Passivhaus Tour - Sunday 24 August 2014

The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building.

These buildings are ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

This Over the Back Fence House Tour of a Passivhaus will show what building an ultra low energy house can be like, with features including:

  • No heating has been used in winter. 
  • The house is warm and comfortable, in fact it is so warm the owner is installing external semi transparent blinds to moderate solar gain (IN WINTER).  
  • The eaves will

Australia’s Fuel Security - Thursday 28 August 2014

SEE-Change and Fusion Canberra invite you to this lecture about the issue of local and global food, and fuel security:

Australia's Fuel Security - She'll be right? 

  • Date: Thursday 28 August 2014
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Canberra Grammar School, Tim Murray Hall

The Presenter is Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn AO (retired), formerly Deputy Chief of the RAAF, and now a consultant in the fields of Defence and National Security. The NRMA has published two of his reports on Australia's Liquid Fuel

Active recycling in agriculture - Sunday 21 September

A visit has been organised to see active recycling in agriculture at Yarrh Winery.

Date: Sunday 21 September
Time: 11am-12.30pm
Location: Will be provided following your rsvp
Max number of attendees: 20
RSVP: events@see-change.org.au

The owner of the winery, Neil McGregor, will walk us through the process he uses to obtain large quantities of organic waste from Sydney, turning it into compo

A City of Food Series - September 2014

Urban Agriculture Australia, who SEE-Change is collaborating with, welcome you to this series of seminars examining the opportunities for urban agriculture in Canberra. 

  1. AGRICULTURE IN THE CITY - 3 September 2014
    Can Canberra address its own food needs?
     
  2. HIGH EFFICIENCY PRODUCTION - 10 September 2014
    How can high efficiency production be achieved in small urban spaces?
     
  3. RESIDENTIAL & SMALL SCALE APPROACHES - 17 September 2014
    Can small scale or residential food prod

Urban Agriculture at Floriade - Workshop - Sunday 31 August

Urban Agriculture Australia, which SEE-Change is part of, is a dynamic and resourceful collaboration between community groups and farmers in the Canberra bioregion.

Last year Urban Agriculture Australia created an inspiring, innovative, and interactive garden plot display at Floriade that demonstrated practical solutions for sustainable living and urban agriculture in people’s own backyards (see www.uaa.org.au for information and images of last year's display).

The Floriade display provided information on how healthy food can be grown in different urban settings, along with

Sustainable House Tours - next tour 30 August 2014, O'Connor

SEE-Change, ACTSmart and the Australian Institute of Architects have collaborated to bring you monthly 'over-the-back-fence' tours of sustainable houses, townhouses and apartments around Canberra.

In the month of July is Solar House Day and in the month of September we have collaborated with the organisers of the National Sustainable House Day event, to bring you an extra special two days full of different homes to tour.

This event is designed for renovators, home owners and renters who want to tour an

Kitchen Tables, Community Organisers and the Public Interest

Grassroots common sense and decency lie at the heart of two growing movements to reassert the voice of the people in the management of our local and national affairs. Kitchen Table Conversations and Community Organising could perhaps help to reinvigorate Australian democracy.

We need to ask: “Who speaks for the “public interest (shorthand for the welfare and wellbeing of the general public)? The interests of the giant corporations and the mining industry are well articulated and lobbied and, for various reasons, our representatives listen assiduously to them.  But who speaks for the future welfare and wellbeing of our children? I think we need to invest in both kitchen table conversations and community organising to restore some balance to the political equation.

21st Century Housing Seminar - Overview

On 28 June 2014, around 65 people attended Leigh Duxson's 21st Century Housing Technology update.  

Leigh is a member of Woden SEE-Change and is a Sustainable Housing Adviser.

Leigh's talk was wide ranging and provided comprehensive updates on the new world of heat pumps, electricity versus gas consumption, insulation, condensation and ventilation and glazing options to name just some of the topics covered.

Electric Vehicles in Canberra

Dave Southgate has made his Electric Vehicle book "Living with a plug-in electric car in Canberra" available for free.

Dave’s book is available for download at his website: southgateaviation.wordpress.com/electric-vehicles

At the start of this year Dave bought a Nissan Leaf electric car (EV) and has been very pleasantly surprised.

Protecting our bees

Did you know...

  • Since 2006, the number of honey bees worldwide has rapidly declined in the US, with the most recent data from the U.S.
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