Sustainability and Permaculture

This course will look broadly at the debates around sustainability, locating it within the broader discourse of environmental politics, and then exploring a number of different types of sustainability. These will include food and production sustainability, urban sustainability, energy sustainability, development sustainability, and environmental/ecological sustainability. Each session will include a presentation by a relevant expert, who will give a general background to the topic at hand and the debates within that issue area, as well as outlining where Australia is currently at in Australia in terms of that type of sustainability, and what options exist to improve sustainability. The sessions will be complemented by at least one practical permaculture workshop, which will be run by Permablitz Melbourne, and will explore the basics of permaculture while ‘permablitzing’ a residential garden.

When: Thursdays 5th of August – 9th of September 2010 6.30 – 8:00pm
Venue: Railway Station Neighbourhood House, 20 Solly Ave, North Carlton
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week 1

5th of August 2010

What is sustainability?
(Ruby Murray, Independent Researcher)

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week 2

12th of August 2010

Food and production sustainability
(Andrew Foran, ECO-Buy)

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week 3

19th of August 2010

Urban sustainability
(Christian Monahan, The Produce Garden)

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Permaculture workshop

Sunday 22nd of August 2010

Permablitz day
Permablitz day (practical permaculture workshop, ‘permablitzing’ a residential garden). This will take place on Sunday 22 August from 10am-4pm in Sunshine West (address given upon RSVP). The session is run by Permablitz Melbourne. The blitz will feature: Removal and reuse of paving to transform an under-utilised space into a productive garden and a neighbour’s brick wall into a warm micro-climate. The front yard will be re-shaped with swales and minor earth works to become a self-watering edible landscape. A seperate doggy-doo compost system will be installed.

week 4

26th of August 2010

Energy sustainability and climate change
(Susannah Powell, Melbourne Energy Institute)

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week 5

2nd of September 2010

Development and sustainability
(Catherine Johnston, World Vision)

week 6

9th of September 2010

Environmental sustainability
(Jodi Newcombe, The Climate Group)
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