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Divide in Concord – A free film & presentation with Tim Silverwood

As part of the Adelaide City Council’s Go Green program, you are invitied to the City Library with one of Australia’s leading environmentalists Tim Silverwood.

When: Friday November 21 at 5:30pm

Where: City Library – just off Rundle Mall, map here

RSVP: Essential – book here to reserve your place

Cost: FREE

Tim is an ordinary guy who somehow found himself at the forefront of a global movement. His personal decision to clean plastic from his favourite surfing beaches and inspire others to do the same has led him down an extraordinary path of scientific exploration, advocacy and activism.

Divide in Concord” is a feature-length documentary that follows the entertaining tale of one woman’s persistent efforts to ban bottled water in small town America. Tim will provide valuable insight and personal experience on the issues we face with waste and pollution and the measures needed to reduce the impacts and create a pathway to a trash free future.

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Ride to Uni Day 2014 – Wednesday 15 October

Free Breakfast for all cyclists on the Goodman Lawns from 8am – be early!


Kicking off at 8am, Ecoversity is hosting a Free Breakfast Event on the Goodman Lawns, North Terrace Campus.

Join us for free raffle prizes, Fair Trade coffee, pedal power smoothies, cycling information, and of course the Slow Bike Race!

We will also be joined by friends from Cycling for Culture (www.cyclingforculture.com.au) who are riding to raise funds for Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP, literally “creating Kaurna language”). This program was established in 2002 as a collaboration between the Aboriginal community on the Adelaide Plains (Kaurna) and linguists at the University of Adelaide. If you are interested in learning more, the Cycling for Culture team will be on hand to speak to during breakfast.

Between 10.30am – 1pm, SAPOL will be providing a Free Bike Engraving Service as part of this event. Get your bike engraved to help track it down if it gets stolen.

When: Wednesday 15 October 2014

Time: 8am for Breakfast, 10.30am – 1pm for SAPOL’s bike engraving service

Where: Goodman Lawns, North Terrace Campus

REGISTER HERE to be a part of the University of Adelaide team. Please email ecoversity@adelaide.edu.au if you have any queries.

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Cycling for Culture – Friday to Sunday 24-26 October

Cycling for Culture through Aboriginal Kaurna, Peramangk and Ngadjuri Country – weekend 24-26 October 2014

For the second time since last October 2013, enthusiastic cyclists in Adelaide invite fellow cyclists for a three day “Cycling for Culture” tour through the countries of the Aboriginal Kaurna people (Adelaide), Peramangk Adelaide Hills and Mount Lofty Ranges) and Ngadjuri (Barossa Valley).

The three-day ride offers a safe, fun and challenging opportunity to learn about local Aboriginal culture with a group of like-minded cyclists.

Riders will raise awareness of Aboriginal culture and funds to support local Aboriginal communities. You will gain knowledge of pre-colonial life and of the Aboriginal peoples of the Country you are travelling through and their contact history, hear Dreaming stories and will be taken to unique places which are integral to understanding the Aboriginal worldview.

Join ex Tour De France pro and winner of the 2004 Tour Down Under, Pat Jonker, as he again leads us through Aboriginal Country in South Australia.

The route has been developed in extensive consultation with the Aboriginal communities and in conjunction with researchers with specialised knowledge in Aboriginal culture for the area. We will ride to sites of cultural significance and follow traditional trade routes of Aboriginal people though the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley.

Riders need a medium degree of fitness to participate and be able to ride approximately 90km per day at a speed of 25kph. We will stay overnight in tents at a camp site in Mount Pleasant. Riders are required to participate in fundraising activities.

This year, a group of young Aboriginal cyclists from Wiltja College will participate in the event. This provides a unique opportunity for cross-cultural exchange within the rider group.

More Details:

How to Register

Contact Grant Pinnington
by email on <cyclingforculture@gmail.com> or Mobile 0417 817 877.

Grant will send you an application form with all ride and payment details.
Fill out and return to <cyclingforculture@gmail.com>.

Positions on the ride are limited. There is flexibility this year to ride 1, 2 or 3 days within a Team (refer to “Riders” section under “Ride” for more details)

Please hurry to be part of this Award winning ride – This is reconciliation in action!!

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The Student Co-Op in Action

A huge congratulations to Lawrence, Nick, Pat, Haneen and the crew on the continued success of the Student textbook Co-Op – re-using resources, saving students money and exhibiting quality artwork. see the video here for more information.

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Edible Garden – DIY Salad Workshop

To celebrate the opening of the Hub Central Edible Garden, you are invited to get your hands dirty and join us for a DIY Salad Garden Workshop.

WHEN: Friday 12 September 11am

WHERE: Edible Garden (near the kitchen)

BOOK NOW: Places are limited so please book to reserve your place – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/edible-garden-diy-salad-garden-workshop-tickets-12717569593

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Urban Sustainability: Big Picture Thinking, June 25

Urban Sustainability: Big Picture Thinking

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

AIA Presentation Space – 100 Flinders St, Adelaide

6.30 – 9.00pm

RSVP Linkhttp://guestli.st/262011

In our upcoming AdelaideSBN event we will begin to zoom out to take a look at sustainability in built environments at an urban scale.  While it is important that our individual buildings are designed and perform in a way which reduces ecological impact, some of the greatest potential leaps toward a sustainable future is at the city and neighbourhood level.  We will be joined by Ehsan Sharifi, UniSA PhD candidate, and Stuart Pope, from the Adelaide City Council, to help spark some thoughts of how to approach sustainability at such a large scale.

Ehsan will dive into research he has been conducting about Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect on Australian Cities and how UHI can influence comfort in public spaces and also carbon emissions in urban lifestyles. Stuart will discuss urban sustainability design principles the Adelaide City Council is looking to incorporate into their Urban Design Strategy.


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Living Building Conversations June 25

Living Building Conversations #1

Wednesday, June 25th, 12-1pm

Adelaide City Library – Level 3, 77 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

RSVP Linkhttp://guestli.st/261399

Event Description:

The aim of the ‘Living Building Conversations’ event is to tease out what are the current possibilities and barriers toward creating truly regenerative built environments.  The conversations will be guided by the performance standards of the Living Building Challenge, which is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales.  Asking us to envision a future that is “Socially Just, Culturally Rich and Ecologically Restorative”, the purpose of the Living Building Challenge is straightforward – it defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.

In this upcoming event we will focuse on the Water Petal of the Living Building Challenge, the intent of which looks to realign how people use water and redefine water as a respected and precious resource.  The Challenge envisions a future whereby all developments are configured based on the carrying capacity of the site: harvesting sufficient water to meet the needs of a given population while respecting the natural hydrology of the land, the water needs of the ecosystem the site inhabits, and those of its neighbours.  This is striven for through mandating 100% of the project’s water needs are supplied by captured precipitation or other natural closed loop water systems, and/or by recycling used project water, and must be purified as needed without the use of chemicals.  All stormwater and water discharge, including grey and black water, must be treated onsite and managed either through re-use, a close loop system, or infiltration.

Invited guest panelists will discuss how plausible and applicable it is to create water self sufficient buildings/neighbourhoods within the Adelaide and South Australian context.

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Green Project Showcase – Join us!

Please join the Office of Sustainability and our special guests as we celebrate World Environment Day at the Green Project Showcase. At this event, we celebrate the efforts of staff and students to raise awareness of sustainability issues and take action on campus.

During the showcase, we will hear from staff and students applying for the Green Project Fund to action their own sustainability ideas and projects on campus in 2014.

When: Thursday 5 June 2014, 2 – 4pm, afternoon tea provided
Where: Level 7 Ingkarni Wardli, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
RSVP: ecoversity@adelaide.edu.au by Monday 2 June

The Ecoversity Green Project Fund is a $100,000 initiative by the Office of Sustainability to provide funds for projects that reduce the University’s environmental impact and work to develop a campus culture that values and applies sustainable practices. More information about the fund can be found here.

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Fair Trade Fortnight: Documentary Screening & Afternoon Tea

Do you want to know the bitter truth behind the chocolate you eat?

As part of Fair Trade Fortnight (3rd-18th of May), the Fair Trade Collective will be running a SPECIAL event where we will be broadcasting a documentary which will look deep into the current issues of the people who work in the chocolate industry. This includes issues such as child labour and children trafficking, and how purchasing Fair Trade products can be the solution.

We invite you to come along to this event. We will be providing some Afternoon Tea with some light refreshments. This includes yummy Fairtrade chocolate and tea! EVERYONE IS WELCOME, so come along and bring your friends!!

When: Wednesday, 14 May 2014 05:00 -07:00 PM
Where: Hughes 309, Hughes Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide

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Cultural Musing at Glenthorne Farm: Tour with Us!

Originally settled by Thomas O’Halloran in 1839, the property has heritage buildings dating back to the 1850s when it operated as a farm. In 1910 Glenthorne Farm became a remount station to breed and train horses until the end of the Second World War, after which it was a CSIRO Research Farm until 1997.

The University of Adelaide now operates a woodland recovery initiative for the Mount Lofty Ranges from the property.

Take a tour with us!

When: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, Sunday 25 May
Where: Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill (opposite TAFE)

Bookings essential
Please call 8313 3763 or email mathew.jeffrey@adelaide.edu.au

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