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Six ways to reduce your emissions with the biggest impact
 
Most people want to reduce their personal contribution to climate change- but what are the most effective ways you can reduce your impact?
 

Making solar easy – free info session with heritage advisor

Our solar program offers free independent advice and support to residents about what size system you should get, how much it will cost, how to choose a quality system by a reputable supplier, and which rebates and grants you are eligible for.

A free solar information session on Thursday February 13 will be held at the South Melbourne Life Saving Club from 6pm- 7:30pm.

The experts from Yarra Energy Foundation and Council’s own Heritage Advisor will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about solar.

Register for the information session.

Find out more about our solar program or contact Yarra Energy Foundation on 1300 866 634.


Films for a better world
 
Transitions Film Festival showcases ground-breaking documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change-makers that are leading the way to a better world.

Join us at Astor Theatre for a night of impact shorts and the Sundance smash hit Anote's Ark, followed by a podcasted discussion hosted by Climactic Radio.

When: Tuesday February 25 from 7:00pm- 9:30pm. Book tickets here


Clean Energy Options for Apartments – free info session

Interested in creative ways to power your apartment building with clean energy?

In this free session on Tuesday 25 February, the experts from Australian Energy Foundation will give you all you need to know about collective power purchasing agreements, off-site energy generation, remote panel purchases and more.


Looking to recycle food waste at your apartment building?

We are looking for two apartment buildings with 85+ units and an onsite building manager, to take part in a subsidised two-year food waste trial.

The selected apartment buildings will work with Council to implement and operate an onsite composter to keep resident food waste out of landfill.

Applications are open until 16 March 2020. Find out more and apply. 


My sustainable kitchen - workshop

Learn practical ways to make your kitchen more sustainable including menu planning, food storage tips, maximising leftovers and composting.

Saturday 7 March 10:30am- 12:30 pm
Tickets for this workshop are $10. Book your tickets.


Something for your boss...
 
If you work in the City of Port Phillip, talk to your boss about joining the Sustainable Business Network.
 
Membership of the network is free and helps local businesses to discover new programs, funding opportunities, receive event invitations, access to expert speakers and resources outlining best practice for sustainable businesses, plus get Council's support. 
 
Next networking breakfast: Thursday 13 February, 7:00am - 9:00am at Gasworks Arts Park. Book tickets here

First tiny house comes to St Kilda
 
Elle Paton is passionate about tiny houses. She's about to conduct a live-in experiment designed to prove that tiny houses can not only provide more housing, but can also help to engage, educate, and inspire people to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Read about the project.

Separate glass recycling trials coming

To improve our City’s recycling, Council is trialling separate glass recycling services.
 
When glass is mixed in with other recyclables, it can shatter and break up. This broken glass contaminates the other recyclables, making it harder to find markets for. So, we are separating glass to improve the quality of our recycling, and because glass on its own has a local market to transform it into new products.

From March there will be communal glass separation in South Melbourne and Albert Park, and household separation in Garden City.

Communal glass bin locations will be:
• Little Finlay Reserve, Albert Park
• Lyell Iffla Reserve, South Melbourne
• Cnr Park Street and Nelson Road, South Melbourne
• Sol Green Reserve, South Melbourne.


In other news:
 
- Join other residents for the Fire, Heat & Flood forum on Saturday 29 February from 3:30pm - 5:30pm in Elwood to find out what the climate emergency is about and how locals can respond.The forum is being organised by Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN), an alliance of 12 community groups working together on climate issues affecting our area. Register here
 
Did you know up to 95% of litter found on Port Phillip Bay beaches is deposited on land and transported through Melbourne’s stormwater system? Read more about microplastics and our bay in Sustainability Victoria's latest report.
 
- Let's make every drop count. With a drier climate and a growing population, all of us can save a little so we can all save a lot. Target 155 litres of water per person, per day and read about more water saving tips. 

And that's a wrap!

If you are aware of any news, events or sustainability heroes within the City of Port Phillip please send them to enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au. We'd love to hear from you.
 
 
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