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  • Go with the Flow

    Posted by Miriam / on 03/16/2011 / 0 Comments


    Though many of us are eating the rewards of home veggie growing, I'm sure we all need to supplement our meals with supermarket shopping. So here's a gem I just found... and WOW- THANK YOU to Green for passing on this funny but true imagery from! (the following is adapted from

    Grocery shopping has never been more confusing than it is in 2011.

    With conflicting nutrition information coming at us from all sides, navigating the supermarket can feel as impossible as doing long division while juggling loaded bear traps. It's neither fun nor safe.

    To help you find ..

  • Dreaming of a 'Green' Christmas?

    Posted by Miriam / on 12/07/2010 / 0 Comments


      Not just because I love the rain (and a white christmas definitely isn't going to happen), but because amidst all the consumerism, we have real oppportunities to show our loved ones how much we care about them, our earth and our collective futures.


    So...WOW - there are some really great green Christmas suggestions out there - here are a few for your perusal...

    Treehugger's Holiday Gift Guides: they've got customised gift guides for all sorts - kids, teh DIY'er, foodies, fashion buffs, pop culture freaks, green geeks, animal lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, design junkie and health and wellness ..

  • Learning from the 1970s... without the terrible pants!

    Posted by Miriam / on 09/17/2010 / 0 Comments



     Thanks to POW!

    Master Conserver Course notes

    August 19th, 2010 | Author: Debbie

    Back in the 1970′s, there was a bit of an oil embargo, and suddenly the oil that we took for granted became very expensive. For people in the US, it came as a very rude shock. Up to 1970, the US was the main oil producer in the world, like the way Saudi Arabia is now.

    The oil embargo helped bring about a new people movement in the US, where sustainability, low energy, growing your own food came to be thought as a way ..

  • Sell the Sizzle, Not the Sausage

    Posted by Miriam / on 09/17/2010 / 0 Comments


    A great co-conspirator passed on Futerra Sustainability Communications' "Sell the Sizzle" to me earlier this week and I think it's well worth passing on to others.

    'Sell the Sizzle' argues that we need salesmen and a smarter approach to communications in the climate change/sustainable behaviour change realm. Highlighting that 'hell doesn't sell' and that we need to 'sell the sizzle, not the sausage' along with defining key characteristics and drivers for the main groups of climate change awareness/dedication we all belong to, this is a short quirky document worth checking out. Plus the images are cool : )

    Visit for ..

  • Hobsons Bay Nature Strip Planting Policy - open for comment!

    Posted by Miriam / on 08/18/2010 / 0 Comments


    Stripped Back: Keeping Nature Strips Clean and Safe  

    Hobsons Bay City Council is inviting residents to have their say on the draft Hobsons Bay Nature Strip Planting Policy, which provides direction for the community about the appropriate treatment of residential nature strips.

    The draft Hobsons Bay Nature Strip Planting Policy clearly states residents must first obtain a permit from the Council before making any changes to the nature strip out the front of their home.

    A permit costs $100. An additional $500 asset protection bond will also be charged but returned to the resident upon the Council's inspection of the ..

  • Environment Project Officer vacancy - My Smart Garden

    Posted by Miriam / on 08/06/2010 / 0 Comments


    Environment Project Officer - My Smart Garden
    Temporary Part Time (2 years 4 days per week)
    Band 6 - $62,744 - $68,390 pro rata (+ super)

    Hobsons Bay City Council, in partnership with Moonee Valley City Council, is seeking a highly motivated individual to deliver the ‘My Smart Garden' program.

    This program, supported by the Sustainability Fund, provides an opportunity to assist residents to utilise their gardens as a climate change adaptation tool. The successful applicant will be hosted at Hobsons Bay City Council and work with residents across Hobsons Bay and Moonee Valley, assisting them to create functional gardens that ..

  • The Gulf-Friendly Product Guide: Alternatives to Petroleum-Based Goods

    Posted by Miriam / on 07/20/2010 / 0 Comments



    Though not completely complete, this piece brings to light just how dependent on cheap oil we are.

    The Gulf-Friendly Product Guide: Alternatives to Petroleum-Based Goods

    The Gulf disaster has brought into cruel relief our reliance on petroleum-based products and made it all too clear how much that reliance is costing us and our environment. Reducing our dependence on oil means burning less gas by carpooling, taking public transportation, bicycling and walking. But we consume oil in many everyday products without even knowing it and excess plastic packaging only adds to the problem. In this series have a look at ..

  • The world's worst environmentalist

    Posted by Miriam / on 05/21/2010 / 0 Comments


    Though I know there will not be a red carpetted award ceremony, I wholeheartedly admit to being the world's worst environmentalist as I prepare to traipse across the globe for the second time this year (gasp!).

    BUT I'm dead set on making sure the benefits of this trip to North America (in providing me with inspiration, extended and deeper networks of like-minded sustainability activists and new knowledge and skills in village building and community engagement) will outweigh the additional 8.5 tonnes of carbon emissions (yes I've done the calculations!) I take personal responsibility for.

    Anyway, if you're at all interested, I'm ..

  • EnviroNet's first networking event

    Posted by Miriam / on 03/30/2010 / 1 Comment


    Thanks to everyone who came along to meet others interested in sustainability in Hobsons Bay on Thursday, 25 March. I enjoyed seeing old acquantainces and meeting new contacts - I hope you did too.

    I'm keen to receive feedback on the event. Please let me know what worked, what you would like to add or adjust. We will likely plan another networking event for sometime between now and July's training. Speaking of...

    Please take note of (and tell others about!) the 'Training for Transition' weekend workshop Council is hosting in July (see the shared calendar) and remember to complete and return ..


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