, social upheaval in the Middle East, The Occupation of Wall Street and failure at Durban to reach agreement on climate change mitigation. Locally, the year ended with the release of the ACT government's discussion paper on Weathering the Change.  SEE-Change has this year embarked on two major projects: 2020 Vision; and Canberra Clean Energy.  Here are 3 Canberra Times opinion pieces published recently about 2020 Vision, Canberra's 2013 Centenary and Weathering the Change.

 

Innovative Youth Tackling the Inconvenient Truth (15th November)

2011 Walter Burley Griffin Memorial Lecture

The annual WBGML has been delivered in Canberra since 1961. Over that time it has been given by a number of distinguished individuals from many fields of expertise, including Gough Whitlam, Professor Manning Clarke and Romaldo Giurgola.

On the 30th November economist, planner and urban strategist Sue Holliday will present the 2011 Walter Burley Griffin Memorial Lecture.

Please view the attached flyer for more details.

Public Forum Today!

Do you want to be a part of creating a zero-emissions Canberra?
 
Are you free today for lunch?

'Canberra Loves 40%' needs you!

'Canberra Loves 40%' worked in partnership with SEE-Change in 2010 to secure a legislated 40% emissions reduction target for the year 2020, for the ACT. They are now working to champion this ambitious target in the ACT community, and encourage our leaders to make the systemic changes Canberra needs to transform our city into a zero-emissions model for Australia.

Inner-North Christmas Lunch

 

Come join SEE-Change Inner-North for a Social, Environmental, Economical and Enjoyable Christmas Lunch.

When: Sunday 4 December, 12.00-2.00pm
Where: Horse Park - between Macarthur Avenue and Miller, McPherson & Tate Streets
Cost: The event is FREE
Please bring along a lunch dish to share, drinks, cutlery, crockery, picnic rug & water

Hopefully see you there and Merry Christmas!

 

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