SHD2018 Survey Results

Jonathan WrightNews

Surprisingly 56% of people were attending Sustainable House Day for the first time. 78% of people visited one to three open houses. We were pleased to see that 70% of people felt more confident to seek advice after attending SHD . People were interested in many different types of properties especially ones with passive heating/cooling, productive gardens and renovated older … Read More

AGM 2018 Report

Jonathan WrightNews

Forty Geelong Sustainability members and sixty people in total attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting at the Waurn Ponds Hotel on November 15. In her welcome President, Vicki Perrett, commented that the strong turnout demonstrated the interest, commitment and support for the group’s work. She stated that in 2018 Geelong Sustainability had fulfilled its mission to inform, inspire and connect … Read More

Sustainable House Day 2018 Report

Jonathan WrightNews

Since inception back in 2001, Sustainable House Day has given the public a chance to inspect properties that have been designed, built or renovated to enhance sustainability, comfort and performance.In our region, the popular annual event has evolved into a community learning festival where homeowners and experts share their knowledge, insights and expertise with others – showing them how to … Read More

Who Gives A Crap – Special Purchase

Vivienne BurkeNews

Are you after Who Gives A Crap tissues or kitchen paper but don’t want to order in bulk? Then we can help! Geelong Sustainability has a small supply of both tissues and kitchen towel in the new wrappers. But they are only available for cash purchasers until sold out. Tissues – $2.50 per cube (maximum 12 cubes) Kitchen towel – … Read More

Building resilience to extreme weather with Climate Safe Rooms

Dan CowdellNews

The Climate Safe Rooms project seeks to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from the effects of more frequent extremes of weather by providing a Climate Safe Room, a room that can be a safe haven during heatwaves and times of extreme cold. A Climate Safe Room is a room in the home that has been modified to … Read More

Home Energy Efficiency Audits

Dan CowdellNews

Geelong Sustainability has launched a new energy efficiency service to support Geelong residents in making their homes more energy efficient whilst also reducing energy costs and increasing household comfort levels. The Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard has been developed by the Victorian Government to help Victorians better understand the energy performance of their homes and to make informed choices about improving … Read More

Students upcycle for Geelong Sustainability

Vivienne BurkeNews

Donna Camilleri, Mackenzie Warden and Vivienne Burke We’d like to introduce you to two young local heroes: Donna Camilleri and Mackenzie Warden, who are senior VCAL students at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College. With leadership from Donna and Mackenzie, their VCAL class chose Geelong Sustainability as its charity of choice to benefit from the proceeds of the Matthew Flinders’ annual Pop-Up Market. In … Read More

Energy Minister Visits MACS Community Solar Project

Dan CowdellNews

On Thursday 19th July the Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens joined around 40 Geelong Sustainability members at a special event at the Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong (MACS). The Minister officially opened the 520-panel community solar project which will reduce MACS’s operating costs. The establishment of the project was supported with $188,000 in funding … Read More

Request to state MPs: Victoria needs a container deposit scheme

Vicki PerrettNews

On 30 July 2018, Geelong Sustainability’s President wrote on behalf of members and supporters to our local members Lisa Neville MP, and Christine Couzens MP and Lily D’Ambrosio MP, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change urging them to support the Greens bill to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), which is to be debated in the house in early … Read More

GS Helps Celtic Festival Go Green

Jonathan WrightNews

Earlier this year, building on the increased public awareness of waste and recycling problems, Geelong Sustainability set up a War on Waste action group. After a successful pilot offering a wash against waste service at a concert at Farmer’s Place, we decided to scale up our capacity so we could engage the public and offer waste reduction services at larger … Read More